The Right Stuff

Your wedding invitation is your guest’s first glimpse into your big day. Your design, your colors, your paper choice. Yeah OK, not everyone is a design nerd like me. I get it! 

In the simplest form, your invitation lends all of that important info, like when and where. It is a necessary piece of the puzzle. You might as well have it tie in to the details. I know someone who can help with that! (Insert winky face here.)

Once your invite is complete and you have wrangled up all guest addresses from both sides of the family, you are ready to entice the world with your wedding details.

Today, I am going to talk about the rules of stuffing an invitation. Whaaat!? You didn’t know!?

Yup! There are rules for everything! Of course, you do not have to think about any of this if you take advantage of DahlHouse’s design and mailing services. But anyway …

Your invitation is either square, landscape or portrait format. (Side note here: Square envelopes are double U.S. postage no matter what the size.)

Pocket cards and bands are a great alternative to a stack the loose invitation inserts, like directions/accommodations, reception and response cards (with postage!) Here are a few examples of invitations that provide a home for the inserts.

If your cards are loose, then they can be neatly stacked, large to small, on top of your ceremony invitation. It is customary to layer the separate reception card directly on top of the ceremony invitation. If another card is larger than the reception invitation, I say layer the bigger card first. (Shivers … I am a real rebel. I know!) I prefer a neat stack that I can easily remove to read the main ceremony invitation first.

Your square or landscape invitations should be placed in the envelope with the top facing the envelope flap, like so.

 SQUARE INVITATION

SQUARE INVITATION

 landscape invitation (save the date)

landscape invitation (save the date)

Your portrait invitations should be turned and inserted with the top facing the left side of the envelope, as here.

 portrait invitations

portrait invitations

Very rarely are both inner and outer envelopes and folded invitations used. Couples tend to be more eco-conscious and not want the unnecessary waste and weight. (Remember, more weight, more postage!) Should you want to rock it old school, here is how you do it — 

For both inner and outer envelopes, you would insert the inner envelope inside the outer envelope with the guest names facing you.

As for a traditional folded invitation, you would still place the insert cards on top of the ceremony invitation, not inside the fold. The invitation is then placed in the envelope with the fold to the bottom of the outer envelope.

 inner & outer envelope and folded invitation stuffing

inner & outer envelope and folded invitation stuffing

The idea is that the invitation can be immediately seen when pulling it out of the envelope with your right hand. (Sorry lefties I didn’t make the rules!)

Feeling like bending the rules? Don’t worry, I will not tell the stationery police. Just be sure to keep consistent. That way, you are showing guests “I meant to do this.”

Now get stuffing!