Nothing says “classic” like a crisp white envelope with traditional calligraphy in rich black ink. There is a reason this iconic combination never goes out of style: it’s sophisticated, elegant, and formal. In a digital age where texts and emails are the norm, receiving such a piece of art in the mail is a cause for celebration. The envelope is the first thing your guests see, and you want to make a lasting impression with this first look.
Here are a few ways to elevate your invitation envelopes from ordinary to exceptional.
Hand calligraphy is the classic way to address your envelopes. Each envelope is a work of art, created especially for your guest. I’m honored to partner with Nikki of Made by Meer to offer hand calligraphy to Banter & Charm brides. A variety of calligraphy styles are available, ranging from traditional copperplate to contemporary scripts.
White ink addressing
Black ink on white is all class. But flip around this iconic combination by printing white ink on black envelopes for a breathtakingly sophisticated look. White ink printing (or hand calligraphy in white or metallic ink) is available on all dark shades of envelopes: black, navy, wine, crimson, pine, and eggplant.
Your envelopes can be printed with more than just the addresses! Add a special touch with unexpected details like your monogram, a border for the postage stamp, or a tiny embellishment on your guests’ addresses.
Traditionally a way to authenticate important documents, today wax seals elevate the importance of your wedding stationery. They are also an elegant way to incorporate your wedding monogram, add color, or secure a silk ribbon in place. To make sure the seals make it to your recipient intact, I recommend placing the seal on an inner envelope and using a separate outer mailing envelope.
One of my favorite details for an invitation suite! An envelope liner fits inside the envelope and is the perfect place to add a complementary pattern or a pop of color.
I recommend reserving liners for the inner envelopes of an inner/outer envelope set. This prevents your guest from inadvertently ripping the liner when they open the envelope.
Whether you go custom, vintage, or the current USPS selection, your postage stamp makes a big impact on the overall envelope design. Make sure to consider the type of postage stamp you’d like ahead of time, so you’re not stuck using whatever your local post office has laying around.
Samples of Banter & Charm’s house envelopes options are included in every invitation sample pack. If you have questions about any of these options, please get in touch and I’ll gladly provide guidance and personalized advice!