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So… our blog feature/update on cheap wedding invitations really inspired you guys — and we’re still digging ourselves out of the flood of “Ask Emmaline” questions that came in pertaining to invites. We’ll get to all of you in a jif (promise!) and we’re kicking it off with the first question on the list.
Julie emailed us about where to buy envelopes for wedding invitations. She writes…
“I read your blog post on wedding invites and like the idea of printing my own. I want to get invitations printed and then add wax seals or embellishments to them. Do you have any suggestions on where to buy wedding invitation envelopes?”
Hi, Julie, and thanks for writing. Great idea with a little do-it-yourself action on your wedding invites; you’ll save money and since you’re into the idea of printing them yourself you will probably have a little fun in the process.
You mentioned the idea of adding wax seals or embellishments, as well as addressing them yourself. Those are all great idea and easy ways to add a personalized touch to your wedding stationery. Off the top of my head, there are a few really affordable places to buy wedding invitation envelopes online, as well as embellishments like those you mentioned. I’ll outline them in our blog post below. Hope it helps!
Where to Buy Wedding Invitation Envelopes
Before you buy envelopes for your invitations, make sure you pick out the exact design you’re planning to use and read the measurements very carefully. Most printable wedding invitations include — and they should, I mean, come on! — measurements for which size envelope to use.
We selected this printable invitation from Minted to use as an example. The invitation, shown below, is a simple, sweet, elegant design you can print yourself for a flat one-time fee of $50 (this means you can print as many as you’d like!)
When you view the invite on the invitation page, you can scroll down to see the dimensions; this one in particular is a standard 5″x7″. In stationer terms, that’s a standard A7 size — pretty much one of the most classic sizes for wedding invitation envelopes.
As a general rule, you’ll want to add 0.25″ to the sides of your invitation size when figuring out what kind of envelopes to buy. For instance, this invitation measures 5″x7″, but you won’t buy exact envelopes (invites won’t fit, they need a little more room!) Instead, you’ll use a 5.25″x7.25″ envelope, giving a little extra room for the sides and flap to ensure a perfect fit.
You can buy standard wedding envelopes here.
Okay, so where to buy envelopes for wedding invitations of a standard size = that’s easy! What about something a little trickier… say, a square invitation? That’s easy, too! Simply use the same formula as above: add 0.25″ to the sides to calculate your envelope size. For a 6″x6″ invitation, you’ll need envelopes sized 6.25″x6.25″.
I M P O R T A N T N O T E
It is important to note (but don’t let it necessarily deter you) that square wedding invitations will require additional postage. Make sure you keep it in mind when figuring out your budget.
Here is is a list of the most common wedding envelope sizes and where to buy them.
Where to Buy Envelopes for Invitations
If I was looking to buy envelopes for wedding invitations, I would get mine here and here’s why: I’ve ordered from them in the past on countless projects, gifts, art pieces, holiday cards, you name it. I’ve always had success, their products are top-notch, and I would gladly recommend them to even my closest family and friends.
On their site, you’ll find envelopes for many standard wedding invite sizes, which makes it easy when printing your own at home. Plus, you can choose these pretty envelope liners, which slide right into the envelopes and add luxe touch.
For bonus points, they offer some seriously great “extras” like FREE address printing. This means when you go to buy envelopes for your wedding invitations, they’ll actually print the addresses on them FOR YOU, in pretty fonts that look like beautiful hand-calligraphy.
In addition, you can get the return addresses printed on the back flaps of the envelopes. It’s an added fee, but nominal compared to how much time you would spend hand-writing or stamping them yourself.
• You can browse the envelopes here.
Another place to buy invitation envelopes is definitely BasicInvite. They offer tons of options for envelopes and many different sizes. You can also get free envelope printing / addressing here and they promise you can receive your order in 5 business days, according to the website. You can buy wedding envelopes for invitations in standard size, in additional size (like square or petite), and return envelopes, too.
• You can browse their envelopes here.
You can shop Hobby Lobby for pretty much everything wedding, craft, and home goods (like fun Farmhouse inspired art I was telling you about yesterday). So, it makes perfect sense they’re a great resource for where to buy envelopes for wedding invitations. You can browse in-store or online here. I prefer online, but that’s pretty much because you can add a ton of stuff to your cart, add a sweet 40% off coupon, and sometimes they even offer free shipping.
• Browse envelopes here
These are the classic A9 size wedding envelopes and you can buy in bulk for cheap here. I love how these envelopes have an adhesive: peel off the paper strip and seal! No moisture needed (and if you’re a fan of Seinfeld, we know the licking of the envelopes worked out for Susan!)
Where to Buy Envelope Embellishments + Invitation Extras
Now that you know where to buy wedding invitation envelopes, let’s tackle the topic of embellishing your do-it-yourself invites. You mentioned adding a few accents and we wanted to share a few ideas for anyone else considering this diy approach.
We love the idea of adding wax seals, as you mentioned. I’m not sure if you already have a kit, but you can get a real wax seal kit and stamper SweetZakkaHouse.
Here’s what the kit looks like (below). It includes everything you need to make your own wax seals.
Choose your favorite style, like any of these (also spotted in the same shop).
Instead of real wax, which can be a lengthy process of melting and, ya know, burning your hand like I did, you can do the next best thing: go with adhesive wax seals!
I am so crazy about these wax seals that I may just invest in a whole slew of them to put on my own stationery. A bit extra… but they’d look awesome on holiday cards, don’t you think?
You can even MAKE YOUR OWN wax seals here. I kid you not. Now I’m really making it happen.
In addition to wax seals, consider adding a belly band to your invitations. A belly band is a beautiful way to keep your invitation and enclosures neat, organized, and cohesive. Here is an example of a belly band with a fun pop.
This belly band boasts an elegant and understated look.
If you’d like, add a bit of specialty ribbon to tie it all together instead.
What do I like more than saving time? Saving a trip to the post office, that’s what! I love our sweet local post office; it is seriously like living in Stars’ Hollow. But I’ll admit, it is sometimes tough to get there before it closes, or early enough, or wait in line for stamps. And there’s no Luke’s Diner next door to get a cup of coffee. :)
One of the prettiest touches you can add to wedding invitation envelopes is custom postage. I wish they had these when I got married. I mean, they did, but I just didn’t know where to buy them yet.
You can buy custom postage stamps here.
And if you’re into the style — though it is an added cost and many would argue it is unnecessary — you can add a vellum overlay to your invitation. It adds a really pretty dimensional effect; however, it is not a must-have by any means.
Here is an example:
Looks pretty, doesn’t it? You can find out more about these overlays here if you’re interested.
And… that’s a wrap! Thanks so much for writing, Julie, and remember: those DIY invites are going to look awesome. Remember, regardless of what kind of wedding invitation envelopes you buy, be sure to have them hand-canceled at your post office. Every. single. time. This way, you can make sure your postage is spot-on and your invitations won’t get messed up in their machines. For more on this, read: 7 Wedding Invitation Mistakes to Avoid.