17 New Paperstocks Now Available!

Don’t just choose a color for your wedding; instead, work with an entire palette, which is much less limiting and adds tons of depth and richness to your wedding aesthetics. We just received 17 new paper stocks to work with — all of which are neutral and likely a beautiful complement to your current choices.

Try adding one as an envelope liner, or maybe a matte behind your invite. Our favorite, Iced Almond, a beautifully rich and grounding taupe that gives earthy glamour to your whole look.

Who Cares If Guests Eventually Throw Wedding Invitations Away? They Should Still Be Spectacular!

We’ve heard it a million times.  “Who cares? They’re just going to be thrown away, anyways.”

Here’s the problem with that – you could really say that about any wedding-related thing, or at least apply the sentiment in some way – that the functionality of every specific wedding detail is only going to be paid attention for a short time. Consider your dress. You’re only going to wear it once, and then hide it away. That doesn’t mean you should pick one that you don’t love!

And, if you think about it, your guests will be holding on to your invites for at least six weeks. So – really, it’s the one thing they’ll have from your wedding the longest. It’s the only part your guests will pick up over and over again, read, plan and answer questions with.

Your invitations are important and create an impression.  They set the tone for what your guests should expect for your entire wedding event.

So, let us MAKE. THEM. PERFECT! And this can be achieved in so many ways that are personal to you, your style and theme. One of our favorite examples: Our bride Kara wanted to incorporate a butterfly in honor of her late grandmother. Building one right into the design helped, but then wrapping the invite package with a lace belt and securing it with a butterfly pin took the design to the next level.

Another couple we adore got engaged in Italy, near a fountain known for its bees.  We incorporated the symbolic honey bees into their custom design. Guests were then directed to their wedding website that told the story of the bees.

Another client we worked with was as Irish as they come, complete with birthdays on March 16 & 17, and wanted their guests to share in their Irish pride.  Their guests were blown away with the culturally themed wedding invitations. It meant something personal, not only to the bride and groom, but the family as a whole.

Let us help you incorporate the personal details that matter – rich with the story, love, history, and meaning for you as a couple.

 

What Your Wedding Invitation Should Include…and What It Shouldn’t

Seems obvious, right? Not so fast. While we are all about aesthetics and lightening the content load to allow for formality, beauty and style to shine through, we do advise functionality, too. Read on to learn know what information to include and what to keep off.

WEDDING INVITATION

Should include:

  • Couple’s names.
  • Date and time.
  • Place, with city and state ( zip codes are not generally included).

 

Doesn’t have to include:

  • Hosts names:  If this is too complicated or you don’t want to offer this information, that’s fine. However, if you’d like to include and can’t figure out how, we’ll show you.

 

Shouldn’t include:

  • Registry information. It’s tacky. That’s it. You’ll see this three more times in this post, that’s how adamantly we believe it.
  • Never, ever ask for gifts of money. Ever.

 

 

RECEPTION CARD

Should include:

  • Time
  • Place, with city and state (zip code is optional)
  • What it includes: cocktail hour? dinner? dancing?
  • Again, ask us, we’ll guide you so that your guests know when and where they should be attending.

 

Shouldn’t include:

  • Registry information. It’s rude.
  • Again, requesting guests bring money is a HUGE no!

 

RESPONSE CARD

Should include:

  • Reply-by date.
  • A line for the guests to write who is responding.
  • Yes and no spaces.
  • A line to asking for any necessary dietary restrictions you should know of, unless your meal includes something for everyone – gluten-free, vegetarian, vegan, shell-fish allergic. The list could go on, so the line is really the best option.  But only incorporate this if your food vendor is willing to accommodate special requests.
  • Meal options if offered. And if offered and your caterer needs to know exactly who ordered what:
    • An instruction line as to how to denote whose meal selection is whose
  • Postage—either on the backside if your reply card is a postcard or on the included reply card envelope.

 

Shouldn’t include:

  • Registry information. Just for reinforcement.
  • Any information you want your guests to hold on to, because they’ll be sending it back to you. That means if they’ve sent it back to you, they no longer have access to that information.

 

ENCLOSURE CARD

Should include:

  • Whatever you want your guests to know that doesn’t belong printed on any other pieces in the suite, for example:
    • Hotel information
    • Shuttle and/or parking information
    • Formality information, e.g. that your reception is in a grass field, so beware of wearing stilettos.
    • Next-day brunch or breakfast information if offered.
    • Wedding website – this is the only place this should go.

 

Shouldn’t include:

  • Registry Information – or requests for gifts of money.

 

OUTER ENVELOPE

Should include:

  • Formally printed return address.
  • Proper and formally written or printed guest address.  (apartment, street abbreviations and states should all be written out).
  • Proper postage amount. Please note – different post offices’ scales are calibrated differently. We’ve had one post office weigh something to owe two large stamps, while another says one and another says three. Have it weighed at least two different places to ensure you get the right postage.

 

 

 

 

Our Standard 5-Piece Wedding Invitation Package Includes So Much More Than 5 Pieces

Visit any our online competitors’ websites and you’ll see that each thing you add to your cart, like every invitation necessity, will add to your total. And should you need a large quantity of wedding invitations, your shipping is a significant cost.

At Blue Envelope we like to streamline your entire wedding invitation purchasing process by offering all of the necessities in one cost. So when you work with us here’s what you’ll get for a base price of $5.25/invitation, based on the order of 10o or more invitations [besides the most incredible wedding invitations] :

The actual wedding invitation
This here is something you can’t go without. It tells your guests where to be and when, as well as the most crucial detail: who is getting hitched.

Reception card
Your reception card leads guests to the party. Who wants to miss that? Surely not us, and we hope you and your guests don’t either.

RSVP Postcard
This is a really crucial piece, as it will tell you what you need to tell your caterer – how many people are coming and, if you offer meal choices, who’s eating what. We start with a postcard for efficiency, but can certainly change to a card with an envelope. That’s up to you and your budget.

Enclosure Card
This card is where you tell your guests everything else you need them to know: hotel accommodations, transportation and parking 411, breakfast availability, etc. It’s a common courtesy you can offer your guests for traveling and sharing in your wedding day.

Outer Envelope
We print your envelope with your return address in a style and design that is complementary to your entire suite. If you so choose to purchase guest addressing, we will also print that on your envelopes.

3 Designs
Every client gets up to three custom wedding invitation designs, based on the style, theme and aesthetics you share with us when we meet. You are able to mix and match what you like from each custom design into the final wedding invitation.

Our Guidance
You also get us, Blue Envelope designers, advisors, friends, who are knowledgeable in all things wedding stationery related. We will lead you through every part of the wedding invitation process, making this easy and stress-free.

Have a question?  Email contact us.