(Closed) One Envelope?

posted 10 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
596 posts
Busy bee

I think it’s totally okay to just do an outer envelope.  Just make sure you address it clearly to all the recipients of that invitation.  It’s okay if they are addressed formally not informally on the invitation.  

Post # 4
2 posts

I agree.  If you are going to use just an outer envelope the envelope should be addressed to all who are invited.  Your other, less economical, alternative is to send a seperate invitation for the kids.


Post # 5
99 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I recently saw something on weddingbee pro (http://www.weddingbeepro.com/author/betsydunlap/) that kind of threw etiquette to the wind and advocated addressing people by their first name on the OUTER envelope, for a cute, informal, and different approach.


Post # 6
199 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I addressed the outside of our enevelopes "Susan and John Smith"

We’re having a Sat evening affair – but trying to keep it not too formal.  For 2 or 3 older guests, my mother did insist on "Mr and Mrs John Smith" ekkk!

So…. I think it’s 100% ok not to have inner envelopes

Post # 7
944 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I think no inner envelopes are becoming the norm.  Plus, many people are DIY and if it’s not a basic card with the information and instead a bi-fold, tri-fold or even a box then there is of course no way to do a second envelope.  I say no envelope.  It’s a waste.  Plus, it just gets thrown away.  Try and come up with a way to use your paper wisely so you don’t have to use as much 🙂  Let us know what you come up with.  There are so many ideas out there right now my head just spins with glee.  I want to make them all. 🙂

Post # 8
113 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I agree! Save some trees & your money. We just sent out our invitations (with no inner envelopes) and it didn’t cause us any trouble, except for lack of space to list all 5 of the young children in one family. We just went with "and Family" on that one. For all the rest we wrote: "Mr. and Mrs. John & Jane Doe" (and if there were kids the next line read: "and Abby, Bryan, & Casey").

Post # 10
339 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I think multiple envelopes are wastefull and bad for the environment. When receiving an invite the simplier the better imo… you want to be able to keep up with it all and its hard to go through a bunch of different sized papers.


as for wording, this is what I plan on using:  

together we laugh, we dream, we love,
and on this day, we marry.

Missy Bride
& Mister Groom

along with their parents
invite you to witness
as they join together in marriage
etc. etc. 

Post # 12
541 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I’m doing a thin inner sleeve with the peoples names on it. Less weight, less waste, still pretty.

Post # 13
1078 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

It’s definitely becoming more and more the "norm" to use only one envelope. Especially right now, in the middle of a recession….everyone is trying to eliminate anything unncessary. (Which I’ve always thought the inner envelope to be.)

Add a liner to the inside of your envelope, to dress it up and add some color! 

Post # 14
2207 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

It is easy to address an outer envelope for two adults. Kids are the harder thing. One way to handle that, expecially if you are having a seated dinner, is have them respond with the number of children’s meals needed. It lets them know kids are welcome, and you get the info you need.

If you have older cousins (over 16), I would send them individual invitations, if you can afford it. Boys may not appreciate it, but I would have thought it was AWESOME to receive my own invite to a wedding when I was 16.

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