(Closed) Envelopes for Invitations

posted 9 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
4673 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I think the opinion is about 50/50. I decided not to use inner envelopes, but my postage still is a bit high because I used square invites, and they need to be hand stamped.

Post # 4
2594 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

SHORT ANSWER: inner and outer envelopes are antequated and not necessary.You can omit the inner envelope if you like.


LONG ANSWER: THe inner and outer envelope comes from the days when we transported mail through the elements on horse and carriage. Slush and muddy puddles and the like would ensure that the outer envelope would be gross by the time it was received at the household. Usually, since you had to be of a certain class to a) read and b) receive social invitations, your butler would get the mail and remove all external envelopes–so there was also a privacy issue as to why one would include an inner envelope as well. The actual addressee probably never saw the outer envelope for this reason. Furthermore, the outer envelope specifies the HOUSEHOLD that the letter is going to, but not the specific people in the household that the letter was intended for. In a world in which spinster aunts and eligible young ladies would sometimes board with relatives, then it made sense that the outer envelope would be addressed to those who owned the actual house and the inner envelope specified–for the butler or maid, usually–who living in the house the letter was actually intended for: so you could have an envelope addressed to “Mr. and Mrs. Smith” (the heads of household), with an inner envelope specifying only “Ms. Amy Miller” (Mrs. Smith’s single sister who lives in their house), if all that makes sense. 


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