Post # 1
I ordered my wedding invitations, RSVP cards, and enclosure cards last week. Then my mom mentioned inner envelopes and I realized that they weren’t part of the package. I’m slightly familiar with the concept, but it just hadn’t crossed my mind.
I talked to the store that I ordered invitations from and I can still add inner envelopes to my order for $1 each. That seems a little high (the invitations weren’t much more than that apiece), but clearly I’m no expert.
Are inner envelopes a necessity? Are they typical or expected? Do I need to worry about adding them?
Post # 3
No, they are not neccessary. Yes, they make it look nice, and allows for a nice presentation of the invitation if the outer envelope gets damaged int he mail. But i wouldn’t worry about them too much. I don’t think I’ve ever received an invite that had an inner envelope, and I skipped them on mine.
Post # 4
I think they can be pretty and keep everything together, but if you’re worried why not go to a craft/scrapbook store, pick up paper you like that matches for the price you are happy with, and make little wraps that go around everything? It’ll do the same teick of keeping everything together and looking nice without costing $1apiece.
Post # 5
Nope, they’re mostly traditional, and formal. and to write the actual names of the invitee’s on, but I have not seen someone use an inner envelope in years. Totally not necesary, and not really used anymore
Post # 6
I had never seen nor heard of an inner envelope until all the threads about how to not invite children by putting only the adult names on the inner envelope. And I thought to myself “WTF is an inner envelope?”
Seems like a waste of paper.
Post # 7
@kimberlystews: Inner envelopes make it a bit more formal (which may not go with your wedding) but they were around mostly to list out the specific individuals invited. So you’d address to “Johnson Family” on the outside and on the inside list parents and children names. Or, if no kids allowed, you’d address to Mr. & Mrs. Johnson with only the parents’ names inside.
Post # 8
Nah, totally not required. I’ve never gotten an invitation with one.
Post # 9
We didn’t use them for all of our invites and I can’t even remember if any of the invited we received within the last year used them (which goes to show how important I think they are).
We did use them for a very few invites where we invited a general +1 because we didn’t want to write ‘and guest’ on The outer envelope.
Post # 10
I think it depends on the type of invitation. I did inner envelopes because I wanted them to hold everthing. Additionally, envelopes can get kind of cruddy in the mail even with “hand cancelling’. They arent a requiremnt, and I definitely wouldnt spend $1 per envelope. Mine came with the package I purcahsed.
Post # 11
@babeba: I agree, this can also be a a way to add a pop of color.
Post # 12
I have never actually received a wedding invitation with an inner envelope. I really don’t think they’re common at all anymore–definitely not necessary or required!
Post # 13
Thank you for all of the responses! It definitely helps to hear that it isn’t common anymore. I thought it must not be a huge faux pas if it wasn’t a clear addition to the invitation suite, but I’ve just heard so little about inner envelopes that I wasn’t sure. My cousin is doing the calligraphy and I didn’t want to overload her either.
@babeba: I think I will definitely do something like that and find a cute way to tie it all together!
Post # 14
@kimberlystews: Eh. I didn’t do them – I don’t think it’s that important. I’ve had a few people respond already and none of them were cranky about there not being an inner envelope, haha.
Post # 15
I am not doing an inner envelope but I do have a pocketfold to keep everything in place that I will add the names of those invited on. I think it is a personal choice on if you want them.
Post # 16
I only got them bc they were free lol.