Post # 1
I decided to add a personal touch by making the invitations myself. I have some ideas for the invitation and RSVP cards, but where/how do I get matching envelopes in two different sizes? I’m not too much of an arts and crafts person, so I don’t know to make envelopes that don’t look like a 5-year-old made them. I could figure something out for the main envelope, but I’m concerned about the RSVP envelopes.
Any advice? How did YOU find envelopes that fit your DIY invitation?
Post # 3
You could always try Etsy? If you can’t find the exact sizes you’re looking for then you could post an Alchemy bid.
Post # 4
We got ours from Paper Source. The price was moderate and we went to the store so that we can look at the colors in person.
You can also order from Paperandmore.com, and other online shops. There are tons so you won’t have a problem
Post # 5
- Wedding: June 2011 - Calgary Opera Centre
There’s lots of online stores that sell envelopes in all sizes and colours, and I’m sure there’s a stationery store you can find in your town too.
I think the biggest tip for making your own invites is: find your envelopes first! That way you don’t end up designing a beautiful card that doesn’t fit in any standard envelopes. It’ll also be easier to match your shade of green (or whatever) by letting the envelope dictate it, rather than choosing any of the million colours you can choose for text on the computer, and trying to match an envelope to that.
PS: square envelopes cost more postage!
Post # 6
I second Paper Source!
They have sizes like A7 and A7.5 which are designed to fit inside each other (for the outer and inner envelopes)
If you can get to one of their stores, I highly recommend it. They have such a variety of colors and sizes AND huge invite books to help you design your invites.
Added bonus- they give you a discount if you buy in bulk 🙂
Post # 7
Definitely start with the envelopes, like Miss Cinn said. Larger sheets of cardstock for the invites can always be cut down to your envelope size, but if you make an odd invitation size, you’ll have a heck of a time trying to find an envelope to fit snugly.
IMO, the best online shop for envelopes is Envelopperinc.com I like them because they have tons of matte, metallic, and textured envelopes in a dozen or so standard sizes. Their envelopes also have a baronial flap (rounded point). They also have pockets, gatefolds, etc. They have free standard shipping, too.
Paper-source is great, too, but about twice the cost of envelopperinc.com If you have a paper-source near you, it’s a fun place to get inspired. I’ve used their envelopes for christmas cards, showers, and parties, but for my invites, I went with envelopperinc because they had way more metallic options. Also, because they were half the cost of Paper Source, we saved about $80, which ended up paying for our pocketfolds. 🙂
Post # 8
Have you tried Hobby Lobby or Michael’s? I’ve seen blank cards and envelopes there before that would probably be great for that purpose!
Post # 9
Or if you can’t find envelopes that match the color you want, you can always make your own using a template.
Papersource has templates you can buy. Or I’m sure you can find one online.
Post # 10
That’s all great advice! Thank you, ladies! 🙂
Post # 11
@simplifiedbride: Thank you SO much for posting that site. I like paper source but it’s expensive…this site is PERFECT!!!
Post # 12
@kate169: you’re welcome! I love paper source, too, but I can’t use them for everything. Envelopperinc.com has been awesome, and super quick. The last batch of stuff I ordered arrived in exactly one week, with their free shipping.
Post # 13
I used envelopes.com and LOVED them. They have everything in all sizes and shipped in less than a day!
Post # 14
I just went to Office Depot and got like 500 for $8. 🙂 I got them in an ivory colour so they don’t look plain. I then bought a cute heart stamp and stamped some onto the envelope (going for a rustic look, and this really brought it out, IMO).
One thing I read about making your own invites…plan them around the envelopes!! Buy your envelopes, and make sure your invites will fit in them. 🙂