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Wedding Invitation Deconstructed

Invitations: Wedding Invitations inform your guests about who's getting married, the date of the celebration, the time, location and hosts of the wedding. Wording may also be included on the wedding invitation to mention the location and time of the wedding reception. The design and colors of the wedding invitation, as well as the wording, lettering style and ink color you choose for printing, will all work together to introduce your wedding style and theme.

Envelopes:Unlined Inner envelopes and blank outer envelopes are included FREE with all Invitations by Dawn wedding invitations, unless noted in the item description.

Inner Envelopes

Inner Envelopes should be addressed with the names of all guests included in the invitation.
Example: Robin and Luke Nelson

The names of children under the age of 18 should be written under the parents' names.
Example: Mr. and Mrs. Peterson
Piper, Molly and Cooper

Hint: Children over the age of 18 should receive their own invitations. Omit children's names if you are planning an adult-only celebration.

If an invitation to a single guest extends to an unknown escort, address the inner envelope with your guest's name followed by "and Guest".
Example: Katy and Guest

Outer Envelopes

Outer Envelopes are addressed with the full names and formal titles of your guests and their mailing address.
Example: Mr. and Mrs. Petersen
185 W 8th Street
Maryland, CT 58954

  • Do not abbreviate except for Mr., Mrs. or Ms.
  • Do not use symbols
  • Spell out the word "and"
  • Do not use initials
  • Do not write "and family" if children are to be included in the invitation (see instructions for inner envelopes)
  • Use figures only when writing house numbers and zip codes
  • Write out the words "Street," "Boulevard," "Avenue," etc.
  • Do not abbreviate state names

Response Cards

Response Cards are necessary for accurate reception planning. The cards are printed with the date to respond by, a line for guests to fill in their names and with a line to indicate how many people will be attending the wedding. Response cards include envelopes printed with your return address FREE. Enclose the cards and envelopes with your invitations. Guests return the cards to you in the printed envelopes.

Hint: Be sure to place a stamp on each envelope for the guests' convenience.

Reception Cards

Reception Cards invite guests to the celebration after the ceremony. The cards are designed to match your invitations for a coordinated ensemble. Envelopes aren't necessary, as the cards are enclosed with your wedding invitations.

Hint: Also use reception cards to invite guests to other wedding-related events, such as your wedding brunch, gift opening party, family photo sessions, etc.

Map Cards

Map Cards help guests easily find the way to your wedding and reception locations. The printed cards are enclosed with your wedding invitations. Map cards are available in white and ecru paper to match your invitations and keep your ensemble beautifully coordinated. For best results, draw your map on unlined white paper with a black, fine-tipped marker.

Accommodation Cards

Accommodation cards let your out-of-town guests know where they can stay as well as any other important travel details you may want to include. Include hotel information, phone numbers and suggested reservation deadlines. These cards are particularly important if you're having a destination wedding.

Thank You Notes

Thank You Notes are a necessary part of your wedding experience so make it fun with personalized thank you notes. You can choose to purchase a thank you that matches your wedding invitation or find a style that really shows off your personality. The rules of thank you note writing are as follows:

  1. Send within three months of your wedding date.
  2. Always hand write your thank you note.
  3. Make it as personal as possible by mentioning the gift the guest gave you and why they are a special part of your lives.