What is Assembly?

We offer assembly of most invitations that are layered or that have embellishments (for example the Versailles or Victoria Damask invitations). Assembly means that we will adhere each layer of the invitation together or tie any bows or ribbons. If you order a Pocket or Bloom, all of your layers will be mounted directly onto the Pocket or Bloom, unless otherwise specified. If you order an invitation with ribbon, your ribbon will be cut and attached to your invitation. Assembly does not include inserting your invitation and accessory cards directly into your envelopes.

We do not assemble any accessories such as seals, etc. If you are assembling yourself, we recommend a strong, thin double sided adhesive to attach the different layers of the invitations. Please DO NOT use any type of "wet" glue, since you don't want the cardstocks getting damp or wet which can lead to wrinkling and/or buckling, and in some cases we have found with rubber-cement glue, the actual letters falling off your invitation!

Addressing the Inner Envelope

Historically, the footman would deliver the wedding invitations, set inside an outer envelope. A servant would receive the package and remove the inner envelope from the outer. They would then deliver the invitation to the appropriate member of the household to whom the inner envelope was addressed.

Today, many brides continue to use both an inner and outer envelope, as it has become part of traditional wedding invitation etiquette. The inner envelope is smaller than the outer envelope and has traditionally been marked only by the titles and last name(s) of the guest(s).

Here are some guidelines (both traditional and contemporary) for addressing your inner envelopes. Either format is acceptable and will depend on your personal style and the level of formality of your event.

Married Couple (same last name)

Formal:
Mr. and Mrs. Baldwin

Contemporary:
James and Heather

Married Couple (different last names)

Formal:
Ms. Swift and Mr. Brookes

Contemporary:
Sandy and George

Single Woman

Formal:
Miss Cartwright and Ben (only if you do not know the name of the guest should you write "and guest")

Contemporary:
Cynthia

Single Man

Formal:
Mr. Anderson

Contemporary:
Ben

Unmarried Couple (at same address)

Formal:
Ms. Smith and Mr. Green

Contemporary:
Colleen and James

If children or families are invited, their names are listed under those of the parents:

Formal:
Mr. and Mrs. Brown or Kevin and Katrina

Contemporary:
Andrea, Steve and family or Andrea, Steve, Kevin and Katrina

Judge
if single: Judge Brown
if married: Judge Brown and Mrs. Brown

Doctor (Medical)
if single: Doctor Grimes and Guest
if married: Doctor and Mrs. Grimes

Doctor (PhD)
if single: Dr. Henry Skinner and Guest
if married: Dr. and Mrs. Skinner

Married Woman Doctor
Doctor Strokes
Mr. Miller

Married Couple, Both Doctors
The Doctors Kelly

Clergy
The Reverend White

Officer- Male, active duty or retired from service
Captain and Mrs. Greene

Officer- Female, active duty or retired from service
Captain Hart
Mr. Carl Waters