How To - Wedding Invitation Assembly
A guide to wedding invitation assembly. Before assembling your wedding invitations make sure that you have the correct sized envelope so that all the inserts can be fitted neatly.
If you are having a formal or black tie wedding the use of an inner envelope is traditional if your wedding is not so formal you can use an outer envelope only.
To get the correct sized envelopes make up one envelope with everything that is to be sent inside (if you are including an inner envelope make sure that the outer envelope is large enough for the filled inner envelope).
All should fit neatly inside the outer envelope when sealed and not make the envelope bulge and difficult to seal.
Try not to go too large with the outer envelope as this will only increase the postage costs.
Before you start make sure that you have:
Triple checked that all the details on your wedding invitations are correct.
- Outer wedding invitation envelopes - plus a few spare in case of mistakes don't forget the inner envelopes (if you are using).
- Maps (if including).
- RSVP cards (and envelopes if using, to make it easier for the guest print your return address on these and if you like add a postage stamp).
You should also have at hand your wedding guest list with correct spelling and addresses; use this to mark your guests of the list as each envelope is completed this way you won't miss any one out.
I like to start by addressing the envelopes first either using my computer or if you have neat hand writing address these by hand or have a professional calligrapher do them for you.
Wedding Invitation Assembly Process
If you had your invitation professionally done they may have a tissue on top of each; you can either remove the tissue or just leave the tissue on the invitation either way is acceptable.
Tissue was originally used as a packing material when the engraving inks were oily and would not dry by the time they were to be shipped, so tissue paper was used to avoid the ink smudging.
The tissue paper was to be removed before placing in the envelopes but over time it has become acceptable to leave the tissue paper.
Fold your invitation if necessary with the writing facing outward to fit the inner envelope (or outer envelope if not using the inner envelope).
Wedding invitation assembly is usually done by inserting the invitation so that the front faces the back flap of the outer envelope so that the text is readable by the person pulling it out of the envelope.
If you have enclosures with the invitation, place them behind the main invitation and printed side up. This will allow the guest to see the invitation first, followed by the other details.
The enclosures should be placed in the following order under the main invitation: reception card: response card tuck this under the flap of the return envelope (it should not go inside the return envelope), and any other enclosures such as directions, maps etc. should go at the back.
If you are using an inner envelope, leave it unsealed so that when they take it from the outer envelope and lift the flap of the inner envelope they will find the text face up.