The primary function of the invitation is to inform guests of the date, time, place and hosts of the wedding or special event. Choose your invitation carefully, as it plays a major role in setting the tone and mood for your celebration. The wording, font and ink color you choose are also important when establishing and carrying through your event theme. Whether traditional or contemporary, your invitation should convey the feelings and sentiments you wish to share.
If your ceremony or banquet will be small and private, share your joyful news with friends, distant relatives and colleagues with an announcement. It should be sent out immediately after the event. Every H2 Cards invitation serves as a perfect announcement with a simple change in wording. We also offer a great selection of baby announcements for the proud grandparents/parents to share the birth of their precious little one.
Blank envelopes are included with all invitations. A return address may be printed on the flap of the outer envelope to ensure the return of any undeliverable invitations.
Enclosed in your invitations, Response cards are later returned by guests (usually two to three weeks before the event) to give you an accurate attendance count. This allows you to make appropriate preparations according to the number of people attending. The Response cards include matching envelopes printed with your name and address. Be sure to place a stamp on each envelope as a courtesy to your guests.
Help guests easily find the way to your event with a printed direction/map card enclosed with each invitation. The direction cards are available in a variety of colors to match all your other enclosure cards.
Reception cards invite guests to special events preceding or following the wedding ceremony, such as the rehearsal dinner, wedding breakfast, reception, dinner and dance, or gift opening. It can also be used as At Home Cards to inform friends and family of your new address. Both cards should be enclosed with your invitations.
Thank You Cards
A beautifully printed “Thank You” on the front of a folded card immediately conveys your appreciation for your guests’ attendance and gifts. Many of our thank you cards are designed to coordinate with the invitations we offer. Notes may be printed inside with a verse of appreciation and your names or left blank for handwriting your personal message.
(Socially correct addressing: tips & rules)
When inserting a foldover invitation into an envelope, the fold goes into the envelope first. Enclosures are placed on the pile writing-side up. Enclosures with accompanying envelopes (i.e., RSVP cards) should be tucked under the flap on the envelope and then placed on the pile with the partially covered writing on the card face up. Insert the ensemble into the envelope in the following order: invitation, reception card, direction card and RSVP set. If you have a foldover invitation, place the enclosures face up inside the fold.
It is traditional to use the complete, formal name and address of your invited guests on the outer envelope of a double envelope set (or on the outside of a single envelope). For US addresses, the zip code should be included 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 on the inner envelope.
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).
Mr. & Mrs Jones Chen
Peter, Donald and Mary
If you are allowing single people (who are not dating anyone long-term) to bring a guest, you would indicate this on this inner envelope by adding “and guest” to their title and surname.
If your invitation set does not include double envelopes, write the complete, formal name and address of your invited guests on the outside of the single envelope. Children’s names should be listed below parents’ names on the envelope.
If you are allowing single people (who are not dating anyone long-term) to bring a guest, you would indicate this on the outside of the single envelope by adding “and guest” line beside the single guest’s name.
Do not use abbreviations on the envelope other than “Mr.” or “Mrs.”
Spell out Avenue, Road, Street, etc. as well as the State name.
• Mr. - adult males
• Miss - never married female, regardless of age
• Mrs. - married, separated, widowed or divorced female
• Master - young male, usually under the age of 18
• Ms. - separated or divorced females, married females who kept their maiden name
• Mmes. - Mesdames, married same sex female couple with same last name
• Mssrs. - Messieurs, married same sex male couple with same last name
• Doctor - usually used for Medical Doctors only, but it’s common for most doctoral degrees
• Children - oldest to youngest if listed individually
• Unmarried couple living together - list the lady’s name first
• Married couple with different last names - list the lady’s name first
• If one person is a Doctor - list the Doctor first, regardless of gender
• If both are Doctors - Use “The Doctors Doe” on inner and outer envelopes
• If one person is a Reverend - list the Reverend first, regardless of gender
• If one person is Military - list that person first, regardless of gender
• If both are Military - list the person with higher rank first, regardless of gender
• If one person is a Judge/Justice - list that person first, regardless of gender
• Gay couple - oldest first unless they’ve stated differently
Use of Plurals
when names end in:
• o add an s - The Delanos
• y add an s - The Purdys
• s add an es - The Joneses
• z add an es - The Cortezes
• sh add an es - The Marshes
• x add an es - The Foxes
• ch add an es - The Bunches
Never use apostrophe in family names to indicate plural:
• WRONG: The McCarthy’s
• CORRECT: The McCarthys
Remember, before purchasing stamps, have at least one fully assembled invitation weighed at the post office to determine proper postage. Don’t forget to purchase stamps for the response (Rsvp) envelopes as well.