Brides are often surprised to see two sets of envelopes when they receive their wedding invitations. Why on earth are there two? And what do I do with the second one?!
Traditional wedding invitation suites typically come from both an inner and outer envelope. More modern designs or invitations that have a pocket usually omit the inner envelope. But if your invitation suite includes engraving, letterpressing, or thermography, chances are pretty good that you’ll see an inner envelope!
The First Line of Defense
The inner and outer envelope each have a role to play in protecting your wedding invitation. The outer envelope acts as the primary defense and making sure your invitation arrives to guests. Here, you will print guests’ names and addresses and where you will place your stamp. Outer envelopes have gum on the envelope flaps, so they will seal shut and make their way to your guests!
The Back Up
The inner envelope acts as extra protection from within the outer envelope. They are a little smaller than their outer companions and often contain a spectacular envelope liner. Here, you will print guest’ titles and last names, or if you want to add a touch of personality, nicknames, but do not print addresses on the inner envelope.
You also do not seal inner envelopes shut. Traditionally, inner envelopes do not have gum on the seal, so they won’t be sealed shut . . . unless you take a glue stick, which we have had brides do before! Easy to understand the confusion, but you definitely do not want to seal your inner envelope shut!
This set of double envelopes with a copper paper liner shows the difference between the gummed outer envelope and the ungummed inner envelope. Remember- don’t seal the inner envelope shut!
Do you have more questions about how to address your double envelopes? Check out Persnickety’s blog, Addressing Your Envelopes.
Persnickety can also offers full envelope addressing services! All you have to do is give us a list of your guests and their addresses, and we do all the work for you! To learn more about our addressing services, you can check out Persnickety’s blog post Busy Bride? Let Persnickety Address for You! or schedule your appointment with an invitation specialist here. We’d love to help you make the invitation process go as smooth as possible!
What are inner envelopes vs. outer envelopes?
As you’re shopping for wedding invitations, you will find that many come with two sets of envelopes. These are inner and outer envelopes. If you don’t notice this when personalizing and ordering your invitations, you will definitely notice when they come in the mail (twice as many envelopes is hard to miss!).
So WHY are there two envelopes? The slightly smaller envelope is called an inner envelope. This is where you would indicate exactly who is invited to the wedding by listing each guest’s name. The outer envelope is used for mailing.
Not all wedding invitation retailers offer inner and outer envelopes but it’s standard practice for Ann’s Bridal Bargains and our friends at Invitations by Dawn. Although some couples are choosing a more informal approach to addressing wedding invitation by relying on just the outer envelopes to indicate who is invited, we still think it’s important to provide both so our customers can choose what approach they would like to take.
If you would like to learn more about inner and outer envelopes and see examples of how to properly address each, visit Inner & Outer Envelopes Explained.Mindy
The Low Down on Double Envelopes and Lining
As a wedding invitation consultant, the subject of double envelopes sometimes raises issues. It has become customary to use envelope lining in social invitations, and this begs the question of which of the two envelopes to line.
The true purpose of the tradition of using double envelopes is historical. Mail was originally delivered by horse and carriage. Due to the primitive nature of “pony express”, the outer envelope ran the risk of getting soiled. The job of the inner envelope was to keep the contents of the wedding invitation package pristine.
The outer envelope is addressed to the individual or couple at their domicile. A postage stamp is placed in the upper right corner. The inside of the flap of this envelope is gummed, and will be sealed for safe mailing.
The inner envelope will list the names of all the invitees and does not have any addresses on it. The inner envelope houses the invitation, reception card, response set, direction card, website card and any other wedding enclosure. The inside of the flap is not gummed and can be lined for decorative purposes. (If you are using black ink and the traditional folded wedding invitation, I would suggest skipping liner altogether or using a neutral colored one in your inners.)
As the world becomes less formal, and the social conventions of the past are called into question, I always recommend looking at your entire wedding mailing and determining what looks most elegant. IMHO lining both envelopes is overkill. If you want to use envelope liner with double envelopes, line the inner envelope and make sure it coordinates nicely with the invitation. Enough said…that’s all she wrote.
The Difference between Inner and Outer Envelopes?
Unless you have a debutante ball, your wedding invitation is likely to be the first “fancy” one you send out.So, you may not even know that a traditional wedding invitation usually has an inter envelope and an outer envelope
!But don’t worry, it’s natural not to know all the rules of a wedding invitation.We’re here to help!Check out our information overview here!
