The full process for ordering and selecting wedding invitations.

Your wedding or party invitation and accessories set the tone for your special event firmly establishing your style and taste. It is the first official message about the event, which a guest will receive from you, so make it special.

If this is a wedding, begin by determining whether you and your groom want a formal, traditional or more contemporary style wedding and make your invitation selection accordingly.

The traditional invitation is elegantly simple usually in black ink printed on a heavy white or cream colored card. The card may be either flat or folded with the printing traditionally on the front. The formal couple who loves tradition will find a wide array of suitable papers, plain or variously paneled, and be able to distinguish their personal style through the large selection of beautiful typestyles.

If you choose a more contemporary invitation, you have an immense selection of exciting possibilities. Many contemporary couples love the freedom modern invitations give to tailor the invitation uniquely to their personalities. If you have a theme or color scheme in mind (Garden Tulips, Gold, Silver…), look for invitations that echo this.

Last, but not least, determine your budget. Remember to include reception cards, response sets and thank-you notes (informals) in your calculations along with additional trousseau items like place cards, table cards, menu cards and so forth.

When to Order

Order your invitations as soon as your date, time and place have been confirmed. Three to six months before the ceremony is what most expert planners suggest. The more time you give yourself, the less harried you’ll feel and the more carefully you’ll make decisions. Give yourself or your calligrapher at least a month to hand address, assemble, and stamp the invitations and reply envelopes.

Vist these great websites:  Checkerboard, Carlston Craft and Birchcraft

The Value of a Preview
Look for a printer or on-line dealer who offers preview technology so that you can see an actual copy of your invitation–with all your custom changes–before you order. If your store does not offer a preview, ask the staff to request a paper proof from the printer before the ensemble is printed. There is usually a charge for each proof you order and it takes a few days to a week to receive. If you don’t like what you see, you’ll need to make changes and order another proof.

How Many to Order
To calculate the number of invitations to order, count one invitation for each of the following:

Couple (married or living together)
Family with children under 18
Each child 18 years old or older and still living at home
Single guest
Fiancee/fiance of a guest
Invited boy-or-girl friend of a guest

For example, in a house with one set of parents and five children (one child 17, one 14 and three children 18 and older), four invitations would be sent. One would be sent to the parents with the name of the 17 year old and the 14 year old on the line below the parents’ names (on the only envelope if using a single envelope or on the inner envelope if using a double envelope set), and one each to the three siblings 18 and older.

After calculating the number of invitations, as noted above, add approximately 25 invitations to your order: 10-12 more for keepsakes, plus extras for the last-minute guests (and there will be last-minute guests.) Reorders later can be costly. Also, depending on how large your order is, add 25 to 50 additional envelopes in case of mistakes in addressing.

When to Mail
Most established wedding planners agree that you should plan to mail your invitations six weeks before the wedding. Make sure you have one completely assembled invitation weighed at the post office to determine the correct postage. When you return with your invitations stamped and ready for mailing, ask to have them hand canceled. After all the care you put into selecting and addressing your envelopes, you’ll want them to arrive in pristine condition for your guests’ full enjoyment.

Basic rules of etiquette
All phrasing is in the third person.

Punctuation is not used at the ends of lines (commas, periods, colons, etc.); however, commas are used within lines to separate the day from the date, the city from the state and a man’s surname from “Jr./junior/II/III”, etc.

No abbreviations are used. Either spell out a name or leave it out: “Mark Claude Manet” not “Mark C. Manet.” Also, “Road”, “Street”, “Avenue”, “Reverend”, “Doctor”, and all military titles should be spelled out. Exceptions are: “Mr.” and “Mrs.” Many etiquette specialists prefer that “junior” be spelled out. When it is spelled out, the “j” is not capitalized.

If both Mr. and Mrs. Smith are doctors, they can be referred to as “The Doctors Smith.”

Days, dates, and times are always spelled out.

Only proper nouns are capitalized (names of people and places, cities, states, name of the day of the week, month name, etc.) Exceptions are the year line(“Two thousand”) or where the noun is the beginning of a new sentence or thought (“T” in “The favour of a reply is requested” or “Reception to follow”)

Be consistent with your usage of “honour/favour” or “honor/favor.” Traditionally the formal, British spelling with the “u” is preferred in proper wedding etiquette but whichever form you choose, use it in both words.

