Wedding Invitations - Details, Details, Details

Remember that details count.  The right stamp, carefully placed on the envelopes, gives a neat appearance to an important invitation.  Attractive handwriting is a must.  Some sense of the proprieties looks sophisticated.  On the other hand, hours and hours of time can be spent getting every detail  just right, and busy brides and couples may not want to spend time in this way.  Here are some details brides and couples enjoyed using with their invitations, as well as some tips about designing, ordering, and addressing invitations.  See Examples..

  • When you pick up your invitations, make sure you have one assembled correctly.  Traditional invitations have an unsealed inner envelope and a slightly larger out one. The invitation should be inserted in its inner envelope and placed in the outer envelope so that the names are face up when it is opened.   Cards and other enclosures should be on top of the invitation.  Names of guests and children, if they are to be invited are written on the inner envelope, while the appropriate name (your own or your parents) and return address are on the outer envelope.

The old rule is that you should not abbreviate titles such as Dr. and such words on street and Avenue on wedding invitation copy but could use shortened versions of state and country names. Use your judgment.

When addressing an invitation to a couple living together but not married, use her full name first, on one line, then his name.

Two doctors ought to be invited as follows: "The Doctors Karen and James Hanagee." Two  PhDs would be invited in the same way.

You may want to try sealing your envelopes with sealing wax and use a fleur-de-lis stamp tying it into your wedding theme.

There are attractive, whimsical, hand carved rubber stamps that can add a note of style to less formal invitations.

Computer calligraphy is either a very good idea or total fakery, depending on your attitude towards fancy handwriting.  It is slightly less costly than the real thing and looks uniformly neat and tidy.

If you make your own invitations, be sure to make extras, just as you would if you were having them printed.  Whoever addresses the envelopes always makes a few mistakes.

Allow plenty of time for addressing envelopes from a reasonably organized list of guests names. The less orderly the list and the greater the haste, the more likelihood of errors, and the more time you'll need.

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Forum: How to address the invitations

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Forum: Is it possible to make invitations for under $300

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Forum: Outer Envelope Font Size

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Forum: Hotels: Printing Hotel information on invitations

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Inner Envelopes: Inner Envelope Font Size

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Gift Registry: How do you note the details for out of town guests?  

Inner Envelopes: Inner Envelope Font Size

Inner Envelopes: How important is to have the inner envelope? If I decided not to use the inner envelope, is it still acceptable ?

Making: What goes on the inside/outside?

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Military: Can I include my rank on the wedding invitations?

Military: How to list his name on invitations and announcements

No Inner Envelope: How to Inscribe children's names

No Inner Envelope: How to let guests know children are invited

No Inner Envelope: How to address with no inner envelope

No Inner Envelope: How to address the box w/out inner envelope  

Outer Envelope: Design or Plain outer envelope

Outer Envelope: Does the State need to be written out?  

Response Cards: Handling the extra people

Response Cards: How do I  word a response card

Responses: Low Response Rate, How should I feel?  

Responses: Replying to a blank wedding invitation request

RSVPs: Is it proper to not sent rsvps out with your wedding invitations?

RSVPs: RSVPs from guests not invited

Sending: Is it proper to send to the wedding party?

Save the Date: Would writing out the spelling of the state be true as well for save the date cards  

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Wording: if both Doctors

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