A typical invitation suite includes a formal invite, response card and envelope and is enclosed with an inner and outer envelope. Often times additional enclosures are needed in a suite, such as cards with information, directions, maps, reception info, accommodations, and at home info. Common invitation sizes are 5”x7”, 3.75”x9” and 5”x5” square.
Modern day brides have started to break from tradition by opting for one invitation envelope vs. inner/outer envelopes and response postcards in lieu of a reply card and envelope to save on cost and to be more environmentally responsible.
Check it Once, Check it Twice
Proofing your invitations is essential! It is likely your stationery designer is not your wedding planner and doesn’t know your cousin’s middle name, much less how to spell it, so it is best that you and your fiancé check it once, then check it twice and even have a family member or close friend review your stationery as well.
You’ve received your invitations, and now, it’s time to stuff, stamp and get them in the mail! Below are some tips to ensure your invitations arrive in one piece.
Wrapping Your Package
Modern day invitation suites usually include several enclosure cards – directions, accommodations, registries and other pertinent info for your guests. If you have several of these cards, it is always a good idea to package them together so when your beautiful invitation arrives to your guest, everything is organized and beautifully held in place. Use a pocketfold for more elaborate suites and for those that want to save on costs but not on style, consider a paper wrap.
When you stuff your invitations into their envelopes, be sure everything is organized and facing the proper direction. Think about how your guests will open to view the suite and how you would want them to react to your gorgeous wedding invite! Use envelope moistener to keep your envelope flap from buckling. This also ensures they remain sealed throughout the mailing process.
No wedding invitation suite is alike, so be sure you take a finished sample to the post office to weigh before purchasing postage for your invites. Also, it is customary to include postage on your response postcard or card and envelope so your guests can give their RSVP with ease.
‘Hand canceling’ your invitations is always a good idea. Envelopes tend to get damaged in the mailing process. Ask your local postal worker to assist you with this process.
Ways to Save
Everyone has a budget! Although tradition is important, there is no reason a modern day bride can’t break the rules to save on her wedding day. One of the best ways to save on stationery is to consider postcards in lieu of some traditional cards and envelopes. Consider using a postcard for your save the date. A 4”x6″ postcard will save you envelope and postage costs (a postcard this size costs 32 cents to mail!) A lot of brides like to use a postcard for their RSVP as well – as soon as you get your guests’ response, they are usually tossed, so why not save some money and the environment by ditching the envelope?
Another way to cut some costs on stationery is to stick with standard sizes available. Sizes 5”x7”, 3.75”x9” and 5”x5” allow a stationery designer to print 2 invitations per 8.5”x11” sheet, using less stock and ink at the printer. Keep your postcards at a size 4”x5” or smaller, and you can get 4 on sheet, cutting those costs even more!