When I'm designing invitations, one element that I love to be included are envelope liners. I just finished completed a couple of invitation suites where the envelope liners made a huge impact (for a sneak peek of the two of them, check out my Instagram!) Your wedding invitations are the first clue your guests receive as to what your wedding is going to be like. And if your guests open the envelope and are immediately met with a gorgeously romantic floral pattern, thick black and white modern stripes, or gold glittery sparkle, it immediately will make a huge difference. For the envelopes above, I was lucky enough to get to collaborate with Hoopla Love, who designed the wedding invitations and created the pattern on the liner that was used for this bride. When she sent me this pattern to use, my heart skipped a beat as I knew adding this liner would make such a beautiful addition. From there, I created the custom liners and we chose pink and dusty mint green to be used for her inner and RSVP envelopes, going with a strong white for her outer envelopes to save all of the goodness for when her guests open them for the first time. With this kind of a liner - doesn't it add such a beautiful touch?? I am kind of seriously in love with it all!
A lot of times, I have brides that ask me about the difference in postage if you add a liner. The nice thing is that the majority of the time, your invitations will probably cost .70 to mail - and if you use a light paper liner rather than a heavy cardstock, adding a liner will not increase the cost of postage at all. There are so many different options out there, and they really add so much pizzazz to your invitations (or your save the dates, or your personal stationery, or anywhere else that envelopes are involved that you want to add some flair to them).
For example, for this invitation suite that I designed for a styled shoot with Ashley Victoria Photography in the spring last year, I created custom gold glitter envelope liners ... and I feel that it completely added a different element and immediately heightened the feel of the invitations. Adding the glitter instead of a patterned liner kept it somewhat subtle but also didn't distract from the unique shape of the invitations - I think that it added to it.
For Ashley and Brett's wedding, they wanted to incorporate navy, but have it added as more of a subtle touch. So, we brought in the navy as their envelope liners, and used it as an accent ink color and for their belly bands with ribbon as well. I feel that bringing in the lighter navy color in that way accentuated their invitations even more.
I love using envelope liners whenever possible - and if you have one in mind, but aren't sure that you have found one that you like, one aspect that I love about designing invitations is that I am able to offer custom liners as well. The sky is the limit when it comes to what we can come up with together! So, if you're trying to determine a way to add an additional ooh-la-la factor for your wedding invitations, think about adding a liner. I think they add the perfect finishing touch, and hope that you think they do too! Happy Planning!