PW Guide Article: DIY Pocketfold Invitation

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DIY Pocketfold Invitation

Tips to make a two-panel pocketfold wedding invitation that is standard size and costs less to mail

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Posted on December 1, 2008 at 3:11 pm
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How much did each invite cost?

Posted on December 1, 2010 at 2:57 pm
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Wow, these turned out great! Thanks for the tip about where you purchased your paper. 

Posted on March 15, 2011 at 7:02 am
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I love these!!! I'm definately saving and going to try and make for our wedding!

Posted on April 7, 2011 at 6:19 am
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Double happiness wax seal was bought from LetterSeals.com.  (http://www.letterseals.com/wood-handle-design-wax-seal.html) I also used their seal guilding paste in Antique Gold.

Each invitation was approx $1.75 for 100 invitations, including postage. It would be a bit more now since postage has gone up a bit since 2007. 


I used the color laser printer at my work, so printing was free. (don't tell my boss) :-D

We also had leftover paper and cardstock that we used to make the centerpieces and programs. So those ended up being super cheap. Check out my bio for info on those.



Posted on September 6, 2011 at 5:56 pm
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oh, and the fonts are Zapfino for the script font, including the &. The other font is Copperplate Gothic Light.

Posted on September 6, 2011 at 5:58 pm
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wonderful!

Posted on September 6, 2011 at 9:20 pm
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Did you have any issues with the wax seal ripping any of the envelopes?

Posted on October 19, 2011 at 9:01 am
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@kharmasalibi, the wax seals were used to seal the pocketfold closed, we didn't use them on the envelopes. And yes, they caused the pocketfold to tear if not opened carefully. In hindsight, I wish I had pre-made the seals on wax paper and then used a little double-stick tape to adhere them to the pocketfold. 

Posted on November 9, 2011 at 6:50 am
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Can you send me the word/pdf document for the chinese part? And what font type is that (the chinese part)?

Posted on November 27, 2011 at 2:58 pm
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Hi, do you have a template for the Chinese part that you can share? We are having a tough time creating the Chinese part. Much appreciated, thanks!!
Posted on February 28, 2012 at 3:01 pm
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I ended up making the invites almost exactly the same, but with different colors. (I apologize for my bad photos...I only have my camera phone for pictures and the lighting is apparently REALLY bad in here...)


I used a creamy metallic cardstock and I found large sheets of choygami paper that is a beautiful red with gold (yes ... it is metallic gold) design on it so I didn't have to print the pages. I just had to cut everything.  I also did ALOT of research on the chinese lettering. It is a little unique bc my wedding is on a boat... so the ceremony and reception is in the same place. If you are okay with changing the wording around, I'll be more than happy to send you my tempate on Photoshop... I don't know how to write in Chinese... I had A LOT of help from friends and family to tweak the wording...So you would be on your own with changing the lettering... (google translate DOES NOT replace a real live person helping you translate your invitation. I would ask for help or find an existing chinese wedding invitation and imitate the wording)


 


As for the seals, I used FAUX wax. They came in sticks like glue sticks and worked wonderfully! I stuck them in my glue gun and went to town with it. They are not as brittle as wax, and it actually bends pretty well (think thin layer of glue gun glue)...They do rip the paper which is a downfall... The A6 envelopes fits like a glove! And I mean it! Your measurements better be exact, otherwise your invites will not fit in the envelope.


Here are my pics! (Disclaimer...it is about 3 weeks until the wedding.... so if I don't reply right away... I'm sorry...)

Posted on April 9, 2012 at 3:11 pm
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Posted on April 9, 2012 at 3:11 pm
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Hi, We are also having a really tough time trying to figure out how to type out the Chinese part. Can someone please share what type of processor they used? Thanks!

Posted on April 11, 2012 at 6:16 am
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same here! having a really tough time trying to find a chinese template... how do you write from top to bottom =( does anyone have a chinese template they could share? much appreciated!!

Posted on June 16, 2012 at 12:01 am
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Hi Shirley,


My wedding is coming up on September. Please can you forward me your tempate on photoshop??


Thanks!!!!


 


Lee

Posted on June 27, 2012 at 2:38 am
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Is it possible for you to fwd me the chinese part. I have no idea how to write chinese and I was just informed that my invitations has to be bilingual.

Posted on July 17, 2012 at 6:22 am
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This is lovely

Posted on July 17, 2012 at 6:48 am
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Hi. I would really like to make something like this as I'm working on a chinese american wedding. How did you make the template for the chinese wording for the invitation? My problem is I can't read mandarin but i really would like to put it on my invitations. Can anyone make a template for me?
Posted on August 13, 2012 at 12:18 pm
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I created an acct just so I could thank you for this amazing template!  I created invites for a friend's blessingway (think baby shower w/o games) that I'm hosting next month.  They turned out so beautifully.  I bought all my supplies at Michaels and had them done in a couple of evenings.  I used satin ribbon for the outside band instead of paper and it softens it up and looks so beautiful.  I showed them to the friend who the ceremony is for and she cried and cried.  Thank you again!  They turned out perfectly and I never would have been able to do it without your fantastic measurements and tips!

Posted on September 13, 2012 at 4:36 pm
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Typing the text for the Chinese portion of the invitation is hard if you can't read Chinese. Neither my husband or I can read it, so we had to rely on my MIL and her brother to create the Chinese text for our wedding invitation. 

Each invitation is unique to your wedding, date, and location. So it's not really possible to just copy and paste the text from someone else's invitation. Here's a little bit that I wrote about what they typically say:


http://www.projectwedding.com/biography/list/abattyref/chinese-text-for-your-invitations


And Shirley is right that you can't rely on Google Translate to do the work for you. The style of writing for Chinese wedding invitations is a very formal style. You need someone who can read Chinese to help you.

For us, my MIL's brother was able to type the text using a Chinese version of MSWord and then he emailed me the files. I was able to copy and paste the text into Adobe Illustrator making sure I used a Chinese-supported font (I had a few, and I have no idea what their names are). I also had to change the text so it read vertically since MSWord typed it left to right.


Back when I was working on my invitations, a few other brides recommended the software from www.njstar.com as one way to be able to type in Chinese. I never tried it so I can't vouch for them. But if you don't have a friend or family member who has a Chinese-text program, it's worth checking out.

Posted on February 27, 2013 at 5:52 pm
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