Post # 1
I’m thinking of doing a belly band instead of an inner envelope (cuts down on having to buy extra envelopes, which add to wasted paper and heavier weight — I’ll write the guests’ names on the belly band), but I’m not sure how to lay everything out. The invitation suite consists of the invitation (largest), the rehearsal dinner invitation, the RSVP postcard, and a small insert with our wedding website on it (probably small like a business card). It makes the most logical sense to put the invitation on the bottom, and stack the smaller things on top, then wrap the whole thing with the belly band, but will this look disjointed? The guest will have to wade through all the extras before they get to the main part of the show. Also, the Rehearsal Dinner invitation doesn’t match the rest of the suite at all since it’s a themed event (baseball game), so I think it will look really disjointed if someone sees the Rehearsal Dinner invitation first.
Or I could do it the opposite, with the large invitation on top and the smaller stuff in back, and just make sure it is wrapped well with the belly band so nothing accidentally falls out when it is removed from the envelope?
If you’ve done this, or have seen any good examples, I’d love to see pictures/links. Thanks!
Post # 3
I am actually considering the same thing, trying to eliminate the extra paper for the inner envelope. I was thinking of using a label (where I’ll write the names) to attach the bellyband around the invitation and enclosures. I haven’t tried putting it together yet, but I was thinking of putting the invitation on the top, so that’s the first thing people will see when they open it up.
I’m interested to see if anyone else has done this and how it works out, too.
Post # 4
If you have a multi-part invitation, you are supposed to stuff the envelope with the various smaller pieces (response card, reception card, etc) in front of the invitation. All the pieces face the back of the envelope (the side that seals). So to include your various invitation pieces within a belly band, I would think that you would order them in the same manner. Crane & Co has a nice section on "Order of Enclosures" on their website:
Post # 5
i am a letterpress designer and we have two clients using bellybands in their invitations. here are the designs that they have approved….but we have not printed them quite yet so i dont have any pictures of the actuall pieces for you yet. as soon as we print them you can see them on: http://www.atlasandcampbell.blogspot.com
but in the mean time you can see images of the belly band designs we created for them here: http://photobucket.com/bellyband