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A Guide to Wedding Invitation Sizes

Planning a wedding can be daunting. From the dress to the venue, you need to think about everything! However, one thing that many people don’t think about is what size their invitation should be.

The first step in your wedding planning journey is to decide on an invitation size. There are many different sizes that you can choose from, but if you’re not sure which one will work best for your event, this guide should help.

If you’re like many couples, one of the most stressful tasks for you might be figuring out what size your wedding invitation should be.

Selecting invitations for your wedding should be a fun expression of your personal style — and it should help guests get a feel for what’s to come. Perhaps you’ve sent out save the date cards with a matching wedding invitation, which keeps your look cohesive and intentional.

Or maybe you’re looking to switch things up this time around and bring in some new design elements. For example, printing styles like custom letterpress and foil create an elevated effect, whereas more simplistic digital printing might be a great route for a casual affair.

When it comes to wedding invitations, there are several things you need to take into consideration. What size should your invitation be? What design is best for what type of couple? How many people will the invite list include? These are all very important questions that need answering before ordering your invites.

With so many wedding invitation sizes, it can be unclear to decide what size you need. The most common is 5×7 inches, but there are also mini versions that are 3.5×6.25 inches and 4×8 inches and a few others with different dimensions.

You want to make sure it’s large enough to fit all of the necessary information there but not so big that people can only read half of it before putting it down. Here are some helpful tips for choosing an appropriate size for your wedding invitations.

This article will go over the most popular invitation sizes and their pros and cons so that you can make a decision. We’ll also discuss some of the etiquette surrounding choosing the right size for your invites!

What To Include In Your Wedding Invitations

When it comes to sharing wedding information, there are a few key details you’ll want to make sure you include on your invitations, whereas other details are better suited for your wedding website.

As much as beautiful design is a priority, there’s no getting away from the fact that your invitations are there to serve a purpose – to share essential info about your wedding with your guests.

How much detail you add is up to you, but there are certain facts you must include to make sure your guests are fully informed and arrive on time.

Essential info to include:

1. There’s a wedding, and you’re invited!

Whether you ‘request the pleasure of their company’ or tell guests you’re ‘tying the knot’, let your guests know you’re getting wed with invitation wording that suits the vibe of your invitation and your wedding that’s to follow.

Traditional wedding ceremonies require more formal wording, whilst modern weddings can be introduced with a fun, casual tone.

2. Names of the happy couple

Of course, you’ll need to include the name of you and your husband or wife-to-be so that guests know whose wedding they’re attending.

Traditionally, the bride’s name comes before the groom’s, but, nowadays, or same-sex weddings, names can also be arranged alphabetically or in whichever order looks or sounds best.

3. The venue and location

The name of your wedding venue and an additional evening venue (if applicable) are a must. You don’t have to state the full address if you’d prefer to keep text minimal as possible, but you do need to share the name of the venue and the city/country it’s in so guests can look up its exact location.

Traditionally, you do not need to include street addresses of well-known locations on invitations (venues, hotels, houses of worship, etc.). However, if your wedding is being held at a private residence or less widely known location, feel free to include the street address, city, and state.

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4. The date and time

Let guests know when your big day will take place and what time they should arrive. For destination weddings, be clear about how many days the celebrations will go on if you invite guests to attend more than one day.

5. Reception info

If your evening will be taking place at a different venue, state this on the invitation and let guests know whether there will be transportation provided or if they’ll be expected to make their way there. And if you’re inviting someone to the evening celebrations only, make sure this is clear on the invitation.

6. RSVP details

Don’t forget to include info on how to RSVP at the bottom of your invitation, or you can also do this on your info card. Give a 4-week cut off so you can update caterers or your venue with final numbers.

Choosing Your Wedding Invitation Size & Shape

Compared with choosing a venue, finding the dress, planning the honeymoon, wedding invitations may seem like one of the simpler tasks to organise in the run-up to your big day. But there are lots to consider when it comes to these small but very special pieces of paper.

With your save the dates, your invitations set the overall tone for the big day and give your guests a taste of what’s to come. Therefore, it’s important to make sure that your information is clear and the design reflects the personal style, your other half and the day you’re about to share together.

There are a couple of key factors to think through when determining what size and shape you want for your wedding invitations:

1. Do you want to include details other than the hosts and attendee information? 

Suppose you’re excited to share some of your engagement photos and other details about you and your partner. In that case, you may want to opt for a four-panel or minibook™ invitation, which allows you to add supplementary info in addition to the standard invitation requirements.

We have a great article that reviews all the invitation etiquette questions you may have about details, the order to include them, and so much more.

2. Who do you want to feature in the host line? 

As you may know, Minted features designs for many different combinations of hosts and greetings on its wedding invitations (whether both sets of parents, one set of parents or just you and your partner). Still, the more names you want to feature on an invite, the smaller the font will need to be.

