Master How to Print RSVP Envelopes in 4 Steps

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Many people do not realize you can print these small 3 x 5 RSVP envelopes in your home printer. But you can! Read our short tutorial and master the techniques needed to print these envelopes at home.

This Tutorial Will Show You

  • How To Set Up A Template In Microsoft Word
  • How To Format & Center Your Address Copy
  • How To Access & Change Your Printer Settings For A Perfect Envelope

Step 1: How To Load RSVP – Response Card Envelopes in Printer

  • Load envelopes, front side up & short edge first into printer’s paper input tray
    Envelope’s right edge should rest flush against right edge of paper tray
  • Move sliding paper guide from left to right until it rests flush against the envelope’s left edge

Lightbulb tip iconFor testing purposes you may want to try & print a single RSVP envelope first!


loading rsvp-wedding response envelopes into printer

Loading RSVP Envelopes

View Envelope Flap of Response Card Envelope In Printer

Looking behind envelope to show closed flap pointing right

How To Secure RSVP Envelope in Printer Guide

Adjusting paper guide


Lightbulb tip iconCheck your printer manual for proper envelope loading in your particular printer.

Step 2: Create An Address Template for Your RSVP Envelopes

LCI’s RSVP Envelopes are all one standard size, 3 5/8 x 5 1/8. As you set up your print template document, you will enter these dimensions (as decimals) in Microsoft Word.

  • In Word, create a new document

PC Instructions

  • Click File > Page Setup
  • Click Paper tab
  • Under Paper Size, enter Width – 5.13, Height – 3.63
  • Click Margins tab
  • In Orientation section, click Landscape

PC Word landscape orientation

Mac Instructions

  • Click File > Page Setup > Paper Size > Manage Custom Sizes
  • Under Paper Size, enter Width – 5.13, Height – 3.63
  • In Orientation area, click Landscape icon
  • Mac Word landscape orientation


Creating a Template To Print Your RSVP Envelopes

Enter Envelope Addresses

  • Type name & address where guests’ RSVPs will be sent
  • Customize text using your choice of font & font size
  • Center text horizontally using paragraph center alignment button
  • Center text vertically by placing cursor in front of text and repeatedly hitting Enter key until text is centered. If text is too low, use Backspace key.

landscape printing RSVP envelope size key

Step 3: Access Printer Driver – Enter Width, Height & Alignment

Your printer is programmed to print 8 1/2 x 11 size paper so you need to communicate the Response Envelope’s size in the printer’s software or “driver.” Otherwise your address will not print correctly on the envelope.

Since you loaded your envelope on its side (short edge first), the short side is referred to as the width measurement and the long side is the height measurement in the print driver.

You will also need to select Landscape printing as opposed to Portrait.

All this is communicated in the print driver. Access it from within Word to make adjustments.


PC Instructions

  • Click File > Print > Properties
  • Look for Paper Size, Page Size or similar
  • Click Custom or User Defined Size
  • Enter Width – 3.63, Height 5.13
  • Assign the new size a name & save it so you can call it up later
  • Look for Orientation & select Landscape

Envelope Custom Size - PC Printer Driver

Lightbulb tip iconIn Windows, the print driver interface is dependent on your printer manufacturer’s software, so specific instructions may vary.

Mac Instructions

  • Click File > Print > Page Setup
  • Click Paper Size dropdown
  • Click “Manage Custom Sizes”
  • Click “+” to add size
  • Enter Width – 3.63, Height 5.13
  • Assign the new size a name & save it so you can call it up later
  • In Orientation area, click Landscape icon

Envelope Custom Size - Mac Printer Driver


Printed RSVP Response Card Envelope

Step 4: Print Test Envelope, Then Print Entire Run

  • Click OK to save your print driver settings and close the driver
  • Click OK to complete the print job
    If you are pleased with your printed envelope, then you are ready to print the entire batch:
  • Load 10 envelopes at a time into your printer’s paper input tray in the same way you loaded the single envelope in Step 1
  • When each set of 10 envelopes have printed, your printer will pause so that you can load another 10.

If We Can Help, We Will

We hope these instructions have given you the confidence to print your Response Envelopes at home, but if you have any questions, get in touch with us so we can help.