Wedding Invitation Inner Envelope

In your search for the perfect invitation you likely have noticed that besides the outer (mailing) envelope that many invitations also have an inner envelope. The notion of two envelopes can be confusing and you may question why two separate pieces are necessary. The history of the inner envelope is that in the olden days when invitations were hand-delivered, two envelopes were used because the outer envelope was often soiled and therefore was discarded. Today, the tradition of using two [...]

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Advice at a Glance – Wedding Invitation Wording – Part 2

Q. I’m confused about how to punctuate our wedding invitations properly. A. A comma will be used in the date line and before the words “junior,” and the usual punctuation will be included with the titles “Mr.” and “Mrs.” Otherwise, no punctuation should appear on the invitation. Q. How should an invitation to a noon wedding read? A. you may simply say “at twelve o’clock,” or “at twelve o’clock in the afternoon” if you feel it needs clarification. Q. None of the typical [...]

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Advice at a Glance – Wedding Invitation Wording – Part 1

Q. I know that etiquette frowns on adding the phrase “Black tie” to wedding invitations, but I’m afraid some of my guests won’t know the proper attire for my evening wedding. What can I do? A. While it’s true that guests should use the time of day to determine your wedding’s formality, most people today aren’t aware of that guideline. If you feel it’s necessary to address the attire issue simply add “Black tie” in a footnote to the lower [...]

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A Step-By Step Guide to Your Wedding Invitation Wording – Part 1

Although the basics of wedding invitations haven’t changed much over the years, family situations have become more complex than ever. Ceremony and reception locations have also become more varied as couples plan celebrations that truly reflect their personalities. When it comes to the actual invitation wording, etiquette has softened a bit with the times, but it still offers comfortable ways to work through difficult family situations that may arise. Perhaps your parents are divorced but still plan to host the [...]

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Top Wedding Invitation FAQs: The Guest List

Q. We are both marrying for the second time. Is it still acceptable to send out formal wedding invitations? A. Yes, your second (or even third) wedding can be heralded in formal fashion, with a beautiful invitation. Q. My guest list won’t accommodate all of my co-workers. What can I do? A. Above all, be discreet. Rather than inviting just a few and risking hurt feelings, limit the wedding to family and close friends and host an open house in your new [...]

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A Wedding Invitation Timeline

Eight Months to a Year Ahead – Order thank-you notes with your maiden name to acknowledge early gifts, and notes with your new name or monogram for personal correspondence after the wedding. If you plan a wedding that will take place around a busy holiday season or plan to invite guests to join you for a destination wedding, also order save-the-date cards. Six Months Ahead – Mail Save-the-Date cards Four to Six Months Ahead – Order wedding invitations. Also order response [...]

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Wedding Invitations – Instructions for assembling & Addressing

Assembling Your Invitation The wedding stationery is assembled in order of size, starting with the invitation. Remember that enclosure cards are stacked on top of the invitation, never inside if you have a folder-style invitation. Here’s  how to  assemble your components … Place the reception card on top of the invitation. Next, place the envelope for the reply card face down on the reception card. The reply card is slipped beneath the flap of the reply envelope. If you have any other enclosures, add them [...]

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