Now that you’ve read up on The Anatomy of a Wedding Invitation Suite, I bet you’re wondering how to assemble all the pieces….am I right?!
Before you start stuffing envelopes and slapping on postage, you’ll want to make sure all of the various wedding stationery pieces are in the proper order.
Typically, the invitation suite are assembled in size order, with each card placed face up and the largest card on the bottom. Always start with the invitation itself on the bottom as this is your largest paper item.
The wedding reception/details card is typically the next largest paper item. Place this face up on top of the invitation card.
Place the remaining insert cards (i.e., map card or hotel accommodations card) face up on top of the reception card.
Next, place the reply envelope—printed side-down—on top of the enclosure cards, with the envelope flap on the left. Insert the RSVP/response card under the envelope flap, face up so the printed side is visible. REMINDER: don’t forget to place postage for the RSVP on the envelope so your guests can easily send back!
If you’re using a belly band to hold everything neatly in place, the front (middle) of the belly band would go on top of this stack, then secured in the back behind the wedding invitation.
If you’re using two envelopes—an inner envelope (printed with your wedding guests’ names) and outer envelope (printed with guests’ names and address)—insert the fully assembled invitation suite into the inner envelope (left edge first for a single-card invitation; folded edge first for a folded invitation). Leave the inner envelope unsealed; when the flap is opened, guests should be able to read the invitation as they take it out without having to turn the card.
Next, put the unsealed inner envelope inside the outer envelope with the guests’ names facing outward; when your guests open the invitation, their names should be the first thing they see.
If you’re using just one envelope, insert the fully assembled invitation suite into the envelope. When the flap is opened, guests should be able to read the invitation as they take it out without having to turn the card.
Before you mail your wedding invitations, bring a fully assembled set to the post office and ask them to weigh it so you know exactly how much postage you’ll need.