How to Stuff Wedding Invitations

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Figuring out how to stuff invitations can be a difficult task. Between the tissue paper, response card, reception card, inner envelopes and other trinkets, it is easy to be overwhelmed with the process of assembling your wedding invitations.

Since I'm a visual learner, I created this hub with lots of pictures and a video. My goal is to answer questions such as:

  • How do I stuff my bi-fold wedding invitations?
  • How do you assemble pocket invitations?
  • How do I put my wedding invites together?
  • etc.

Scroll down to see pictures of each piece of your wedding invitations and basic instructions on how to put them together. Or, you can simply watch the video below to see it all in action!

Bi-fold wedding invitation
Bi-fold wedding invitation

Bifold Wedding Invitations

Before learning how to stuff bifold wedding invitations, you'll need to know all the pieces of the puzzle. Here's a rundown of the items you might (or might not) have with your bi fold wedding invitations:

Bi-fold wedding card
Bi-fold wedding card

Wedding Invitations

This is the centerpiece of your invitation ensemble. Wedding invitations come in a variety of sizes and flavors, but for this example we have a bi-fold wedding invitation.

This particular invitation involves some light assembly- the bow will need to be put on each wedding invitation.

Response card or RSVP card
Response card or RSVP card

RSVP or Response Card

A response card gives your guests a chance to let you know that they will or will not be attending your wedding. This is vital information in order to get a head count and keep your wedding budget in check.

Response card properly inserted into envelope
Response card properly inserted into envelope

Response Card Envelope

Along with your response cards you should have received response card envelopes. These envelopes fit your RSVP cards and should be put underneath the card with the flap showing on the top.

Also, don't forget to put a stamp on and address your RSVP card envelopes!

Reception Card

A reception card informs your guests of the location of your wedding reception and that they are invited to the reception.

There is no envelope for the reception card.

Tissue paper
Tissue paper

Tissue Paper

The tissue paper is more of a wedding tradition and doesn't serve much of a practical purpose. Tissue paper was initially used when the ink didn't dry instantly like it does today. The tissues were in place simply to prevent smudging!

Inner envelope
Inner envelope

Inner Envelope

The inner envelope of your wedding invitation ensemble isn't required but adds a nice touch. This particular one is lined in an elegant purple.

Inner envelopes have only the name/s of guests written on the front and nothing more.

Outer envelope
Outer envelope

Outer Envelope

The outer envelope of your wedding invitation ensemble is what your guests will see when the get your invitation in the mail.

The address of your wedding guests should be on the front, and the return address (if you're having it printed for you) is usually printed on the back flap.

How to Stuff Bi-fold Wedding Invitations

Here are the step-by-step directions on how to stuff bi-fold wedding invitations:

  1. Complete the minor assembly that might be required for your wedding invitations (stick bows or ribbons onto the invitations, etc.)
  2. Put a single tissue paper on top of the print on the invitations
  3. Place your reception card and/or printed informal note card on top of tissue paper, facing up
  4. Place your RSVP card with envelope (as seen in photo!) on top of the items in step #3
  5. Close your bi-fold wedding invitation and place it into the inner envelope, facing up. The goal is to have the invitation ensemble be pulled out by your guests and readily readable (not up-side-down or reversed).
  6. Address your inner envelope with only the guests' names, close it and place it into the outer envelope facing up. Again the goal is to have it pulled out and readily readable.
  7. Address your outer envelope and voila, you're done!

Pocket invitation ensemble
Pocket invitation ensemble

Pocket Wedding Invitations

Learning how to stuff pocket invitations is a little different than other wedding invitations. First off, there are no inner envelopes. There is also a pocket that has different pieces of the wedding invite put in it.

Here's a rundown of the items you might (or might not) have with your pocket wedding invitations:

Pocket invitation
Pocket invitation

Wedding Invitations

The actually wedding invitation is a beautifully printed card that is adhered (with glue or tape) to the pocket piece itself.

The glue or double-sided tape should come with the wedding invitations, but some assembly is required here since the invitation card and the pocket piece don't come pre assembled.

Pocket response card
Pocket response card

RSVP or Response Card

A response card (often called an RSVP card) gives your guests a chance to let you know that they will or will not be attending your wedding.

Pocket response card envelope
Pocket response card envelope

Response Card Envelope

If you ordered response cards you should also have received response card envelopes. These envelopes fit your RSVP cards and should be put underneath the card with the flap showing on the top (see photo for example).

Also, don't forget to put a stamp on and address your RSVP card envelopes!

Pocket reception card
Pocket reception card

Reception Card

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A reception card informs your guests of the location of your wedding reception and that they are invited to the reception.

There is no envelope for the reception card.

