(Closed) Inner and outer envelope?

posted 7 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I know that at least my invitations came with 2 envelopes. One had a band around them telling me that they were the inner envelope and to not address. The other had our return address printed on it and said to address.
ETA:

From what I found online about addressing them we addressed the outer envelope pretty formally (Mr. and Mrs. John Smith, etc) and the inner was used to outline who exactly from the family was invited (Mr. and Mrs. John Smith, Child number 1 and Child number 2). The inner envelope would also be where you indicate the “and guest” if the invitee is a single person that is allowed a plus one.

Post # 5
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@MrsNeutrino:I basically answered your question in my edit above LOL, we must have been typing at the same time. Our invitations came with a separate envelope for the RSVP as well but those envelopes were small (so that they very obviously just fit the RSVP card) and had our address printed on them also.

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I could be wrong, but I think the idea of 2 envelopes comes from the olden days where mail was more difficult and invitations could be damaged easily. Many people still use two envelopes, as it is considered good etiquette. However, if your wedding isn’t formal, I wouldn’t sweat it. For the last 4 weddings I’ve been invited to, only 1 used 2 envelopes.

Post # 9
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  • Wedding: June 2011

@MrsNeutrino:Oh that’s a good question! I don’t think the two envelopes is really a necessity but it does definitely make the and guest thing either to figure out!

Post # 11
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  • Wedding: June 2011

I just googled and found this answer “When you have only one envelope, you have to address it to include everyone.  If there is more than one child, you won’t have room to write out every name, so say, “Mr. & Mrs. John Jones and Family.”  For the professional wife, address it to “Mr. John Jones and Dr. Mary Jones and Family.” 

Post # 12
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  • Wedding: June 2011

I just found this too…here’s the link to see more guidelines!

Single Outer Envelopes:
If you have selected an invitation that does not include an inner envelope or choose not to use your inner envelope, you may follow traditional addressing rules for outer envelopes or create a new way that works best for you.
1. For a traditional single outer envelope address, include the names of the
children to be invited below the parents’ names as on a standard inner
envelope.
2. Write “and guest” as it would have appeared on an inner envelope.

Post # 14
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  • Wedding: June 2011

@MrsNeutrino:You’re welcome!! When I was addressing my invitations I had a website with the different “rules” open the whole time. I was really confused too!

Post # 16
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  • Wedding: June 2011

@MrsNeutrino:LOL I try not to think about that, I’m sure they won’t even notice! I know that I’ve never noticed on any invites I’ve ever gotten but I sure will notice now so maybe the research will be appreciated by recent brides haha

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