Frequently Asked Questions
some basic info
How do I address the outer envelopes?
- Include your guests’ entire names on the outer envelopes.
- Married couples should be addressed as “Mr. and Mrs.” followed by the husband’s first and last name.
- Married couples can also be addressed using both full names
- When a woman keeps her maiden name, the names are addressed in alphabetical order, for example, “Ms. Alicea Ardito and Mr. Brian Jacobs”
- For an unmarried couple that cohabitates, address the names on two lines
- Don’t forget to include those hard-earned titles! For example “Dr. and Mrs. John Doe”. If both the husband and wife are doctors, “Drs. John and Jane Doe” is appropriate.
- A single woman should be addressed “Ms.” Whereas a single woman under 21 should be addressed as “Miss”
Is an inner envelope really necessary?
Historically, social invitations were used by the aristocracy. In the absence of the postal service, invitations would be hand-delivered by a household servant on horse regardless of weather conditions. The double envelope standard was created because the envelope would often get soiled and dirty in transit, adding a second envelope helped keep the invitation within pristine.
Nowadays, brides and grooms that choose to go with two envelopes will often address the outer envelope with formal names and titles, and reserve more personal names for the inner envelope.
We don’t want children at our wedding, how do we do this gracefully?
Technically you aren’t supposed to include any mention of those excluded from your wedding on the invitation. The best way to do this is to include only the names of those you wish to attend when addressing the envelopes. “Mr. and Mrs. John Doe” implies just the adult couple, whereas “Mr. and Mrs. John Doe and Family” implies that children are invited as well. This is the best solution I’ve found, but it also isn’t foolproof, so sometimes it’s best to also ask your maid of honor and/or best man to spread the word.
How do I place an order?
Ready, or close to ready to order? Awesome! Below are a list of items that will help me get the ball rolling on your invitation design. Copy and paste the below questions into the contact me form, answer as many as you can, and we can get the ball rolling!
Deadline should be the date by which your wedding stationery is required by you or your calligrapher for addressing the envelopes.
Number of Invitations:
Stationery Pieces Required (of the following options:)
Thank You Cards
Save the Date
Other (Fill out)
Paper Color and Weight Preferences:
Crane’s Lettra Flourescent White (300 gsm)
Crane’s Lettra Pearl White (300 gsm)
Crane’s Lettra Ecru (300 gsm)
Other (I will make every attempt to work with other paper stocks, but some don’t lend themselves to letterpress. Let me know what you’re thinking and I’ll work with you!)
Please specify desired ink colors
Custom Pantone color at additional charge of $75
Would you like any add-ons (at additional cost):
Wording (Fill Out Those That Apply)
Wedding Invitation Wording
Reply Card Wording
Reception Card Wording
Website Card Wording
Accommodations Card Wording
Directions Card Wording
Thank You Card Wording
Invitation Envelope Back Flap
Reply Envelope Front Address
Additional Notes or Customizations?
Your Shipping Address
Where I will ship your completed invitations?
Address Line 1
Address Line 2
Please share your vision, hopes and dreams for your wedding stationery. Your style, the mood of the wedding, anything you’d like to share!
How far ahead of time should I order my invitations?
Lennah Press is a busy little print shop, currently manned solely by yours truly. My availability is limited, so be sure to give yourself ample time to schedule your custom wedding suite with me. Typically, you can expect a turnaround time from the moment you contact me to the day your invitations arrive to be around three months, although some suites take additional time based on quantity and complexity.
Invitations are generally sent out six to eight weeks prior to the wedding. I recommend ordering your invitations as soon as all of your wedding information (time, date, location, etc.) is set in stone. Ideally, the sooner you place your order, the better, but I will always do my best to work with your turnaround needs.
How many invitations and envelopes should I order?
First off, remember to order based on the number of families or couples that you’re inviting, not the number of people. 100 couples/families could mean 200 people, but it would still only require 100 invitations based on the number of households. If you are certain that your guest list is set in stone, I recommend ordering an extra 10-15 invitations. Ordering a few extra now is much less expensive than having me reprint just a few invitation sets. Having a few extras gives you some wiggle room for additional invitees, and to keep a few invitations of your own along with other wedding memorabilia.
Also, keep in mind that calligraphers often require additional envelopes to account for inking mistakes. Even if you’re address invitations yourself, it’s never a bad idea to have a few extra envelopes just in case. I automatically include 10% extra envelopes with your order, you can order additional envelopes if you feel that you need them.
I’m on a budget, how do I keep the price down?
Having recently gone through wedding planning myself, I know how much the costs of a wedding can add up. I also understand that to an outsider, the cost of letterpress seems ridiculously high. I’m more than happy to discuss suggestions to keep down the price of your invitations without sacrificing the letterpress that we both know and love. Some options I recommend are: Change a two color design to one color, use two color invitation with one color pieces, use a website card to replace directions and accommodations cards, and more!
Can I see a letterpress proof of my invitation?
