Invitations 101: What Invitation Pieces Do I Need?

Invitations 101: What Invitation Pieces Do I Need?

The prospect of ordering invitations can be overwhelming. There are so many options, styles, pieces, papers, fonts, colors, etc. that it can be hard to figure out where to start. The best place to start is by figuring out what invitation pieces you’ll actually need. That way, as you start looking at designs, styles and papers you’ll also be able to accurately figure out pricing.

An invitation suite usually has anywhere from 2-5 cards plus envelopes. We’ve put together this handy guide to help you figure out what you need and what you don’t. The most common cards and enclosures are:

A. Invitation
We’ll start with the invitation, since that’s what this whole thing is about! Most invitations are for the ceremony and list all of the important information: the couple’s names, parents’ names (if desired), date, time and location. If your ceremony and reception are in the same place, it’s fine to just write something like “Reception to follow” at the bottom of the invitation, which implies that everything is held in the same location. If they are in different places, most times you will also need a Reception Card (D).

It’s not uncommon, especially with destination weddings or a private ceremony, to have two separate invitations, one for the people invited to the actual ceremony and another invitation for those that are invited just to the reception. In that case, it’s just a matter of changing the wording to make it clear that the invitation is for the reception only.

B. Outer Envelope(s)
Wedding invitations can have either single or double outer envelopes. Traditionally, all invitations came with double envelopes. The outer envelopes would be addressed formally with the name and address of the guests. Inside of that would be a slightly smaller, non-gummed envelope (doesn’t seal) with only the names of the guests that would contain the invitation and all of the enclosure cards.

In the past few years, many invitations have gone to single envelopes. There are pros and cons to both. Some people like the formality and how a double envelope looks. With a single envelope, you do need to change the address format slightly to make sure that all of the guests’ names are included on the outer envelope, since you don’t have the inner one for that. On the other hand, double envelopes can increase costs due to having to pay for a second envelope and a potential increase in postage because of the added weight.

One of the most common questions I get is, “Why are there double envelopes?” Like a lot of other wedding things…tradition. Double envelopes actually go back to the days when mail was delivered down dirty streets on horseback. The outer envelope would get dirty. It was part of the butler’s duty to remove the outer envelopes from the mail and present the clean inner envelope with it’s contents to the man or lady of the house. I think it’s safe to say that this doesn’t happen much any more, so it’s absolutely fine to just go with whatever envelopes are included with your invitation! Click here for some handy tips on addressing your envelopes!

C. Envelope Liner
Envelope liners are an optional way to add an extra pop of color to your invitations. For invitations with double envelopes, the liners go in the inner envelope. Since people don’t always open the outer envelope nicely, it helps keep the liner intact.  Some envelopes are available pre-lined; some you must assemble yourself. It’s always a good idea to ask how yours will come. Assembly is usually fairly simple, but some people don’t like to bother.

D. Reception Card
As we mentioned before, if your ceremony and reception are in different locations you will probably need a Reception Card. They are usually fairly simple and list the time the reception starts, the name of the venue and the address. If you are having an adult reception, this is also the place to mention that. If you don’t have any other enclosure cards, sometimes there is also room to add a wedding website address. Sometimes people will separate out the times for cocktail hour, dinner, etc., but we usually just recommend putting a general start time that you want people to arrive.

E. Accommodations Card
An Accommodations Card is great to include if you have reserved a block of rooms for your guests or if you just want to give them a few nearby options. Generally, you want to include the name, address and phone number of the hotel(s). If you do have a designated block, you may also want to include any specific reservation codes or cut-off dates.

F. Information Card
You can include any other information that you may need on one or more general info cards. It might include things like information about hotel shuttles, backup locations for outdoor weddings in case of rain, wedding websites, etc. We’ve even had weddings where people offered complimentary babysitting during the ceremony and reception for their guests! Whatever you need, we can include it.

One thing that generally isn’t included in a wedding invitation is registry information. For etiquette reasons, it is generally considered rude, as you don’t want to imply that your guests are required to bring a gift. Most probably will, but you don’t want to make it seem mandatory. Registry information is best left to wedding websites, shower invitations, and word-of-mouth.

