Learn about wedding invitation assembly and some other things that you should consider before mailing them.
Invitations should be sent six to eight weeks before the wedding. That will give your guests adequate time to respond and you will get a reliable head count a week or two before the event.
Handwriting or pre-printing:
The items within the invitation set (the invitation itself, RSVP and reception card) are pre-printed, while the outer and inner envelope and names on the invitations are handwritten. Handwriting the names and addresses adds a personal touch. Same ink and pen should be used for outer and inner envelopes. Printed labels are not appropriate, though calligraphy printing directly on the envelope is gaining popularity. If you are planning to have a large ceremony, you should probably choose to pre-print your envelope addresses to save time.
Depending on your handwriting, you may want to have your envelopes inscribed by a professional calligrapher. Get the envelopes to your calligrapher at least two to three weeks before you need them for sending. Also, provide a neatly printed guest list with full addresses and social and professional titles (for example: Mr. or Doctor).
Wedding Invitation Assembly:
Wedding invitations are assembled in size order, with each card placed face-up.
- Place the invitation face-up. A sheet of tissue-paper can be placed over it. Tissue-paper was originally used to prevent smudging. While most inks used these days won’t smudge, tissue-paper is still used as a part of the tradition.
- Place the reception card face-up on top of the invitation.
- If you have any other enclosure cards (for example: hotel accommodations or map cards) place them face-up on top of the reception card.
- Place the reply envelope face-down on top of the enclosure cards. Then, insert the RSVP card under the reply envelope flap, face-up so that the printed side is visible.
- If you invitation is folded, enclosure cards are placed within the folded invitation (not on top).
- If you’re using just the outer envelope, insert the fully assembled invitation set into the envelope (left edge first for a single card invitation, folded edge first for a folded invitation) with the print side up, so that when guests open the envelope they will see the lettering.
- If you’re using an inner and outer envelope, insert the fully assembled invitation set into the inner envelope (left edge first for a single card invitation, folded edge first for a folded invitation) with the print side up, so that when guests open the envelope they will see the lettering. Then, insert the inner envelope into the outer envelope so that the handwritten guests’ names you’ve put on the inner envelope are visible when they open it up.
Be sure to check other posts on this subject: What Makes the Wedding Invitation Suite and How To Address Wedding Invitations.
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