A guide to Evening Invitations

 

 

Evening Invitations are probably the more functional type of invitation available. Most couples will have some guest who are present at the evening reception only, and these invitations are designed specifically for those guests. 

Whether you want them to match your day invitations, or have something a little different, evening invites are a fab way to add a little extra touch to inviting your evening guests. 

 

BUILDING YOUR EVENING INVITATIONS

In addition to the main 5" x 7" invitation card, evening invites can have additional information and extra included with them. For example, you can have them printed on the back to include details such as gift wishes, how to RSVP if required, and local accommodation or taxis details if you think this would be of help. 

You can also opt to have a seperate RSVP card with them if you would like, as some venues stipulate they need to know exact numbers of both day and evening guests, so this can help with collecting those numbers. 

 

All wording for these invites is entirely customisable to suit your information as long as it fits, so you don’t have to necessarily use the aspects we’ve included in our sample photographs.

RSVP cards are provided single sided, but the invite card itself can be supplied either single or double sided, the former being the more popular option. 

 

CARDSTOCK AND PAPER SELECTION

When it comes to the printing of the main invitation pieces (invite and RSVP), we will print in either "Modern Matt White" or "Luxe White".

Both have the same weight of 350gsm and are lovely, high-quality options.

Other colours can be provided upon request.

Designs that include watercolour artwork can only be printed on pale colours. 

ENVELOPES

For both the invitation and RSVP card we include a white or rustic kraft diamond flapped envelope included in the cost of the card itself. These are high-quality envelopes. 

However with the envelope being the first thing your guests see, you do have the option of upgrading the invitation and / or RSVP envelopes to one of our luxury handmade coloured options which may better match or compliment the colouring of your wedding day. These are provided in straight-flap format. 

The colours available are the same as our cardstock and paper selection, shown here, making it easy to colour coordinate elements of your suite together.

 

White and kraft envelopes are diamond-flapped and are traditionally gummed ready for use. Our handmade coloured envelopes are straight-flapped and require the use of a wax seal, envelope sticker or self-adhesive tape pen to seal. 

ADDRESSING

Addressing options offer both form and function and come in three forms; guest names added to invitations, RSVP envelopes addressed and / or invitation envelopes addressed. 

When it comes to wording your evening invitations, this can be done in one of three ways – they can be worded ambiguously (“You are cordially invited to join us…”), a line can be added for you to hand-write, or we can print guest names for you. 

Adding guest names can be useful if you’re opting for an adult-only reception, as it’s explicitly clear who is – and isn’t! – invited. 

If opting for a returnable RSVP card via post, pre-addressing the envelope for your guests saves them a job, is a nice neat finish, and frees up a little room on the RSVP card itself. 

Invitation envelope addressing is an elegant finish and will save you a ton of time in addressing each of the envelopes individually. If you opt for a luxury handmade envelope we can also add a traditional return address to the flap on the reverse. 

And as we can print in white ink, there isn’t a colour envelope that we can’t address for you. We also don’t use mail merge, so each envelope is personalised “by hand” to ensure the layout is perfect for every guest.

 

ACCESSORIES (WAX SEALS AND ENVELOPE STICKERS)

Evening invitations come with fewer accessory options as by default they are designed to be a little less heavy information wise. 

As a result finishing touches for you evening invitations include stickers or hand made wax seals to seal the envelopes shut. This can be a subtle touch of something extra to add if you wanted your evening guest to feel as special as the day.

Our wax seals are made entirely in-house and are available in an array of colours, with the choice of our standard house design selection, a monogram of your initials, or something entirely custom. 

 

 

Envelope stickers can also be added as a cost-effective final touch for your envelopes – these are available as white matt, clear gloss or kraft, with the white matt versions able to be coloured in ink to further blend in with your theme.

If you opt for handmade envelopes with no wax seal or sticker, we’d also recommend a tape pen as these are not provided pre-gummed.

  

HOW TO PLACE YOUR ORDER

We built this website with transparency in mind. All of the items and options described in this guide can be chosen by selecting the appropriate option(s) from the dropdown menu(s) on the product page. 

When you do this, the pricing for your order automatically updates so you can see the impact your choices are having upon the total, allowing you to control your budget by selecting appropriately. 

At this stage wording isn’t covered or requested, we’ll do this after your order is placed – we don’t run a booking / deposit system; as soon as the order is placed we’ll get to work.

 

TIMESCALES

As no two orders are the same and we operate a first-come, first-served system, timescales can be variable as there are a number of factors to consider. 

One is the complexity / size of the order and / or the number of handmade components (wax seals, coloured envelopes) included with your order. 

However the delivery of your order is broken up into the following sections:

Materials // Proofing // Production

When an order is placed we place the materials required for your order on our weekly stock ordering cycle; this typically takes a week to reach us from our supplier. 

Within 48 hours of your order being placed we will make a request for your details so we can begin proofing; which is the process where we create your invitations in digital form for you to review. Up to three rounds are included. 

The initial proofing round will be sent back to you within 5 business days of receipt of your details. If the subsequent proofing rounds are needed then responses for these rounds are sent back within 3 business days each.

Therefore if we receive responses immediately and all three rounds are used, this part of the process will take up to a maximum of 11 business days but this naturally doesn’t include the time it takes for us to receive responses from couples. 

When we have approval to proceed we request a formal sign-off via our website; this then allows us to move forward to production which can take up to 14 days for us to dispatch. 

Invitation orders are sent tracked, typically with a 2-day turnaround.

 

ASSEMBLY

When it comes to assembling suites, we mainly leave this to couples to do so the amount of assembly required will depend on the composition of your order.

 

In short, we will: 

Ensure all pieces are cut to correct sizes
Assemble and glue any coloured envelopes
Make wax seals and add a self-adhesive backing ready for them to be used

With these aspects being covered by couples:

Folding and sticking of belly bands and vellum jackets
Adhering wax seals to envelopes or vellum jackets
Adhering envelope liners

 

We provide the option of adding a self-adhesive tape pen to your order as you’ll need an adhesive option to secure vellum jackets, belly bands and envelope liners. This can also be useful for luxury handmade coloured envelopes, as these are provided with a straight flap which isn’t gummed.

     

    Any questions?

    We realise there's a lot of choice and that sometimes we've not managed to cater for everyone. So if you want to check whether something you want to do is achievable, or simply have questions about how best to put your order together, please don't hesitate to contact us.