ASSEMBLING WEDDING INVITATIONS: A STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE
You’ve ordered your wedding invitations, purchased postage, and addressed the envelopes—now what? Once you’ve received your finished invites from the printer, it’s time to get everything out the door! The first step of understanding how to stuff wedding invitations is to make sure all of the various stationery pieces are in the proper order. Save time (and confusion!) by following our guide to correctly assembling wedding invitations.
For the most part, wedding invitations are assembled in size order, with each card placed face up and the largest card on the bottom. Start with the invitation card on the bottom, print side up.
If a sheet of tissue paper came in between each invite, it’s your choice whether to include it or not (traditionally, the tissue was used to prevent the ink from smearing). If you’d like to include it, place the sheet of tissue on top of the invitation card.
Next, place the reception card face up on top of the wedding invite.
Place the remaining enclosure cards—i.e., map card or hotel accommodations card—face up on top of the reception card.
Place the reply envelope—printed side-down—on top of the enclosure cards, with the envelope flap on the left; this envelope should be pre-printed with the mailing address. Then, insert the reply card under the envelope flap, face up so the printed side is visible. (Don’t forget to pre-stamp the reply envelope; this will save your guests from having to dig around for postage.)
If the main wedding invitation is a folded card, place enclosures within the folded invitation (not on top).
If you’re using two envelopes—an inner envelope (printed with guests’ names) and outer envelope (printed with guests’ names and address)—insert the fully assembled invitation suite into the inner envelope (left edge first for a single-card invitation; folded edge first for a folded invitation). Leave the inner envelope unsealed; when the flap is opened, guests should be able to read the invite as they take it out without having to turn the card.
Next, put the unsealed inner envelope inside the outer envelope with the guests’ names facing outward; when your guests open the invite, their names should be the first thing they see. (Note: Inner envelopes are not required and are typically used for more formal invitations.)
Traditionally, calligraphy is used for the inner and outer envelopes; if you’re hiring a calligrapher, be sure to get your envelopes to him or her at least two to three weeks before you need them. Alternatively, you could skip the calligraphy and save time by having your stationer print the names and addresses directly on the envelopes.
If you’re using just one envelope to mail your paper suite, insert the fully assembled invitation suite into the envelope (left edge first for a single-card invitation; folded edge first for a folded invitation). Again, when the flap is opened, guests should be able to read the invite as they take it out without having to turn the card.
Use a bottled envelope moistener to wet the gummed edge of your outer envelopes; be careful not to use too much—you don’t want soggy, puckered envelopes. After you’ve sealed all the envelopes, place a heavy book or two on top of the stack to ensure all of them are securely sealed.
Before you mail your wedding invitations, bring a fully assembled set to the post office and ask them to weigh it so you know exactly how much postage you’ll need (be sure to also ask about international postage rates, if applicable). Once all your envelopes have been stamped with sufficient postage, we recommend bringing them to the post office to be hand-canceled (instead of dropping them in a mailbox). Hand-cancelling alerts the post office to manually sort the envelopes instead of running them through machines; this will reduce the risk of your invites being damaged in the mail.
WEDDING INVITATION ASSEMBLY: FAQs
Will my wedding stationery arrive assembled?
Wedding invitations and all enclosure cards will be shipped to you flat in stacks and require assembly; belly bands and envelope liners also require assembly. If you ordered ribbon to add to your invitation suite, it will be shipped as a ribbon bundle and will need to be cut to your desired length.
How do you assemble wedding invitations without an inner envelope?
The same stacking order described above still applies if you are not using an inner envelope. Stack your invitation suite with your invitation on the bottom and all cards facing up. Then insert the fully assembled invitation suite into the envelope (left edge first for a single-card invitation; folded edge first for a folded invitation). Your assembled stationery stack should be in the following order:
- Reception card
- Direction card / Accommodations card
- Reply card with reply card envelope
Do you seal the inner envelope of a wedding invitation?
No. Traditionally, the inner envelope is left unsealed before being placed in the outer envelope, with the guest's name facing out.
How do you assemble wedding invitations with ribbon?
Adding ribbon is a lovely finishing touch to your wedding invitation assembly, especially when the ribbon color complements your wedding invite design. Here's our guide to assembling your paper suite with ribbon:
- Use a piece of string and wrap it around your fully assembled wedding invitation stack. Tie it however you'd like—a wraparound band, knot, or bow—and then cut the ends; measure that length of string and use it as a template so you know how much ribbon you'll need to cut for each invite.
- When cutting the ribbon to your desired length, we recommend using fabric shears for a crisp, clean cut and to prevent fraying. Cut the ribbon ends at a sharp angle or dovetail both ends for an elegant, polished look.