G. Response Card
Once you let every one know all of the details, you’ll want to know exactly who is coming. Even in the digital age, probably about 98% of the invitations that we print still have a traditional, mail-back response card. You want to make them as user-friendly as possible for both you and your guests. Check with your hall and caterer to find exactly what information they need to know and put it all on the response card. Some people just need a head count. Some need to know meal choices, which can be either a count or by individual person. Some need to know the number of adults vs. the number of children. We’ve also done plenty of non-traditional response cards with lines for song requests, Mad Libs, and all sorts of other fun things. Just make sure that you collect all of the info that you need.

Response cards almost always include a response envelope. Some will include printing your address in the price, some do not, so always check on that as well.

H. Thank You
Most invitation styles also offer a matching thank you card. Odds are that you’ll be getting gifts from your guests, so matching thank you cards are a nice way to keep your theme going even after the wedding. Usually, they are a folded 3.5″ x 5″ card with an envelope, so you can have a nice design on the front and a blank interior for writing your thank yous.

Since every wedding is different, there is no right or wrong set of items that you need.  Sometimes that’s just an invitation and response card. Sometimes it’s the whole package that we have shown. Just make sure that you order all of the invitation pieces that you need to let your guests know the details.

Best of all, we’re here to help! With over 8 years of invitation design experience, if you’re still not sure, we can help you figure out everything you need. Just contact us via email or at 863-588-0102 and we’ll be happy to answer any questions that you may have!

Moving Online

Puttin’ On The Glitz is Moving Entirely Online!

Moving Online

We have a big announcement! Starting May 1st, Puttin’ On The Glitz will be moving entirely online. We will continue to offer our entire collection of services including custom graphic design and invitations from Carlson Craft, Birchcraft and Envelopments. We’ll be improving our website, as well as offering invitation consultations via phone (still at 419-874-3334), email and Skype to bring you the same great service, albeit from a little farther away.

Our online and Etsy customers probably won’t even notice a difference. It may take a little extra work for our current in-store customers, but it shouldn’t represent any problems. While the physical invitation albums will not be available to browse in-person, you can check out all of the designs available from both Carlson Craft and Birchcraft on our website, and even order hard-copy samples that can be shipped right to you. Our Etsy storefront will continue to be a great resource for our custom designs, as well as still being able to design just about anything that you can imagine. With the new addition of our new Skype account (puttinontheglitzstore), we can still offer live consultation appointments and share our screen, so you can see the design files as we work. It’ll be just like working in the office!

We do apologize for the short notice. We’ve been letting people know for a while that there was a possibility that Puttin’ On The Glitz would be moving to Florida. Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond our control, yesterday the timeframe went from maybe in late summer to having to be moved across country by May 4th!

There will be limited hours at the store until then, as we prepare to move both the store and home over the next couple of weeks. We will be closed April 17-25, as the first stage of the move happens. We’ll then be back in town for a week or so before the final move takes place.

If you have any questions at all about the transition, please don’t hesitate to contact Kelly at 419-874-3334 or info@puttinontheglitzstore.com.


Holiday Hours 2015


Happy Holidays!! It’s almost Christmas and New Year’s is right around the corner! During the holiday season, we will be taking a few extra days off to celebrate with our family. Our holiday hours are:

  • Tues. Dec. 22 & Weds. Dec. 23: 12-8pm (normal hours)
  • Thurs. Dec. 24 to Mon. Dec. 28: CLOSED
  • Tues. Dec. 29 & Weds. Dec. 30: 12-8pm (normal hours)
  • Thurs. Dec. 31: 12-5pm
  • Fri. Jan. 1 to Thurs. Jan. 7: CLOSED

If you need assistance while the office is closed, please contact us at info@puttinontheglitzstore.com.



Gloriously Geeky Wedding Invitations


In honor of the new Star Wars movie coming out this weekend, we wanted to highlight some of our favorite geeky wedding invitations that we’ve done over the years. One of our favorite changes over the past few years has been the idea of making weddings something very personal to the couple. Brides and grooms no longer have to stick with the constraints of traditional weddings. If you love the idea of a big, traditional, white, romantic wedding, go for it. Want to pass out wands and transform your wedding into Hogwart’s? Do it! Go ahead…walk down the aisle to the Imperial March, let your groomsmen wear superhero t-shirts under their tuxes, let your geek flag fly!

