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Handmade Wedding Invites – Which wedding invitation style is best for you?

Wedding invitation style – how do you choose the right one? If you are just starting out on your wedding planning journey, it’s likely you are totally confused by all the different wedding invitation styles out there. Do you need a pocketfold, a concertina or a laser cut wallet? And while we’re at it, what on earth is a bellyband? In this blog I’ll explain about the different kinds of wedding invitation styles I offer and how to decide which is right for you.

pokcetfold wedding invitation style with navy floral design

Pocket-fold invitations 

These are folded cards with an internal pocket to hold an RSVP card and other guest information and gift cards. Popular with couples who want to give their guests a bit more info ahead of the big day. The pocket will comfortably hold a reply card and up to two more cards. For example; accommodation details, menus, and a gift list or alternative poem. Everything is held together in a neat little package secured with a ribbon or bellyband and a wax seal if you like.

A pocketfold wedding invitation style is a good option for you if:

You have lots of details you want to give your guests
You need to include a reply card with an envelope

I recommend a pocketfold in particular if you are asking your guests to pre-order from a menu with options. There is plenty of space to include the menu in full as well as tick boxes for their choices on the reply card.

A concertina style wedding invitation with navy and burgundy floral design

Concertina style wedding invitations

Concertina invitations are a long piece of card. They are printed on both sides and folded up (either to a square or postcard shape) to fit into the envelope. They are sometimes called tri-fold invitations. A concertina invitation with two folds will give six ‘panels’ that can be printed. One with three folds will give eight panels. The end panel of the card can be printed as a reply post card (with your address on the back). This will be cut off by your guests and sent back to you. Concertina style invites are a neat way to include lots of extra details in a simple and cost effective way. A concertina invitation doesn’t need any further embellishment than the printing design itself. For extra wow factor you can add a ribbon or bellyband and a wax seal if you like.

A concertina invitation is a good option for you if:

You have lots of details you want to give your guests
You are prefer an ‘all in one’ design to the loose cards of a pocketfold

I recommend a concertina style if you want very clean and simple invite that your guests can display on a shelf or mantlepiece.

An elegant flat wedding invitation with a greenery design print and silk ribbon

Flat wedding and evening invites

Flat invitations are a timeless and classic wedding invitation style. They can be a single printed card or made up of layers fixed together. Perfect if you have a minimal amount of detail to give your guests. Perhaps you have a wedding website where your guests can find all the extra details and also reply to you. Of course, if you want to include additional cards with your flat invitations you can. You can either just pop them in the envelope along with the invitation or add a decorative bellyband or ribbon to hold them together as a bundle.

Flat invitations are for you if:

You don’t need to give your guests a lot of information
You have a phone number, email or website for collecting responses

I recommend a flat invitation for a very simple, budget friendly invitation. They are best suited for your evening invitations.

What about the laser cut wedding invitation style? 

Here’s where it gets a bit more complicated. Laser cut invitations can either be a style of pocketfold, or an addition to a concertina or flat invitation.

A laser cut pocket is simply a more decorative version of the pocket style described earlier. The invitation panel is fixed inside and there’s a pocket for loose rsvp and info cards. It can be finished with a ribbon or simple bellyband.

Concertina style and flat invitations can also be put inside a laser cut outer card and finished with a ribbon. It doesn’t have any practical function, it just gives them an extra level of wow (and of course a little extra cost).

A pale green bellyband with a wax seal, around a dark grey pocketfold wedding invitation

A note about bellybands

I’ve mentioned bellybands throughout this blog so here’s a quick note about what they actually are. It’s simply a strip of card, paper or vellum that wraps around an invitation. It holds the flap of a pocketfold closed. It keeps a bundle of flat cards together or it just adds an extra decorative element to any invitation. They can be plain or printed and are sometimes finished with a ribbon or wax seal as well.

What wedding invitation style is best for you?

Hopefully I’ve given you some pointers on what style of wedding invite is best for you. In short:

Go for a pocket or concertina if you have lots of extra details. Go for a flat invite if you don’t. The flat style is a great option for evening invites.

Remember that whichever style you choose, it can be fully customised and tailored however you like. I include all printing and envelopes and I can print names and addresses too if you’d like. Or go one step further and let me post them too. Want to know more about how that works?.

Everything I make is bespoke to you and your wedding. If any of the invite styles I’ve talked about aren’t quite right for you, get in touch. I’d love to talk through other options and ideas with you. Want to ask me a question or jump right in and book an appointment with me?

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