Post # 1
I have invitations on the brain and was thinking about inner envelopes. I remember I used them on graduation announcements and other things, but I am planning on DIYing the wedding invites and I am wondering how necessary they are. We are thinking about doing a suite, with a pocketfold design, so the inner envelope seems even more unneccessary. Did anyone out there forego an inner envelope? Or will I be committing a major faux pas if I don’t include it? Thanks!
Post # 3
We didn’t have one! Primarily because whenever I got wedding invites, I never understood why there were two envelopes, so I didn’t see any need to pay for them. But we generally weren’t that concerned with doing things just because they were traditional – we skipped public cake cutting, bouquet toss, etc.
Post # 4
- Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch
They’re not necessary. I’m not using them either (saving money on the suite itself and on postage).
I kind of wish I was, though. 🙂 I like really traditional invitation packages! But if you’re doing pocketfolds, they would be overkill, I think.
Post # 5
We, too, didn’t do inner envelopes. But we’re not a total follow tradition couple. I think if you do a pocketfold you’ll be more than fine!
Post # 6
I didn’t do inners, either!
Post # 7
I don’t think it’s a major faux pas not to use inner envelopes. It can be helpful to have a space where you can write down guests’ names or “and guest” to indicate who exactly add precisely is invited. We used inner envelopes for our wedding announcements because we wanted to make them as formal as possible, but that’s us.
Post # 8
We didn’t do inners either. Waste of paper!
Post # 9
I’ll be using inner envelopes for a couple of reasons:
1. I want to get across that the event is pretty formal.
2. I’m going to use a wax seal on the inner envelope, and put the return address on the back flap of the outer envelope (I think it would be too busy both on one flap, and I want to protect the seal).
3. I want to write out the names of the guests formally on the inner envelope.
But I don’t think you’d need it with a pocketfold.
Post # 10
i agree with both minneapolitan and jacqi – ours were pocketfold-ish and also thought too much paper was unnecessary – i totally agree it would depend on the formality of the event, though!
Post # 11
I’m not planning on doing one. It’s a waste of paper and postage, especially if you intend to do a pocketfold.
Post # 12
We didn’t do one and I loved our invitations and didn’t feel not having an inner envelope detracted from any formality. I too thought it was simply a waste of paper and an extra cost. The only challenge on invites was with children, since you usually put all the names on the inner envelope…on those we just had the calligrapher put “and Family” after the parents names on the outer envelope so they knew children were invited. I know typical wedding protocal dictates that the outer is addressed to the parents and inner includes everyone but since we skipped inner that’s how we ended up having to address them.
Post # 13
we did. Didnt have a pocketfold, but we did wrap the suite in a lace cover. It wasnt necessary but it looked nicer. Our invitations were also very formal
Post # 14
Phew! I am glad I am not the only one who sees them as excessive. I just can’t seem to justify throwing one more piece of paper in there.
Post # 15
But that’s because we had an envelope fiasco, due to my ignorance of paper weight and the fact that I didn’t just go to a stationary store and find out what the differences were. I took the cheaper (lower weight) option for my exterior envelopes and when I received them, I was like nooooooooooooooooooo! So I ordered a heavier weight inner.
Post # 16
Modern, flat-panel wedding invitations often do not have inner envelopes. So if that’s they style you’re looking for, you will be fine without them! They are more of an old-fashioned formality, and are beginning to phase out.