Stuff and Send: How to Assemble your Wedding Invitations
Paperia | August 2014
Believe it or not, there is a proper way to order and insert the elements of your wedding invitation suite into the envelopes. Keep in mind that these rules apply to traditional, formal invitations. Some modern style invites may have unique shapes or enclosures that defy these standards.
Begin by taking your invitation card and placing it on your tabletop, face up, as if you were reading it.
Place your reception card, if using one, face up on your tabletop. Set aside.
Next, take your response set. Ensure that the return envelope is stamped and addressed. Then, turn it over so that address and stamp face down, and lift up the flap. Place the response card, face side up and left edge (if portrait) or top edge (if landscape) first, into the crease of the response envelope flap, and lay the flap down over top. The response set will now be assembled as a unit. Set aside.
Gather all other insert cards. This may include items like a directions, accommodations, at home, or pew card, etc. Together with the reception card and response set unit, stack these insert cards face up in size order with the largest on the bottom and the smallest on top.
Take your stack of insert cards and place them on top of your invitation. Together, place these items into the inner envelope with the printed side up and left edge leading. You should be able to remove this stack from the inner envelope with your right hand and find them in a ready-to-read orientation. Note that the inner envelope is not gummed, so you will simply lay the flap down to “close” the inner envelope.
Next, take the inner envelope and place it printed side up into the outer envelope. So, the front of the inner envelope should face the back (flap side) of the outer envelope.
You are now ready to seal the outer envelope. Finally, ensure the outer envelope has a mailing address, return address, and the proper amount of postage before shipping.
Refer to the diagrams below for a visual guide.
(Photo credit: Outvite)
If this process sounds a bit daunting, recruit some bridesmaids to form an assembly line, and those envelopes will be stuffed in no time!