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The 10 Part Wedding Invitation Etiquette Guide

Issue #1
Invitation Terms

Issue #2

What Are Save the Dates?

Issue #3
Wedding Invitation Checklist

Issue #4
Wording and Inserts

Issue #5
Response Cards

Issue #6
Wedding Announcements

Issue #7
Addressing Envelopes

Issue #8
Invitation Assembly

Issue #9
Mailing Wedding Invitations

Issue #10
Thank You Cards


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Wedding Invitation Guide Issue #8

Welcome to Issue 8 covering invitation assembly.

Most printed wedding invitations arrive flat and need to be folded before you can begin assembling. If tissue paper is included with your order, place one sheet of it so it covers the wording which could be inside or on top depending on the style. All other enclosures will then also be either tucked inside the folded invitation or placed on top if it's a single card and on top of the tissue paper piece. Here is the suggested order to follow when assembling wedding invitation pieces:

1. Reception Card (if included) is placed directly on top of the tissue paper with its wording facing you.

2. Response Card is tucked underneath the flap of the response envelope with the printing facing you making it one enclosure. Then it's placed on top of Reception Card (or tissue paper if Reception Card is not included). The top of the response envelope should be in the fold of the invitation (if applicable). Don't forget to put stamps on the response envelopes or response postcards.

3. Direction or Map Card (if included) should be placed on top of the Response Card with any church directions being on top of any reception directions.

You might want to handwrite all the addresses on the inner & outer envelopes (keeping matched sets together) prior to the stuffing and then enlist the help of others for the actual stuffing. Remember...the handwriting on both envelopes should be the same. I covered the envelope addressing topic in Issue 7.

Place all items in the inner envelope with the print facing the back of the envelope so it's immediately visible when opened by the guest and with all folded edges inserted first. This envelope will remain unsealed...with even the flap left untucked.  If you ordered a color lining, this will be the envelope that has it. If a lining wasn't ordered, these envelopes were included free with your order.  If there is only one mailing envelope, everthing is inserted directly into that one. 

Finally, place the inner envelope inside the outer envelope with the guests' names facing the back of the envelope and seal. Again, it would probably be a good idea to have handwritten the full names & mailing address of the guests on the outer envelope before stuffing it. This will avoid the appearance of impressions from the handwriting on the wedding invitation contents. Don't forget to place a return address on the outside of the envelope, either handwritten or a pre-printed label if you didn't have it printed on the envelope flap.

For a nominal charge you can have a return address printed on the outside flap of the outer envelope. This will save you extra handwriting and ensure return delivery by the Post Office if the envelope is undeliverable to the intended guest.

If you ordered seals to complement your wedding invitation ensemble, place each one over the tip of the envelope flap so it looks like it's sealing the flap to the envelope.

Traditionally, deceased parents are not listed on the invitation since the invitation is usually issued by the person(s) actually hosting the wedding. However, understandably, many couples wish to include the name of a deceased parent on their invitation as a sign of respect or honor. If you choose to do so, use one of the following wording formats in order to avoid any confusion on the part of your guests:

requests the honour of your presence
at the marriatge of
daughter of Mrs. NAME
and the late Mr. NAME

Together with their families
daughter of Mr. and Mrs. NAME
son of Mrs. NAME
and the late Mr. NAME
request the honour of your presence
at their marriage

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