By Ava Forsythe. Invitation Card Types. Published at Friday, June 01st, 2018 - 17:35:15 PM.
Put a Stamp on It: It may seem obvious, but it's easy to forget: If you want guests to mail back their reply cards, include stamped (and addressed) envelopes. That way they don't have to pay for the postage. Traditionally, the return envelopes should be addressed to whoever is hosting the wedding; however, if your parents are technically hosting, but you're keeping track of the guest list, you can use your address instead. And you can find customizable stamps to coordinate with your design at The Knot Shop. Tip: Rates do change from time to time, so check before you add those stamps to make sure you have adequate postage.
The décor may range from having fancy knots that are unravelled to reveal the words, to coming as origami creations that artfully unfold into an evocative message. Thanks to the rise of Geek culture, there has even been an explosion of invitations in the form of comics. With the whole potential of sequentially juxtaposed images unlocked to you, the depth of emotion that can be invested in the canvas of a blank sheet of paper will propel your invitation to the forefront of the popular imagination. You can match the theme of the invitation to the wedding, or you can be adventurous and have fun with it; your engagement is just the start of many celebrations! So pace out whatever you think needs to be said and march to a drumbeat that you alone can hear. It is your imagination and your wallet that make your card unique, attractive and beautiful.
Count Your Households: You don't need an invitation for every guest. Take a look at your guest list and figure out how many houses need invitations before you give your stationer a number—you might be able to cut your order in half. Cohabiting couples get one invitation; for couples living apart, you can either send one invite to the guest you're closer with (and include both names on the inner and outer envelopes), or you can send out separate invitations. Families get one invitation (addressed to "The Smith Family," for example). The exceptions: Children who don't live at home (like college students) or anyone over 18 who lives at home should get their own invitation.
Choose Your Words Wisely: Learn the rules to wording your invitation. Traditionally, whoever is hosting is listed first on the invitation. Customarily, you should spell everything out, including the time of the ceremony. On classic wedding invitations, there's always a request line after the host's name—something like "so and so request the honor of your presence." The wording can change as the hosting situation does, so make sure to double-check you've added everyone who should be included.
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