Post # 1
My fiance and I will be making our own wedding invitations to cut costs, but there are a few things I’m not sure about. First of all, I want to do square invitations with 5.5" brown paper for the back and 5" white paper for the wording that will go on top so that there will be a 0.25" brown border on each side. Then I want to make a belly band that will go around the middle of the invitation.
My question is what is the best thing to use to adhere the white paper to the brown and to adhere the ends of the belly band together. Also, since I have the belly band do I still need to use an inner envelope? Where do I put the RSVP card and it’s envelope?
Post # 3
there are many types of tape that can be used Look for one that is acid free & permanent Whlie pricier, I like the snail adhesive from Stampin’ Up!
the belly band depends on what look you are going for…plain or some sort of embellishment. If you want it to be as plain as possible, you will need a stronger tape…sticky strip…or you can just type in a bow, etc.
Just wanted to make sure you are aware that square invites cost more to ship
I can’t help you on the RSVP/inner envelope portion, as we are only having one sheet of paper on the inside. 😉
Post # 4
If you are looking to save some scratch, I would suggest forgoing the inner envelopes. I too made an invite with a bellyband, although mine was a pocketfold which solved the RSVP card problem. What you could do is stuff the RSVP and envelope on the back side of your invite, secured by the belly band.
Instead of an inner envelope, we actually created a small square piece of paper and put our guests’ first names and affixed it to the belly band. Made me feel a little bit better about bucking "tradition" 🙂 Good luck!
Post # 5
I’m using an xyron machine, you can get them from Michael’s or AC Moore, places like that. If you use a coupon it will only end up costing you around $20.00. The refills are cheapest at Walmart, around 10.00.
What it does is apply a continuous adhesive to the back of the cardstock so you will have a seamless mount. And there is no worries about wet glue or the invite falling off the back piece.
Post # 6
I would use either Glue Dots or Zots to adhere the two different papers and the belly band. I think Glue Dots are more widely available, but I prefer Zots, they’re stronger. As for the RSVP card/ envelope, I would go with futuregrado and tuck them behind the invite, under the belly band.
Post # 7
Thanks everyone for your suggestions! I went ahead and bought 2 xyron things online from JoAnn crafts…they were on sale for just under $10 and I had a coupon code for free shipping. I figure with 2 I can give one to my fiance or someone else and we can bust through the invites really quick. I’m not sure if I’ll use it for the belly bands or might try something else.
Also, I’m glad to hear you guys don’t think the inner envelope is a necessity. I was hoping I’d be able to skip it and save some money, but wasn’t sure if other people thought it was a must. It’s crazy how quickly little things like stamps and envelopes can add up! (I considered not doing the square invites, but I just love the shape. At least I’ll be saving a little by cutting down on the envelopes.)