HOW TO ASSEMBLE YOUR OWN WEDDING INVITATIONS

STEP 1: Start with all the components on the table in front of you

The trick to an easy assembly process is to be organized. Gather up all the printed cards, the envelopes, the pocket folder covers, the RSVPs, etc. and place them in organized piles on your table. Even better, put them in the order left to right that you’ll be picking them up and assembling.

And if possible, get fiancé, friends or family involved and make a party of it!

STEP 2: Start with the largest card first

It generally works best to assemble your invitations from largest cards to smallest cards as the larger cards are easier to handle and apply. And the largest card is usually going to be the invitation card itself so start with.

Generally the smaller cards don’t get attached to anything – they either get placed in the pocket or they just get placed in the envelope along with the invitation.

STEP 3: Attach the invitation card with double-sided tape

We’ve tried lots of different methods for attaching the cards from glues to tapes to glue dots to glue stick and what we’ve found is that the best way is to use double-sided Scotch tape. It’s quick, it’s easy to handle, it’s strong, there’s no mess, and it doesn’t make the card buckle like some wet glues do. And it’s so thin you can’t tell it’s there.

Get the tape from any stationery store – it generally comes in two sizes, a narrow tape width and the standard width 3⁄4”, just like the tape you use to wrap Christmas presents with. Use the standard 3⁄4” width. It’s less fiddly, it’s easier to handle and it’s stronger so there’s no chance of the invitation cards peeling off the backer or pocket folder.

STEP 4: If you’re hand addressing the envelopes, do it now!

You don’t want to try and address the envelopes after you’ve got everything inside so make sure you address them now! If you’ve printed the addresses on the envelopes, you can skip this step.

STEP 5: Put everything in the envelope or pocket folder

Now you put everything into the pocket folder or the envelope, depending on what type of kit you have. If it’s a pocket folder or Elegance All-in-One Kit, place the smaller pocket cards into the pocket, making sure the headings are all centered.

If you’re adding a vellum on top of the invitation card, don’t forget to put it in now before you close everything up!

STEP 6: Attach the ribbon or seal (for Pocket Folder / Elegance kits/Real Lace /Layered)

RIBBONS: The ribbons for the pocket folders are all cut to the correct length for a simple knot. The ribbons for the Real Lace and Layered kits are long enough for a small bow. If necessary trim the ends of the ribbon with either a SHARP pair of scissors or use a Roller cutter and mat that you can get in stores like Jo-Ann Fabrics or Michael’s or Hobby Lobby.

SEALS: If you’re closing the pocket folder or the envelope with a Seal, make sure it’s the right way up and centered so that it evenly covers the join.

STEP 7: Seal the envelopes using a sponge or water bottle

Don’t try and use your tongue! You’ll inevitably swallow some of the glue and who knows what’s in it? Use a damp (but not wet) sponge on the glue part of the envelope. Or use a water bottle with a little sponge on the head that you can buy for a few cents from a hobby or stationery store.

STEP 8: Mail the completed invitations

The Post Office nowadays puts everything through a machine with rollers that reads the address automatically. We’ve done numerous tests on this and found that the rollers don’t generally damage or bend the invitation inside. However to minimize this you can also take your invitations to the Post Office counter and have them hand-cancel your envelopes. Generally there’s a small additional charge for this.