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Bed Bath & Beyond Wedding Invitations & Accessories Helpful Tips

Helpful Tips


Choosing your ink color and font style

Choosing your invitation verse

Addressing your envelopes

Typing special characters

Ordering your reception card

Ordering your respond card


Choosing your ink color and font style


There's more than meets the eye to lettering styles.
Let's go through the three categories of lettering styles (Yes, there's more than just fancy and not fancy):
  • Script - Script fonts imitate handwriting, but are much prettier.
  • Serif - Serif fonts have little feet at the end of the letters and are easier to read since the feet guide your eyes to the next word (e.g. Times Roman).
  • Sans serif - Sans serif fonts don't have feet and are often referred to as block fonts. (e.g. Arial).

Examples of our popular font styles are:
Bickham Script - script
Zapf Chancery Roman - serif
Globe Gothic Light - sans serif

You may choose both a Main and Accent style font on most stationery items.
Accent wording emphasizes certain information, such as names, wedding date or location. For formal invitations our designers recommend using a script font for accent wording and a serif or sans serif font for the rest of the wording.

Ink & Lettering Styles Dos and Don'ts

Don'ts.
  • Don't use fancy script fonts for all of your wording. Your invitation will be hard to read.
  • Don't choose dark inks for dark paper colors. The ink color should be easy to read and complement the invitation.


Dos.
  • Do choose the same lettering styles for the matching enclosure cards (respond card, reception card, note card, etc.) as you choose for the invitation to provide consistency. Use script fonts sparingly on enclosures.
  • Do keep your lettering styles simple. Clear wording that's easy to read is your first priority, style is second.


Style Tip: Consider using a bold font style like Times New Roman for all of your wording, but accent your names and other important information by increasing the font size.

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Choosing your invitation verse


And now for the main attraction!
The main body verse is the event announcement and is also referred to as invitation wording. You have the choice of:
  • Using the verse shown or choosing one from the selection we provide for you.
  • Editing one of our verses to make it uniquely yours.
  • Using a favorite quotation, poem, excerpt, etc.
  • Writing your own verse. Make sure these four things are included in your wording: the couple, the hosts, the date & time the ceremony begins and the location.

Visit our Invitation Wording page for examples of some of our most popular verses.

Are you curious about formal vs. informal wording?
Formal wording guidelines:
  • Spell out abbreviations. (e.g. Mr. would be Mister. Court, Street, Avenue and Road would all be spelled out.)
  • Spell out all numbers except house numbers and apartment numbers.
  • Spell out times. For example, 6:00 PM would be six o'clock in the evening.
  • Line breaks are often used instead of commas.

Informal wording is more relaxed.
Play with it! Create a fun verse that revolves around your wedding theme.

Style Tip: If divorced parents are hosting the wedding, their names should not appear on the same line. Only the names of couples should appear on the same line to avoid confusion.

Corner copy is a unique and economical option for wedding invitations. It is most commonly used instead of a reception card, but it can also be used to communicate:
  • No gifts.
  • Adult reception only.
  • Black tie optional.
  • Donations being accepted as gifts to a favorite charity.
  • Reminder to recycle this invitation.


Corner copy is usually located in the bottom left or bottom right corner of the invitation; we do not recommend copy in both corners. Since the font size is smaller, the lettering style chosen for your invitation wording may not be legible for the corner copy. If so, choose a font that looks nice but is easy to read.

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Addressing your envelopes


Our wedding invitations include blank double envelopes with the cost of the invitation. These are called the inner and outer envelopes. All respond cards include printed envelopes. These are called respond envelopes.

The outer envelope is the gummed, mailing envelope for your invitation. Outer envelopes are available printed with your return address for a slight additional charge. You may enter up to 3 lines of copy. This copy will appear on the back flap of your outer envelope. Please indicate a return address for any invitations that may not have a valid mailing address and get returned. Also, remember to purchase extra envelopes just in case mistakes are made when addressing invitations. Fastick® envelopes are available with many invitations for a slight additional charge. Fastick® envelopes have a removable strip and seal with adhesive edge. These are a great solution to sealing your envelopes fast without having to lick your envelopes! *Guidelines for addressing the outer envelopes are noted below.
Note: Before purchasing stamps, have one fully assembled invitation weighed at the post office to determine exact postage.

The inner envelope is the second envelope for your invitation. This envelope holds your invitation ensemble and is inserted into the outer envelope. Envelope liners are available in your choice of color for a small additional charge. Liners are perfect for adding a little color to your invitation ensemble. The inner envelope should be addressed with only the names of the individuals invited to the event. Also, remember to purchase extra envelopes just in case mistakes are made when addressing invitations.

The respond envelope is included with your purchase of a respond card. You will indicate 3 lines of imprint on the front of the envelope. The respond cards will be sent back to the person in charge of the guest list. Will that be your mom, dad, sister or yourself? That person's address should be what's printed as the return address on the respond envelopes. It must include a name, address, city, state and zip code. Be sure you include a stamp on the upper right corner of this envelope as a courtesy to your guests. This will ensure they send back the respond card so you can get an accurate guest count for your special occasion!

We will print your guest list for you on both your inner and outer envelopes!
If you would like us to professionally print your guest list on the front of your envelopes, please call a Customer Service Representative for more details at 1-800-285-8938 or visit our Address Your Envelopes page for more information on how to submit your guest list.

We have also included some *guidelines for addressing the front of your envelopes with your guest list.

