Invitation Formatting

The invitations have been a bear for me”¦I’ve been in bit of an inspiration rut. I know I want them to match our save the date; I love when all wedding related paper matches, but of course this also puts some constraints on the design. I want to incorporate at least two, if not all, of the following:

I didn’t have any trouble with the wording or anything, but have had the toughest time figuring out the formatting. You see, I wanted something different. Something with folds and pockets and stamps and embossing and brads and”¦well, you get the picture. With my mom’s ability to craft—and the fact that we’re completely DIYing—I truly feel like the sky’s the limit and started searching in earnest for unique formatting inspiration.


(Suite via Grapevine Paperie)

I like this accordion style, and the pocket at the end is an unexpected addition. I also like the ribbon and we could watercolor where they use fabric.


(Invitation via Oh So Beautiful Paper / by Christa Alexandra)

On first glance, this seems pretty simple—flap and a pocket—but there’s actually two pockets, and I could do something a little more interesting than that chevron cut.


(Invite by Invitation Consultants)

Fits the square bill with a different bottom pocket construction. Not sure where I’d stick the accommodations card (side note: accommodations is a word I consistently cannot spell).


(Invitation by Invitation Consultants)

Similar to the above, but taller and without the side flaps.


(Suite via Grapevine Paperie)

Double pockets!


(Suite by Grapevine Paperie)

I don’t even think I can explain what is going on here, but it’s certainly different.

I THINK we have finally come up with a plan that we like, but it’s been tough to get there. Basically, I want most of the visual interest to lie with the way the invitation itself is constructed, not necessarily with the words/images on the paper. Is this weird? Did anyone else approach their paper products this way?


Mrs. Gray Wolf

Washington DC
Wedding Date:
February 2013
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  1. mstreasure Bee
    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:31 am

    Love your inspiration! I can’t wait to see how the Gray Wolf invites turn out!

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    Merelymere 476 posts, Helper bee @ 8:36 am

    My only issue with the square invites was the extra postage! Ugh. We stuck with the traditional shape/size and splurged on other elements.

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    Mrs. Bracelet 279 posts, Helper bee @ 8:40 am

    Gorgeous inspiration!

  4. mspony Bee
    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 9:44 am

    Love your inspiration, I love different invitations! That accordion one is probably my favorite though 🙂

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    village_skeptic 1861 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:03 pm

    I totally get you. I saw a booklet invitation early in my planning process, and from there I was done. I knew that’s what I wanted, and it was (eventually) what I ended up with.

  6. mstoadstool Bee
    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:18 pm

    I had a love hate relationship with invitations. So many options were overwhelming, I wanted it all.
    I like the accordion one, it’s different.

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    blonde17jess 1290 posts, Bumble bee @ 8:15 am

    I love all of your inspiration, but there are so many, I don’t blame you for feeling scattered. I can’t wait to see what you decided!

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