About us

A little about the Elegant Envelope's History

When Shari Ashman opened The Elegant Envelope in 1992, the only service we offered was personalized envelope addressing. We performed that service so well, however, that it immediately attracted attention. Our first big project was the calligraphy addressing of the special invitations for President Clinton’s inauguration ceremony.

Since that time, we’ve developed a reputation for delivering the highest level of service in the mail industry – and, according to our clients, our envelopes bring about the best results.

We’ve steadily added services to our offerings, which now also include:


  • Graphic Design work or Retouching Photos
  • Copy/Print Services
  • Mailing Services
  • Personalized Letters
  • Database Cleanup & Maintenance
  • Place Cards
  • Name Tags
  • Certificates

In 1999, Shari sold The Elegant Envelope to her stepson, Jud Ashman, who has served as President and general manager ever since.

In 2009, Jud moved the business from the Dupont/West End Washington, D.C. neighborhood where it had been located since 1992, to the great city of Gaithersburg, where there was better parking and more space for the office. Message for those in DC or Virginia: Gaithersburg is not as far away as you think! Come visit anytime.