Assembling your wedding invitations closes out our series on Wedding Invitations 101. It’s a simple task right? All you have to do is put the invitation in the envelope, seal, and send. Well yes, but keep in mind, your invitation is the first sneak peek your guests see of your wedding day. Don’t you want it to be the best impression that can be made? It’s not just about making a good impression, but assembling the invitation wrong defies the laws of nature :). Well not actually, but it makes it a little easier for your guests when opening the invite.
Assembling your invitation:
- Lay your invitation down with the wording face up if it is a folded invite, insert the folded edge first, if it is a single card invite, insert the left edge.
- Next start placing your enclosure cards on top of the invitation in size order with the smallest on top and wording face up.
- For the response card you will need to tuck it under its envelope flap, also wording face up.
- If you have tissue paper, then you would put a piece on top of the invitation packet and then slide into the inner envelope.
- The unsealed inner envelope is then placed in the outer envelope with names facing upward so when the envelope is opened the names of the guest are visible.
But we’re not done. It is also important to address both the inner and outer envelopes correctly.
Addressing your inner envelope:
The inner envelope lets the bride and groom signify exactly who is invited to the wedding. If you have a family of four that has two children your envelope would be addressed as such:Mr. and Mrs. Bowers Brandon Bowers Gabrielle Bowers
*It is also appropriate to write names informally such as Uncle Tony and Auntie Erika
Addressing your outer envelope:
The outer envelope is professionally using proper titles, first, middle (optional), and last names. Titles are abbreviated, however, words in the address are spelled out such as Fourth Street or Begg Boulevard. Children’s names are not included on the outer envelope, their names would be on the inner envelope if they are invited.
Married Couple: Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Bowers
Married Couple (wife outranks husband): Dr. Shondalette Adams and Mr. Desmund Adams
Married Couple (both doctors): The Doctors Adams or Drs. Desmund and Shondalette Adams
Single Woman: Ms. Kimberly Isaac or Miss Kimberly Isaac (under 18)
Divorced Woman: Mrs. Willie Mae Owens, Ms. Willie Mae Owens, Ms. Willie Mae Parker
Widowed Woman: Mrs. Charles Owens
Separated Woman: Mrs. Charles Owens, Mrs. Willie Mae Owens, Ms. Willie Mae Owens
*You should never address an outer envelope with “and guest.” You should find out the guest’s name and use the unmarried couple living together naming convention if the couple shares a home, if they don’t, you should send the guest a separate invitation.
Hope this helps you on your quest to complete your invitations. I would love to answer any questions you may have. Please feel free to contact me.
Have a great day!