• Kathy Gelbman

The Perfect Package

Once you've decided what information you need to send to your guests so that they can be as excited for your event as you are, it's time to decide how to present it in a way that will make the exact impression you desire.

There are lots of ways to package all of the pieces of information that might accompany your invitation. Ranging from simple to complex, each option meets different needs. I'm outlining some options here, but the possibilities are endless! Some of these ideas can be combined or mix and matched to create other concepts.

The best way to decide on a packaging option is to first outline what you want to include, second consider what suits your taste, and lastly, work within your budget to create a plan that combines the two.

You might choose to keep it simple and traditional by using the main envelope as the tool to hold your pieces together. In the suite shown here, the shower invitation (a single printed card) and the registry card were inserted into the main envelope. We added an envelope liner to accent the envelope.

Invitation and Registry Card

If you like the single card option, but would like something a little more substantial, we can always add a backing layer (or two) in matte, metallic, or sparkle to accent the main card.

A silver glitter layer and a cobalt blue layer give Sherri and Curt's invitation depth and elegance.

You might desire a bit more organization in your envelope. Perhaps you have a lot of pieces, or just prefer all of the pieces to be one unit that gets removed from the envelope. The first option to help you with that is a simple paper "belly band". A belly band is exactly what it sounds like; it goes around the belly of the invitation to hold all of the parts together behind the main invitation. In the invitation below, you see the main invitation (a single card printed with letterpress on ultra thick stock), the reply card with its envelope, and the rehearsal dinner card. You can also see how they are all held together with the sage green belly band.

All invitation elements are held together behind the main invitation using a belly band (upper right).
Here's a front view of that same suite.

Within the belly band category, there are LOTS of options! below you can see that we used a monogram tab to accent the belly band. There are laser cut belly bands with designs, we can also create a laser cut out of your last name (or future last name) initial. You can put a saying on a tab, a symbol, your initials, or your names. The possibilities are endless.

Here's a metallic paper belly band with a monogram tab that also includes the couple's wedding date.
This couple combined vellum (translucent paper) with a raffia bow and a wax seal.
A cobalt backing layer, and a laser cut belly band, make this invitation stately yet delicate.

If you like the idea of "tying" everything together, but a paper belly band doesn't fit your fancy, ribbons, lace, raffia, or any combination of materials are also well suited to create one cohesive piece to be removed from the main envelope, and explored by your guests.

Silk accent ribbon belly band.
A light grey layer, gives this invitation a border and a teal ribbon and metal starfish charm tie the pieces together.

If a band isn't what you have in mind to hold everything together, you can also choose to have a pocket either on the back of the invitation, or as part of a "folio" type of enclosure.

The rear pocket on Taylor and Steven's invitation holds the Direction, Information and Response Cards.

If you like the idea of the back pocket, and the way the cards sit staggered, but would like a larger sized invitation (larger than 5" x 7"), we can also create a custom size, with an attached pocket as shown here on Jillian and Louis' invitation.

Here are all of the pieces (above).
And here is how they all sit so nicely together (above).

Perhaps you really liked the 5" x 7" pocket invitation, but you also loved the monogram tab that we saw earlier on the paper belly band... well, we can do that as well!

Jade and Dan accented their pocket with a ribbon and a tab with their names.

Some couples prefer the invitation to be in more of a "folio" type of package, still with the accessory cards stacked in a display type fashion. There are myriad choices for these as well.

A tri-fold folio with an added name tab.
A laser cut folio with a rose gold foil backing layer accent.

The laser cut envelope below is not a folio, it doesn't open as a tri-fold, but instead holds all of the invitation pieces together in an elegant, delicate laser cut envelope sealed with a wax seal.

An elegant laser cut envelope sealed with a wax seal

One last consideration... When you are choosing your packaging, think about how important postage price is to you. Each element that you add will not only add to the weight of the package, but things like knots, ribbons or raffia that is tied into a knot or bow, all add to the price of your postage. As we create your suite, I will work with you to design a plan that fits your vision and also takes all of these factors into consideration.

There are many possibilities for how to package and present your invitations. Now that you have some ideas, we can talk about what you like, what you don't like, and use that to create the perfect package to send to your guests.