Happy May! We are excited to share our monthly free desktop download and stationery tips. This month’s free desktop download features a hand drawn pattern by our multi-talented graphic designer, Anna George. We love seeing her hand drawn mockups around the office and are always curious which one(s) will make the cut to share with our followers! Once again, she did not disappoint us with her design! This cheery pattern of watermelons will not only dress up your computer desktop, but it will also provide a fun reminder that barbecue season and summer is near! 

ello Paper_Custom Wedding Stationery_May Free Desktop Background Download

To download the free desktop background image, right click on this link.

Now that you have some wonderful artwork for your desktop, let’s chat wedding stationery tips!


Credits: Custom invitation design and thermography printing by ’ello Paper. Photo by The Herrintons.

As stationery designers, we are often asked about the “correct” way to address envelopes, word invitations, and more! Below are some general wedding stationery tips we’ve gathered that apply to every type of wedding! 

Mailing Dates

  • Save the Date – We recommend mailing save the dates 6-8 months before your wedding day. If you have a long engagement or a destination wedding, we recommend sending out your save the dates even earlier.
  • Wedding Invitation – Wedding invitations are typically mailed 6-8 weeks before your wedding date.
  • RSVP Date – Request that your guests respond one month before the wedding date. This gives you time to follow up with guests that have not responded.

’ello Paper | Custom Wedding Stationery | Tuckahoe Invitation Suite | Photo by Katie Stoops

Credits: Custom illustration, watercolor invitation design and digital printing by ’ello Paper. Calligraphy by Type DelightPhoto by Katie Stoops.

Wedding Invitation Wording

Traditional wedding invitation wording (bride’s parents are hosting):

Mr. and Mrs. John Edward Marshall
request the pleasure of your company
at the marriage of their daughter
Elizabeth Rose to
Mr. Christopher Lincoln Joiner
Saturday, the seventh of May
two thousand and sixteen
at five o’clock
Commonwealth Club of Virginia
Richmond, Virginia

Non-traditional wedding invitation wording (couple is hosting):

Together with their families
Elizabeth Rose Marshall
and Christopher Lincoln Joiner
request the pleasure of your company
at the celebration of their wedding
Saturday, the seventh of May
two thousand and sixteen
at five o’clock
Commonwealth Club of Virginia
Richmond, Virginia

Other Wording Tips

  • Reception Cards – If your ceremony is held at a separate location from the reception, you should include a separate reception card.
  • Registry Information – We suggest putting your gift registry information on your wedding website. Not only will this keep your grandmother from rolling her eyes, but also makes it easy for your guests to go online and purchase your gift! A couple of our favorite wedding websites are Squarespace and Riley and Gray.


Credits: Calligraphy by Type DelightPhoto by Katie Stoops.

Envelope Addressing

  • No Abbreviations – Spell out all words in the address. This includes District of Columbia (instead of D.C.), Post Office Box (instead of P.O. Box), Street (instead of St.), etc.
  • Outer Envelope – The outer envelope includes the title, first, middle (optional) and last name of your guest(s).  Titles (Mr. and Mrs. ) can be abbreviated and do not us middle initials.
  • Inner Envelope – The inner envelope specifies who is invited to the wedding by using their title and last name.

The way we communicate and how we approach hosting weddings today are drastically different from 1922 when Emily Post released her first book on wedding etiquette. So, when you approach wording and addressing your wedding invitations, think about the format of events, who is attending your wedding and where your guest live. Even Emily Post is keeping up with the times and so should you!

For more information about wedding invitation etiquette, please visit Emily Post’s website. If you are interested in learning more about our custom wedding invitation design process and pricing, please send us a note at info@ellopaper.com.