It is considered socially incorrect to write, “no children please” on the invitation or any part of the wedding ensemble. “Black tie” does not traditionally appear on the invitation. If the event takes place after six o’clock, your guests should assume that it is a formal event. If you are concerned, however, you may write “Black tie” as a right footnote on your reception card. Note: the “B” in “Black tie” is capitalized, but not the “t.”

It is considered extremely socially incorrect to make any mention of gifts on invitations on the theory that we should expect nothing from our friends except their presence, therefore never list where you are registered, the name of a charity for donations or your desire for money rather than presents. The only slight exception to this strict rule is for shower invitations where it is permitted to list the theme of the gifts (“Linens”, etc.) but never where one is registered or any mention whatsoever of money.

Traditional Wording, line by line: (Weddings)

Begin with the full, formal name(s) and title(s) of the event sponsors. These are not necessarily the people who are paying for the wedding. While the bride’s parents traditionally sponsor a wedding, anyone can be a sponsor, including other relatives, the groom’s parents, or the couple themselves.

Following the name(s) is the phrase “request the honour of your presence” for a service held in a house of worship. The variation “request the pleasure of your company” is used for a wedding held in any other location.

The next line reads “at the marriage of their daughter” or whatever the relation is between the sponsor(s) and the bride.

The bride’s full name follows but often excludes her surname. If her last name is different from the sponsor name or both sets of parents are doing the inviting, include it; otherwise, omit it. If you use optional personal or professional titles (Ms., Miss., Dr., etc.), then include her last name.

Generally “to” is used on the line separating the bride’s name from the groom’s. The exception would be the use of “and” when both parents are doing the inviting or for a Nuptial Mass.

The groom’s full name–first, middle and last-is next. If the bride uses a personal or professional title, so should the groom.

On the next line, spell out the day and date with the spelled-out number inverted before the name of the month and a comma separating the day from the date: “on Saturday, the first of May.” Using “on” before the name of the day is optional but if you do, do not capitalize the “o.”

Listing the year is optional. If you choose to do so, it appears on the line following the day/date line. Only the first letter of the first word of the line is capitalized: “The year two thousand” or “Two thousand and nine.”

On the line after the date comes the time. List this spelled out: “at six o’clock” with the word “at” preceding the time. You do not need to put “in the morning” or “in the evening” since it should be obvious but you may if you would like to and must if it is not obvious (for example, a sunrise wedding “at six o’clock” would be more likely to get people there on time if you said “at six o’clock in the morning”). In any case, never put “a.m.” or “p.m.” on a formal invitation.

The name of the place goes on the next line: “Grace Cathedral”, “The Belser Arboretum” or simply the address if the wedding is in someone’s home.

Listing an address for the place is optional (unless the wedding is in someone’s home). If you do include it, place it on the line immediately below the name of the place.

Generally the last line lists the city and state, separated by a comma: “East Greenwich, Rhode Island.” Note that you never put a zip code here.

If you are not using reception cards, you may include the information here as the last line of the invitation: “Reception immediately following”, “Reception to follow” or “and afterwards at the reception.” These sentences indicate that the reception is in the same place as the wedding. If it is not, reconsider ordering reception cards so that the important wording of your invitation will not be reduced in point size to accommodate the several extra lines of the reception information.

If you are not using response cards and envelopes, in the lower left hand corner include “The favour of a reply is requested”, or “R.s.v.p.”, and a response address; however, if you have a reception card, put the R.s.v.p. corner line there in order to leave the invitation uncluttered. Note that properly only the “R” in “R.s.v.p.” is capitalized since this is an abbreviation for a French sentence, “Repondez s’il vous plait.” Likewise, since the sentence means “Respond please”, never say “Please R.s.v.p.” since that would be redundant.