While not a hard and fast rule, this is something to keep in mind if you’re thinking about a petite, square, or all-in-one invitation that has more limited real estate.

3. What do you want the look and feel to be like for your guests? 

Of course, beyond the practicalities, your wedding invitation size and shape should feed into your overall design aesthetic.

Suppose you’re looking for something more formal or traditional. In that case, you’ll want to go with a 5″ x 7″ classic size so that you can include important accessories like a direction card (to have further details about your wedding location, website, or any other information that don’t fit on the invitation), RSVP card and envelope, and reception card if your reception site is different from the ceremony site.

These accessories are typically sized at 4.25″ x 5.5″ to be nicely folded against the invitation and fastened with a belly band around the centre. If you are curious, the traditional order of these cards from top to bottom is a direction card, RSVP card (tucked into the envelope with wording side up), reception card, and then a formal invitation.

If you want to include any of these inserts, an all-in-one invitation will not suit your needs (although it does have a perforated RSVP postcard attached). Likewise, while they offer these accessories with petite and square cards, they are not sized down, so the impact of unveiling the invitation may be a little less grand but still beautiful!

That being said, these formats are great for a more modern and laid-back feel and will help set the tone for your guests right away.

4. Do you want your wedding invitation edges to have a fancy shape? 

Often, wedding invitations are trimmed to have rounded corners or scalloped edges to play up the dressiness of the affair. If you would like to add this touch to your invitations’ silhouettes, we would encourage you to start with either a classic (5″ x 7″) or petite (4.25″ x 6″) flat format so the edges can be trimmed down.

These customisations aren’t possible with fold-over, minibook™, or all-in-one wedding invitations.

5. What is your budget? 

As you likely guessed, the larger and more complex the size and number of elements in your invitation suite, the more costly it will be.

Four-panel, petites, and all-in-one invitations are the most affordable formats, minibooks™ are the most expensive format, and classic 5” x 7” invitations are somewhere in the middle.

In addition to the size of the invitation, you will want to think about the type of paper you are using and the number of elements, as this may require you to buy more postage.

For a standard invitation bundle, you should be fine to use a $0.50 Forever stamp. Still, if you use the Double-thick or Triple-thick paper with multiple inserts or special features like ribbons or wax seals (or if you opt to have white ink addressing on your envelope), you will go above the 1-oz weight limit and will need to purchase $0.70 postage.

How To Write (Or Type) A Wedding Invitation

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After you’ve decided on the information you’re going to include, it’s time to determine if you’re going to format it. Again, you can experiment with font types, text size and colour using one easy online editor.

Use the alignment buttons, letter spacing and line height to play around with the presentation until you’ve found a look and layout you’re 100% happy with.

If you’re still struggling to fit all of your text onto your invitation, then consider moving some over to an info card. This is a place for information such as additional directions to your venue, gift list, dietary requirements – anything extra you’d like to add.

You can also choose to leave blank space on our designs so you can handwrite some of your text yourself. However, most couples decide to go a gap for the guest names and type the rest of the information.

If you’re going to handwrite names, we recommend investing in a calligraphy or fountain pen so you can make an impression. Practise on paper until you get the lettering right, and be sure to double-check the spelling of your guests’ names.

Or, if you have enough budget, you can source a professional calligrapher to do this for you.

Wedding Invitation Envelope Sizes

The envelope of your wedding invitation should include your guest’s name and full address (s). But deciding on how to address the envelopes for each person can be tricky.

There are many different situations to consider, from single guests with plus ones and unmarried couples who live together to families with children and those with special titles.

As you might imagine, the size and shape of your wedding invitation envelope should match the largest element within your invitation bundle. As a rule of thumb, the dimensions of your envelope will increase by ¼ inch for both height and width for the largest part of your invitation bundle.

For example, a classic 5″ x 7″ invitation will come with a 5 ¼” x 7 ¼” envelope. With envelope sizing, in particular, you will sometimes hear stationers refer to these by alphanumeric sizing.

Also available with the different wedding invitation envelope sizes are slip-in envelope liners. These will always be purchased along with the corresponding envelope and are trimmed to match the envelope’s dimensions plus the flap, less a ½” border. These are often designed to fit a specific invitation suite’s colours or reflect classic foil colours and are slipped into the envelope with standard adhesive.

Equally important to know your wedding invitation envelope size to decide the fun design elements to appear on your envelope! We understand that the envelope is your recipient’s first interaction with your wedding correspondence.

As we all know, you only get one first impression, so better make it a good one! The envelopes are printed in a variety of elegant colours. Add free recipient address printing in black and dressy white ink in various fonts and calligraphic styles. There are even offered options with a natural slant that look absolutely handwritten!

