When it comes to wedding invitations, the presentation is so important. You don't want to spend your hard-earned money on these beautiful invitations but have them show up to your guests all messily stashed in the envelope. Even if you arranged them nicely to begin with, chances are they were tossed around while in the mail. Enter the solution: closures!
Closures are practical and pretty, meant to hold all the cards in your invitation suite together, and to keep everything looking nice and organized. They aren't perfect, of course, and the cards may still shift around a bit in the mail, but your guests will be able to tell that you put effort into it. Closures can also help add special details or infuse personality into your wedding invitations.
A lot of brides don’t know that closures are an option for them, or the different kinds of closures that exist. Here are some of the most popular kinds!
A belly band wraps around the suite horizontally, right at the midpoint, or the “belly”. It is usually a strip of paper about 1-2 inches tall and wide enough to wrap around the suite, and can be plain, printed with a custom design, written on with calligraphy, layered underneath a monogram tag, etc. Highly customizable and pretty affordable.
A vellum wrap is made from translucent vellum paper and is usually cut to the exact height of the invitation, although not always - did you see what I did in the image up top? You can get creative! It wraps and closes in the front. It can be plain or printed with a custom design, and is fastened with a wax seal, ribbon, or twine typically. It lends a very luxe look to the invitation suite, and is usually a bit more costly than a belly band.
A thin, delicate piece of twine can be an elegant and organic way to keep all the suite pieces together. It can be left as is, be paired with a wax seal stamped over the twine, or sometimes a small tag with a monogram or a website address can be tied onto it.
There are many types of pocket folds, but the basic structure is typically a flat, clean surface where the main invitation is mounted on, and then a pocket to hold the enclosure cards like the RSVP and details cards. Pocket folds are typically more costly than belly bands, but this solution works well when there are a lot of cards to organize. A pocket fold typically will need something additional to hold it closed, like a wax seal, belly band, or silk ribbon.
Silk ribbons are likely the most expensive of the different closures mentioned here. They are typically hand-dyed with care and will add a beautiful and luxurious touch to an invitation suite. Silk ribbon can be tied around a vellum wrap to hold it closed, tied around the suite on its own, or sometimes tied around and then held together with a wax seal for an extra special touch.
So, tell me: which of these closures would you pick?