- 3 years ago
- Wedding: January 2015
Woohoo they’re gone! I spent an insane amount of time working on them so I couldn’t be happier that they’re finally in the mail! They took about 10x longer than I thought they would but I absolutely love how they turned out!
They’re pocketfold invitations with cream felt envelopes (inner, outer, rsvp) lined with a navy blue and gold deco/fan-style liner.
The envelopes (front and back/s) I printed at home.
Outer envelope front (someone’s old address/my test envelope, ignore the wrinkles I had it in my purse to have re-weighed at the post office):
Outer envelope back (our address was under the monogram):
I don’t have a photo of the inner envelope but it just had the normal “Mr. and Mrs. Blah Blah Blah” in the same calligraphy font. The backs of the inner envelopes had the wax seals (description below).
RSVP front (I added lines so people would have to write-in their return address as well as numbered the black in invisible ink):
Liners (all 3 envelopes had this liner):
The invitations themselves are gold thermography on thick cream paper (I think it was ~120 lb?), I designed them and had them printed by an invitation maker on Etsy since there was no way I was going to attempt DIY thermography. I considered letterpress (and DIY letterpress) but I didn’t think the look matched my theme very well and honestly the thin raised ink felt better to me than the indented letterpress (they just felt more regal for some reason).
I chose to have one insert on the side of the pocketfold with all of my information rather than multiple inserts since I am having a destination wedding and all of the information remains attached to the invitation (and is therefore harder to lose).
I attached the gold backings to the pocketfold and then attached the invitations last. I also added a small rhinestone to the pocket.
For the outside of the pocketfold I attached a navy ribbon that went all the way around the outside (my pocketfolds opened twice, I could have made the ribbon stop at the first fold since you wouldn’t have been able to tell when it was closed, but that bothered me when it was open so I made it go all the way to the inside). You can see what I’m talking about in the photo where the pocketfolds are only half open, the ribbon goes all the way around to the flap on the back. I also used hot glue to attach a rhinestoned gold starfish.
I didn’t add a photo of my RSVP’s, but they had the normal “M_______________” and options of “JOYFULLY ACCEPTS” with “NUMBER ATTENDING” right below or “WILL CELEBRATE FROM AFAR.”
I made the “fake” wax seals (low temperature hot glue gun with wax) at used hot glue to attach them to the backs of my inner envelopes, I didn’t take a picture of them attached but you get the idea from the photos below. I didn’t want them on the outer envelope so they wouldn’t be damaged or fall off in the mail. I also painted the wax seals with gold leaf to make the monogram pop against the navy blue. I absolutely love how they turned out. I designed the monogram and had the wax seal custom made.
The best way I got the wax seals to turn out was by making them on a plate and carefully peeling them off when they were dry. I tried wax paper at first (as you can see by the mess on my table underneath the plate) but they melted the wax paper (I should have known that would happen, *sigh). I also used a bowl full of ice and water to cool the wax seal after every 3 or so otherwise it would get too hot and re-melt the wax when I pulled it off if I didn’t cool it once in a while. You can see my ice bowl at the top.
The seals looked better in person since (obviously) they aren’t extreme close-ups like in the photo above.
Overall I spent about $450 (not including postage) including all materials (glue guns, pocketfolds, backings, glue, envelopes/liners, printer ink, etc.), even the custom made wax seal, and I honestly feel that they look much more expensive than they were. I had 120 invitations total (mailed ~110). They are extremely thick and heavy which was the feel I was going for. I did spend quite a bit on postage ($2.52/invite plus the $.49/each for the RSVP envelope, and I had all the stamps custom made/printed so they were more expensive anyway), but overall I came in under budget by several thousand dollars. My original plan was to have a custom engraved or letterpress suite, and I was quoted between $4500-$10,000+ for what I wanted. I am happy I went the semi-DIY route and I love my suite even more than the ones I was originally looking at in the thousands.