First Marriage

Invitation Issued by Brides Parents (Standard form)
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Adam Chase
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Mary Lou
to
Mr. Gerald Hugh
on Saturday, the twentieth of March
at a ten o’clock Nuptial Mass

Saint Joseph’s Cathedral
121 Main Street
Boston, Massachusetts
Nuptial Mass (Note the use of “and” rather than “to”)
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Adam Chase
request the honour of your presence
at the Nuptial Mass uniting their daughter
Mary Lou
and
Mr. Gerald Hugh
on Saturday, the twentieth of March
in the Sacrament of Holy Matrimony
at a ten o’clock in the morning
Saint Joseph’s Cathedral
121 Main Street
Boston, Massachusetts

Invitation Issued by Bride and Groom’s Parents
Mr. and Mrs. Jullian Alfred Dexter
and
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mason Smith
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their children Mr. and Mrs. Jullian Alfred Dexter
and
Mr. and Mrs. Robert Mason Smith
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their children

Invitation Issued by the Groom’s Parents
Mr. and Mrs. Barry Benjamin Moor
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of
Miss Brenda Delcroix
to their son
Mr. Michael Evan Moor

Invitation Issued by Bride and Groom
Miss Louisa Marie Parker
and
Mr. Harold Jorgen Buczko
request the honour of your presence
at their marriage

Invitation Issued by Friends
Mr. and Mrs. Steven Randolph Jacobson
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of
Miss Julia Anne Smith
to
Mr. Kevin Richard Arnoldson

Invitation Issued by Adult Children
Matthew Manning Smith
Daniel Joseph Smith
Angela Smith Richardson
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their mother (parents)
Josephine Manning Smith
to
Brent Harold Darnell

Second Marriages
The divorcee uses a combination of married and maiden name
Mr. and Mrs. Jeffery Ralph Smith
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Mary Smith Johnson

However, if the bride is a widow
Mr. and Mrs. Jeffery Ralph Smith
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Mary Smith Johnson

Invitation Issued by Divorced Parents
Mrs. Virginia Nelson Wright
Mr.Thomas Ethan Wright
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Mary Louse Wright

Bride’s Divorced, Not-Remarried Mother Issues Invitation
The mother uses a combination of her married and maiden name

Mrs. Virginia Nelson Wright
requests the honour of your presence
at the marriage of her daughter
Mary Louise Wright

Bride’s Divorced, Not-Remarried Father Issues Invitation
Mr. Thomas Ethan Wright
requests the honour of your presence
at the marriage of his daughter
Mary Louise Wright
Mother and Stepfather Issue Invitation
Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Hugh Richardson, III
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of her daughter
Mary Louise Wright
or
Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Hugh Richardson, III
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of Mrs. Richardson’s daughter

Mary Louise Wright
or (only mother is inviting)
Mrs. Gerald Hugh Richardson, III
requests the honour of your presence
at the marriage of her daughter

Mary Louise Wright Divorced Father and Stepmother Issue Invitation
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Ethan Wright
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of his daughter
Mary Louise WriSght
or
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Ethan Wright
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of Mr. Wright’s daughter

Mary Louise Wright
Invitation Issued by More than Two Sets of Parents
Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Ethan Wright
Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Armstrong Baxter
Mr. and Mrs. Jeffery Johnson Richardson
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their children

One Deceased Parent
When the Living Parent has Not Remarried
Mrs. Thomas Ethan Wright
requests the honour of your presence
at the marriage of her daughter

Mary Louise
When the Living Parent Has Remarried
Mr. and Mrs. John Ivan Koslov
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of her daughter

Mary Louise Wright
or
Mr. and Mrs. John Ivan Koslov
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter

Mary Louise Wright
(Obviously you should check with the bride for this one)
When both Parents are Deceased
Invitation Issued by Older Brother or Sister
Miss Janice Su-Ling Yang
requests the honour of your presence
at the marriage of her sister
Deborah An-Mei Yangor
or(if married)

Mr. and Mrs. Mark Walker
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of her sister

Deborah An-Mei Yang
Invitation Issued by Grandparents

Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Windell McPhera
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their granddaughter
Susan Alexis McLory

Double Weddings
When Brides are Sisters
(older bride mentioned first)
Mr. and Mrs. Steven George Jafee
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughters
Mary Helento Ronald Gates Gressakand
Karen Judithto Paul Dupre Ducat

When Brides are not Sisters
(older bride and family mentioned first)
Mr. and Mrs. Paul Thomas Wrightand
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph Victor Buczko
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughters

