Paper Etiquette

There are so many ins and outs of wedding stationery etiquette. We frequently get asked many of these questions, so below you will find a list of the most common questions and answers to help guide you through your invitation process. Click one of the titles below to expand for more information. If there are any questions that aren’t answered here, feel free to email us at daisyprintcompany@gmail.com.

Invitations


Invitations will generally cost between $.71 and $1.13 for US mail. The USPS charges based on 3 items: weight, thickness and machinability. A 1-ounce stamp currently costs $.50 and for every ounce over that up to 3.5 ounces, it’s an additional $.21 per ounce. Most invitations start at 2 ounces costing a minimum of $.71 for the outer envelope. If you have anything on your invitation that may cause a “bulge” in your envelope such as a ribbon or wax seal, you’ll have to factor in an additional ounce ($.21) to the cost to mail it since it will not be able to go through the post office’s machine.




Response Cards


Response card envelopes generally only require a 1-ounce stamp, costing $.50. If you did a postcard response, the stamp for postcards is only $.35. Remember, it is considered a faux pas to not include a stamp on your response envelope for your guests.




Hand Canceling


Hand canceling is when the Post Office processes your invitation by hand opposed to running it through their machines. Hand canceling is recommended as it can save on some wear and tear. If your invitation has a long way to go, it won’t guarantee that it won’t go through any machines, but can definitely help the chances. Every Post Office is different and you’ll want to check with your local Post Office on what their policy is. Some Post Offices don’t charge for this service, but some will charge the cost of an additional ounce ($.21) to hand cancel them for you.





Timing

Invitation Wording

Hosting Information


When wording your invitation there are several different options depending on your situation. See some below samples for the most commonly used options: [ Married Parents of the Bride Hosting ] Mr. and Mrs. John Prescott Robinson
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Sarah Elizabeth
to
Mr. William David Kennedy [ Divorced/Remarried Parents of the Bride Hosting ] Mr. and Mrs. John Prescott Robinson
and
Mr. and Mrs. Andrew James Jenkins
request the honour of your presence
at the marriage of their daughter
Sarah Elizabeth
to
Mr. William David Kennedy [ Bride and Groom Hosting with Family ] Together with their families
Sarah Elizabeth Robinson
and
William David Kennedy
request the honour of your presence
at their marriage




Adult Only Reception


If you prefer your reception to be adults only, there are a few ways to tactfully handle wording. Proper etiquette would start with who you addressed the envelope to. If the children’s names weren’t included, it would be assumed they’re not invited. Unfortunately, not everyone knows this. You can have a small line included on your invitation that simply says “adult reception following”. If you are still worried that some of your guests may not catch on, you can include a line on your response card that let’s you fill in the number of people you have invited for that household. “We have reserved ___ seat(s) in your honor.”





Postage

Invitations


Invitations will generally cost between $.71 and $1.13 for US mail. The USPS charges based on 3 items: weight, thickness and machinability. A 1-ounce stamp currently costs $.50 and for every ounce over that up to 3.5 ounces, it’s an additional $.21 per ounce. Most invitations start at 2 ounces costing a minimum of $.71 for the outer envelope. If you have anything on your invitation that may cause a “bulge” in your envelope such as a ribbon or wax seal, you’ll have to factor in an additional ounce ($.21) to the cost to mail it since it will not be able to go through the post office’s machine.




Response Cards


Response card envelopes generally only require a 1-ounce stamp, costing $.50. If you did a postcard response, the stamp for postcards is only $.35. Remember, it is considered a faux pas to not include a stamp on your response envelope for your guests.




Hand Canceling


Hand canceling is when the Post Office processes your invitation by hand opposed to running it through their machines. Hand canceling is recommended as it can save on some wear and tear. If your invitation has a long way to go, it won’t guarantee that it won’t go through any machines, but can definitely help the chances. Every Post Office is different and you’ll want to check with your local Post Office on what their policy is. Some Post Offices don’t charge for this service, but some will charge the cost of an additional ounce ($.21) to hand cancel them for you.





