Wedding Idea: Pocket Invitations - Printables

As mentioned in yesterday's post, these invitations are best handled in stages.  This tutorial includes links to templates for all the printables used for these invitations.  I have made up generic names, locations and cities for the templates provided in this tutorial.  Obviously, when you add your own personal information to these templates, the dimensions may change slightly, dependent upon the length of information added.  If this happens, I suggest printing them on plain copy paper first and testing the cuts before using the specialty paper.

The specialty paper I used for the inserts and the invite panel was an ivory linen textured paper.  You can find several vendors that sells this.  As you did with envelopes, I suggest getting samples first from the paper vendor to make sure it is the color and texture you desire.  When I refer to invite panel, I am talking about the part of the invite which includes all the information such as the bride and groom's name, date of the wedding, time and location.  This panel will be adhered to the side of the invitation opposite the pocket. 

The template for the invite panel can be found here.  This template was done in Microsoft PowerPoint.  Once it is printed, make the cut down the center of the paper at 5 1/2". 

Then, I lined up the two pieces, one on top of the other, so I could cut them each the same.  I made various cuts to trim them down to 4 1/2" accross the top and 6 1/2" along the side.  This will leave room for a 1/4" of the black backing to show on all sides once the invite panel is adhered to it, creating the look of a frame.

The directions insert is the largest one in the pocket and is double sided.  On the front facing side, there is a header that reads "Directions" in the Feel Script font.  The template for it can be found here.  The templates for all the inserts were created in Microsoft Word.

I included a picture of the printer used, it is a Canon Pixma MP620.  Now, I will say, this printer did a good job for the most part printing all of the things we needed for the wedding.  It still works well a few years later.  However, our biggest problem with this printer is that it jams frequently.  It jams almost between the start of each print job.  I am not sure if our printer is doing this because we printed so many things on thick paper since we've had it, but now it jams before printing on regular copy paper too.  I thought it was only fair to include this warning, should you be interested in purchasing this same model.

The response insert is double sided also.  Follow the same steps for printing the front and back of the response card insert as done for the front and back of the directions insert.  The template can be found here.

In an effort to conserve paper, the accommodations and additional information printables are on one sheet of paper.  The template for these can be found here.

For all of the cuts, of the inserts, make the first cut down the center of the paper lengthwise.  Since these were printed on 8 1/2" x 11" paper, the cut was made at about 4 1/4".

Line up the top of the directions card at the 6" mark and trim.

Line up the top of the response card at the 5 1/2" mark and trim.

Line up the top of the accommodations/additional information card at the 5" mark and trim.

Turn the accommodations/additional information insert so the bottom is at the 4 1/2" mark and trim.

Here is a better picture of what it looks like just before it is trimmed.

The entire package of inserts should look graduated once cut.  All of the headings will be visible from the pocket once everything is put together. 

The directions insert will look like this once printed on the front and back and cut to size.

The response insert will look similar once printed on front and back and cut to size.


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