Monthly Archives: February 2010

Tips and Tidbits

Invite Assembly: Part 1

February 22, 2010

Happy Monday everyone! This week I’ll be doing a mini series with a few helpful tips on assembling your invitations. First up:

STUFFING THE ENVELOPES

One question brides often have for us at betsywhite is how they should stuff their envelopes – What order should the items go in? Should the invitation face the flap or the front of the envelope? These are all very good questions, especially since invitation suites can include multiple cards along with the invitation, such as response cards, reception cards, directions, etc. Here’s a little visual guide to help answer those questions.

Let’s demonstrate with an average suite which includes an invitation with double envelopes, a response set and enclosure card:

wedding invitations: how to stuff your envelopes

After receiving your invitations, the first thing you will need to do is address the invitation envelopes. The recipient’s name and address is written on the outer envelope (which has glue on the flap for sealing), while just the names are written on the inner envelope. For more detailed information on envelope addressing, take a look here and here. To make life easier for your guests, you should also add stamps to the pre-addressed response envelopes:

how to stuff invitation envelopes

Once the envelopes are addressed and ready for stuffing, compile the various stationery elements. The cards should be arranged by size, from the largest to the smallest. For this suite, the cards were placed in this order:

1. The invitation, which is the largest card sits at the bottom of the stack
2. The response card and pre-printed response envelope should be paired together
3. The response card should be tucked under its envelope’s flap, turned vertically, then placed on top of the invitation
4. The enclosure card should also be turned vertically then placed at the top of the stack

Next, insert the stack of cards into the inner envelope with the text facing up towards the flap so the design is visible when the inner envelope is first opened:

stuffing invitation envelopes

Place the inner envelope inside the outer envelope. Make sure the names on the inner envelope face up towards the flap so the writing is visible when the outer envelope is opened:

The last thing to do is visit the post office with one of the fully assembled sets to determine how much postage is needed. Depending on the size, shape (square envelopes require more postage) and number of inserts, the postage needed could vary quite a bit. Add your postage and that’s it!

I hope this helps!

Of course, all invitations are not the standard rectangle shape. Tomorrow, we’ll talk about unique sizes.

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Betsywhite and WellWed

February 19, 2010

Exciting news!

A few months ago, the editor-in-chief of Vermont Vows and WellWed magazines asked me if I would be interested in having a few of my wedding logos featured in their upcoming issues. Short answer: YES!!

In each of the four magazines (Vermont Vows, WellWed in New York, WellWed in the Hamptons and WellWed on the Cape), a betsywhite logo is featured as the opening page for each of the real wedding stories in the magazine. It’s so exciting to finally see everything in print!

I love these magazines – they’re always chock-full of tips, beautiful images and lots of inspiration… and as a design geek, I’m also nuts for the almost-square format and thick paper with the satin finish :)

Here’s a peek at a few of the logos featured in the New York issue of WellWed:

wedding logos by betsywhite stationery

If you haven’t already, be sure to pick up a copy of one (or all!) of these lovely magazines. You can also subscribe online.

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Formal Introduction: Aubrey

February 17, 2010

So you saw the inspiration behind the design earlier today and you might have seen a preview on Classic Bride yesterday but I’d like to finally make a formal introduction. World, Aubrey. Aubrey, world.

Fancy — but never fussy — Aubrey is a design worthy of top shelf wedding toasts.

new design from betsywhite stationery

wedding invitations, tree motif

Visit the shop to have a closer look or to order a sample.

Photo Credits:
design & styling: Gia Graham |  photography: Claudia López | calligraphy: MM Ink

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Invitation Inspiration: Aubrey

Another one of our new designs for 2010 is called Aubrey. The inspiration for the design was really quite simple: I was day dreaming about an elegant outdoor wedding where the bride and groom tie the knot under a beautiful – perhaps even meaningful – tree and I wanted to create an invitation for that wedding in my head. Is it strange that I still daydream about planning a wedding even though I’ve been married for almost 9 years? Occupational hazard, I guess.

Anyway, I love the idea of bringing lots of elegance to the outdoors with chandeliers handing from tree branches and lovely chaise lounges on the lawn and other vintage touches – so I decided to create a design that was simple but also quite elegant. Here’s the inspiration:

inspiration behind the invitation

Stop by later today to see how the invitation turned out!

Photo Credits:
row 1: Leigh Miller | Lisa Lefkowitz
row 2: Braedon Photography | Martha Stewart | Martha Stewart
row 3: Anna Kuperberg | Jonathan Canlas via Green Wedding Shoes