Look for an Envelope that is 1/8 – 1/4 Inch Larger than Your Card
Customers often ask us which envelope size would be the best fit for their invitation card? Selecting the right envelope size is easily one of the top factors to consider when making invitations. We have said it before, pick your envelopes first! It’s much easier to fit a card to an envelope than it is to fit your envelope to a card.
Watch this quick video and read below for some helpful tips to properly size your invitation and envelope set.
Avoid Headaches – Always Choose Your Invitation Envelopes First!
When making invitations, many are inclined to design their invitations first and worry about finding envelopes later. This is a very common mistake that can lead to frustration and disappointment. Avoid the urge – don’t do it! Always choose your envelops first! Here’s why:
Envelopes are made to standard, popular industry sizes. Where invitations can easily be altered to fit into an envelope, an envelope can not be altered to accommodate an invitation. You do not want to spend hours designing invitations only to find out that proper envelopes for them do not exist.
Custom made envelopes, you ask? Typically, you will be required to order several thousand envelopes if you want a custom size envelope. Unfortunately this fact, leaves you with three choices – use envelopes that are way too large (not recommended), spend several more hours making your own envelopes (who has the time?), or go back to the drawing board on those invitations (frustrating).
Now that you know the importance of choosing envelopes first, onto our tips to choose the right size for your invitations!
Find That Perfect Fit
The guideline to the perfect fit is an envelope that is 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch larger than your card.
This ratio will afford your card plenty of room to easily slide into the envelope, without excessive wiggle or slide that can make your presentation look sloppy.
The Standard “A” Size Envelope Chart Makes This Easy – No Measuring Required
Standard “A” Sizes – A1, A2, A6, A7, etc. designated with A followed by a number corresponds to specific card and envelope sizes.
For convenience & simplicity, a card and envelope with the same A size designation are designed to be paired together.
For example, A7 cards and A7 envelopes are the perfect fit:
- A7 card (5 1/8 x 7)
- A7 envelope (5 1/4 x 7)
No measuring required; all you have to know with A sizes is that if the numbers match, the card and envelope sizes match – easy!
We designed this handy chart of LCI Paper Standard Envelope Sizes. This should help simplify the process on pairing our cards and envelopes.