|Frequently Asked Question|
What are "enclosures?"
What are inner envelopes used for?
In what order should my invitations be assembled?
How should my envelopes be stuffed?
When should I mail my invitations?
Q. Should I purchase extra envelopes for Digital or Hand Calligraphy?
A. YES YES YES! As a general rule we like to have at least 15-20% in extra envelopes then what needs to be printed. Ideally an extra 15-25 per 100 to be printed is perfect. The reason being that neither hand nor digital calligraphy is an exact science. Invitation companies are constantly coming up with more and more unique paper types that we need to work around. Having the extra stock helps us to provide you the best end product possible. We will always return anything we don't use, but this will ensure that any last minute add on guests, address changes, or boo boo's are covered. Most invitation companies now offer as an option to buy 25 extra envelopes alone, which is very affordable, and makes us calligraphers very very happy. This is MUST requirement for us to take on a job.
Q. What are "enclosures?"
A. Enclosures are small cards included with the invitation, such as reception cards, at-home cards, map cards and response cards.
Q. What are inner envelopes used for?
A. Inner envelopes reflect a tradition dating back when invitations were personally delivered, and therefore left unsealed. In time, as letters were delivered by postal carriers, the unsealed envelopes were inserted in larger envelopes that could be sealed. Unglued flaps and a slightly smaller size distinguishes your inner envelopes from your outer envelopes.
Q. In what order should my invitations be assembled?
A. After the invitation is folded, the protective tissue is placed over the printed wording. The reception card is always placed next to the invitation with the other enclosures in front of that. Insert all enclosures with the printed side up.
- If the printed wording is on the inside of a singe fold invitation, enclosures should be placed inside.
- If the invitation is folded once with the printed wording on the front, enclosures are placed in front of the invitation.
- If the invitation is an accordion fold, French fold or tri-fold, enclosures are placed inside the second fold.
- Before a response card is inserted, the card should be tucked under the flap of the response envelope.
Q. How should my envelopes be stuffed?
A. The invitation is inserted in the inner envelope with the folded edge first and the printed wording or cover design facing you.
Once enclosure cards are inserted, the inner envelope is placed unsealed in the outer envelope with the front of the inner envelope facing you.
Q. When should I mail my invitations?
A. Mail all invitations at the same time, four to six weeks before the wedding date using first class postage. If you will be enclosing response cards in your invitations, remember to include stamps on these return envelopes as well.