1. Force of Love Invitations
Since we’re celebrating Star Wars, we figured we should start with these. Whether you’re a part of the Empire or the Rebel Alliance, our “Force of Love” invitations are perfect. No bothans were harmed in bringing you these invitations.


2. 8-Bit Video Game
An ode to everyone’s favorite plumbers. Our “8-Bit Video Game” invitations show off your love of vintage NES. Controllers not included.



 3.  Wedding of Thrones
Declare your allegiance to each other with our “Wedding of Thrones” invitations. Available with one or two of your favorite house sigils, you can send these across the seven kingdoms to invite guests to your big day.
4. We Solemnly Swear…
…that we are up to no good. Invite all of your magical and muggle friends to your wedding with our “We Solemnly Swear” invitations. Bonus points for sending them via owl.

5. Steampunk
We love the steampunk aesthetic with all of the brass and gears and quirky gadgets, and our “Steampunk” invitations have just the right blend of vintage and industrial.

6. Superheroes of Matrimony
The Avengers, Spiderman, Batman, Superman…these guys are all great, but show what superheroes you are with these comic book-inspired invitations.


7. One Ring
Now that you’ve found the one, celebrate with the “One Ring.” Our Middle Earth-inspired wedding invitations are perfect for elves, hobbits and orcs of all kinds.

We’ll update this post as we design more. Right now we’re working with a few couples on some great new designs, and we’re always up for suggestions! Looking for something that we’re missing? Let us know and we can help design it!


Announcing our new Pints ‘N’ Paints studio!

Grand Opening


We have BIG news!! Puttin’ On The Glitz is thrilled to announce our latest venture… Pints ‘N’ Paints! Blending paints, friends, drinks and fun, this new paint and sip studio will allow participants to create their own work of art while socializing with friends old and new. Pints ‘N’ Paints makes a perfect date night, fun night out on your own or with friends, birthday party, bachelorette party, corporate team building event or other special occasion.

Participants will be able to register for their choice of several different classes per week, each lasting 2 to 3 hours, featuring a wide variety of designs. Each class includes all of the supplies and step-by-step instruction needed so that anyone from absolute beginners to experienced artists can leave with a finished work of art. Part class and part party, participants are encouraged to bring their own beverages and light snacks to enjoy while they paint. In addition to regularly scheduled classes, private parties can be booked both in the studio and on location with the party’s choice of any available design.

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Owner and instructor Kelly Heuss is excited to be sharing her skills and over 20 years of professional artistic experience with the community. She has a diverse creative background, with her roots in painting. Starting her first business at the age of 15 as an airbrush artist, she went on to work in various creative capacities for Cedar Point, Walt Disney World, Universal Studios Orlando, Ocean Park Hong Kong and more. Some of her past roles include topiary designer, ,character artist, animation program instructor, painter and special effects makeup artist. In 2008, Kelly and her mother Joanne, opened the Puttin’ On the Glitz boutique in Perrysburg, where she specializes in custom designed wedding and social invitations.

Pints ‘N’ Paints will begin classes on Friday, December 11. The full calendar can be found on the website at www.PintsNPaints.com.

A Grand Opening & Open House celebration will be held on Saturday, December 5 from 12:00 to 5:00 p.m. The public is invited to stop by, check out the new studio, enjoy complimentary snacks and drinks and register to win a free class. They also can take advantage of 25% off any classes booked that day or gift certificates purchased.

Pints ‘N’ Paints is located at 122 W. South Boundary, Suite D in Perrysburg, Ohio. The studio is in The Arcade at the Country Charm Shopping Center on the corner of Louisiana Avenue and W. South Boundary, next door to Allstate Insurance. For more information, visit www.PintsNPaints.com or contact us at 419-874-3334. You can also find them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram under PintsNPaints.

