There’s something about an envelope liner that just ups the ante of an already-beautiful paper suite. Thick cottony paper and beautiful fonts or scripted lettering make quite a statement for classic, elegant wedding invitations. Add an envelope liner to tie the pieces together or bring in a new design element or color, and come on… it’s OVER! I just love the way that envelope liners allow for you to introduce pattern or color, and the options are near endless.
Here are few things you should know when adding them to your own envelopes.
Watch that envelope flap shape.
Not all envelopes are created equally. For most of my suites, I opt for baronial envelopes or a v-shaped flap. A european style means that the flap is even more dramatic and deep. (Think about your favorite deep-v tee from American Apparel. It’s like that.) You’ll want your envelope liner to mirror the shape of your envelope, so be sure that you’re buying compatible styles.
Don’t sign and seal just yet.
It’s best to insert as a flat sheet and attach with double-sided tape or glue before folding. This ensures that you’re in a good position before adding that non-reversible crease to your liner.
*Another tip: If you’re planning on getting your photographer to document your entire paper suite on your big day, you may want to consider leaving a few unfolded, as they tend to look best this way.
Test it out.
The extra layer may affect your suite’s ability to ease in and out of the envelope. Consider this choosing dimensions and paper weight and ask your stationer to create a sample to make sure the total package will work well.
Don’t be afraid to go bold.
Envelope liners are the throw pillows of your invitation suite. If you’re anything like me, you may opt for classic when it comes to the color of your couch. A nice natural linen or basic grey. But, throw pillows—that’s where the fun comes in. Think about liners the same way. They can add a dimension of personality and color to an otherwise classic design and really delight your recipients. They really are one of the first impressions your invitations can make.
Have your stationer tie in a special element from your invite design or another detail or motif you’ll be highlighting elsewhere in your celebration. Custom liners are a great way to unify the event. This place is great for getting custom-designed liners printed and cut-to-size, but if you don't mind hand-cutting liners yourself, your options are endless! After you created a template for cutting, you can use just about any patterned paper of your choosing.