Let’s go back to the old days…when snail mail was the main method of communication and expecting a week or two in-transit before a friend would receive your message was the norm. Your recipient may have even received your letter torn, tarnished or bent by the time it reached them. This is how the double envelope was invented for the wedding invitation.
While offering a traditional style and a formal feel to your wedding invitation, the double envelope actually served a large purpose years ago for sending out your mailing invitations. Your invitation and accessory pieces would be neatly placed into the inner envelope which as a whole was then placed into the outer envelope for addressing and mailing. When your guests received your wedding invitation, they were able to tear through the outer envelope and still have an untarnished complete wedding ensemble inside. This extra protection made sure that your guests received all of your invitation for your big day.
Today our mailing systems have vastly improved and we no longer need to be concerned about the condition of our mail as it arrives to our guests. However, many retailers still offer double envelopes to their customers – including vendors we offer like Birchcraft Studios, William Arthur, Embossed Graphics and Checkerboard. Having an invitation with a double envelope gives off an element of class, formality and elegance and also allows for you to clarify for your guests who is invited, rather than having to list everyone on the outer envelope. For example, you may put “Mr. and Mrs. Smith and family” on the outer envelope with the address and then on the font of the inner envelope write, “Mike and Carol, Tyler & Chris”. Your inner envelope should be addressed on the front with your guests names only.
When choosing an inner envelope option, remember that your inner envelopes are not gummed, meaning you will not lick or seal them before mailing. The double envelope provides your guest with a protective envelope that they don’t have to rip to read your invitation details, hence the non-glue. If you order an envelope liner the inner envelope will be lined, rather than the outer envelope. Your outer envelope will be slightly larger than your inner envelope and will be gummed.
Many brides are taking a contemporary view to their wedding invitations and are not using the double envelope anymore. This is perfectly acceptable either way. Also, many odd shaped invitations, (square or items with ribbons, vellum sleeves, pockets or embellishments), will not have the option for double envelopes. Should you see an invitation you like online that doesn’t automatically include or offer double envelopes don’t hesitate to ask us if they are available to you! Many vendors offer double envelopes as an option, but not an included accessory.