By Sonja Summers. Party Invitations. Published at Tuesday, May 22nd, 2018 - 09:30:24 AM.
Often, wedding invitations are mailed in double envelopes. The inner envelope may be lined, is not gummed, and fits into the outer envelope. The outer envelope is gummed for sealing and addressing. Tissues are often provided by manufacturers to place over the engraved text, originally this tissue protected the engraving against smudging or blotting, but improved printing techniques mean they are now simply decorative. Traditionally, the mother of the bride addresses the wedding invitations. However, if she chooses not to, the mother of the bride may outsource this responsibility to a professional calligrapher or a friend with good penmanship. In countries that issue them, the envelope may be franked with love stamps. The United States postal service issues a love stamp each year specifically denominated to cover the double weight of the invitation and reply (a rate slightly less than the cost of two regular stamps).
A save the date is similar to an invitation and is mailed up to one year before the wedding date. Save the dates simply announce that the wedding date has been set and encourages recipients to plan for the event. It is not used as a substitute for the wedding invitation and typically mentions that an invitation will follow. The save the date can also allow you to let guests know what area of the country the wedding will be held. Save the Date cards are only necessary for weddings that occur on holidays or destination weddings. They are an optional piece for weddings not occurring on holidays or destination weddings.
Clear plastic tubes are commonly used for those who choose to mail invitations in tube form. For the most part, sending the invitation in a clear tube will give the invitation a special look. This is a great way of sending an invitation to a wedding, baby shower or bridal shower. These tubes are more than likely plastic and very durable. The invitations are made out of traditional invitation paper and rolled like a scroll to be placed inside the tube. Then the invitations are adorned with an address label and sent to the guest being invited to the party.
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