Deborah Sally Wright
to
Mr. Micah Mordecai Smith
and Iris Ramsey Buczko
to
Paul Louis Saulsman

Military Weddings
Officers above the rank of Lieutenant have their title before their name
Major and Mrs. Gregory Richard Ford
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter

Felicia Ann
to
Captain Benjamin Bruce Thomas
United States Navy

Junior officers have their title on the same line as the branch of service, but listed beforehand
Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Richard Ford
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Felicia Ann
to
Benjamin Bruce Thomas

First Lieutenant, United States Army
A rank below that of Sergeant is not indicated
Mr. and Mrs. Gregory Richard Ford
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Felicia Ann
to
Benjamin Bruce Thomas

United States Army
The “Did You Remember” Checklist

Name of Parent(s), Host(s) or Sponsors

Establish the purpose of the printing (inviting to a wedding–announcing a graduation?)
Name of honoree (Bride and Groom, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Graduate)
Day/Date (spelled out–e.g. Saturday, the twenty-third of March)
Does the day definitely correspond with the date? (consult a calendar)
Year (Two thousand and seven)
Time (at six o’clock in the evening)
Name of Place (First Congregational Church)
Location of Place (city and state but no zip code–street address is optional)


Ask several friends to read it for mistakes!


Two envelopes or one?

In bygone days when invitations were hand-delivered, an outer envelope was used to keep the invitation envelope clean for a more impressive presentation to the guest. Whether or not you opt for double envelopes is your decision. Today, many invitations are sent with single envelopes for a variety of reasons, including less paper waste and because some of the fancier custom-made envelop styles (like the French and Bavarian envelopes) are designed to be singles. If you order double envelopes and you also choose envelope linings, the inner envelope will be lined.


Envelope Return Address
Be sure to order your envelopes with your return address (excluding your name) on the back flap. This not only looks nicer, but also saves addressing time! If you are ordering double envelope sets, this address is on the flap of the outer (larger) envelope. Make certain you order additional envelopes in case you make mistakes while addressing.


Lined Inner Envelope
For selections that include an inner envelope, a lovely envelope liner adds that special elegant touch. You can select a liner that brings out the beauty of your invitation for a slight additional cost.


Reception Card
Reception cards are included when the reception is held at a different site than the ceremony or if you have different guest lists for the ceremony and the reception. The reception card wording either reflects the wording of your invitation or simply reads, “Reception immediately following the ceremony” with the location.

Sample Traditional Wording
Reception
Immediately following the ceremony
Forest Lake Country Club
Columbia, South Carolina

Response Card and Envelope
Response cards provide a simple and painless way for your guests to reply. The cards have a space for your guests to write their names and indicate whether or not they will be attending. A printed return envelope is always included in the price of a response set. The face/front of this envelope is preprinted with the name and address of whoever will be receiving your replies. To make it even easier for everyone to reply, put a stamp on this respond envelope. If you are using the traditional wording shown below, remember to spell “favour/favor” the same way as you have spelled “honour/honor” on the invitation. As most party planning budgets require exact numbers, it is socially acceptable to call, or write, those guests who have not responded.

Respond Card Sample Traditional Wording
The favour of a reply is requested
before the twentieth of May
M_____________________
Will __________ attend

Respond Envelope Sample
Mr. and Mrs. Jason Leigh McPherson
1337 Shady Lane
Naples, Florida 34116

Map and Directions cards
Preprinted enclosure cards providing directions to the ceremony and the reception site can be exceptionally helpful to your guests, especially those coming from out-of-town. Photocopied directions blemish the beauty of your beautiful invitation ensemble and are often very difficult to read.

Accommodation cards
Your guests will appreciate the convenience of a preprinted card that lists recommended hotels in your area, along with the phone numbers.

Within-the-ribbon cards
Another tradition is to designate special seating for select guests. The guests receiving these cards present them to the ushers, who will escort them to this special seating (usually in the front) that has been sectioned off by ribbon.

At-home cards
A handy way to inform every one of your new address and the date you expect to begin residing there. These can be sent with a wedding invitation or wedding announcement. If the woman is changing her name in the customary fashion, names are not listed. If she is keeping her name or hyphenating it, this card is a good place to announce that by listing the woman’s name in full on the first line and the man’s name in full on the second line.

