[wedding invitations] a custom bilingual invite for the holidays

Greenery-Bilingual-Invite-Suite
Uyen at Sassy Girl Weddings contacted me to design her clients invitation suite; which was an exciting project since I needed to find a way to combine two languages, a greenery watercolor graphic, along with their holiday wedding theme! The most cost effective [and eco-friendly] option was to print a language on each side of a single-layer card. The couple could then flip the card face-up within the envelope, depending on who was receiving the invite.

Bilingual-Invite
I found a few green foliage graphics for the couple to choose from, I then added the red berries for a classic holiday element. They decided to incorporate a belly-band embellishment [wrapped around the invite card] to slide the enclosure cards in.  For the band design, I laid out their names & date in white on a red berry ink. Finally, we went with a wild berry envelope to match.

Wedding Invitation GreeneryI can’t wait to customize this design style in the future for a non-holiday celebration, simply by changing the band & envelope color and probably removing the berries… or we can keep them for fun. 😉

 

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[Wedding Invitation] Mailing Tips

Christina Bouffard and Nate Morris

Once production & assembly is completed on my wedding invitation orders, I like to remind my clients to add postage to their RSVP postcards /or response envelopes … but more importantly, to bring in a completed invitation suite to the post office to be weighed before buying all postage! Below are even more essential envelope & mailing tips:

  • Double Wedding Envelopes are Traditional. Pockets are Modern. Using double envelope sets is a wedding tradition that dates back hundreds of years. While they are still very commonly used, they tend to be reserved for invitations that are more traditional in style. However, a pocket folder IS the inner envelope.
  • Use Invitation Tissue. When all folded up, the panel with the pocket falls on top of the invitation card panel. During mailing the v-shaped pocket will rub against the printing causing smudges. You can prevent this by the addition of invitation tissue. Just place a single piece between the two panels to help prevent smudging. [5.5″ square tissue / A7 tissue packs / 5×7 or 6×6.]
  • Stamps & Postage: Make sure you bring a completed invitation to the post office and weigh it to calculate exactly how much postage you will need. (note: square envelopes will cost extra). See what stamps they have available and if none are to your liking you can have custom stamps made up online to match your theme.
  • Hand canceling: You can bring all your invitations to the post office and request that they be hand-canceled*. Machines print bar codes on the envelopes, but hand-canceling — just marking each stamp — keeps invitations neat and prevents damage that machines can cause (they will still go through sorting machines, but will skip the first one).  For even more info on hand canceled envelopes, check out the post via the knot, also see “4 secrets the post office won’t tell you” by Love Inc Magazine, and lastly, Read Before You mail!
    *call ahead to ensure that your post office location offers this service or if you can use their stamp to mark the stamps yourself.
hand cancelled envelopes
image via Charleston Crafted