There’s a rumor going around that guests just throw away your precious wedding invitation after your wedding (or even worse, right after receiving it!). I can vouch that this is a myth for those brides who put a little extra effort in their invites. It doesn’t take much to make your invitation stand out. A subtle graphic or interesting texture can make your guests do a double take. You don’t have to be a crafty or eclectic bride to achieve a unique solution. Even my customers who are very traditional can make a small choice to add a printed envelope liner (tip #5) or an “icing” mailing label (tip #7). This small choice makes a significant difference in the presentation of their invite.
tip #1 - size counts!
Go with a unique size, something besides the ordinary 5x7. Try a long 4x9 invite. If you must stick to 5x7, try making it a landscape layout.
tip #2 - add a photo!
Add a personal touch by integrating a photo or wedding logo
tip #3 - punch it!
Buy a craft puncher in a shape or border design from your local craft store. Punch a few shapes through your envelope so the inner invite in a contrasting color peaks through.
tip #4 - photo corners!
Adhere your plain white invitation to a colored or patterned card stock mat using photo corners.
tip #5 - envelope liner!
Add an envelope liner. We love to print a simple design element directly on the liner...a little surprise when the guest opens the flap!
tip #6 - wrap it!
We love to see wraps around an invite. It’s like tying a pretty bow on a package (except no bulk of a tied ribbon). Your recipient gets to slide the wrap off in anticipation of what’s inside!
tip #7 - “Icing”
Print your guest addresses on a long label that wraps around the back side of your envelope. The back part holds your return address info.
tip #8 - Customize your postage...
Create a custom stamp for the outside of your envelope or for your reply postcard. Our clients love the
Envelopments® new original postage which was designed to match their paper line. Visit www.zazzle.com/envelopments/
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