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Planning a wedding is no easy task! Aside from all of the logistics and organizing, there is décor to think about: colors, linens, flowers, food, music, invitations and more!

You’re on top of things and have got most of the work out of the way. You’ve picked the perfect invitation, ordered them and they’ve arrived! They are even more perfect than you had imagined. But now, how do you assemble them? Perhaps you’ve gathered a group of friends to help you with the process. Here are some pointers to get you moving on the right track…

First, you may be asking why do some invitations come with two envelopes? Years ago, wedding invitations were delivered by hand. A footman was used to deliver invitations to guests’ homes. The servants of the home would receive the delivered invitations. They would remove them from their mailing envelope and would present the un-touched inner envelope to its intended recipient.

Assembling the Invitations:

For the most part, invitations are assembled in size order. The invitation itself goes first and the enclosure cards are then stacked on top of the invitation, not inside. The reception card (if ordered) goes next and is placed on top of the invitation. The reply (response) envelope is placed face down on the reception card. The reply card is slipped face up beneath the flap of the reply envelope. These are the most frequently used enclosures. Any other enclosures are added face up in size order.

When you are ready to address the envelopes…

The outside envelope is the mailing envelope. Abbreviations, such as PO BOX, St. and Ave. are not used, but instead are spelled out, as in: Post Office Box, Street and Avenue. The city and state are also spelled out. Your guests’ names and addresses are written on the face of the envelope. The text may be centered or staggered. For Example:

      Mr. and Mrs. John Surfer
      1237 Beach Drive
      Santa Barbara, California 93108

The guests’ names are repeated on the inside envelope; however this time around only titles and surnames are included. Using the names in the address above, the inside envelope would then say:

      Mr. and Mrs. Surfer

If their children were invited to attend, their names would be listed as well:

      Mr. and Mrs. Surfer
      Mia and Carter

With the etiquette out of the way, you may now concentrate on your penmanship!
Happy assembling and addressing!

By Natasha
Natasha has been with assisting stationery consumers with finding the invitation or announcement of their dreams since 2003.
When not working with our customers, Natasha enjoys traveling all the corners of the globe and moonlighting as an event planner with her friend and colleague.


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