Additional Wording

Invitations


Invitations will generally cost between $.71 and $1.13 for US mail. The USPS charges based on 3 items: weight, thickness and machinability. A 1-ounce stamp currently costs $.50 and for every ounce over that up to 3.5 ounces, it’s an additional $.21 per ounce. Most invitations start at 2 ounces costing a minimum of $.71 for the outer envelope. If you have anything on your invitation that may cause a “bulge” in your envelope such as a ribbon or wax seal, you’ll have to factor in an additional ounce ($.21) to the cost to mail it since it will not be able to go through the post office’s machine.




Response Cards


Response card envelopes generally only require a 1-ounce stamp, costing $.50. If you did a postcard response, the stamp for postcards is only $.35. Remember, it is considered a faux pas to not include a stamp on your response envelope for your guests.




Hand Canceling


Hand canceling is when the Post Office processes your invitation by hand opposed to running it through their machines. Hand canceling is recommended as it can save on some wear and tear. If your invitation has a long way to go, it won’t guarantee that it won’t go through any machines, but can definitely help the chances. Every Post Office is different and you’ll want to check with your local Post Office on what their policy is. Some Post Offices don’t charge for this service, but some will charge the cost of an additional ounce ($.21) to hand cancel them for you.





Addressing

Ordering and Assembly

Invitations


Invitations will generally cost between $.71 and $1.13 for US mail. The USPS charges based on 3 items: weight, thickness and machinability. A 1-ounce stamp currently costs $.50 and for every ounce over that up to 3.5 ounces, it’s an additional $.21 per ounce. Most invitations start at 2 ounces costing a minimum of $.71 for the outer envelope. If you have anything on your invitation that may cause a “bulge” in your envelope such as a ribbon or wax seal, you’ll have to factor in an additional ounce ($.21) to the cost to mail it since it will not be able to go through the post office’s machine.




Response Cards


Response card envelopes generally only require a 1-ounce stamp, costing $.50. If you did a postcard response, the stamp for postcards is only $.35. Remember, it is considered a faux pas to not include a stamp on your response envelope for your guests.




Hand Canceling


Hand canceling is when the Post Office processes your invitation by hand opposed to running it through their machines. Hand canceling is recommended as it can save on some wear and tear. If your invitation has a long way to go, it won’t guarantee that it won’t go through any machines, but can definitely help the chances. Every Post Office is different and you’ll want to check with your local Post Office on what their policy is. Some Post Offices don’t charge for this service, but some will charge the cost of an additional ounce ($.21) to hand cancel them for you.





Invitations


Invitations will generally cost between $.71 and $1.13 for US mail. The USPS charges based on 3 items: weight, thickness and machinability. A 1-ounce stamp currently costs $.50 and for every ounce over that up to 3.5 ounces, it’s an additional $.21 per ounce. Most invitations start at 2 ounces costing a minimum of $.71 for the outer envelope. If you have anything on your invitation that may cause a “bulge” in your envelope such as a ribbon or wax seal, you’ll have to factor in an additional ounce ($.21) to the cost to mail it since it will not be able to go through the post office’s machine.




Response Cards


Response card envelopes generally only require a 1-ounce stamp, costing $.50. If you did a postcard response, the stamp for postcards is only $.35. Remember, it is considered a faux pas to not include a stamp on your response envelope for your guests.




Hand Canceling


Hand canceling is when the Post Office processes your invitation by hand opposed to running it through their machines. Hand canceling is recommended as it can save on some wear and tear. If your invitation has a long way to go, it won’t guarantee that it won’t go through any machines, but can definitely help the chances. Every Post Office is different and you’ll want to check with your local Post Office on what their policy is. Some Post Offices don’t charge for this service, but some will charge the cost of an additional ounce ($.21) to hand cancel them for you.