Pocket outer envelope
Pocket outer envelope

Outer Envelope

The outer envelope of your wedding invitation ensemble is what your guests will see when the get your invitation in the mail.

The address of your wedding guests should be on the front, and the return address (if you're having it printed for you) is usually printed on the back flap, as seen in the photo.

How to Stuff Pocket Wedding Invitations

Here are the step-by-step directions on how to stuff pocket wedding invitations:

  1. Complete the minor assembly required of most pocket invitations (stick the invitation card to the pocket piece.
  2. Insert the reception card and/or printed informal note card vertically into the pocket at the bottom of the pocket invitation piece.
  3. Insert the RSVP card and envelope (as shown in previous picture) vertically into the pocket at the bottom of the piece. This should be on top of the reception card but it is okay to have both the RSVP and response cards showing in the invitation rather than having the RSVP card fully covered.
  4. Fold your pocket invitation closed, then insert it into the outer envelope, facing up.
  5. Address the outer envelope and voila- you're done!

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Janet21 7 years ago from New York

When I think of stuffing wedding envelopes, I can't help but be reminded of that Seinfeld epsiode where George's fiancé dies from licking cheap envelopes. LOL! Great job on the hub. :)


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Storytellersrus 7 years ago from Stepping past clutter

I need to tell you about the most amazing invitation given my sister in law. She hosted a muslim couple and their children from India and as a gift, they brought her a wedding invitation that the husband had designed for an upcoming wedding. The scroll invite was contained in a large gold box at least 15 inches long and 8 inches high and had a lid as well as drawers! I guess these invitations are delivered by a delivery person. The invitations alone ran over $1000! What a keepsake for friends and family. It was a solid memento but... overwhelming.


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WeddingConsultant 7 years ago from DC Metro Area Author

haha Janet21, I think you gave me a new idea of what to add to the hub. Let me see if youtube has that. Update: Bummer, it's not there!

@Storytellersrus What an awesome wedding invitation! I'll see what I can do about writing a tutorial hub on how to stuff those ;) Actually, there are a ton of unique wedding invitations out there: wedding invitations in a bottle, booklets, etc.


JAYNE 7 years ago

WHAT IF YOU KNEW TO PUT THE STAMP ON THE REASPONS ENVELOPES. BUT YOU FORGOT TO DO IT AND SEALED THEM UP TIGHT!?? DO YOU LOOK CHEEP OR STUPID?


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WeddingConsultant 7 years ago from DC Metro Area Author

JAYNE, that's a great question. If you've already sealed the unstamped response envelopes you have a couple options.

1. Reorder some outer envelopes from the vendor, then just rip open the envelopes with the unstamped inner envelopes. Then, put stamps on the inner envelopes and put them into your new outer envelopes.

2. Send the unstamped inner envelope invitations to close friends and family members that you know would be more understanding of your (easy to make) mistake. You could even forewarn them before they receive the wedding invitations.

Good luck!


carol 7 years ago

Traditionally you put the name of the people who are invited on the inner envelope, with pocket invitations there's no inner envelope so where do you put this information? Do you write it on the outside of the pocket?

thanks, carol


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WeddingConsultant 7 years ago from DC Metro Area Author

Carol, it is a little tricky with the pocket invitations, but it can be done.

You would just write the names of everyone invited on the outer envelope. (i.e. "Mr. and Mrs. John Smith and family").

If you only wanted the couple to attend (if the reception was adult-only, for example), you could pre-fill the number of people coming on the reception card. So if you wanted just the husband and wife to attend, you might write in the number "2" for them (in pen) on their response card. This wasn't always kosher, but is becoming more common.

Hopefully that answers your question for you.


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Ann Mason 7 years ago

A great read. I love your photos, and think your hub would be helpful to those planning a wedding. Nicely presented.


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WeddingConsultant 7 years ago from DC Metro Area Author

Thanks for swinging by Ann. I tried to make the hub pretty user friendly.


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alwaysabridesmaid 7 years ago

Thanks for sharing your ideas.......


Stephanie 7 years ago

What if you forget to mention the reception on the invitation and did not include a reception card? I have already mailed them. Should I send out a separate response card?


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WeddingConsultant 7 years ago from DC Metro Area Author

Stephanie, that's a good question. I would most certainly mail out a separate response card to let your guests know there is a reception. If you don't, many will assume there is no reception.

You might also want to include a small note explaining the situation if you'd like.


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kezan98 7 years ago from UK

A fantastic hub - WeddingConsltant it's nice to know there are still people in the wedding industry who offer useful advice.


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WeddingConsultant 7 years ago from DC Metro Area Author

kezan98- welcome to hubpages! I'm glad you liked the hub. I'm always here trying to help out with weddings as it seems you are as well :)


jessica 4 years ago

I dont know if i folded my response cards the wrong way because they are the fold over kind

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