Once your printer has delivered your wedding invites, they come in stacks and have yet to be sorted out. It could be quite confusing and overwhelming, with all the cards coming at you in different sizes. There is a conventional way of putting these stationaries together, so read on to learn how to assemble wedding invitations.
Tips on How to Assemble Wedding Invitations
Wedding invitations are typically assembled following a sequence that’s according to the size of the cards. Here are the steps on how to assemble wedding invitations properly:
- Lay your invitation cards face up. The main invitation card, which is usually the largest, is at the bottom. The words should all be facing up.
- Next, lay the reception card on top of the main invitation card.
- Place the accommodation card, direction card, and other enclosure cards on top of the reception card. As always, the side where wordings are should always face up.
- The next card is the response envelope. Lay the response envelope face down atop the enclosure cards. Then, tuck the response card underneath the flap of the response envelope. This time, the placement of the response card should have the wordings facing up. It may be an excellent idea to pre-stamp your response card, so all your guests have to do is mail the card.
How to assemble wedding invitations is not just all about proper convention. It’s about making it easy — and exciting! — for your guests to pore over and appreciate your invitation.
- If the main invitation card is folded, like Hallmark cards, all enclosure cards should be inserted and enclosed in the invitation card, and not placed on top.
- Some printers insert tissue in between each invite. If you like this to be included in your invitation pack, then you may do so. These sheets of tissue are originally used to keep the ink from blotting on the stacked invites. Still, if you find these thin films of the paper too pretty to discard, you can always have these as part of your invitation.
You have an option to use just a single envelope for your invitation, or two envelopes — an inner envelope and an outer envelope.
- If mailing with just one envelope, put the arranged wedding invitation suite inside, with all the wordings facing up. When your guest opens the flap of the envelope, he or she should see the printed side up. This way, he or she doesn’t need to turn the card over.
- If mailing with two envelopes, insert your assembled suite into the inner envelope. Naturally, opening the flap of this inner envelope should reveal the printed side up. Customarily, you do not seal the inner envelope. Next, place the inner envelope into the outer envelope. The guest’s name on the inner envelope should be facing you or the guest receiving the invite when they open the flap of the outer envelope.
Both the inner and outer envelopes are usually labeled. These past years have seen the resurgence of calligraphy for naming envelopes. If you opt for the services of a calligrapher, remember that this delicate art form needs time. Your calligrapher will be happy to receive your envelopes way ahead of time. A month before you mail, all the invites are the least lead time you can give your calligrapher. If time is of the essence, you can choose to have the envelopes printed on instead. This is also a cheaper option which you can even do on your own.
You can also have envelope liners to accentuate your envelopes. Envelope liners are the pretty sheets of the printed paper that serves as an inner lining for your envelopes. Frequently, these also need assembly. So before you insert your assembled invitation suite in the envelope, be sure to stick your envelope liners in place.
When sealing the envelopes, it is best to use an envelope moistener on the sticky inside hem of your envelopes. A little goes a long way to keep your envelopes just a bit moistened and not wet and soggy or crinkled. Evenly seal the envelopes by placing a clean hardbound book over a stack. Again, the inner envelopes are not sealed.
When sending by post, ask your post office to hand-cancel your mail. To hand-cancel means, your invitations will be sorted by hand and not through the machine. This way, damages are lessened as your mail is handled and transferred to their destination. Prior to mailing a batch, you can also show a sample of your invitation, from the envelopes to the whole assembly inside, to get an estimate of weight and postage cost.
Simply put, just remember the stacking sequence. Put the invitation card first, then the reception card, and then the enclosure cards, which could include direction cards, accommodation cards, and the like. Then the reply envelope goes last. Here’s how to learn more about wedding invitations.
Sending out your invites to your wedding is a thrilling and exciting phase of your wedding journey. This is the time where you announce to the whole world (your family and friends) that the wedding is a go and you are getting hitched. But before this thrilling feeling comes a stressful one of sorting, organizing, mailing, among others. But, worry not. With some planning, organizing skills, and a little bit of patience, you’ll overcome it all. Now that you’ve learned how to assemble wedding invitations, you’re a pro! We’re pretty sure you can’t wait for your wedding date!