(Closed) Invitation Envelopes

posted 8 years ago in DIY
  • poll: What kind of envelopes did you use to mail your DIY invitations?
    A different kind of envelope I made myself from cardstock or other paper. (describe below if poss.) : (0 votes)
    Pocketfold envelopes (from a company, feel free to list the website below) : (3 votes)
    12 %
    Pocketfold envelopes I made myself from cardstock or something similar. : (0 votes)
    Normal stationary envelopes, without adding an inner layer. : (5 votes)
    19 %
    Normal stationary envelopes, with a lining (inner layer) added (by myself or purchased that way) : (13 votes)
    50 %
    Other, explained below. : (3 votes)
    12 %
    DIY Pocket fold INSIDE an outer envelope. : (2 votes)
    8 %
    Purchased pocket fold INSIDE an outer envelope. : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
    566 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I’m only Pseudo-DIYing the invites (I bought a kit).  So, I will either be using the plain, cheap envelopes that come with my kit, or buying nicer lined envelopes from party city.

    Post # 4
    110 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: April 2011

    I said other because I had pocketfolds but they were inside a plain white envelope (obviously one that fitted the pocketfold perfectly).

    Post # 5
    2237 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I haven’t done it yet, but I plan on just using normal envelopes.  I might stamp the back with our monogram and then emboss it to add a little something extra, but in the long run 99% of people just tear open the envelope and throw it away so I don’t want to invest too much in it.  I will, however, be using a pocketfold for the actual invite and other inserts.

    Post # 6
    1871 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: February 2011

    I LOVE “envelope art!” I’m using plain, white unlined envelopes and really bangin’ stamps. To me, stamps make a huge difference in the look of the invite (even though they get cancelled!)–the envelope below is one I did with pink and gold stamps.

    I’m also doing my own calligraphy and it is much, much easier if the envelopes are unlined–you can use guidelines through a lightbox that way. If they are lined (or some unfamiliar thick stock or a dark color), then you have to hand-draw your guidelines on each envelope, calligraph the address, and then erase your guidelines. Not having to do guidelines saves like, 10 minutes per envelope. If you’re getting your envelopes calligraphed, it’s something to consider because some calligraphers will charge you more for lined/colored envelopes for that reason. If you don’t practice calligraphy, another sneaky idea is to buy a fountain pen, print all the addresses out in a calligraphy font you like and then, using a lightbox, hand-trace them onto the envelope. But again, you can’t do that if they’re lined.

    Also, if you are going to DIY your envelopes (I love Martha Stewart’s scoring board for that!), you might want to test how the paper holds up in the mail–a 100% cotton creamy letterpress paper, for example, will look shot by the time it gets back to you.


    Post # 8
    600 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    I was going to mail my pocket fold as is… uh oh…



    more money 🙁

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