(Closed) Ideas instead of inner envelopes?

posted 9 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
3331 posts
Sugar bee

We wanted to do something other than inner envelopes, to save the paper.  We used a band of gold vellum paper which we sealed with a label, where I handwrote the guests names. It looked really nice and was really easy (and cost effective).  We bought the paper in a big sheet from a local paper store and then cut it ourselves.

I do think a ribbon with fabric would be a good idea, that would look cool. 

Post # 5
739 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009 - Red Fish Grill

It really depends on the ribbon that you use and the way that you choose to tie it.

A few of the posters on this thread reported having trouble with their post offices when it came to ribbon inside of their envelopes affecting their passage through the USPS machines.  It ended up costing them an additional 20 cents apiece in postage.

I used ribbon as a closure for my pocketfolds, but didn’t have a problem with the post office.  There wasn’t really a "knot" in the way I tied mine, so it layed pretty flat inside the envelope.  You can see how I tied mine here.

Anyway, I think that ribbon could be a good solution for your problem.

Good luck!

Post # 6
647 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

If you do a belly band you can still write the names of the people invited on it, just like you would on an inner envelope, and it would be cheaper than ribbon.

Post # 8
232 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

i did a grosgrain ribbon bellyband that my Fiance and i put together (with a little button).  We addressed the outside envelope with "and Family" or "and Guest."  Our entire invitation suite was high quality letter-pressed.  I was afraid our DIY bands would cheapen our invitations, but the response has been amazing (for the whole invitation set – bands included).  Here’s a pic of what we did.  All it took was 7 spools of ribbon and 3 packs of buttons (plus mini glue gun) – for about $70.


Post # 9
2324 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

@djmaddie…I’m glad you posted this! I was going to suggest the way you did it, but I couldn’t remember what invites they were. Love them! 

As far as ribbon goes, look around Etsy. There are some sellers that have great ribbon and some will sell you just what you need. Here is my favorite ribbon of all time…

http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=5477954 …can’t seem to get the link to work, so c&p.

It’s Italian Cotton and it’s beautiful. Angela is very nice and very easy to work with. Good luck and post some pictures when you decide what to do. I love paper porn! 

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