Sample Wording
At home
After the fifth of April
2314 Sylvan Avenue
Oakland, California 94602

Engagement announcements

These are the formal announcements of you engagement.

Gift received cards
Preprinted cards acknowledging that a gift was received may be sent ahead (never instead of) personally written thank you notes. This allows the newlyweds to wait until after their honeymoon to thank their guests more personally.

Informals
This is the personalized stationery on which to write individual thank-you notes. Order informals with your maiden name for notes written before the wedding (bridal shower and engagement party gifts), and another set with your married name or monogram for notes written afterwards.

Sample Wording
Highly formal: Mrs. Carl Heath Jones
Informal (ladies first): Sally and Carl Jones
Formal: Mr. and Mrs. Carl Heath Jones
Woman Kept Maiden Name (ladies first):Sally Leigh McPerson Carl Heath Jones

Menu Cards
Menu cards provided at the reception describe the dishes you have selected–a nice touch.

Place Cards
If you are planning assigned seating at your reception, put a place card handwritten with each person’s name at the place you have designated.

Programs
Guests appreciate an outline to follow along with at the ceremony. It also makes a nice memento of the event.

Save-the-date cards
These preprinted notes are sent at least three months (but preferably six months to a year) before the wedding date and are invaluable if you plan to invite long-distance guests.

Table cards
If you are planning assigned tables for the reception, these cards have a place for you to write the names of each couple or single guest and their assigned table. These should be awaiting everyone on a table at the entrance to the reception. (see also “place cards” above)

Sample Wording
M __________________
______Table No.______

Wedding Announcements
Announcements let you share your news with friends, distant relatives and colleagues that are not invited to the wedding (you can’t invite everyone!) They should never be sent to those who have received an invitation to the ceremony or reception and should be mailed right after the wedding (never before.) Your announcement should look and read like your wedding. Instead of requesting the honour of their presence at the marriage…however, you would say “have the honour of announcing the marriage…” The only enclosure would be the “At home” card.

When inserting a foldover invitation into an envelope, the fold goes into the envelope first. Insert the basic components of the ensemble into the envelope (inner envelope for those items with two envelopes) in the following order from bottom to top:

Invitation
Reception card
Respond set

Place the respond card face up on top of the respond envelope, which is face down, with its flap overlapping the respond card (see diagram 3).

Accessories are never inserted inside a foldover invitation.

Remaining pieces (directions, accommodations, within-the-ribbon, etc.) are usually layered on in ascending order of size from largest just above the respond set, to smallest on top. If your item comes with two envelopes, write the names of the guests, including children, on the front of the inner envelope using only the surname prefaced by Mr., Mrs., Dr., etc. Insert the inner envelope into the outer with the names facing the flap of the outer envelope.

Basic rules of etiquette

It is traditional to use the complete, formal name and address of your invited guests on the outer envelope of a double envelope set and on the outside of a single envelope. Do not use abbreviations other than “Mr.” or “Mrs.” Spell out Avenue, Road, and Street as well as the State name. See the “Basic Rules of Etiquette” section under “Wording your Wedding Invitation” above for more detail on how to write titles and suffixes. Include zip codes on the same line with the city and state.

The inner envelope of a double envelope set carries only the last name preceded by titles (Mr., Mrs., Doctor) of the primary person or couple being invited. There are no addresses. Invited children’s first names appear under the parents’ names. (Invited children over 18 or older still dwelling with their parents should receive separate invitations.) If you are allowing single people, who are not dating anyone in particular, to bring a guest, you would say so on this inner envelope by adding “and guest” to their title and surname. If you are using a single envelope, you must put this information on the outside of the single envelope by adding the children’s names below the parents’ names or the “and guest” line beside the single guest’s name.

Remember! Before purchasing stamps, have one fully assembled invitation weighed at the post office to determine proper postage. Don’t forget to purchase stamps for the respond envelopes as well.

Sample Addressing Formats Wording for (nearly) Every Situation

Invitations with a single envelope
If you elect to use a single envelope with your invitation, here are some suggestions for addressing the outside of the single envelope.

