Congratulations! You've finally picked out the design, typography, color, and paper stock for your invitations. Want extra credit? Spend some time thinking about your stamps and liners. We have two envelope-pushing ideas to take your stationery from standard to first-class.
Valentine's Day isn't the only occasion for paper doilies. Fashioned into envelope liners, they look chic, especially when paired with stationery in sophisticated, muted colors. To make, lay a 9-inch square doily face down, with a corner pointing toward you. Center invitation on top. Fold up bottom point, then side points, and finally the top. Insert into envelope. 9-inch square butterfly doily (p78810), $5.50 for 20, Artifacts, Inc., email@example.com. Paper, P.S. Collection cover weight, $3.75 for ten sheets, and A7 envelope, $4.25 for ten, Paper Source.
Don't mar your invites by sticking a standard-issue stamp on the envelope. To build a cohesive stationery suite, upload your invitation design to a stamp customization website and create your own! (You'll pay around $20 per 20-stamp sheet.) Custom stamps, Zazzle. "Magnolia Blossoms" invitation, from Special Edition Weddings by Julie Holcomb Printers, for stores. Calligraphy, Deborah Delaney, 212-877-8773.