@SouthernBee33: How much time do you have on your hands? 🙂 I had this exact same problem and was really struggling to figure out what we should do until FI came up with the craziest way to save us money yet, but goodness–it worked!
We MADE our kraft envelopes.
We had ordered the oversized postcards from VistaPrint and were struggling to find that size in stores, and online was pretty expensive, as you said. We had a larger guest list so our cost was even higher. So do you know what we did? We went to Michael’s and bought a roll of kraft paper for $4. Yup, four bucks.
It tooks us two days to make the envelopes (partially because I printed several of them wrong and we had to re-make 20 of them), but we definitely saved ourselves a lot of money. There are templates you can find online, but we actually made our template and using a scoring board (FI had one already, but they also sell these in stores–they basically show you the guidelines of where to make your “lines” for folding).
Yes, it was time consuming, but I mean, our envelopes look awesome. They are sturdy, look professional, and were so inexpensive! And FI and I got some great bonding time together, too. We are so proud of our envelopes! Everything is going in the mail today!
If you’ve got the time, this really wasn’t that hard of a project–it just took some time. But if you have friends you could enlist to help cut, score, fold and glue, it’d go pretty quickly!
Here’s our awesome stack of envelopes! I wish I could show you how cute the back flap design is, too, but it’s got our address, haha.
This is FI helping me print all the addresses, but I’m posting so you kinda can see the shape of the back flap on that one on the table. We even used a corner punch to make the point round like the Euro Flap ones on cards and pockets.