- 6 years ago
- Wedding: August 2012
I can’t believe how well these turned out! I’m three months minus two days from the Big Day and these actually came together on time.
We are mailing them in clear envelopes, using home-printed clear mailing labels: here’s the final product in the mailer, front and back, as well as one without the clear envelope. (Excuse my amateur personal-info blurring!)
The blue lace is not a “belly band”, it’s simply glued onto the outside of the pearlescent pocketfold. We didn’t want to have to slide something on and off, we wanted it to just open like a book or brochure. The invitations were too thick to stay shut on their own, so we got genius with some bitty craft magnets. The scrolly decal is made from matching pearlescent paper, two layers thick, with a magent inside. (The other half of the magnet is inside the pocketfold, to keep the flap shut – you’ll see it in later photos.) The M-heart-M logo was custom-designed by my maid of honour and printed (on my home printer) onto the pearlescent paper before running it through a CuttleBug to punch out the scrolly shape.
When you open it, it looks like this:
On the main segment of the pocktfold, we glued a rectangle of blue paper, then a rectangle of blue patterned paper, then a rectangle of the same matching pearlescent ivory/white paper with the main invitation text printed on it. We slid three inserts of varying width into the pocket: one each with info regarding the Ceremony, Reception, and Response. They were hand-stamped in the upper-right corner with a large stamp (very carefully) so the design spills over the three cards and lines up to make one image when the inserts are tucked into the pocket. We used a pale blue ink so it wouldn’t detract from the text – it’s quite faint in the photos but looks great in your hands.
Here the inserts are pulled out of the pocket, and you can see where the other half of the magnet ends up. I would have liked it if the magnet hadn’t shown, but you only see it when the cards are all pulled out, and I didn’t want to add another layer of cardstock to an already-thick invitation just to cover it.
Here are the insert cards again, showing that stamp. We also put a smaller stamp (part of the same stamp, actually) on the lower-left corner; it’s the same size on all three insert cards. We printed the “unique codes” that the RSVP website assigned to each guest on clear labels and stuck them on, and hand-wrote the number of guests allowed. We are very tight on space (small reception venue) and didn’t want people bringing dates/cousins/children we hadn’t accounted for/neighbours/random strangers, so this makes it clear without (hopefully) being too rude.
We also made a slightly different Response card for those who weren’t tech savvy enough to use the online RSVP site (i.e. grandparents without computers).
And here’s my last photo, showing a few spare front scrolly decals and blue pages, and the full invitation.
Except for the CuttleBug-punched front decals (which you could easily make with a cheap paper punch – my mum happened to have a CuttleBug), I didn’t use anything fancier than a paper guillotine/cutter, scissors, and that super-sticky adhesive double-sided tape. All printing was done either at home or at my office (shh – I brought my own paper!) The prefab pocketfold envelopes were fantastic.
People’s first reaction is usually “wow, where did you have them made?” because they look so professional! I’m so pleased! I don’t have any templates or any files to share, but feel free to ask questions and I’ll try to answer! I’m not normally the craftiest person, but that makes these even more impressive!