Post # 1
I was feeling pretty good about the whole DIY invite thing. We’re having a super small wedding so how hard could it be to make 30 or so invites? I found a picture of a vellum invitation over a picture that served as inspiration. Bought 30 invitation mats from cards and pockets in Carribean blue, wrote the wording, printed on cardstock, that took a while to get it just right but I did, attached it to the mats w/ ribbon. Made a brunch invite enclosure, printed out a map and directions card (bought the drawing of the map on Etsy) made a “details” enclosure and bought RSVP postcards that I designed. And printed envelope addresses.
So far so good.
Then WHAM! Fiance thought they needed to be IN something because there were so many parts. So I ordered matching horizontal pocketfolds, paid extra for faster shipping and waited not so patiently for them to arrive.
The enclosures don’t fit in the pocket. They’re too big!
Grrr. The pocket is really tiny, something I obviously missed in the description. It would only fit really small reply cards but my map and brunch invite are larger. (Like 3.5 x 5″) Now i have 2 choices and I swear by tonight this is getting resolved!!!!
1) Make my own pocketfolds from 12X12″ card stock in some sort of blue since an exact match won’t be available.or2) design some sort of belly band to hold the inserts behind the invite. Fiance hated when I put the enclosures on top of the invite. But the belly band will have to go across the invites horizontally b/c that’s the layout of our picture/invite and the bow is on top. I’m afraid it won’t hold everything securely.
Why is this stuff so difficult? I’d add a picture but I’m at work and don’t have one. sorry for that. Thanks for reading my vent.
Post # 3
I feel ya! I was going to try and do it DIY but I’m not very crafty or patient with those things. So I baught pocket invites from Target and just going to upgrade the cardstock and add a bow. I figure people trash them anyway
Post # 4
We ran into the same dilema. We are just doing an innner envelope to hold all the pieces together. Should be good enough.
Post # 5
I’d just go with an inner envelope. Side question: How was the quality/customer service with C&P? I think we’re going to order from them too.
Post # 6
I don’t think it will be easy to find an inner envelope to fit the invitation AND get it inside the envelopes I have already bought and printed. (I hadn’t planned for that choice!)
Cards and pockets has very good, but a bit slow service. I paid for 2nd day air, ordered on Wednesday and got them on the following Tuesday. Their processing times stink, IMO, for a non-custom item. but quality and accuracy were good.
Post # 7
It sounds like maybe the best idea might be to make your own. Are you up for it? It seems like you would be able to get the custom results you are looking for. I think a few bees made their own pocketfold…maybe Mrs. Ballet Flat?
By the way, I thought Cards and Pockets was terribly slow too. I tried contacting them for a week before someone finally got back to me only to find out that my pieces were backordered. It was a joke!
Post # 8
I went to Michael’s today and got enough 12″ x 12″ aqua-y card stock to make my own pocketfolds. I have a prototype done and will cut the paper tomorrow at work and then glue and assemble them tomorrow night. I also found really large (like posterboard size) blue paper that matches my invites exactly and is big enough to cut into strips to make a belly band to put over the pocketfolds.
And since C&P has a 30% restocking fee I’m going to try to sell the pocketfolds I have, I guess.
Post # 9
cant wait to see pics on how you resolve this. be handy in case other brides have the same problem!