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5 Advice Tips for 

Wedding Invitation Envelopes

  January 6, 2023

1. ORDER EXTRA ENVELOPES (especially if you use a calligrapher)

We advise our couples to order extra invitations and envelopes when placing their order for several of reasons: family and friends move and you may need to update their address, a name could be spelled incorrectly, it could get returned in the mail to you, or you may find out for some reason your guest did not receive the invitation at all. And no matter how many times you go over your guest list we can guarantee something will change between when you order and when you send your invitations.

 

2. GUEST ADDRESSING

You want to make sure you send an invitation to everyone that is invited: your parents, each person in the bridal party (including your ring bearer and flower girl), Clergy or Officiant, and guests over 18 (even if still living at home) should get their own invitation.

Who the envelope is addressed to is who is invited, so be as specific as you can. If you are inviting someone and a guest, you will need to write Mr. John Smith and Guest, if you know the guest’s name you should write Mr. John Smith and Ms. Jane Doe.


Make sure you spell out abbreviations. For example, 610 E. Central St., W. Chester, PA 19380 should be 610 East Central Street, West Chester, Pennsylvania 19380. You will want to spell out all directional, street, and state names. Spell out titles of your guest’s names too.


3. GUEST ADDRESSING AND FAMOUS PEOPLE

After mailing your invitations out to your friends and family, and you find yourself with a few extra, try your luck by sending some to celebrities and/or companies! Some couples who have mailed invitations to Disney characters like Mickey and Minnie Mouse have ended up receiving keepsakes and souvenirs in return. Others have chosen to mail invitations to Taylor Swift, Jimmy Kimmel, Beyoncé, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, Starbuck, and so many more. Couples who have tested this out have received notes in response! (See our recent Blog on this - idoinvitations.net/blogs-continued.)


4. SEALING YOUR ENVELOPE:

Instead of licking your envelopes closed you can use a white glue stick.


5. POSTAGE

Take a fully assembled invitation suite to the United States Post Office and get it weighed. Then purchase postage for your response cards and invitation envelopes based on the size and weight. Affix the postage on the envelopes. Take your invitations back to the USPS and ask the Postmaster to “hand-stamp” your invitation envelopes. You can then enjoy getting your responses back in the mail!


~Valerie Osiecki

Disney

Order enough invitations

Shadow Box Invitation

Invitation to tile

How Many Invitations Do You Really Need?

  December 21, 2022

The answer is…more than you think! Most people, when it comes to ordering invitations, order only for the number of couples they have, and maybe a few extras just in case. While that is a good starting point, you need to order more than you really think. Before deciding how many extra invitations you need, be sure to get an accurate count of your guest list.

One of the most common mistakes couples make when accounting for invitations is counting all of their guests instead of households. This would result in too many extra invitations.


Of course, a married couple would just get one invitation, but if they have a child that is over the age of 18 and still living in their home, they should get their own invitation. If their children are under 18 years old they can be on the same invitation of their parents. If you have a flower girl, ring bearer or any other children under the age of 18 in the wedding party, etiquette says they should get their own invitation.


After getting that number more accurate, next think of other reasons for extra invitations. For example, order a few extra invitations for yourself and your parents/in-laws as keepsakes. Get another invitation for your photographer for your details pictures. If you want to have your invitation framed around either your house or your bridal shower, those might be other instances where you need an extra invitation or two. It is cases like this that order a few extra will come in handy.

Additionally, you might get a few invitations returned to you in the mail because someone moved, and you will need to resend, or you might find out someone didn’t get the invitation you sent and need to send another one.


Also, you might want to send some invitations to businesses or celebrities and try your luck. (Read the blog below here.)


If you order some extras now, and you need more later it will save you a lot of money. (Read this blog.) You never know what can happen and always having a few extra invitations on hand can take the stress away!


    ~Julia Costello

Disney

Mickey & Minnie Mouse

King or Queen

President

Did You Know You Could Send Invitations to Celebrities? Keep Reading!

    November 2, 2022

You may have read this title and thought “WHATTTT?!! I can send invitations to celebrities?” The short answer is yes. Although it may seem rather silly and unrealistic, sending an invitation to a celebrity may come with some benefits.


After mailing your invitations out to your friends and family, and you find yourself with a few extra, test your luck by sending some to celebrities and/or companies! Some couples who have mailed invitations to Disney characters like Mickey and Minnie Mouse have ended up receiving keepsakes and souvenirs in return. Others have chosen to mail invitations to stars like Taylor Swift, Jimmy Kimmel, Beyoncé, Meghan Markle and Prince Harry, Starbuck, and so many more. Couples who have tested this out have received notes in response!


When we send you the Excel spreadsheet to be filled out with the names and addresses of who will receive your wedding invitations we have a short list of celebrity names and addresses for you. Or you can find the information for the stars and companies online and even the addresses where they prefer to receive fan mail (which may be a good address to send it to in order to receive a response)!


How wonderful would it be if you got a response, even if it is a standard response? Or even better, if Elon Musk's secretary opens your invitation and looks at the calendar and knows he cannot make your wedding and sends a present? And in the best case scenario, they actually show up! You hear about these stories! It could be YOU!


You never know what can happen, but it is fun to try it out! You never know what or who may turn up in your mailbox or your wedding!


    ~Julia Costello

Escort Cards

Escort Cards

Place Card

Escort Cards vs. Place Cards: 

The Differences

    October 5, 2022

Now that your seating chart is out of the way (phew!) let’s talk place cards, escort

cards, and their differences! Now you may be saying to yourself “Wait…there are

differences? I thought you could use the words interchangeably!” The answer to

your question is yes, there are in fact differences, but lucky for you we are here to

go over it!  Let’s break it down! 


Escort cards direct guests to a table rather than a seat. They are more informal  than place cards and allow guests to choose their own seat at the table. Typically, escort cards are placed outside the entrance to the dining room. Guests will find their escort card and make their way to their table. 


Place cards, on the other hand, indicate a specific seat for each guest, making them more ideal for sit-down dinner receptions. They are placed at each table to designate each guest’s place.


The differences are slight, but it is always best to know this information.


    ~Julia Costello

Escort Cards

How to Easily Create a Seating Chart

September 10, 2022

With planning a wedding comes many, many, many orders of business. One that

you might be tempted to put off at first because you don’t feel like doing it or it’s

too tedious is... your seating chart, but you need to do this quickly after you have all your responses because now you need to make (and print) your seating chart.


With this very helpful DIY tip, you can conquer your seating chart in a breeze!

The first thing you will want to do is get a large piece of paper (or poster board)

and draw out circles for the amount of tables you will have. Next, you will want to

get little stickies and write the names of your guests. Feel free to categorize them

by color like in the picture below! Start placing your stickies around the various

tables until you are happy with the seating layout! The best part of this hack is that you can move around the stickies and test out different arrangements until finding the one that is best for you.


We hope this tip is helpful in your wedding planning process and that it can help

take some of the stress out!


    ~Julia Costello