Wedding Etiquette and Tips

Wedding Invitation Assembly

Introduction to Wedding Invitation Assembly

The etiquette surrounding wedding invitation assembly is generally straightforward and relatively simple to understand.   So if you find yourself in a position where you will need to assemble your invitations, which is almost always the case, don’t panic.

Generally speaking, invitations are assembled in size order.  Since the invitation is the largest card, all other enclosure cards will be stacked on top, also in size order.   Enclosure cards do not go inside the invitation if it has a fold or flap.  Reply cards are slipped face up, under the flap of the reply envelope; it does not go inside its included envelope.

Your invitation should be inserted into the envelope face up, so that the text is legible when pulled out of the envelope by your guests.  When you are not able to insert the invitation right side up, it should be turned in the envelope counter-clockwise.  When this is done properly, the invitation should be legible when you pull the invitation out of the envelope with your right hand.

We do not provide tissue paper, but if you’ve ordered your invitations elsewhere, you may have found they came with tissue paper.  At one time, all invitations were delivered to the customer with tissue paper.  This was to prevent the slow-drying ink from smudging on the other invitations.    As printing technologies have improved, this is no longer a concern.  Accordingly, tissue paper is usually not included.    It was never intended for tissue paper to be sent out to guests with the wedding invitations.  Should you choose to send them out regardless, they should be placed directly above the invitation.

Invitation Only
Wedding Invitation Assembly - Invitation Only

Your invitation should be inserted into the envelope face up, so that the text is legible when removed from the envelope by your guests.  If you are unable to insert the invitation right side up, it should be turned in the envelope counter-clockwise.  When this is done properly, the invitation should be legible when you pull the invitation out of the envelope with your right hand.

Invitation with Response Card
Wedding Invitation Assembly - Invitation with RSVP card

The invitation is inserted first.  Before inserting the response card, they are slipped face up, under the flap of the reply envelope; it does not go inside its included envelope. The response card should be inserted on top of the invitation.

Invitation with Response and Enclosure Card(s)
Wedding Invitation Assembly - Invitation with rsvp and enclosure cards

The invitation is inserted first.  The largest enclosure card is inserted next followed by the remaining enclosure cards, including response card, in size order.  The response card should still be inserted under the flap of its included envelope, not inside it.

Folded Invitation with Enclosure Card(s)
Wedding Invitation Assembly - Folded invitation with enclosure cards

Invitations with folds are assembled using the same guidelines are invitations without folds.  It is commonly misunderstood that the enclosure cards are inserted inside of the invitation.  This is not the case.  Enclosure cards are stacked in size order on top of the invitation, not inside it.

Inner-Outer Envelope
Wedding Invitation Assembly - Inner and outer envelope

Should you choose to mail your invitations with double envelopes, the invitation should be assembled in the inner envelope as previously instructed. Once assembled, the inner envelope is inserted into the outer envelope so that the name of your guests is visible.