The inner and outer envelopes are very important and play a vital role in sending wedding invitations.The inner envelope will contain the invitation letter and attachments.Usually, the inside envelope has a decorative lining.The outer envelope will contain the inner envelope and all its contents.The outer envelope has a mailing address and postage.It is important to note that the distinction between the inner envelope and the outer envelope is true only that the outer envelope contains sealant.Simply speaking,The inner envelope is for decoration and the outer envelope is for function.
Do I Need Inner and Outer Envelopes for My Invitations?
Why do wedding invitations typically have an inner and outer envelope -- and do I really need both?A:
Good question! The reason there were ever two envelopes dates back to the days of horse and carriage, when snail mail would really take a beating en route to its destination. The outer envelope served the purpose of keeping the invitation suite clean and undamaged. And while our mail system has obviously modernized, even today envelopes tend to get a little crumpled, torn or bent. In other words, it can't hurt to have an extra layer of protection for your invites.
Beyond practicality purposes, a lot of couples choose to include two envelopes out of tradition. But there's actually a real benefit to going the two-envelope route: The inner envelope typically addresses the invited in a more informal way, and includes the names of every person invited to the wedding (for example the kids' names or additional family members), while the outer envelope is usually addressed only to the heads of the household. In other words, two envelopes should clear up any confusion about who is (or isn't) invited. For example, for an adults-only wedding, the older teenagers in the family would be listed on the invitation, but any small children would not. Bottom line, they're your invitations. You don't have to follow the tradition of the double envelope if you don't want to, but it can make it more clear who is invited and mean that your invitations arrive without rips or smudges.
How To Address Wedding Invitations
If you’re searching for etiquette on how to properly address your wedding invitations, you’ve come to the right place. Traditionally, your wedding invitation suite is mailed in two envelopes:
1. The Inner Envelope
Your inner envelope holds your wedding invitation suite and includes the names of each person who is invited to your wedding.
2. The Outer Envelope
Your outer envelope, otherwise known as the mailing envelope, holds the inner envelope and is formally addressed.
Addressing your wedding envelopes may sound like a straightforward task, but since your guest list will be filled with many different people in many different living and family situations, it can quickly become a bit complicated. You’ll be inviting married couples, unmarried couples, single friends who you want to bring a date and single friends who you absolutely will not want to bring a date. Plus, you’ll need to consider how to invite or not invite children.
Wedding Envelope Addressing Etiquette Tips
Before you get started, here are some helpful tips for addressing your outer envelopes:
Do not use any abbreviations, except for Mr., Mrs. or Ms.
Do not use symbols
Spell out the word "and"
Do not use initials
Use figures only when writing house numbers and zip codes
Write out the words "Street," "Boulevard," "Avenue," etc.
Do not abbreviate state names
A Guide on How to Address Inner and Outer Envelopes
The guide below is designed to give you examples of various scenarios you will come across when addressing your wedding envelopes. We've included a column with examples for addressing both inner envelopes and outer envelopes, since most traditional wedding invitations come with both.
But, not all wedding invitations will come with an inner envelopes. In fact, our Seal and Send Invitations don’t come with any envelopes at all! If your wedding invitations did not come with inner envelopes, you will follow the outer envelope examples but you will want to clearly state who is invited to the wedding.
For example, if you're inviting a family of five, write the parents' names as shown above and then write all three of the children's first names like mentioned in the inner envelope column (or write "and family" for a more informal approach). If you are encouraging single friends and family members to bring a guest, be sure to write "and guest" on the outer envelope.
Wedding Invitation Return Address Etiquette
The last thing you’ll do when addressing your envelopes is add your return address.
There are just a few things to remember when it comes to writing your return address on the wedding invitation envelopes:
- The return address can be placed on the front of the envelope in the upper left corner or it can be centered on the back flap.
- Proper etiquette states that envelopes should be completely hand addressed. However, we feel it's perfectly fine to use address labels or return address stamps. We highly recommend placing address labels or stamps on the back flap rather than on the front so as not to interfere with the aesthetic of the guest's handwritten address.
- If one partner is changing their last name, proper etiquette states that he or she should not use their new last name on any stationery until after the official ceremony.
That’s it – the complete guide to addressing your wedding invitations. If you have any questions left answered, give us a buzz. Our wedding experts are here to help.
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