Post # 1
So I printed my invitations this weekend (woohoo!!) on stationary from Hobby Lobby’s wedding section. Simple ecru invitation with a pearl boarder, no innner envelope. Just plain and pretty. I did the invitation, the reply card which comes with an envelope, and I printed directions on the reply card as well (a seperate copy that is).
A couple of questions here:
1) I have an address stamp with mine and FI’s first name and our address. Can I use that on the rsvp envelope without it being tacky? Or should I hand write our address on them all?
2) Is there an order I should stack the inside contents? Since there is no inner envelope, should the invitation be on top, the first thing you see? The two smaller cards and response envelope on the bottom, or the smaller ones on top since they’re smaller?
3) Do you put a return address on the invitation envelope itself? I’ve heard of bees putting theirs on the fold on the back and then getting their own invite in the mail b/c of the placement. Should i hand write our address in the upper left corner, or only put the recipients address?
Post # 3
@The_Future_KB: Personally I would stamp the address on both envelopes in the upper left hand corner (make sure the country is on there for any out of country guests)
The order I don’t think really matters, you just do it as you want, I don’t forsee anyone missing the smaller items if they’re not on top.
Post # 4
We used an address stamp and I didn’t think anything of it being tacky.
We also put our return stamp on the back flap… and now I’m nervous. I thought NOTHING of it… I hope we don’t get invitations back because of this! We just sent them out so I’m not sure about that.
We put the smaller things on the bottom. I kind of stacked them in order of what I think is important – invitation, rsvp, rsvp envelope, additional information card. I wanted the invitation to be the first thing that was seen!
Post # 5
I would use the stamp….
I created labels………..
Some might say it is tacky but we are talking about an envelope that will eventually be thrown away or messed up by the post office…….
I would put the invitation in the back and the smaller cards up front. I would do it in an order from smallest to largest that way guests are aware of the smaller cards.
I put the return address on the back of the envelope…….
Post # 6
1. yes absolutely. as long as it is clear and the post office can read it.
2. no. i stuffed mine myself. i did not have an inner envelope. i had invitiation on bottom, information card next, and rsvp card in the rsvp envelope flap on top. i ordered mine by size
3. i put my mom’s return address on the back flap of the invitation envelope. it’s good to have a return address just in case an address is incorrect. i put my adress on the RSVP envelope because i wanted to receive them.
i never heard of someone getting any letter back because of the placement of the return address. maybe that person forgot to address the envelope or there wasn’t enough postage.
Post # 7
Maybe the return address on the back isn’t as big of a deal as I’d expected. Would it look weird to have a hand written address on the front (to the recipient) and a stamp on the back with ours?
I am not concerned with the etiquette and/or tackiness of it, I just don’t want it to look cheap. We didn’t spend much at all doing invitations, but I don’t want it to look that way!
Post # 8
@The_Future_KB: i did it! so far no mention of it! i also used it for our return address. i put it on the upper left corner, i didnt want any disgruntled USPS workers using it as an excuse not to send them back to us.
Post # 9
You could always use the stamp as an embosser. Use clear embossing ink, little powder and a heat gun. Then it would be super special looking, I would put it in the middle of the back envelope flap.
Post # 10
@The_Future_KB: I think it is normal to have a return address stamp and then handwritten “to” address. I would never handwrite my own address on all of those things! haha
Post # 11
We had an address stamp made and used it for the RSVP postcards as well as the return address on our invitations (center of the flap) and had no trouble.
Post # 12
@Blonde17Jess: Perfect. This is exactly what I was hoping to hear.
Thanks everyone! I now feel confidant to start putting these bad boys together!!
Oh, one more question. My cursive is terrible. My print looks very nice.
Which would you go with for the handwritten parts?
Post # 13
I used a stamp on the back of our invitation envelopes and on the RSVP envelopes. It saved so much time in writing the addresses. (I hand addressed our invitations.)
As for the order in the envelope, I went with what looked the best and also what made the envelope flattest for postage. The invitation was the biggest, so it went in the back.
Post # 14
@The_Future_KB: I would just print. I can honestly say unless an invitation has extraordinarily awesome calligraphy, I have never noticed how it was addressed to me (print, cursive, calligraphy, printer label, what-have-you). So do your most legible option, in my opinion!
Post # 15
@Blonde17Jess: Thanks!! The cursive is halting and just isn’t pretty lol
Post # 16
Update: so I mailed out all of my invitations a couple of days ago and got one in the mail today. I thought it was one returned For a bad address. No it was my invitation mailed to me because they saw the return address Stamp. I’m so worried now that I’m going to get 60 invitations mailed to myslef. Very very sad 🙁