Do-it-yourself wedding pocketfold invites

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Do-it-yourself wedding pocketfold invites
Making pocketfold invitations can be very time-consuming. (Comstock/Comstock/Getty Images)

Pocketfold invitations fold into neat bundles and open flat. They have a pocket to hold the RSVP, save-the-date and direction cards. The printed invitation is glued to the middle panel, and the third panel is the flap to enclose the pocketfold invitation. Fancier invitations will use backing layers to mount the invitation, and finishing touches can include a monogrammed wax stamp, a sticker or a band wrap. Pocketfold invitations should be mailed out in standard envelopes so postal stamps and addresses do not ruin the elegance of the invitation.

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Things you need

  • Scissors
  • Craft glue or double-sided tape
  • Backing paper
  • Invitations
  • RSVP cards
  • RSVP card envelopes
  • Save-the-date cards
  • Direction cards
  • Wax seals, band wraps or sticker seals
  • Mailing envelopes

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  1. 1

    Open the pocketfold enclosure. Lay the enclosure down on a flat surface in front of you. The pocket of the invitation should be on the right side, with the top flap or the pointed flap on the left. If you lay each enclosure out the same way, all the invitations will be opened and read the same way.

  2. 2

    Trim the first backing paper to fit the entire middle section. Backing paper is lighter than card stock paper and can be purchased in a variety of colours, patterns and textures. Find one to match your wedding theme and to add colour to your invitation. Trim the second backing paper about 1/2 inch larger than your invitation card. The second backing paper is typically black to set the invitation apart from the first backing paper, but choose a complementary colour to suit the invitation and wedding theme.

  3. 3

    Glue the backing paper to the middle section. Apply a thin beading of glue to the enclosure, and firmly press the backing paper down. If you use too much glue, it will seep out and cause a mess or make it difficult to open and close the invitation. Glue the invitation card to the second backing paper, and let both dry completely. Once the invitation is dry, centre the invitation card in the middle of the middle section and glue the card in place.

  4. 4

    Insert the RSVP, save-the-date and direction cards along with the RSVP envelope into the pocket of the enclosure. You can also choose to include any other information pertaining to the wedding you feel guests should have. If the enclosure has a large pocket, an elegant look is to have each card printed in a different size with the information heading on top, so when placed in the pocket the cards are staggered but the guest can clearly see which card is which.

  5. 5

    Fold the pocket over the middle section and the flap over the pocket to close the pocketfold invitation. Add any finishing touches you want to the invitation, such as a band wrap that will hold the pocketfold together and can be monogrammed with you and your fiancé's names. Other options include traditional wax seals applied over the flap's point or a monogrammed sticker.

  6. 6

    Label each mailing address before inserting the pocketfold invitation to ensure you do not leave indents or marks on the invitation itself. Insert the pocketfold invitation into the envelope, seal and mail to each guest.

Tips and warnings

  • Purchase premade pocketfold enclosures. They cost slightly more than buying card stock and cutting your own, but you will save hours of time and avoid having to pay the print shop to cut each invitation.

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