Prepare Your Invitations for Mailing

Non-Folding Invitations

Place the invitation wording side up. Place the enclosures on top of the invitations.

Front Design, Folding Invitations

Fold with design on the outside and the printing on the inside. Place the enclosures inside.

Accordion, French or Tri-fold Invitations

Place the enclosures inside the second fold.


Place printed side up. The reception card is placed on top of the invitation with the other enclosures placed on top of the reception card. The response card should be placed at the top and of the stack of enclosures and tucked under the flap of the stamped response envelope.

Insert Invitation and Enclosures into the inner envelope

Folded edge first and the front of the invitation facing the back of the envelope.

Addressing Your Envelopes

Inner Envelopes

Inner envelopes have non-gummed flaps and are often ordered with a color liner. Address with names only. Do not use the first names of the recipients except when inviting children. Their names should be written on a line below their parents.

Outer Envelopes

The outer envelope is slightly larger than the inner envelope and the flap is gummed on the inside. Address the envelope using formal names and the complete address. Do not abbreviate.

Single Outer Envelopes

If you have selected an invitation that does not include an inner envelope, or if you choose not to use your inner envelope, you may follow traditional addressing rules for outer envelopes or create a new way that works best for you.

Mailing Your Invitations

Mail all of your invitations at the same time, 5 to 8 weeks before the wedding date. If you are including response cards with your invitations, include stamps on the return envelopes as well. To avoid postal delays take your invitation ensemble, including all envelopes and enclosures, to your post office to determine proper postage. Be sure to include a return address on each outer envelope.