- For portrait-oriented wedding invitations, we recommend using the following ribbon lengths:
- Ribbon band: 13 inches
- Simple ribbon knot: 22 inches
- Ribbon bow: 30 inches
- For landscape-oriented wedding invitations, we recommend using the following ribbon lengths:
- Ribbon band: 16 inches
- Simple ribbon knot: 31 inches
- Ribbon bow: 39 inches
- If you're doing a wraparound ribbon band, we suggest using double-sided tape instead of glue, which lays flat and is less messy.
- Adding ribbon to your wedding invites will require additional postage. We suggest wrapping/tying the ribbon around your wedding invites in your desired style, then bringing a fully assembled set to the post office; ask them to weigh it so you know exactly how much postage you’ll need. We also recommend bringing all of your completed invites to the post office to be hand-canceled (instead of dropping them in a mailbox) to ensure they will be handled carefully.
How do you use a belly band?
Minted's belly bands are designed to match your wedding invites and add the perfect finishing touch to your invitation suite. The belly bands are narrow (2") strips of paper that are designed to wrap around your wedding suite; included are clear stickers to securely seal them in place. The belly bands can be personalized with your names, wedding date, or a meaningful message of your choosing.
To assemble your wedding invitation suite with a belly band, here's what you'll need to do:
1. Stack your invitation suite in the order described above, with your invitation on the bottom and all cards facing up. Your stack should be in the following order:
- Reception card
- Direction card / Accommodations card
- Reply card with reply card envelope
2. Center the belly band over your stacked suite and place the included clear sticker on one end.
3. On a flat surface, flip your suite and band over (so everything is face down). Fold the non-stickered end around the suite first.
4. Wrap the stickered end of the band tightly around the suite and adhere to the other end.
5. Slide your completed invitation suite into the envelope with the cards facing up.
Do envelope liners require assembly?
Minted's slip-in envelope liners come attached with a peel-and-seal adhesive strip for quick and easy assembly. They measure 6.5 x 5.25" in size and cover the interior of the envelope flap and drop 3/4 of the way into the envelope (note that the liners will not reach the bottom of the envelope).
Minted's envelope liners can be purchased as a matching accessory to wedding invitations; they are packaged separately from the invitation envelopes, have a pre-applied adhesive strip, and can be easily slipped into the envelope for quick assembly. To assemble the envelope liners, here's what you need to do:
1. Remove the top layer of the pre-applied adhesive strip.
2. Carefully slide the liner into the envelope using the sides of the flap to center the liner.
3. Once lined up, firmly press the liner to adhere it to the envelope.
4. Using the crease on the envelope flap as your guide, close the envelope and press the fold.
Or, you can purchase Minted's pre-lined invitation envelopes, which means no assembly is required. Each of your envelopes will arrive with a liner already in place.
How do I assemble my All-in-One wedding invitations?
Minted's All-in-One wedding invitations allow you to share wedding details and an RSVP, no separate reply card needed. Here's how to assemble your All-In-One invitations:
1. Start with your invitation lying face up, with the addressed side down.
2. Fold up the bottom RSVP panel along the pre-scored crease.
3. Fold down the top flap.
4. The folded invite should now resemble an envelope, with the top flap covering the bottom.
5. Seal the invitation closed with the clear stickers provided. We suggest using multiple stickers for a secure seal and to ensure proper USPS handling: Place the stickers in the center as well as on both sides of the invite.
How much postage will I need to mail my wedding invitations?
Minted's wedding invitations, without any additional enclosure cards (like reply cards, direction cards, accommodations cards), weigh less than one ounce. However, the best way to confirm the postage required for your mailing is to take a fully assembled invitation suite, including all enclosures and embellishments (like belly bands or ribbon), to your local post office so they can weigh it and tell you the exact postage it will require.
Does Minted send wedding invitation samples?
Yes, we would love to send you sample wedding invitations! This way, you can see our papers and printing techniques for yourself to help you visualize your wedding stationery. We offer three different sample options (all free!):
1. Free sample kit with our curated designs: This includes a handpicked mix of flat, foil-pressed, and die-cut invitations, plus swatches of our premium paper.
2. Free sample kit with your design selections: You pick your favorite wedding invitation designs, which we will add to our free sample kit and mail directly to you. To choose this option, browse our wedding invitation designs; select a favorite design and select "order a sample." Use code: 10FREE for a $10 samples credit.
3. Free sample kit with a personalized save the date: Choose from five of our unique save the date designs, personalize it with your photo and specific wedding details, and we will send it to you with our free sample kit.
Will Minted mail my wedding invitations for me?
Unfortunately, we do not offer mailing services at this time. All of our wedding stationery will be shipped to you flat, ready for assembly. But don't stress: Assembling wedding invitations is very quick and easy, especially if you have an extra set of hands (or two!). Our best advice: Host an invitation assembly party. Enlist a couple of pals or family members and show them how to stuff your wedding invitations. Get a couple of bottles of wine and some snacks, and then create a wedding invitation assembly line according to our directions outlined above. Assign everyone a task and be the one to do a final check before the wedding invitation suites are inserted in the mailing envelopes. You'll be done and ready to drop them off at the post office in no time.