  • Use formal names (no nicknames).
  • Middle names aren't necessary, but must be spelled out if used (no initials).
  • Spell out all words such as Apartment, Avenue, Street, etc. Etiquette says to spell out state names, but the U.S. Postal Service prefers two-letter abbreviations.
  • Only abbreviate Mr., Mrs., Ms. and Jr. Write out professional titles such as Doctor or Professor.
  • Address envelopes to both members of the married couple.
  • Address envelopes to unmarried couples with each of their names on a separate line.
  • Send separate invitations to children over 18. (Some experts say 13.)

Single Guest – Formal
Ms. Rebecca Jones
56 North Ridge Drive
Hartinger, California 28495

Single Guest – Informal
Rebecca Jones
56 North Ridge Drive
Hartinger, CA 28495

Married Couple – Formal
Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Jones
56 North Ridge Drive
Hartinger, California 28495

Married Couple – Informal
Patrick and Samantha Jones
56 North Ridge Drive
Hartinger, CA 28495

Family – Formal
Mr. and Mrs. Patrick Jones
The Messrs. Jones
The Misses Jones
56 North Ridge Drive
Hartinger, CA 28495

Family – Informal
Patrick and Samantha Jones
Carl, Ben, Clarissa and Sandra
56 North Ridge Drive
Hartinger, CA 28495

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Typing special characters


To apply accent marks, add a bullet, Roman numerals, underline, italicize, bold or align wording, referencing the list below, type the characters found next to the accent or special command you would like to apply.

Example: *To apply an accent to the "e" in fiancé, you would type: fianc\’e\

If the preview doesn't appear as desired, please give us your printing instructions via the Add Special Instructions link next to the item in your shopping cart.
Accent Marks
Acute á \’a\
Acute Á \’A\
Acute é \’e\
Acute É \’E\
Acute í \’i\
Acute Í \’I\
Acute ó \’o\
Acute Ó \’O\
Acute ú \’u\
Acute Ú \’U\
Acute ý \’y\
Acute Ý \’Y\
Accent Marks
Grave à \`a\
Grave À \`A\
Grave è \`e\
Grave È \`E\
Grave ì \`i\
Grave Ì \`I\
Grave ò \`o\
Grave Ò \`O\
Grave ù \`u\
Grave Ù \`U
   
   
Accent Marks
Tilde ã \˜a\
Tilde à \˜A\
Tilde ñ \˜n\
Tilde Ñ \˜N\
Tilde õ \˜o\
Tilde Õ \˜O\
   
   
   
   
   
   
Special Character/Alignment
Ampersand \&\
Question Down \?\
Dagger \d\
Bullet \b\
Underline <U>Your Text<U0>
Italics <I20>Your Text<I0>
Bold <O2>Your Text<O0>
Align Right <QR>
Align Left <QL>
Align Center <QC>
Leader Dots Your<^.>Text
Fill line w/space Your<^ >Text
Roman Numerals
I \I\
V \V\
X \X\
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   
   

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Ordering your reception card


The reception card lists the time and location of your reception. Reception cards are very common, but are usually only used if the location is different than the ceremony location.

You have many verse options to choose from on a reception card.
  • Use a verse from our selection.
  • Edit a verse from our selection.
  • Write your own verse.

When writing your own reception card verse, keep the style consistent with the invitation.

Formal wording guidelines:
  • Spell out abbreviations. (e.g. Mr. would be Mister. Also, Court, Street, Avenue and Road would all be spelled out.).
  • Spell out all numbers except house numbers, apartment numbers and zip codes. (e.g. 123 Haverford Street).
  • Spell out times. (e.g. 6:00 p.m. would be six o'clock in the evening.).
  • Line breaks are often used instead of commas.

Informal wording is more relaxed. Play with it! Create a fun verse that revolves around your wedding theme.

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Ordering your respond card


The respond card is more than just another enclosure; it's how you'll be keeping track of guest attendance.
The reply by date should be 2–3 weeks in advance of your wedding date to allow for an accurate count of food for the caterers, wedding favors, napkins, table décor, table numbers, place cards, programs and any other final details.

The respond card will be mailed to guests with your invitation and always includes "Accepts" and "Declines" – or similar wording. You can choose to include more information, such as meal preference and/or the dinner menu.

You have many verse options to choose from on a respond card.
  • Use a verse from our selection.
  • Edit a verse from our selection.
  • Write your own verse.

When writing your own respond card verse, keep the style consistent with the invitation.

Formal wording guidelines:
  • Spell out abbreviations. (e.g. Mr. would be Mister. Also, Court, Street, Avenue and Road would all be spelled out.).
  • Spell out all numbers except house numbers, apartment numbers and zip codes. (e.g. 123 Haverford Street).
  • Spell out times. (e.g. 6:00 p.m. would be six o'clock in the evening.).
  • Line breaks are often used instead of commas.

Informal wording is more relaxed. Play with it! Create a fun verse that revolves around your wedding theme.

Verse E1A – This is a great option if you are giving your guests a food choice!
We look forward to
celebrating with you.
Please reply by {Date}
Name _____________
Please indicate number of each
Food Choice 1 __ Food Choice 2 __


Verse E2 – This is a traditional respond verse example and very popular. The "accepts" and "regrets" will act as a reminder for guests of the importance to R.S.V.P. even if they will not be attending.
The favor of a
reply is requested
on or before {Date}
Name _____________
__ accepts __ regrets


Verse E68 – This is one of our more modern respond verses giving the guests two options to R.S.V.P.
R.S.V.P.
Please respond with confirmation or regrets
on or before {Date}
Entrée of Choice
__ Food Choice 1 __ Food Choice 2
_____________
You may also e-mail your response to:
someone@email.com


Verse E68 – This is our most popular respond verse! The M line (M__________) is the most traditional method for having guests write out their names. Example: Mr. and Mrs. John Smith or:
M
iss Jane Doe

Please respond on or before
{Date}
M _____________
__ persons will attend

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