Post # 1
Ok, I just ordered my save the dates and am now ready to tackle my invite dilemna. I am on a budget so when I found 100 invites for $20 I was thrilled (I think I bought them at Joann’s if anyone is interested in the same deal- no reply cards are included). But I was just wondering if anyone had any ideas on how I could spice them up a bit. I need to fit all of the info on this one card (on a budget= no 5 card invite packets) but I should have plenty of room since i am going to only put addresses to the places and then give my wedding webiste for more info… Would it be hard to add a bow in my color to the top or something like that which wouldn’t take up too much space? All the invite has is a silver border all the way around it.
Also, I am not using reply cards… why? you may ask. Well I think they are a waste of money and paper, people always forget to send them back and I have made a very nice wedding website that allows people to reply there (without giving the option of penciling extra people in etc.) I will also provide my cell # for those who prefer to call. This way there will be no confusion (hopefully) and I will not get reply cards back with 5 extra people added on. 🙂 So… my other dilemna is how the hell to I address them to make sure they know who is invited (since I won’t have reply cards)? Is it wierd to put (for example) “so-and-so & guest” and for families I could just put “The so-and-so Family” right? Does that sound ok??
Post # 3
You could find some coordinating ribbon and make or buy hang tags. Then just write the invited guests’ names on the tag and tie around the invite in a bow. Another option would be a paper belly band with the invited guests’ names on the front.
I would write it out the same as you would on a regular inner envelope.
Post # 4
Hey! I could have written this post before my wedding!
I also bought a set of 100 plain ivory cardstock with envelopes for even cheaper – $12 (had a 50% of Micheal’s Coupon). What I did to spice them up was use a stamp with colored ink (I used a leaf design and green ink), and punched a hole in the top to tie a ribbon through. Everyone complimented me on my invitations and asked me where I had gotten them done! I am not crafty in the least, so that felt nice 🙂 I also didn’t have RSVP cards – we just did email/phone. With postage, our invitations cost around $50.
For family members, I simply address the envelope to the husband, wife and family, if they had kids I wanted to include. For example:
Mr and Mrs John Smith and Family
You know what? For the envelopes for single people who I wanted to give the option of bringing a guest, I just addressed the envelope to them, and personally told them they were welcome to bring a guest. If this isn’t an option for you, I am sure including “guest” on the envelope is fine, and very clear.
Good luck! I’ll try and find a picture of my invites so you can see how they went from plain to fun 🙂
Post # 5
I like the idea of a colorful belly band in one of your wedding colors. Then you can hand write, or print on the band who is invited. It will bring in color and address your invite issue.
Ribbons can cause bulkiness inside the envelope, if that’s an issue for you. You could also address the envelopes with the coordinating color to the belly bands!
Post # 6
You could also add a wrap around label to the envelopes, just another dash of color!
Post # 7
I LOOOVE the belly band idea! I will need to look up a picture but it sounds like something I could make pretty simply and I could write everyone invited on it.
@Valhalla: I would love to see a picture if you can find one. It sounds really pretty. Did the added ribbon increase your postage at all?
I just bought cheap address labels from vistaprint that have a picture of us with the sunset behind us to add some color to the envelope.
Post # 8
Oh there are about 10,000,000 ways and ideas. Just google “invitation belly band” and a TON will come up. Plain, patterened, added a logo, etc. It’s perfect for you!