(Closed) Envelope and Paper sizes for DIY Invitations – Help and Opinions Please

posted 8 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

You can hold the pieces together with a belly band! Otherwise I wouldn’t worry about it; you don’t actually need to connect the pieces together.

As for the sizes, I would go 5×7, 4.75×6.75, 4.5×6.5… 4×6 tends to look really small for getting the information on.

You can do the same size for the RSVP card and the reception insert… sometimes the reception card is even smaller.

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay

i don’t think a half inch (actually i guess a quarter inch) border around each card is too much, but spaniel brings up a good point about getting everything on a 4×6. if you are happy with the 4×6 design, then i do think the sizes you are thinking about is good–if you’re going to layer, might as well have enough space for the backing to show up!

the size for the rsvp that you’re thinking of is a good standard size. depending on what you put on the reception card, it can be smaller because it doesn’t have to be mailed and may not necessarily have a lot of info.

hm, i just saw that you’re going to do inner envelopes as well. if that’s the case, you may want to bump up the size of your outer envelope so that it has enough room to house the inner envelope, invite (with three layers of cardstock), and inserts.

for keeping them together, a belly band or ribbon is nice but not necessary. also, if you are going to do the inner envelope, i think it’s even less necessary to have something to keep them together because people will have the inner envelope to carry around.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Ritz-Carlton, Half Moon Bay

that looks very nice as well–it’s just a matter of personal preference. on the second, the ivory part of the invite really stands out with the text and the art, while on the first one you get the strong bold borders. so it’s really up to you. either way, you did a wonderful job! let us know what you end up deciding.

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch

Yeah, I like the smaller border better. 🙂

You won’t need anything other than A7 and A7.5 for these, though… I just made my rehearsal dinner cards this way and there was PLENTY of room to spare. 🙂

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

I used the sizes in your first picture.  I really love my invitations in the 4×6 and I like the color that the borders add.  

A lot of people that don’t do pockets tie all the pieces together with raffia or a belly band.  

frenchpaper.com has super cheap envelopes.  I paid $35 for 250. They have tons of colors.  They sell many sizes of paper that match the envelopes too.  They make it very easy!  

I used A-2 size envelopes for the RSVP, which made the response card 4.25″ x 5.5″

I would post pictures, but I’m picking them up from the printer’s this afternoon!

 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I like the first reception card more.  My invite was 5×7 and our reception card was 4×6. 

I would do all ivory envelopes.  Easier to write on, and you can use the same pen/marker since you won’t need to make sure it can be read on a darker envelope. 

We didn’t do any sort of belly band or ribbon, we just put everything in the envelopes.  If you have three layers on your main invite, that can get pretty thick so the pieces will probably stay put. 

For the invite, what if you did a 1/2″ green border, then a 1/4″ brown border?  So the green would be 5×7, the brown would be 4.5×6.5, and the ivory would be 4.25×6.25.  I am thinking of a matted photo, how the mat is wider but then there’s sometimes a thinner contrasting mat nearer to the photo.

Lovely work!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Definitely play around w/ it a little.  We’ve been doing mock-ups w/ our home printer, just using regular printer paper to test things out.  The sizes that we decided on are:

A7 (5×7) for the invite

4-bar (3.5 x 5) for the reply card

5×5 square for the map insert. 

That way everything has a base dimension of 5 inches, and only the height differs between the 3 pieces of the invitation. 

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I also like the first reception card. And I don’t think you need a belly band or anything like that if you’re going to have inner envelopes. I’ve used http://www.paperandmore.com to order a ton of samples to play around with. They’ve got lots of envelope options and samples are usually $0.50 with a flat rate $1 shipping and they ship super fast.

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