A Guide to Arched Invitation Suites

 

Our newest invitation style is our arched wedding invitation suites. These designs have a modern, quirky approach with a focus on typography, the blending of harmonious cardstock and paper colours, along with the innovative shaped pieces. 

Similar to our traditional suites, the intent is to have multiple pieces, neatly bound with a paper belly band or stylish arched wallet, which we designed for our own sole use!

The designs have been created with their pictured shape in mind – so a design shown in a full arch won’t be available in a half arch, and vice versa.

 

BUILDING YOUR SUITE

Alongside the main invitation card there are options for an A6 RSVP card, A6 Information Card and then a smaller information card that’s 105mm x 105mm in size.

 

All wording for these inserts is entirely customisable to suit your information as long as it fits, so you don’t have to necessarily use the aspects we’ve included when providing a sample. As a guide, the smaller information card will typically be used for gift information or a website, with the larger information card used for all other details, such as accommodation and taxis, policies about children or confetti, menu information, and so on. 

We can offer these information cards as variations for no extra charge; for example if you have close family staying at the venue but need to provide other guests local accommodation details, this can be done. 

 

CARDSTOCK AND PAPER SELECTION

Our arched designs are the first that we’ve created with true colour harmony in mind. We have selected 11 palettes, creating an “ombre” effect to the suite.

 

You can choose from one of these palettes, or pick up to 4 colours to be included in your own scheme of choice. 

Where additional accessories are chosen – wallets, envelopes, belly bands or name tags – these will coordinate with your chosen scheme and will be confirmed with you upon receipt of your order and before proofing begins. 

 

FINISHING OPTIONS

It’s entirely possible to opt for just the cards without any additional options. However, there are a number of choices available. 

You can opt for a half arched wallet in coordinating colour to neatly hold your pieces. Alternatively, you can choose a paper belly band which when sealed keeps everything nice and neatly bundled together. 

 

ENVELOPES

High-quality white or kraft envelopes are offered included in the price with our invitations and RSVP cards. The only exception with our arched suites is if you opt for a half arch wallet – because of the increase in size this requires one of our handmade coloured envelopes. 

These same coloured envelopes are also available as an upgrade, both for the invitation and RSVP card. If opting for coloured envelopes, these will be selected from your chosen colour theme and confirmed with you after your order is placed. 

White and kraft envelopes are diamond-flapped and are traditionally gummed ready for use. Our handmade coloured envelopes are straight-flapped and require the use of a wax seal, envelope sticker or self-adhesive tape pen to seal. 

 

ADDRESSING

Addressing options offer both form and function and come in three forms; guest names added to invitations, RSVP envelopes addressed and / or invitation envelopes addressed. 

When it comes to wording your invitations, this can be done in one of three ways – they can be worded ambiguously (“You are cordially invited to join us…”), a line can be added for you to hand-write, or we can print guest names for you. 

With our arched suite you have additional options for adding guest names – these can be printed on the half-arched wallet if opting for one, or added with a coloured paper tag and teardrop clip. 

Adding guest names can be useful if you’re opting for an adult-only wedding day, as it’s explicitly clear who is – and isn’t! – invited. 

If opting for a returnable RSVP card via post, pre-addressing the envelope for your guests saves them a job, is a nice neat finish, and frees up a little room on the RSVP card itself.

Invitation envelope addressing is an elegant finish and will save you a ton of time in addressing each of the envelopes individually. If you opt for a luxury handmade envelope we can also add a traditional return address to the flap on the reverse at no extra charge.

 

And as we can print in white ink, there isn’t a colour envelope that we can’t address for you. We also don’t use mail merge, so each envelope is personalised “by hand” to ensure the layout is perfect for every guest. 

 

ACCESSORIES (WAX SEALS, ENVELOPE STICKERS, TAPE PEN)

With our arched suites you have a further choice for accessories, in the form of self-adhesive wax seals or printed stickers to seal your invitation envelopes.

Our wax seals are made entirely in-house and are available in an array of colours, with the choice of our standard house design selection, a monogram of your initials, or something entirely custom.

 

Envelope stickers can also be added as a cost-effective final touch for your envelopes – these are available as white matt, clear gloss or kraft, with the white matt versions able to be coloured in ink to further blend in with your theme.

If you’ve chosen a paper belly band then we’d recommend also adding a self-adhesive tape pen to make sure you have something to stick them shut, unless you already have a product of your own that you can use. If you opt for handmade envelopes with no wax seal or sticker, we’d also recommend a tape pen as these are not provided pre-gummed. 

 

HOW TO PLACE AN ORDER

We built this website with transparency in mind. All of the items and options described in this guide can be chosen by selecting the appropriate option(s) from the dropdown menu(s) on the product page. 

When you do this, the pricing for your order automatically updates so you can see the impact your choices are having upon the total, allowing you to control your budget by selecting the options that are important to you. 

At this stage wording isn’t covered or requested, we’ll do this after your order is placed – we don’t run a booking / deposit system; as soon as the order is placed we’ll get to work. 

 

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT / ORDER TIMESCALES

As no two orders are the same and we operate a first-come, first-served system, timescales can be variable as there are a number of factors to consider. 

One is the complexity / size of the order and / or the number of handmade components (wax seals, coloured envelopes) included with your order. 

However the delivery of your order is broken up into the following sections:

Materials // Proofing // Production

When an order is placed we will follow up with you via email to confirm the materials that you’d like us to use for which element of the suite. This enables us to place the materials required for your order on our weekly stock ordering cycle; this typically takes a week to reach us from our supplier.

Following that, we will make a request for your details so we can begin proofing; which is the process where we create your invitations in digital form for you to review. Up to three rounds are included and it’s important to remember that all wording and content is fully-adjustable.

All proofing rounds will take up to three business days to be sent back to you. Therefore if we receive responses immediately and all three rounds are used, this part of the process will take up to nine business days but this naturally doesn’t include the time it takes for us to receive responses from couples.

When we have approval to proceed we request a formal sign-off via our website; this then allows us to move forward to production which can take up to 14 days for us to dispatch.

Invitation orders are sent tracked, typically with a 2-day turnaround.

 

ASSEMBLY

When it comes to assembling suites, we mainly leave this to couples to do so the amount of assembly required will depend on the composition of your order.

In short, we will:

  • Ensure all pieces are cut to correct sizes
  • Assemble and glue any coloured envelopes
  • Assemble any half arched wallets
  • Make wax seals and add a self-adhesive backing ready for them to be used

With these aspects being covered by couples:

  • Folding and sticking of belly bands
  • Adhering wax seals to envelopes
  • Attachment of name tags with teardrop clips

 

Any questions?

We realise there's a lot of choice and that sometimes we've not managed to cater for everyone. So if you want to check whether something you want to do is achievable, or simply have questions about how best to put your order together, please don't hesitate to contact us.