wedding invitation is a letter asking the recipient
to attend a wedding. It is typically mailed six to eight
weeks before the wedding date. Wedding invitations may
be printed using one of the following methods: engraving,
lithography, thermography, letterpress printing, sometimes
blind embossing, offset printing, and more recently,
on laser and inkjet printers as many do-it-yourself
brides are printing on their home computers. Invitations
can be ordered from an artist, or vendor specializing
in invitations. For the artistically inclined, they
can be handmade.
Traditionally, 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.
More recently, the inner envelope is often left out
in the interest of saving money and postage. In some
cases, a pocketfold takes the place of an inner envelope.
Traditionally, the mother of the bride addresses the