A space to learn about wedding invitation etiquette and stationery history
This is partfifteen of a series called One a Day in May, where we will review one wedding stationery term every day in May!
Oh, the wonderful world of envelope sizes! I won’t bore you with listing all the many, MANY different sizes of envelopes, because there’s no way you’re as obsessed with envelopes as I am – because I’m REALLY obsessed! If you are, a quick google search will show you the dozens of different sizes and their uses that are out in the world. As a wedding stationer there are a few envelope sizes that I use quite often and are widely recognized as good sizes for invites.
A7 envelopes are your standard 5 ¼ x 7 ¼” size envelopes. These are probably the most popular size for invitations, whether horizontally or vertically oriented.
A7.5 are the outer envelopes that are used with A7 – they are slightly larger than the inner A7 envelope. You guessed it, they are 5 ½ x 7 ½”.
A9 envelopes are slightly larger, 5 ¾ x 8 ⅞” but still require the same postage at smaller envelopes given that they are under 1 ounce. This size accommodates an 8 ½ x 11” piece of paper cut exactly in half. Just FYI.
A2 is my favorite size for Save the Date and thank you card envelopes – it measures 4 ⅜ x 5 ¾” and is perfect for a 4 ¼ x 5 ½” card.
4Bar or A1 envelopes are the standard size to accommodate your reply card. 3 ⅝ x 5 ⅛”
Square envelopes, commonly either 5 ½” or 6 ½”, are a beautiful option as well but they do require additional postage because the sorting machines cannot tell which direction the envelope is intended to be read.
So there is a quick explanation of a few common invitation sizes, there are others out there and custom options as well but these are the foundation for most designers when they’re working on sizing your invites.
May 15, 2021
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