Ahhh…the envelope. So many questions arise when it comes to the envelope. One of the biggest: Do I need an inner and outer envelope? No one really NEEDS both an inner and outer envelope. The real question is: would you LIKE both? Traditionally, wedding invitations were delivered by horseback (i.e. the good ol’ Pony Express). The horses’ hooves would kick up a lot of dust so the outer envelope was an added layer of protection. The messenger would remove the outer envelope to reveal the pristine inner envelope to the invited guest. Since my friends at the Post Office have upgraded from horses there’s really no true need. Many couples choose to go with a pocket card or pocket folder which can serve the same purpose as an outer envelope. However, if you’re going for a super traditional look then you may choose to include both an inner and an outer envelope.
The other big question in regards to envelopes is addressing. There are whole books and websites dedicated to the etiquette of addressing envelopes. I’ll be touching on addressing etiquette shortly, but if you simply cannot wait check out Martha Stewart and Emily Post. Dear LC offers guest addressing in fonts to match your invitations. But if you’re looking something with more of a personal touch, and let’s just say your handwriting isn’t up to snuff, you might want to look into hiring a calligrapher.
Calligraphy is very hot right now! It’s truly an art form and with everything going digital nowadays it’s a great way to spice things up. Personally I love the work of Megan Chapin. Her work is featured on my website photography and she’s just a doll to work with.
That about wraps it up for the Anatomy of a Wedding Invitation series!