Invitation Confusion

posted 3 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
6525 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

@MrsN14:  I would put everything in the envelope in size order


Reception card

RSVP envelope

RSVP card

I didn’t do rehearsal dinner invites as I didn’t think it was necessary, but I would assume you can send them out at the same time, but I would send them seperately.

Post # 4
5460 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

@MrsN14:  Do I just put the invitation, reception card, and envelope with RSVP card inside the large envelope? Yes.  You can bind them together with a ribbon, belly band, or some people use a pocket fold type of invitation where each piece gets ‘filed’ so to speak.

What is an inner envelope?  Traditionally, an envelope was sealed in another (outer) envelope when mailed so when it arrived at the proper location, the butler could remove the outer envelope so the recipient wouldn’t have to handle something that had been through the rigors of being transported (and potentially dropped/stepped on/otherwise soiled).

Nowadays, the inner envelope is usually used to indicate exactly who is invited.  For example, I want to invite John and Jane Smith and their two lovely daughters, Sarah and Ann.  On the outer envelope, I address it to Mr. and Mrs. John Smith, just like a normal envelope.  On the inner envelope, I write “Mr. and Mrs. John Smith” on one line, then on the next line, I write “Sarah, Ann” in order of oldest to youngest.  The inner envelope comes in handy when you are including a single person with a guest as well, and you can write “and Guest” on the second line of the inner envelope.

Also do I put the rehersal dinner invites with the other invitations or send those separately?  The wedding ceremony and reception is a completely separate event from the rehearsal dinner, and in many cases are hosted by different people.  Leave that invitation out of your wedding invitation suite.

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