You’ve planned the most important day in your life and have selected the handful (or hundreds) of guests who will be attending the lavish wedding. Collecting addresses for wedding invitations is a cumbersome task which has been done. The venue is set and the date is established, you’ve picked the type of wedding invitations you’d like to print the details on and you’ve got a pile of invitations to distribute.
How do you make an elegant wedding invitation suite? What are you going to do first?
You’ll have sent out your Save-The Dates at this moment. It’s time to distribute invitations to your wedding three months prior to the wedding day.
Here are a few of the materials you’ll require to create an official wedding invitation:
The wedding invitation itself
Reception card (announcing the address and the details of the reception)
Response cards (announcing the location and the details of the reception)
Response envelopes (stamped and labeled with return address)
Maps/directions (announcing the location and the details for your reception)
Envelopes for the interior of envelopes
Envelopes for the exterior of envelopes
Tissue paper (optional) Many couples have utilized tissue paper to stop the ink from spreading in the past. It’s more of a suggestion instead of a requirement for modern invitations that do not smear.
These are the steps for assembling your wedding invitation correctly.
Before you put them together, make sure that your envelopes (both the inner and outer) are addressed properly and stamped. You won’t have awkward writing-mark indentations on the wedding invitations in this way.
Put the wedding invitation in the envelope’s interior, and cover the front-facing flap open in the envelope. If your invitation is made of tissue now is the time to tear it off and then insert it into each layer.
The reception card must be put in a horizontal position over the invitation. The enclosures should be placed inside the invitation folded rather than over the top of the invitation if it is folded.
Place the other cards on the top of the card for reception (i.e. the map card and hotel accommodation card). If there are specific directions for the ceremony as well as the reception, double-check the ceremony’s directions are higher than the guidelines for the reception.
The reply envelope should be placed over the enclosure cards, and then tuck the reply card in the envelope’s flap. Make sure that the printed side of your reply card can be seen when you place it on top. Contrary to popular belief that the reply card must not be put inside the envelope that contains the reply card.
The unopened envelope can be slipped inside the envelope, with the names on the back flap after you’ve placed the pieces of the envelope’s interior. Instructions regarding how to address the envelope’s outer flap are available on this website.
When you’re using 2 envelopes – an inside envelope (printed with names of guests) and an outer envelope (printed with names of guests and address)–insert the assembled invitation suite inside the outer envelope (left edge first for single-card invitations and then fold the edge to fold the invitation).
Some may ask, do seal the inside of the envelope of an invitation to a wedding? No, and you’d prefer to keep the envelope open. Once the flap is open, guests will be in a position to read the invitation when they open it without having to flip the card.
Then, place the un-sealed inner envelope within the envelope that has the guests’ names facing the outside. When guests open the invitation your invitation, they should see their name as the initial they’ll be able to see. (Note the inner envelopes are not mandatory and are usually used for formal invitations.)
Traditionally, calligraphy is utilized for both the inside and the outside envelopes. If you’re hiring a professional to write your calligraphy, make sure you deliver your envelopes to them at least two or three weeks prior to when you’ll require the envelopes. Alternately, you can cut out the calligraphy altogether and cut down on your time printing addresses and names directly onto envelopes.
Remember, when printing your invitation suite using Minted address for guests and envelopes that you design are completely absolutely free!
Minted wedding invitations include an outer envelope. They also come with envelopes that are complimentary as well as free guest addressing. As of now, Minted does not offer envelopes with inners.
If you’re only using one envelope to send your paper invitations, put the complete invitation suite inside your envelope (left edge first for an invitation with a single card and then the folded edge to fold the invitation). Once you open the envelope, your guests will be capable of reading the invitation when they open it without turning the card.
Make use of a bottle envelope moistener to dampen the gummed edge of your envelopes’ outer edges; Be careful not to overdo it; you do not want soggy envelopes that are puckered. After sealing all envelopes, set a heavy book or two at the top of the stack in order to make sure they are properly sealed.
When you are ready to mail your wedding invitations an all-ready set of invitations into your local post office and request the post office to weigh it out so you’re aware of how much postage you’ll require (be sure to inquire about international rates for postage in the event that they are applicable). After all the envelopes are marked with enough postage, we suggest bringing your envelopes to the postal office in order to be canceled by hand (instead of putting them into an envelope).
Hand-cancelling the envelopes alerts that the postal office sort manually the envelopes, rather than going through machines. this reduces the possibility that your invitations will be damaged when they arrive in the mail.
Once your invitations have been delivered, you are able to begin the final planning for your wedding day! Make sure you choose the right themes for your program, place cards, table numbers, and other important day-of items to ensure a consistent wedding day look.
The wedding invitations you’ve planned will be done and sent out to your guests quickly If you follow these easy steps. These simple steps won’t just make the process easier for you but your invitations will also be elegant in appearance that people can talk about for months after the wedding day.