Wedding Invitation Etiquette

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Martha Stewart

Wedding Invitation Etiquette

Your Wedding invitation sets the stage for your wedding.  It lets your guest know what they should be wearing, who is invited, as well as (of course) the wedding details.  The invitation starts with the envelope.  Not as straight forward as you may think! 

Invitation Mailing

: Invitations should be sent out 6-8 weeks before the wedding and the responses should be due back no later than 2 weeks before the wedding.  When it’s time to mail your invitations, it’s nice to take them to the post office and ask for the invitations to be hand cancelled, or hand stamped, as to not ruin the envelope moving through the post office stamping machine.

Photo Credit:

Martha Stewart

Invitation Contents and Order

: Traditionally the wedding invitation consists of the outer envelope, inner envelope, reception card, response card, response envelope (already with a stamp), and map.  It may be overwhelming so it helps to have invitation inserts spread out on a table in the order you will be inserting into the envelopes. The traditional order is (from bottom to top) Invitation/reception card, Tissue paper, then rest of contents with the smallest on top.  map, response envelope (with response card tucked into the flap of the envelope) with flap facing up.  All is placed inside the inner envelope with printed side facing the flap. The inner envelope is placed inside the outer envelope with the inner flap facing the front of the outer envelope.