Some couples choose to place their wedding invitation and envelope within an outer envelope to prevent damage in the post.

If you choose to do so, the outer envelope should feature your guests’ full name and address, while the inner envelope can be more personal and show their first name, last name and title or initials.

Purchasing Extra Cards

Keeping extra cards on hand is always a good idea. While you should be sure to keep your packing area clean (keep the food and drinks in the kitchen!), smudges can occur, and you’ll be happy to have a few spare cards handy.

Depending on your final reply count, you might have some last-minute additions to your guest list or want to save a few invitations to frame or preserve. We recommend ordering at least ten extra cards above your guest count.

Quick Guide To 6 Wedding Invitation Sizes

Based on what you’ve read above, you may be choosing between a few different sizes and formats. To make it easier, we’ve compiled the vital statistics below for you to select your ideal format from our wedding invitation sizes.

1. Classic

Size: 5” x 7”

Available Accessories: Direction Card, RSVP Card, Reception Card, Belly Band, assembled per the section above.

Look and Feel: The “traditional” wedding invitation size is perfect for the classic, upscale affairs and available in the widest range of designs, shapes, and styles. Perfect for the luxurious “wow” experience for guests.

2. Petite

Size: 4.25” x 6”

Available Accessories: Direction Card, RSVP Card, Reception Card, Belly Band, to be assembled per the section above

Look and Feel: The slightly less grand version of the classic invitation. Generally great for modern, savvy brides who like the differentiation of a compact invitation but still want some traditional elements.

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3. All-In-One

Size: 5.76” x 12.03”

Available Accessories: N/A

Look and Feel: A modern and unique format that is as convenient as it is interesting. Many brides gravitate to this size and shape when they are looking for something differentiated and budget savvy.

4. Square

Size: 6” x 6”

Available Accessories: Direction Card, RSVP Card, Reception Card, Belly Band, to be assembled per the section above

Look and Feel: This is truly a differentiated, new-age look that will stand out in any mailbox. Take note, however, that square formats will require extra postage to send.

5. Minibook™

Size: 7” x 5”

Available Accessories: RSVP Card, to be folded in the envelope and placed on top of the minibook

Look and Feel: Often described as the offline version of a website, the minibook™ is a comprehensive guide for guests and is loved by brides who are the consummate planners. Not to mention, it is a unique and modern format not commonly seen in the marketplace!

6. Four-Panel

Size: 4.25” x 6”

Available Accessories: Direction Card, RSVP Card, Reception Card, Belly Band, to be assembled per the section above

Look and Feel: A more casual format that allows for personal, storytelling touches. This invitation format is the most intimate of those available due to its traditional greeting card sizing.

Other Wedding Invitation Tips & Tricks

In addition to finalising your wedding invitation sizes, there are a few other considerations that we wanted to make sure you don’t forget as you design your perfect wedding invitation suite. So we’ve put together the helpful checklist below to guide you on your journey:

1. Quantity:

  • Have you developed a final list of guests to invite to your wedding? We find most people invite 10-20% more than they initially sent Save The Dates to, depending on the level of excitement and pre-acceptances.
  • Are you going to have a secondary or backup list of invitees for which you need to order extra invitations?
  • Have you factored in 5-10 pieces to keep as keepsakes? Your photographer will most likely want to snap some photographs of the invitations as well.

2. Budget:

  • Have you set a budget for your invitations? We find they are often 2-5% of your total wedding budget on average (but if you want to spend more or less, we won’t judge!)
  • Do you know what your ideal cost per invitation is based on your total number of guests?
  • Have you factored in the cost of postage ($0.50-0.70 per invitation)?

3. Timing:

  • Do you have a target date by which to send your invitations? Don’t forget it will take around one week for them to get to your guests.
  • Have you given guests sufficient time to RSVP?

4. Design:

  • Have you landed on a colour palette for your wedding? Does your invitation match that colour palette or theme? If you have specific colours or Pantones, you can provide them to a Minted design associate, and we can fit your invitations perfectly for free!
  • Have you decided on the “mood” for the day and how that translates to a font?
  • Do you know who is going to be listed on the host line?

Finishing Touches:

  • Do your guests have all the necessary information they need to show up at the right place and the right time? Or do you need to add any accessory cards? Sometimes, it helps if you get a bridal party member to take a quick look and let you know what’s missing or unclear.
  • Have you double-checked the spelling of all names and locations and triple-checked your dates and times? Trust us, these mistakes happen more often than you would think!
  • Do you know how you will assemble your invitations, or do you need additional components like a belly band, ribbon, or wax seal?

All in all, we hope that you enjoy designing your wedding invitations and can find the perfect size and shape.

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