STUFFING THE ENVELOPES: SQUARE AND TEA-LENGTH SIZES
Yesterday I shared a visual guide on how to stuff envelopes for a set of standard, rectangle-shaped invitations. As promised, today I will focus specifically on unique sizes… namely square and tea-length invites. Stuffing these envelopes really is not much different but since I receive several questions about these particular sizes, I figured it would be worthwhile to post a separate visual guide.
First: Square invites. This set includes the invitation with double envelopes and the response set:
Just as shown yesterday, you will want to address the invitation envelopes and add stamps to the response envelopes first. Then, stack your various cards on top of the invitation. In this case, there’s no need to turn the response set vertically – simply place it horizontally on top of the invitation.
Insert the stack of cards into the inner envelope with the text facing up towards the flap so the design is visible when the inner envelope is first opened:
Place the inner envelope inside the outer envelope, making sure the names on the inner envelope face up towards the flap so the writing is visible when the outer envelope is opened. When you’re ready to add your stamps, remember that square invitations require more postage than standard sizes.
Now, the tea-length invitations are the ones we get the most questions about. I think the confusion comes in because of the tall envelope – brides often ask us how a 5″ wide response card can fit inside such a long, skinny envelope. Also, the fact that the flap is on the short end of the envelope tends to be a bit confusing for some. Fret not. Here’s how it works:
Here, we have an invitation with double envelopes, response set and enclosure card.
As usual, the various cards should be arranged by size, from the largest to the smallest, which means the invitation will be at the bottom of the stack. Group the the response card and response envelope together then turn the response set vertically and place it on top of the invitation (images 2 & 3 below). The reception card and any other enclosures would then be stacked on top.
You’ll notice that the flaps of our tea-length envelopes are located on the short end of the envelope (these are called French flaps) – don’t let that throw you off. When addressing the envelopes, lay them horizontally as you normally would… it’s just that the flap will be on the right side rather than at the top (like with a standard business size envelope).
Insert the inner envelope into the outer envelope as usual, add postage and you’re good to go! Depending on how many enclosures are included in your set, the postage could vary a bit but there are no special postage rates for tea-length envelopes.
That’s it for stuffing envelopes. Tomorrow we’ll chat about methods of addressing.