How to DIY Pocket Invitations, the Easy Way

Posted on January 12, 2017


Let’s face it…planning a wedding is not easy, and most definitely not cheap. Tack the word “wedding” onto anything, whether it’s a dress, venue, or even paper, and the dollar signs instantly multiply. But good news – Cards and Pockets is on team Budget Bride! We’re all about helping you save money and create DIY wedding invitations that are not only beautiful, but the best quality.

With the right supplies, you can easily DIY the wedding invitation of your dreams on a tight budget…and even have fun doing it. Sound good? Let’s get started.

First things first. Here’s a breakdown of what you’ll need:


Add that all up and it comes out to about $1.43 – $1.69 per invitation!

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Tip #1: It’s always a good idea to purchase a few extra of everything when DIY-ing…just in case. Plus, you’ll probably want to have a few extra invitations to keep, and for your wedding photographer to photograph.

Tip #2:You can also purchase a Pocket Invitation Kit to get everything you need in one place. So. Easy.

Step 1

You need your invitation design picked out and printed. Choosing a design is easier said than done, we know. Pick something that will give your guests a sneak peek into the feel of your big day, whether it’s using your color scheme or wedding theme (for example: rustic, 1920’s, vintage, country, elegant, romantic, etc.).

Already have a design? Perfect. Have no idea where to start? Take a look and pick out one of our free invitation templates that you can customize and download to print. We’re using the “Summer Bouquet” free template in this post.


Tip #3: If you don’t want to print your own invitations at home, C&P can do the printing work for you!

Step 2

Okay, once you have your design picked out and printed (phew), you can get down to business with assembly…time for mounting. You’re going to mount the invitation card to the invitation mat, and then the whole thing to the pocket. We recommend using Zip Dry Glue as your adhesive for this part. 

Just run a thin line of glue near the edges of the invitation (about a quarter of an inch away), and a big “X” in the middle. Try not to use too much glue  – although it dries clear, you don’t want that glue squishing up under the invite.  Carefully center the invitation on the mat, and press down lightly along the edges. (Don’t be too hard on yourself if it’s not perfectly centered the first time – it takes some practice)!


Step 3

Do the same thing to glue the mounted invite to the center section of your pocket. 


Guess what? Hard part = done.

Step 4

Now you’re just going to take your pre-printed RSVP card and RSVP envelope, stack them on top of each other (or you can tuck the RSVP card under the flap of the envelope), and slide them into the pocket. (Don’t forget, your RSVP envelope should already be addressed with your address).

If you have other inserts like Directions or Accommodations, you’ll neatly stack these behind the RSVP card before tucking them into your pocket.


Step 5

Fold up your pocket invitation and slide the whole thing into your mailing envelope. 


Step 6

Seal the envelope. We’ve found that using this Envelope Moistener with Adhesive works well for making your envelope nice and secure (and saves you from having to lick every single one of your envelopes shut). You may want to have your envelopes pre-addressed before inserting the invitations if you’re matching up RSVP cards to names, or just to make sure they’re nice and flat while addressing.


Step 7

Repeat steps 2-6 for the remainder of your invitations.

Step 8

Breathe a sigh of relief. Do a happy dance. Admire those beautiful budget invites that you created, and check that one off your wedding to-do list.

Of course, there are so many other ways that you can dress up and customize your invite even further – like using bellybands to wrap around your folded pocket, envelope liners to add a fun surprise when your invite is opened, double envelopes if you want to get a little bit  fancier, laser-cut elements…the possibilities are literally endless. But even this basic pocket invite is sure to impress your guests!


Alright, friend. You might have been stressing about this part of your planning, but hopefully now you see how easy it is to DIY beautiful, high quality, (and still cheap) wedding invitations. And the best part is, your wedding guests will never even know. We’ll keep that little secret between you, us, and your bank account 😉

Now go pick out your favorite free invitation template and get started! Happy DIY-ing!

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What Others Are Saying

  1. Courtney March 27, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    How heavy are these? Will a regular forever stamp send?

    • cardsandpockets March 28, 2017 at 3:54 pm

      Hi Courtney! It depends on how many inserts you’ll be including with your invitation, if you include any other embellishments, and where you’re mailing to. Definitely bring your wedding invitation to the Post Office first to have it weighed and find out how many stamps you’ll need. You can also order samples so you can have it weighed before ordering all of your wedding invitations.

  2. Adventuring The Great Wide Somewhere June 9, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    What pen was used to address the invitations? I love that look.

    • cardsandpockets June 16, 2017 at 12:15 pm

      Hi there! We used a “Pen-touch” white paint marker for addressing the envelopes 🙂

  3. Dionne June 18, 2017 at 3:35 pm

    Hi there, What color is the A7 mailing envelope used here?

    • cardsandpockets July 17, 2017 at 11:59 am

      Hi Dionne! The A7 Envelope is “Burgundy” 💌

  4. Jo Anne June 21, 2017 at 12:17 pm

    Hello! I was wondering what colors were used for the pockets and the envelopes.

    • cardsandpockets July 17, 2017 at 11:58 am

      Hi Jo Anne! The pockets are “Straw Kraft,” the Mailing Envelope is “Burgundy,” and the RSVP envelope is “Gumdrop Green” 🙂

  5. Karin July 30, 2017 at 5:27 pm

    Hi! I was wondering…do you need an envelop or would the pocket itself be enough as well and if we put a stamp on? We’re on a budget but I really like this pocket, especially since we’re going for a ticket-style invitation.

    • cardsandpockets August 3, 2017 at 4:39 pm

      Hi Karin! You would need to use an envelope with a pocket so that nothing falls out during mailing. You could go with a smaller pocket to make it easier for your budget! We have an A2 pocket that is like a mini version of the Signature pocket. It may work well for your Ticket-style invitation:

      • Karin August 3, 2017 at 6:13 pm

        Hi! Thanks for your advice! A2 size would be more suited indeed. Hadn’t looked at the sizes yet as I need to convert to cm to have any clue. Just loved the idea 😃

  6. Mary Anne August 11, 2017 at 12:18 am

    Hi there! I’m doing a mountain wedding and need some advice of colors for envelopes. Our colors are green, white, and burlap. I would like two complimentary green envelopes (Forest for one) and then the pocket card as close to burlap as you can get. What should I choose?


    • cardsandpockets August 14, 2017 at 1:13 pm

      Hi Mary Anne! The second green definitely depends on the look you’re going for – we have a range of greens to choose from. Take a look at Jade, Botanic or Fairway if you’d like to mix in something shimmery and Gumdrop Green or Jellybean Green for something bright with a matte finish. If you’re looking for something softer, try Mid Green from our Extended Colors, which is more of an olive/sage green. For the pocket, take a look at Straw Kraft (it has a nice rustic look to it), Harvest, (a flat tan option that should pair well with burlap), or you could try Tindalo (tan color that has a wood grain textured finish). We recommend ordering samples, or even a sample kit so you can see the colors in person! Hope this helps. Please feel free to reach out to our customer service if you have any other questions 🙂

  7. Amber January 29, 2018 at 4:51 pm

    What font were the names?

    • cardsandpockets February 2, 2018 at 10:47 am

      Hi Amber! The font is called “Shirley” 💌

  8. Gretchen September 6, 2018 at 8:19 pm

    What color paper did you choose?

    • cardsandpockets September 7, 2018 at 10:15 am

      Hi Gretchen! The paper used for the invitation card is Heavy White.

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