HOW TO ADDRESS INNER ENVELOPES AND ASSEMBLE WEDDING
This will answer the question of what are the inside envelopes without glue
on the flap for and how to
properly address each wedding envelope as well as how to assemble the
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Helpful Hints for
Addressing and Assembling Your Wedding Invitations
We have prepared this handy
guide to help make the addressing and assembly of your wedding stationery a
simple task. An orderly approach will not only save time, but also reflects
your personal care and thoughtfulness. One will be included with each order.
Addressing The Wedding Envelopes
Before you begin addressing, make sure that you have a well organized guest
list, complete with full names and addresses. Using 3 x 5 cards gives you
flexibility and a simple way to record names and addresses, acceptances,
regrets and thank you's. This also allows you to separate your guests into
- Those to receive a wedding announcement
- Guests to receive an invitation to the ceremony only
- Guests who will be invited to both the ceremony and the reception
Your invitations should be addressed by hand in black ink. To create an
added touch of elegance, you may wish to call upon a friend with beautiful
handwriting or hire a calligrapher to do the addressing.
Traditionally, two envelopes are used for wedding invitations and
announcements. The inner envelope, which may be plain or lined, is without
glue and remains unsealed. It is used to enclose the invitation or
announcement and any accompanying cards. It also insures the delivery of the
invitation itself in a clean envelope. The outer envelope has a glued flap
and is used for the complete mailing address. The guest's full name is
always used on the outer envelope followed by the street address:
Mr. and Mrs. Laurence Sutton
908 South Main Street
Hingham, Massachusetts 02043
Nicknames or abbreviations should be avoided when possible except for
Mr., Mrs., Dr., Jr., etc. and for military rank. You may use an initial if
you do not know the full name or if the person never uses his given name.
Cities, states, and numbered streets are written out in full. Remember to
include zip codes.
The inner envelope always carries the last names only with no address:
Mr. and Mrs. Wilford
The phrase "and family" should be avoided. If you wish to include younger
children, they should be mentioned by first name, according to age, on the
line following that of their parents:
Mr. and Mrs. Wilford
Mark, Cynthia, Thomas
These names should appear on the inner envelope only. The outer envelope
would be simply addressed to the parents. Never write "No Children" on the
invitation or envelope. If you do not want children to attend, the situation
should be handled verbally.
Formally, dates of single guests should be sent separate invitations. You
may wish to enclose a personal note in the invitation of a single guest
saying. "Please bring an escort" or "Please bring Miss Marie Quinn".
Two unmarried people who reside at the same address may be sent a single
invitation. Their names would appear on separate lines in alphabetic order:
Miss (Ms.) Roberta Trent
Mr. Robert Williamson
This same format may also be used when inviting a married couple, if the
wife has kept her maiden name or uses a professional title.
Divorced women are formally addressed by their maiden name plus their
Mrs. Benton Dover
However, contemporary etiquette does allow for the use of the woman's
Mrs. Janet Dover
A widowed woman is always addressed using her husband's first and last
Mrs. Henry Clearmont
In addressing clergymen, military officers and medical doctors, always
use their titles in full:
The Right Reverend William Prentice
Doctor and Mrs. Martin Swift
Colonel and Mrs. Quinlan Roberts
The return address may be written, imprinted or embossed on the flap of
the outer envelope. Your return address should be included on the outer
envelope so the invitation can be returned to you if the address is
incorrect or if the invitation is not deliverable for some reason.
How to Prepare Wedding Invitations for Mailing
Your invitations and announcements will arrive flat. Single fold invitations
should be folded with the printing on the outside. Those with a cover design
should be folded with the design on the outside and the imprinted area on
the inside. If the invitation is folded a second time, all insertions are
placed inside the second fold with the printed copy facing the flap of the
Assemble Your Wedding Invitations in the Following Manner
With the invitation face up place the tissue over the imprint area.
Enclosure cards are then placed face up on top of the tissue with the
reception card closest to the invitation. Remember to place a postage stamp
on the response envelope. The invitation and accompanying cards should then
be placed inside the inner envelope. The printed side faces you, leading
into the envelope with the folded edge first.
Note that at-home cards bearing the couple's married name should not be
sent with the invitation.
Finally, the inner envelope, with all of the contents mentioned above, is
inserted into the outer envelope. The guest's name should face the back of
the outer envelope so that it is seen immediately when removed from the
Mailing the Wedding Invitations
It is advisable to have an invitation weighed at the Post Office before
buying your stamps. Occasionally, invitations with lined envelopes and
several enclosure cards require extra postage. Additionally, due to their
shape, square invitations also require extra postage. The use of a
decorative postage stamp is always a nice added touch.
Your invitations should be mailed six to eight weeks before the wedding.
Announcements and at-home cards are always mailed after the wedding has