Post # 1
So, I realized AFTER we placed the original order on our invitations, that we didn’t get any inner envelopes or linings…two things that I do indeed want.
Apparently, my vendor is able to get the lined outter envelope, but the size invitation I have does not include an inner envelope.
What are my options? From what I can tell, i can get a folder, a ribbon, or a band.
Is there anything else? What is the most cost efficient? I am a fabric freak, so if I went with a ribbon to tie everything together, I would have to get the good stuff (which might end up costing just as much as getting an envelope…I’m just not sure).
What is your thought on this? If we do the ribbon, will it add too much bulk?
Post # 3
We wanted to do something other than inner envelopes, to save the paper. We used a band of gold vellum paper which we sealed with a label, where I handwrote the guests names. It looked really nice and was really easy (and cost effective). We bought the paper in a big sheet from a local paper store and then cut it ourselves.
I do think a ribbon with fabric would be a good idea, that would look cool.
Post # 4
- Wedding: August 2009 - St. Thomas of Villanova Church & the F.U.E.L. House
Mrs. Avo had a unique, fabric bellyband.
Belly Band Ripping
And Mrs. Lemon sewed her "folders."
Breaking It All Down…
Post # 5
- Wedding: June 2009 - Red Fish Grill
It really depends on the ribbon that you use and the way that you choose to tie it.
A few of the posters on this thread reported having trouble with their post offices when it came to ribbon inside of their envelopes affecting their passage through the USPS machines. It ended up costing them an additional 20 cents apiece in postage.
I used ribbon as a closure for my pocketfolds, but didn’t have a problem with the post office. There wasn’t really a "knot" in the way I tied mine, so it layed pretty flat inside the envelope. You can see how I tied mine here.
Anyway, I think that ribbon could be a good solution for your problem.
Post # 6
If you do a belly band you can still write the names of the people invited on it, just like you would on an inner envelope, and it would be cheaper than ribbon.
Post # 7
I don’t know if the belly band would actually be cheaper. My design is entirely letterpressed.
Thanks for all the responses! I wish I had thought about this weeks ago! I’m not sure what I’m going to do yet… but I know it has to be something EASY!!!
Post # 8
i did a grosgrain ribbon bellyband that my FI and i put together (with a little button). We addressed the outside envelope with "and Family" or "and Guest." Our entire invitation suite was high quality letter-pressed. I was afraid our DIY bands would cheapen our invitations, but the response has been amazing (for the whole invitation set – bands included). Here’s a pic of what we did. All it took was 7 spools of ribbon and 3 packs of buttons (plus mini glue gun) – for about $70.
Post # 9
@djmaddie…I’m glad you posted this! I was going to suggest the way you did it, but I couldn’t remember what invites they were. Love them!
As far as ribbon goes, look around Etsy. There are some sellers that have great ribbon and some will sell you just what you need. Here is my favorite ribbon of all time…
http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5477954 …can’t seem to get the link to work, so c&p.
It’s Italian Cotton and it’s beautiful. Angela is very nice and very easy to work with. Good luck and post some pictures when you decide what to do. I love paper porn!