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Weddings: The Wedding Stationery Trousseau
The invitation creates the first impression
of your upcoming wedding to your guests and should reflect
the tone you wish to set for the ceremony and reception
e.g. traditional, formal, casual, creative, etc. Today
there are endless designs and styles to choose from and
Creative Papers, Ltd. carries a full-line of distinctive
invitations, corresponding enclosures and stationery to
fit your personal tastes, needs and budget.
Outer Envelope :
It is customary to use double envelopes for the wedding
invitation. The larger, outer envelope is the mailing
envelope on which the guest’s name and address should
be handwritten in full, without abbreviations, such as
“Mr. and Mrs. William Kelly.” The sender’s
complete return address, but not the sender’s name,
should be embossed or printed on the envelope’s
Inner Envelope :
The inner envelope is slightly smaller and has no adhesive
on the envelope’s flap. This envelope holds the
invitation and enclosure card(s) and is inserted into
the outer envelope. Only the guest’s title and surname
is handwritten on the front of the inner envelope, “Mr.
and Mrs. Kelly.” The first names of children who
are invited may be written under the name of the parents.
Invitations were once engraved with oil-based inks. These
inks were very slow to dry so tissue was inserted between
invitation and enclosure cards to prevent smudging. Although
they are no longer necessary, the tissued invitations
have become an acceptable and tasteful tradition.
A variety of smaller enclosure cards can be included with
the wedding invitation which provides additional information
about the ceremony or reception to the guests. Most often,
enclosure cards are printed to match the same stock and
ink color of the wedding invitation. Creative Papers,
Ltd. will help you select the enclosure cards which will
convey the appropriate information.
Reception Card :
This card is used to invite guest to the wedding reception.
Traditionally a reception card, without an envelope, accompanies
the invitation when the ceremony and the reception are
being held at different locations.
Card and Envelope :
Correct etiquette in the past called for the recipient
of a wedding invitation to reply with a handwritten note
on their own stationery. However, the use of a response
card has become acceptable and customary today. The response
card indicates the date by which the guest’s reply
is requested and provides a space for the guest’s
name and response. The card’s envelope has printed
the name and address of the person to whom
the reply is sent. As a courtesy, a postage stamp should
be affixed to the envelope.
A card with precise directions should be enclosed with
the invitation when the location for the ceremony or
reception is not widely known by the guests.
Accommodation Card :
Accommodation cards are sent to out-of-town guests who
need to make hotel arrangements. The card lists the
names and phone numbers of convenient hotels and inns.
If the host has reserved and paid for a guest’s
room, this should be stated on the card along with the
hotel’s address and phone number.
Transportation Card :
A transportation card is used to inform the guest that
transportation has been arranged and will be provided
by the host for travel from the ceremony to the reception
or for travel home from the reception.
Pew Card :
To assist ushers, this card is used to identify select
guests who are seated in a special section of the church,
Pew numbers are handwritten on individual cards prior
to sending. The guest gives the card to the usher for
Within The Ribbon Card :
A card reading “Within the Ribbon” informs
ushers that guests bearing this card should be seated
in a special section identified with a ribbon or cord.
Admittance Card :
This card is used when a celebrity or dignitary wish
to admit only invited guests to their wedding reception.
The cards are present by guests upon entry to the ceremony
At Home Card :
This card announces the address of the couple’s
new residence and the date after which they will be
residing in their new home. When the At Home Card is
enclosed with the wedding invitation, the couple’s
married name is not used since the marriage has not
yet occurred. If the At Home Card is enclosed with a
wedding announcement, which is only sent after the wedding,
the couple’s married name is used.
The Wedding Announcement is sent after the wedding
has occurred and is used to inform family members, friends
and associates that the event has taken place. The Announcement
should only be sent to those people who did not receive
an invitation to the wedding. It simply announces the
event; it does not invite nor require the recipient
to send a gift.
The Announcement resembles the Wedding Invitation in
that the same type of paper and double envelopes should
be used. Although the wording of wedding announcements
differs from that of invitations, the etiquette is the
It is preferable to mail Announcements the day after
the wedding but they may be sent up to one year after
Contrary to its name, informal notes are rather formal.
An informal note is a small folded note card, personalized
on the front with a name or monogram. It may be used
for many purposes such as thank-you notes, gift enclosures,
informal invitations and any brief correspondence.
More informal than a note, these cards are used for
thank-you’s, informal invitations and short notes.
Correspondence cards are flat, heavy cards which have
a name, monogram or coat of arms at the top.
Gift Acknowledgment Card.
This card is used as a courteous and quick way to acknowledge
that a wedding gift has been received. Gift acknowledgement
cards are sent when the bride is going on a long honeymoon
or when she has a very large wedding and is unable to
reply promptly with personalized written notes.
Ordering and Mailing Invitations
Ordering Time Schedule :
Wedding invitations should be mailed four to six weeks
prior to the wedding date. They should be ordered early
enough to allow both the stationer and calligrapher,
should one be used, sufficient time to process the invitations
and envelopes. It is best to allow the stationer four
to six weeks and the calligrapher an additional two
weeks; therefore, invitations should be ordered at least
three months prior to the wedding date.
Correct Postage :
Once you have received your invitations, a complete
sample with its corresponding enclosures should be assembled
and weighed to determine the correct postage. The added
weight of the enclosure card(s) may require additional
Engraving - Often considered the ultimate
printing process, engraved lines are the sharpest and
most distinct. In this age of ever-changing technology,
engraving, created by craftsman centuries ago, is still
the preferred symbol of quality and elegance, unequaled
by any other technique.
A copperplate or steel die, meticulously etched with
the copy to be printed, is placed in position on the
engraving press. The plate is inked and wiped so that
the ink remains in the recesses of the etched lettering
or copy. Each invitation or accessory is individually
fed into the press. Pressure forces the paper into the
ink-filled crevices of the plate causing the image to
be transferred and raised on the paper. It is this third
dimension that creates the sharp definition associated
with the engraving process. Due to the pressure exerted
by the die press, an indentation is created on the back
of the paper and a bruise is created on the front around
Thermography - Sometimes called raised
printing, thermography creates its raised image without
a copperplate. Thermography is a process produced by
dusting slow-drying ink with a resinous powder and then
applying heat. The powder fuses with the ink to create
a glossy, raised impression. Thermography provides an
appealing technique, adding a dimensional affect to
Lithography - Also known as flat printing,
lithography is produced by using the offset process
of printing. Because the appearance is flat and one-dimensional,
lithography works well combined with other processes.
Embossing - Embossing produces a raised
relief image through the use of a die, heat and pressure,
literally reshaping the paper. Depending on the die,
impressions can be created with a single level, multi-level,
rounded, beveled or sculptured effects.
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