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A Guide to Invitation Styles

This guide is aimed at cutting out any confusion when it comes to the style of an invitation, so a good place to start, is what do we even mean by style?!

When we talk about invitation style, we are talking about the way it is presented. Is it a wallet where everything is kept together, or is it a simple postcard made up of one sheet?

Everyone has a different idea of the best style, which is why we offer a variety! There are seven main styles; 

  1. Wallets
  2. Bundles
  3. Cheque Books
  4. Folded Cards
  5. Tri-Fold Cards
  6. Four Panel Cards
  7. Postcards. 
There are variations within each style and in principle, any of our designs can be applied to any of these styles (although there are some designs which won’t work on some styles). Therefore, if there’s a design you love but it’s not on the style you like, we can usually change it to suit you. 

If this is the case, please get in touch for more information.

Here is our guide to the different styles we have available.

WALLETS

Wallets are a really popular style as they are a great way of keeping lots of information together in one neat package. We offer five different types of wallet.

Closed Pocketfold Wallets

This is a wallet which wraps around itself to close and is almost like an envelope. It offers the ‘drama’ of opening an invitation by use of a flap which is usually fastened with a Velcro dot, although ribbon is also a popular choice to keep it closed. 

A Pocketfold Wallet is landscape in its orientation with a pocket at the bottom into which a variety of insert cards can be placed. The invitation is adhered to a panel above the pocket.

We offer three sizes of Pocketfold Wallets; A6 (105mm x 148mm), DL (99mm x 210mm)  and 130mm square.

Closed Bookfold Wallets

This is very close relation of the pocketfold wallet but is portrait in orientation and opens like a book, with a pocket on the right-hand side. Again, it is usually fastened with a Velcro dot although ribbon is also a popular choice to keep it closed.

We offer three sizes of Bookfold Wallets; A6 (105mm x 148mm), DL (99mm x 210mm)  and 130mm square.

Open Bookfold Wallets

This is a similar style to the closed bookfold wallet, but it does not have a flap to it so is very similar to a greetings card. However, it has the added benefit of a pocket into which you can put your inserts. 

The invitation is adhered to a panel on the left hand side, with the pocket on the right hand side.

We offer two sizes of this style; 142mm square and 130mm square

Pocket Wallets

These wallets offer a simple pocket into which you can place your invitation and inserts. 

They are simpler in their design than the pocketfold and bookfold wallets as they do not have any flap to open. 

They are a popular choice for couples looking for a simple solution to keep inserts together.

We offer two sizes of Pocket Wallets; DL (99mm x 210mm) and 150mm square.

Open Pocket Wallets

Our open pockets collate the invitation and inserts together but because of their open nature, allow you to see some of the information straight away. 

Our 5x7 wallet presents each insert in a staggered format, whilst our 130mm square wallet allows the names of the couples to peek through, with the other inserts tucked out of the way.

We offer two sizes of Open Pockets; 5x7 and 130mm square.


BUNDLES

This style offers a bundle of information with the invitation and inserts as loose sheets kept together by tying or fixing a length of ribbon or twine around them.

Criss Cross Bundle

Our Criss Cross Bundles includes the invitation with a smaller guest information insert and a smaller reply card. Each element is printed straight onto the chosen card and are tied together in a criss-cross format with twine or ribbon. 

The loose style is popular with couples who don’t want the fuss of a wallet, but can be less popular with couples who prefer information to be kept together. 

There is the risk of your guest losing elements of the package as they are unlikely to retie it. 

This type of bundle comes in three sizes; A5, A6 and 5x7

Square Bundle

Our Square Bundle offers the same size invitation and information card with a smaller reply card. 

Each element is handmade with the detail being printed onto your chosen paper and layered onto your chosen card.

The elements are held together with a strip of ribbon wrapped around the middle and finished with a tag on top. 

This style looks beautiful, but elements can easily fall out of the wrap as there is no ‘bottom’ to it, so to speak.

This type of bundle comes in one size; 150mm square.


CHEQUE BOOK

This is one of our most popular styles and is so-called because it looks just like a cheque book! 

The inserts are held together at the spine with either ribbon or adhesive depending on your preference. 

This is a fantastic choice if you have menu choices you would like to collect from your guests as it offers a good amount of space to display your menu on the reply card.

Closed Cheque Book

This style has a cover which extends the full width of the invitation so none of the inserts are on display. 

When you open the cover, there are staggered pages inside for the invitation, guest information card and the reply card. The reply card is perforated so that it can be detached and returned easily by your guests.

Open Cheque Book

This version of the style has a shorter cover which leaves the invitation, guest information card and reply card immediately on display. The reply card is perforated so that it can be detached and returned easily by your guests.


FOUR-PANEL FOLDED CARDS

Four Panel Folded Card

These cards have four folded panels and open downwards in a concertina style. They can sometimes be tied with ribbon or twine to keep them together, but are usually left untied. 

The bottom panel is the reply card and is perforated so it can be detached and returned easily by your guests.

This style comes in one size; 420mm x 148mm when open / A6 (105mm x 148mm) when closed.


TRI-FOLD CARD

These are similar to the folded cards but they have three panels offering something a little different to a greetings card style.

This style comes in two sizes; A6 and 150mm square.


FOLDED CARDS

Folded cards are a popular choice for an evening invitation and the easiest way to describe them is as a greetings card.

We offer this style as a handmade (paper layered onto card) or printed (printed straight onto card) option.

This style comes in two sizes; 150mm square and A6


POSTCARD

Postcards are the simplest style we offer and have the invitation on one side with the guest information on the reverse. 

We offer this style as a handmade (paper layered onto card) or printed (printed straight onto card) option.

This style comes in three sizes; A5, A6 and 5x7.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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