Married Couples
Married couples living in the same house:
Mr. and Mrs. George Smith, junior
800 Park Avenue, 3C
New York, New York 10025

Married couples in which the woman has retained her maiden name or professional name–some experts say the woman’s name appears first:

Ms. Elaine Austin Rogers
Mr. Edward Paris Whittemore
Three Greenleaf Lane
Huntington Beach, California 94640

Others suggest the names be listed alphabetically:

Ms. Judy Paris
Mr. Benjamin Jeffery Straton

Mr. Bernard Dawson
Ms. Anne Fisk

Unmarried Couples
Unmarried couples living in the same house should be listed alphabetically:

Ms. Elaine Alla
Ms. Susan Zaph
40 Sparrow Drive
Dallas, Texas 75341

Ms. Caroline Parker
Mr. David Randolph
Three Greenleaf Lane
Huntington Beach, California 94640

Family Invitation
A family with young children:
Mr. and Mrs. George Smith
Martha and Susan
800 Park Avenue, 3C
New York, New York 10025

It is considered correct to send a separate invitation to each child 18 years or older.

Single Individual with Guest
If you wish to encourage a single friend to invite a guest, find out the guest’s name, especially if the couple is engaged, living in the same house, or seeing each other on an exclusive basis. If they live at different addresses, it is considerate to send an invitation to the guest directly. Otherwise address as follows:

Ms. Evelyn Phelps
Mr. John Wesley Eight
Beaver Dam Road
Seattle, Washington 98110

If you cannot obtain the name ahead of time, it is also correct to address:

Ms. Evelyn Phelps and guest

r. John Wesley and guest

Invitations with double envelopes
If you elect to use two envelopes with your invitations, here are suggestions for addressing the inner and outer envelopes:

Married Couples
Married couples living in the same house:
Outer Envelope

Mr. and Mrs. George Smith
800 Park Avenue, 3C
New York, New York 10025

Inner Envelope
Mr. and Mrs. Smith

Married couples in which the woman has retained her maiden name or professional name–some experts say the woman’s name appears first:

Outer Envelope
Ms. Elaine Austin Rogers
Mr. Edward Paris Whittemore
Three Greenleaf Lane
Huntington Beach, California 94640

Inner Envelope
Ms. Rogers
Mr. Whittemore

Others suggest the names be listed alphabetically:
Outer Envelope

Mrs. Elaine Austin Dogers
Mr. Conrad Hemenway

Inner Envelope
Ms. Dogers
Mr. Hemenway etc.

Unmarried Couples
Unmarried couples living in the same house should be listed alphabetically:
Outer Envelope

Ms. Caroline Parker
Mr. David Randolph
Three Greenleaf Lane
Huntington Beach, California 94640

Inner Envelope
Ms. Parker
Mr. Randolph

Family Invitation
A family with young children:
Outer Envelope

Mr. and Mrs. George Smith
Martha and Susan
800 Park Avenue, 3C
New York, New York 10025

Inner Envelope
Mr. and Mrs. Smith
Martha and Susan (by seniority)

It is considered correct to send a separate invitation to each child 18 years or older. You may also use the title Master if the young man is under the age of 13.

Single Individual with Guest
If you wish to encourage a single friend to invite a guest, you should learn the name of the guest, especially if they are engaged, living in the same house, or seeing each other on an exclusive basis. If they live at different addresses, it is considerate to send an invitation to the guest directly. Otherwise address as follows:

Outer Envelope
Ms. Evelyn Phelps
Mr. John Wesley Eight
Beaver Dam Road
Seattle, Washington 98110

Inner Envelope
Ms. Phelps
Mr. Wesley

If you cannot obtain the name ahead of time, it is also correct to address:
Outer Envelope

Mr. Walter Robinson
126 Woodland Creek Drive
Dallas, Texas 75225

Inner Envelope
Mr. Robinson and guest

Applique

A decoration or ornament applied to a larger surface.

Beveled
Used to indicate an edge is slanted (not at a right angle).

Blind Embossing
Same as “embossing” defined below, only blind embossing uses no color of any kind other than the color of the paper itself.

Calligraphy
Literally this simply means “beautiful writing” but today is used to mean wording created by hand, not with typesetting machinery. Many of our elegant invitations utilize calligraphy as part of the design.