We hope that you can make it to the open house and

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Save 35% on Custom Holiday Cards & Invitations


Overwhelmed by the idea of designing your holiday cards and party invitations this year? Let us do all of the work of customizing one of our gorgeous designs from Envelopments and receive 35% off your order from now through Christmas! They have an amazing selection of Christmas, Hanukkah and New Year’s greetings and invitations that can be completely customized, including new silver and gold inks.

The holidays are almost here, so don’t miss out on this fantastic deal. Make your design appointment today!

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Add some glam with the new 20Sixteen invitation album!

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Looking to add a glam touch to your wedding? You’ll definitely want to check out the brand new 20Sixteen album from Carlson Craft that just arrived today! It’s full of gorgeous designs, glitter, foil embossing, and shimmer papers. There are even amazing invitations printed on wood and engraved in plexiglass!

If you’re looking for unique, incredible invitations this is definitely an album to check out. Make an appointment to come in and take a look today! You can also check them out in our Carlson Craft Online Shop. The internet doesn’t quite do them justice, but it’s a good place to start if you have a busy schedule.


New Affordable Style Album is Here!

The new version of Carlson Craft’s Affordable Style album has arrived and it is a-mazing!


The Affordable Style album is the best way to find gorgeous save the dates and invitations at prices you won’t believe. The new album includes amazing new vintage and rustic designs, foil accents and even designs (like the Lace Gleams Sep ‘n’ Send above) printed entirely in gold or silver foil! Web photos just don’t do them justice, so we suggest making an appointment to check them out in person. For our out-of-town customers, you can view them and order hard copy samples online by heading to our Carlson Craft site and searching for “Affordable Style”.

Choose from over 100 designs ranging from just $154.90 – $299.90 for 100 complete sets of invitations! With prices like that, there’s no reason to even consider DIY Invitations or kits which usually cost about $200 per 100, not including ink/printing and a lot of hassle!


Now Booking Halloween Makeup Appointments

Doing some haunting this Halloween season and looking for amazing makeup? We are now taking appointments for Halloween makeup of all kinds, from cute and cuddly to downright terrifying.


Most of our regular customers know that before owning Puttin’ On The Glitz, Kelly did a lot of special effects makeup for theatrical productions, Universal Studios Orlando, Ocean Park in Hong Kong and Walt Disney World. More recently, she’s been working on productions for the Toledo Ballet. You can check out her personal website at www.kellyheuss.com for more photos of her work. Book your appointments now and let her put about 20 years of makeup experience to work for you this Halloween.

Prices will vary based on the individual makeup look, but are affordable. In addition to standard makeup looks, we can also apply prosthetics (available online and most quality costume shops) for you.

To book your appointment or discuss your needs, contact Kelly at 419-874-3334 or info@puttinontheglitzstore.com. The shop is conveniently located in Perrysburg at 134 W. South Boundary, Suite H (in The Commons at Country Charm Shoppes, next door to Ken’s Flowers). We’re close to both I-75 and US-23/I-475 for easy access for customers all across the Toledo area.

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New Holiday Cards

It’s hard to believe, but fall is here and the holidays are just around the corner! Did you know that Puttin’ On The Glitz offers custom holiday cards and party invitations? We offer a great selection of custom photo cards and beautiful standard cards for both businesses and families.


Envelopments Christmas Cards

Our newest holiday offerings are from Envelopments. Using their huge collection of papers and cards, your photos and with dozens of new designs (and more to come!) we can help you create gorgeous greetings for Christmas, Hanukkah, New Year’s and more! By pairing these designs with Envelopments’ new silver and gold digital inks, you can add some real sparkle for a great price.

Our friends at Carlson Craft and Birchcraft offer both photo and standard holiday cards for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and more, including budget friendly designs that start at about $1 each. They also have other holiday essentials like custom-printed napkins for parties, address labels and more. You can even search by industry to find great business holiday card designs to send to your clients and customers.

Feel free to browse the designs online and please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any questions. Of course, we can also help you design just about any holiday cards you can imagine. Want to stop by and work on your cards in person? Schedule an appointment today by calling 419-874-3334 or with our new online appointment scheduling tool!