I’m unable to offer letterpress proofs, but we will email you a color pdf/png to review which contains all of the pieces in your invitation suite. You’ll also receive three free rounds of changes to proofs to ensure that the design is perfect before we go to print.
I love one of your previous invitations from the collections page, would it be possible to change the typeface and ink color?
Of course! Contact Me so that we can make an invitation suite that is exclusively yours.
I have a design/image that I would like to use, is this an option?
Yes! As long as you own the rights to the design/image and it lends itself to letterpress printing, there’s no charge to incorporate your design. The best format is a vector-based image, Contact Me if you have questions!
I’m a graphic designer/hired a graphic designer and have designed my own invitations, will you print them?
Yes! The only format I can accept at this time is a vector-based file with all typefaces outlined. Once again, you/the designer must own the rights to the design. If you are able to provide a completely press-ready design, I can offer a 10% discount on the printed pieces of your suite. If you go this route, please adhere to the following guidelines:
- The artwork must be entirely in black and white, saved in CMYK mode
- All fonts must be converted to outlines
- If you want more than one color, separate the colors into groups or layers (in letterpress printing, each color necessitates a separate run on the press, so I will need to order different printing plates for each color)
- The minimum line thickness is .35 points
- Include crop marks
- If the finished design will go inside of an envelope, make sure that the invitation is .25 inches smaller than the envelope in width and height.
- Letterpress works best with line art and text, although large blocks of color are possible, ink coverage on these areas will not be 100%.
- Letterpress ink is transparent by nature, a dark ink on light paper is the ideal combination. Light ink on dark paper isn’t advisable, and only works in some situations. I’ll be happy to discuss options with you!
- If you have any questions, feel free to contact me. I’ll be happy to give feedback and suggestions on your design in regards to how it would print!
How will you ship my invitations to me?
If you are local (in the Washington DC metro area) and unable to pick up invitations at my studio, I will ship your invitations via UPS Ground. A flat rate of $40 is included to all domestic orders. Should you prefer another shipping method, please let me know at design approval. I do not currently ship internationally.
Lennah Press is not responsible for damage during shipping. If your invitations are damaged in transit, you must file a claim against the carrier to recover the value. I will try to reprint the order as quickly as possible as a service to you, but will have to charge full price for the replacement.
How should I assemble my invitations?
I recommend inviting bridesmaids or family over, enjoying some wine (nowhere near the invitations, pretty please!) and sharing in this momentous occasion with loved ones. In terms of placement, the invitation goes on the bottom of the stack with the design/text side facing up. All other pieces should be arranged by size smallest on top, to largest on the bottom. Make sure to place the RSVP card under the flap of the RSVP card envelope, and don’t forget to add a postage stamp! Insert everything into the envelope, the right side of the invitation should be closest to the envelope flap.
How can I ensure that my invitations arrive to guests in good shape?
Request, nay, demand that your invitations be hand-cancelled at your post office. Skipping the machine-processing will go a long way in preserving your envelopes. This is also an absolute necessity if you’re using vintage stamps.
I cannot express how important it is to have a fully assembled invitation weighed at the post office prior to shipping all of your invitations to make sure that you have adequate postage. Imagine the humiliation if you skipped this step and received all of your invitations back from the post office with an unsightly “return to sender” stamp! I would also advise that you go to more than one post office location just to make sure. For example, when I was sending out my own wedding invitations, the first post office I visited said that it would cost X amount, but it seemed low so I tried a second location, which sure enough, gave me a completely different amount. A third post office verified for me which amount was correct.
While you’re at it, have an RSVP card and envelope weighed as well, to ensure that you don’t over or underpay for postage.
Square envelopes and other different sizes often require additional postage, just another reason to verify their weight with your local post office.
Also make sure to have a postal employee measure the thickness of your invitation, as there’s often an additional fee for thick packages.
I suggest browsing the wide variety of stamps at usps.com. Vintage stamps can be purchased on ebay, etsy and other sources. They are worth the amount printed on them, no matter if they were created 5 years ago or 50 years ago. If you go the vintage stamp route, make sure that you purchase unused stamps! Another option is to go through sites such as zazzle.com to customize your own stamps.
Are you able to print my guests’ addresses on the envelopes?
Unfortunately, letterpress makes it nearly impossible to print each of your guest’s names and addresses individually, as that would require a unique printing plate for each guest, and a separate run through the press which would end up costing you millions. Ok, maybe not that much, but it would be very, very, very expensive. Many of my clients choose to have a calligrapher address their envelopes by hand, and I can suggest a few excellent calligraphers if you’d like to pursue that route. You’ll need to get your envelopes to the calligrapher 2-3 weeks before you need them, be sure to allow adequate time!
If hiring a calligrapher is out of your budget, one option is that is gaining popularity is to print the addresses yourself by running the envelopes through your home printer. Or ask a friend or relative with really nice handwriting to address your envelopes for you!