Double Envelopes
The traditional set of two envelopes used with formal invitations and announcements. The Outer Envelope is addressed to the guest and has the senders return address printed on the back. The inner envelope, with the invitation and accessories, is placed inside the outer envelope so that it arrives in pristine condition. The inner envelope carries only the guests’ names. Since the Inner Envelope is thought of as the primary envelope because it holds the invitation directly, this is the one that will be lined if you choose a liner. The Inner Envelope is not gummed, therefore is not sealed shut.

Embossing
Raising in relief from a surface. In printing, to press paper into the cavities in a metal die leaving three-dimensional words or designs on the paper. Embossing can be combined with Foil-Stamping or printing methods using ink.

Faux
A fashionable term from French to indicate something made to look like it is something else. Literally this means “false.”

Foil Stamping
Colored foil heat-stamped into the paper. Foils usually have a metallic finish in either matte or high gloss.

Folded
Used to indicate paper that is folded either at the top or along the left side. On a traditional, side-fold invitation, the wording is printed on the outside cover with the inside right and left panels entirely blank. If decoration is on the cover, the wording is printed on the inside right panel of a side-fold paper and the bottom panel of a top-fold. One item, “Under the Chuppah” is tri-fold with a fold on the right and left sides allowing three panels of printing when fully opened. Another, “L’Amour”, is folded twice from the bottom, then opens from below to reveal vertical printing along the entire inside.

Font
The font refers to the style of lettering, also called “typestyle”, or “lettering style.”

French Flap Envelopes
Custom-made for the Checkerboard brand’s slender, vertical invitations, these uniquely beautiful envelopes feature a stunning, long, pointed flap on the narrow end of the tall envelope. French Flap Envelopes are available only as Single Envelopes.

Layers
Generally used to indicate layers of paper tied or glued together. If the top layer is translucent parchment and the lower layer is decorative, you see a muted version of the lower layer through the parchment.

Liners
Decorative papers used to line the inside of an Inner Envelope or a Single Envelope. Some brands honor the age-old craft of lining envelopes by hand and line the full length of the envelope.

Line Spacing
Also called “leading”, this refers to the space between the text lines. During the customization process, you can increase or decrease the space between the lines by clicking on the line spacing link on the customization pages.

Lithography
Technical term for what many people call flat printing. Lithography creates watercolor effects and pale background designs. The ink is literally flat with a matte finish.

Monograms
A decoration using the initials of a name. When the middle letter of a person’s monogram is larger than the side two, the sequence of initials is first name on the left, surname in the middle, then middle name on the right. When all letters are the same size, the sequence of initials from left to right is first name, middle name, then surname. If you are combining the bride’s name with the groom’s, you must use the format with the middle letter larger. In this case, the sequence of initials is the bride’s first name on the left, mutual surname in the middle, and the groom’s first name on the right.

Panel
A raised section of the paper created by pressing the middle section where the words will be printed down leaving the raised area looking like a frame or matt. Alternately, the term is used to indicate pages facing each other such as on a tri-fold invitation which, when opened fully, has a left panel, middle panel, and right panel.

Parchment
A translucent paper made to look like the original parchment. This lovely paper adds a softening effect to any invitation and can be used either singly or as a layer. Other companies may call this paper “vellum.”

Single Envelopes
A single envelope with a gummed flap into which the invitation is slipped directly and then sealed shut. Single Envelopes may be printed on the back flap for social correspondence and lined for added elegance.

Square Envelopes
Any envelope sized to fit a square invitation. Square Envelopes are available only as Single Envelopes.

Thermography
A contemporary printing method using heat and a fine resin to create a rich, raised effect with the ink. A clear powder is dusted onto the flat ink of lithography just after it is printed, then heated to give the raised effect. eInvite uses the highest quality thermography to print your wording on many of the designs.

Vellum
An opaque, smooth-finish, sumptuous paper. Other companies may use this term to refer to parchment paper (see above).

Wallet Flap Envelopes
A standard rectangular envelope, with the opening along the long side, and a squared flap. Wallet Flap Envelopes for invitations are available as either Double Envelope sets or Single Envelopes.

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