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Quaint Wedding Stationery
offers personal, one-on-one service that you can expect to receive from high end
stationery boutiques.  There are countless Internet sites where one can purchase
invitations and accessories, but few will extend to you the professional consulting
services offered by Quaint, plus a discount and Free Shipping on *Invitation orders!  
Penny has over 40 years of experience as a Wedding Invitation Consultant and confers
with couples on proper etiquette, offering suggestions for unique circumstances.  
~Serving Brides & Grooms since 1972~
*enclosure cards and thank you notes shipped free
ONLY if ordered at same time as invitations.
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Helpful Hints for Addressing and Assembling Your Wedding Invitations This handy guide is prepared to
help make the addressing and assembly of your wedding invitations as easy as 1 - 2 - 3.
1.        Addressing Etiquette and Tips
2.        How to Assemble Your Invitation Ensemble
3.        Post Office Tips to Ensure Proper Delivery

1. Addressing Etiquette and Tips
Create an organized guest list with full names, addresses and zip codes. Getting organized is easier than ever today
with great software packages, Internet sites, binder systems or even note cards to keep track of all of your guests.
You can then use this list to send Save-the-Date cards, your invitations, announcements and thank you notes.
(Helpful Hint: Assign a number to your guests at the beginning. Print this secret number, lightly in pencil or an
invisible ink pen, on the back of your response cards. If your guests forget to write their name on the line, you will
know who is responding.)
Your invitation envelopes are traditionally addressed by hand or by a calligrapher. These are the preferred choices for
addressing, but brides do tell us that they are using software on their home computers to address their envelopes.
Return addresses printed on envelopes are usually printed in "raised ink" to match your invitation. Home printers that
generate heat may melt the "raised ink" and potentially damage your printer. Please be careful!  (using stick on labels
is not proper..if choosing to use printing software, print directly to the envelope.)
Traditionally, two envelopes are used for wedding invitations and announcements. The inner envelope, which may be
plain or lined in a color to coordinate your ensemble, is without glue and remains unsealed. A band around these
envelopes states that these are not to be addressed. It is used to enclose the invitation or announcement and any
accompanying cards. It also makes sure that your invitation itself is delivered in an envelope without post office
markings. The outer envelope has a glued flap and is used for the complete mailing address. The guest's full name is
always used on the outer envelope with the street address:
Mr. and Mrs. Laurence Sutton
908 South Main Street
Hingham, Massachusetts 02043
Nicknames or abbreviations should be avoided when possible except for Mr., Mrs., Dr., Jr., etc. and for military rank.
You may use an initial if you do not know the full name or if the person never uses their given name. Cities, states,
and numbered streets are written out in full. Remember to include zip codes. Your local post office can help you find
any zip codes you are missing if you do not have Internet access. The U.S. Post Office website is easy
to use.
The inner envelope always carries the last names only with no address:
Mr. and Mrs. Sutton
The phrase "and family" should be avoided. If you wish to include younger children, they should be mentioned by first
name, according to age, on the line following that of their parents:
Mr. and Mrs. Sutton
Mark, Cynthia, Thomas
These names should appear on the inner envelope only. (Note:
Many of the new contemporary invitations or pocket
ensembles will come with only the outside mailing envelope).
The outer envelope would simply be addressed to the
parents. You should avoid writing "No Children" on the invitation or envelope. This should be handled verbally, if you
feel someone needs this clarified. Dates of single guests should be sent a separate invitation or you may wish to
enclose a personal note in the invitation of a single guest saying, "Please bring a guest" or "Please bring Miss Marie
Quinn".  Two unmarried people who reside at the same address may be sent a single invitation. Their names would
appear on separate lines in alphabetic order:
Ms. Roberta Trent
Mr. Robert Williamson
This same format may be used when inviting a married couple, if the wife has kept her maiden name or uses a
professional title.  In addressing clergy, military officers and medical doctors, always use their titles in full:
The Reverend William Prentice
Colonel and Mrs. Quinlan Roberts
Doctor and Mrs. Martin Swift
The Doctors Swift (when both spouses are doctors)
Mr. Martin Swift and Doctor Jane Swift (when wife has the title of doctor)
Your return address should be printed, written, or embossed on the flap of your outer envelope. (Adhesive address
labels are not socially correct and should be avoided). This ensures that any invitation can be returned to you with an
address that is incorrect or for any other reason.

2. How to Assemble Your Invitation Ensemble
Your invitations and announcements will arrive flat or unfolded. Single fold invitations should be folded with the
printing on the outside. Those with a tri-fold should be folded with the design on the front. Accessory enclosures are
placed inside the second fold. Cards that are flat or with one fold should have the accessories placed on the top of the
With the invitation face up, place the tissue (*if provided:
most printers are foregoing tissues for environmental
) over the imprint area. Accessory (enclosure) cards are then placed face up on top of the tissue with the
reception card closest to the invitation. Remember to place a postage stamp on the response envelope and to number
the back of the response card with your secret number. The invitation and its accessory (enclosure) cards should
then be placed inside the inner envelope. The printed side faces you, leading into the envelope with the folded edge
Finally, the inner envelope, with all of the contents mentioned above, is inserted into the outer envelope. The guests'
names should face the back of the outer envelope so that it is seen immediately when removed from the outer

3. Post Office Tips to Ensure Proper Delivery
You should ALWAYS put together a complete invitation ensemble with all of the accessory (enclosure) items,
envelopes and any direction cards. Take this to your local post office to have it weighed and checked for size. Square
and oversized invitations require extra postage due to their shape if 1 ounce or less. Anything over 1 ounce requires
extra postage. The post office can then show you different decorative stamps available in the amount you will need to
use.  Your invitations should be mailed 4-6 weeks before the wedding. (8 weeks is often common for out-of-town
guests.) Use Save-the-Date cards so that long distance guests can make hotel arrangements. Save the Dates should
be sent out 3 to 9 months before or as soon as your plans are finalized. "At home" or announcements should not be
mailed until after the wedding.
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