10 Things to Know About Wedding Stationery
By Eric Mortensen
- Save the date cards…. What are they?
A save the date card is sent out as a pre-invitation that officially announces your wedding date. It lets your guests know that they will be invited to the wedding and can give your guests important details about the wedding. Save the date cards can be especially helpful for destination weddings where guests need additional time to plan and make arrangements such as accommodations & flight plans.
- Improper Punctuation
Wedding invitations do not require punctuation at the ends of lines (commas, periods, colons, etc.). Commas should still be used within lines to separate the day of the week from the day of the month. In addresses, commas should still be used to separate the city from the state.
- Can I include a deceased parent on a wedding invitation?
It is normal to want to honor a deceased parent by including them on the wedding invitations, however the wording will need to be changed slightly to do so.
With traditional wedding wording the host requests the presence of the guests (the most common host being the parents of the bride). As a deceased parent is not present to request the presence of the guests, it is best not to honor them this way.
- Zip codes should be excluded.
Zip codes do not belong on invitations or enclosure cards, zip codes are for the use of postal carriers and are not needed for modern GPS and mapping devices to work properly. They are appropriate however on the outer invitation envelopes, and r.s.v.p. envelopes.
- What is the M for on a response card?
The M is there to be gender-neutral where your guest can fill in the blank with Mr., Mrs., or Ms. followed by their names.
- How many invitations do you need?
This may seem like common sense, but as the stress of the wedding starts to build many couples confuse the number of people attending the wedding with the number of invitations they need. They are not the same thing, so make sure and only order enough for each household and not each individual.
- What is with the double envelope?
A double envelope is an old tradition that started during the Middle Ages, as a way of keeping the invitation clean and undamaged, as it traveled to its destination.
In modern times the double envelope serves a slightly different purpose. The outer envelope will contain the family name and the address of the guest’s household while the inner envelope is used to clarify who within the household is invited to the attend the wedding. The inner envelope would contain the names of each individual that is invited to the wedding such as each child’s name.
- Is it considered improper to include a registry card?
Many couples will include a registry card with their invitations or registry information on the invite itself, though it is improper to do so; as it implies the guest is required to bring a gift to attend the wedding.
The proper way to inform guests about your registry is by including an additional enclosure card that contains the additional wedding information as well as your wedding website. On your wedding website it is ok to list your registries as well as link to them for ease and accessibility for your guests.
- Do I need vellum paper to go with my invites?
Vellum…. Its not a thing…stop trying to make it one. Vellum was initially introduced to protect the invitation from getting smudged from the ink used in the printing. Thanks to modern technology smudging is not an issue anymore rendering the use of vellum obsolete.
- Why do square wedding invitations cost more to mail?
Many couples will get an unpleasant surprise when they go to post office to mail their wedding invitation and find that their beautiful square invitations costs more to mail. The reason for this is square invitations are non-machineable which means the postal carrier must sort them by hand. The additional cost of manually sorting each invite is passed on to you as additional postage.