Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Traditions of Wedding Invitations

Ever wonder why there is so many pieces to a traditional wedding Invitation? Okay so we know what the response card is for and the reception card but whats with this tissue and why so many envelopes?

Here is a little inside to those traditions:

The Outer Envelope: This envelope, like to today told which house the invitation was to be delivered to. Although today our invites go through the postal system with a stamp, years ago it was a servant of the brides house who hand delivered the invites.

The Inner Envelope: years ago the servant from the recipients house would receive the invite from the brides servant, then remove the outer envelope to reveal the clean crisp inner envelope to hand to the recipient. Inner envelopes should not be sealed.

Tissue Paper: Wedding invitations used to be hand written in black ink, so the tissue paper was used to prevent smearing. People use tissue paper today to keep with traditions.

If your going with the traditions or not, be sure you mail your invitations out in a timely matter at least 4-6 weeks before the date of your event and be sure to order at least 10% more than you need for those last minute invitees. As for cost, your invitations budget should be about 2-5% of your overall wedding budget.

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