Behind the Suite: Laurels & Layers

A few weeks back I shared some of my favorite places to buy wedding paper and envelopes, but I thought it might be even more helpful to let you behind the scenes and share the exact supplies that went into creating some of my favorite wedding invitation suites. Welcome to the first issue of “Behind the Suite” - a series of blog posts where I share the paper and tools used to create some of my favorite custom stationery projects!

First up, we’re breaking down one of my favorite invitations to date - Taylor & Nathan’s gold and shimmery champagne suite with lots of layers and a custom watercolor map! 


Materials Used

  • Invitation
    Print Your Own Design 4.5x6.5 Flat Card in Heavy Cream 100lb Matte

  • RSVP Card
    Print Your Own Design 3.5x5 RSVP Flat Card in Heavy Cream 100lb Matte

  • Details Insert
    Print Your Own Design 4.25x5.5 Insert in Heavy Cream 100lb Matte

  • Monogram Square
    Print Your Own Design Monogram 2x2

  • Gold Leaf Backing
    5x7 Panel Card in Gold Leaf with Square Corners

  • Belly Band
    Standard Size (A7) Belly Band in Gold Leaf

  • Opal Envelope
    A7 Envelope (5 1/4 x 7 1/4 Euro Flap) in Opal

  • RSVP Envelope
    3 5/8 x 5 1/8 RSVP Envelope (Euro Flap) in Opal


Tips for DIY Invites

  1. The easiest way I’ve found to mount an invitation to a backing layer is using double-sided tape. I place four inch-long pieces on each corner of the invitation before centering it on the backing.

  2. If you are using a monogram square with a belly band, apply it to one end of the belly band first using a single strip of double-sided tape. Next, position it in the center of the invitation, and fold the band around the invitation, securing it behind the monogram square in the front for a seamless look!

  3. When assembling a belly band, secure it around the invitation by itself first. Once you have it in place, you can slide the enclosures in. By waiting to add the enclosures, everything will fit more snugly and limit the amount things will slide around when they are mailed!


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Ready to DIY this suite?

Check out our shop for a semi-custom version of this suite, which includes the main invitation, RSVP card, details card, and custom wedding logo files! If you are interested in a custom watercolor map, or further personalization, visit our services page to read more about branded wedding design.