Wedding envelopes seem like a straightforward task, but so much more goes into them other than just an address and a stamp. You want to put as much care into your envelopes as you would put into personalizing and assembling the invitations because each thoughtful touch sets the tone for the celebrations ahead. In this post, we’ll break down everything you need to know about creating elegant envelopes for your big day!
Envelope Address Placement
Let’s start with the basics! For your invitation and save-the-date envelopes, you will want to include guest addressing for each individual household. Don’t forget to include your return address on the back flap in case it gets sent back to you for any reason.
For RSVP cards and reply envelopes, you always want to include the return address on the front. Not only will guests save the time and effort of tracking down your address, but it also often leads to a quicker response rate!
Printing Options for Envelopes
Many couples choose to use a professional printer because it’s easy, efficient, and the results are always elegant!
For guest addressing however, we recommend digital/flat printing. Why? Because for letterpress and foil, a new metal plate has to be used to impress each address, making it an inefficient and expensive process.
Choosing a traditional calligrapher is also a great option if you want a sophisticated look for your envelopes. Keep in mind however, turnaround time can vary depending on how many invitations need to be addressed.
Some couples choose to address the envelopes themselves or enlist the help of family and friends for the task. If you decide to address your own envelopes, we recommend allocating a couple of days to a week to do so! Cramming 100-200+ invitations into a day will tire out your hands and the addresses will start to get messy.
Addressing your Envelopes
The actual envelope addressing seems like it should be the easiest task, but when you have many different guests who all have unique living and family situations, addressing your invitations can get complicated! You’ll have married couples, unmarried couples, couples who are doctors, single friends who want to bring a date and single friends who you do not want to bring a date. Plus, you have to decide how to invite or not to invite children. See our detailed blog post on how to address your wedding invitations that will clarify all types of scenarios.
Now it’s time to give your envelopes the finishing touches! Talk to your stationer about adding unique design touches like envelope liners, wax seals, and stamps that will really set the tone for what’s to come. Another thoughtful touch to consider is including postage on your return envelopes so your guests don’t have to go through the hassle of purchasing a stamp at the post office and can easily send it right back to you!
Tip: Embellishments and finishings can add extra weight to your invitations, so be sure to weigh your assembled envelopes to account for proper postage cost.
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