Anatomy of an Invitation Part One: The Gatefold

I just love designing stationery (which is a good thing, clearly!) and many years ago I was asked by a client to come up with something along the lines of a gatefold record sleeve...anyone else remember them? Back then, I was limited by a teensy time desk top guillotine, no creaser and titchy little sheets of A4 card (everyone has to start somewhere!). So I bent my brain around the challenge and - ta-daaah! - our Gatefold Invitation was born. The first one I ever designed and made - all by hand back then - was a dramatic flame red with black print:

 

There are lots of similar products available (often known as pocketfolds, envelopments etc...) but here at Dragonfly we insist on producing all our own stationery including the blank outers for our Gatefolds. So you won't find them anywhere else! The design has deliberately been kept simple to allow us as much versatility as possible - we can print on the Gatefold covers, the sleeves can be used either portrait or landscape style and there are practically unlimited options for decorating them! We've also had our gatefolds letterpressed and ventured into more unusual boards and papers. The large gatefold (closed size 145mm x 145mm) is always available in white and ivory pearl, and the small gatefold is available currenlty in white, ivory, silver and black pearl as well as both grey and brown kraft - a great recycled option. But I'm waffling! I want to tell you how they work and how versatile they are. And for me, the best way to do this is always by using pictures:

So this set above shows you how the gatefold can be used in a landscape orientation. the cover is decorated with lace, ribbon and Swarowski crystal as well as layered ivory and rose pink pearlised card. The gatefold itself has been printed so you can see the rooster on the inside pocket. This invitation contains four additional cards, including travel information, menu choices, somewhere to stay and a little card with information about gifts and children. We tucked the reply card and pre-addressed envelope behind the inserts and the invitation is packaged for you with a sheet of tissue inside it to the Swarowski crystal doesn't scratch the opposite page - we think of everything!

The Gatefold is a wonderfully heavy invitation. At some points on the most layered versions we do the invite has up to 13 layers of card. Word of warning - this will mean it has to go as a large letter ;) Not only is it hugely versatile and totally luxurious but it is a striking and effective way of conveying all the important details about your big day, and also for gathering the information you need, such as guests pre-selected menu choices. To find out more, give me a call - 0151 632 2008 - drop me a line or pop into the studio to have a look for yourself. Samples are also available! I'll leave you with this (yes, slightly toungue in cheek) little sign from the Liverpool Wedding Show last weekend - designed to tell you what you need to know about what makes our gatefolds so different..... XOXO Ling

 

  • Thank you for our beautiful wedding stationery. Everything from the invitations to our name cards was perfect and beautiful. You captured our vision perfectly. Thanks again...

    - Laura & Kevin

  • Just wanted to say a big THANK YOU for all the amazing stationery you did for the wedding, it was amazing and I loved it all! We had a fantastic day and I will most certainly recommend you to all my friends!!

    - Sarah & Ian

  • I would happily recommend you to any couple who are planning their wedding as you are creative, professional, responsive and knew what we were looking for. We were a couple who had no real idea of what we wanted and you created perfect stationery for us.

    - Gem & Jules

  • Everybody absolutely loved all the details. Everything was absolutely lovely and it wouldn't have been without you. The beautiful stationery added a very nice touch, thank you...

    - Marion & Bryan

  • I've been meaning to contact you to say a big THANK YOU for the invites - they look wonderful and we've had so many positive comments about them! Thanks again Ling, I'm really happy with the end result and it has been a pleasure working with you...

    - Katie & Dan

  • ...what else can I say but "OMG"!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! The invites are absolutely beautiful! Thank you all so much!....

    - Donna & Huw

  • ...Thank you so much. The guest book was so beautiful it made Anne cry!!!....

    - Jan

  • Thank you so much for creating our wedding stationery. It was exactly what we had hoped for. We had a wonderful day and are very much enjoying married life! Lots of love...

    - Mr & Mrs T Moseley

  • ....we just wanted to say a huge thank you for our amazing wedding stationery...The end result was exactly what we had pictured...

    - Frances & Chris

  • The invitations were perfect and everybody loved them, one of Sam friends said they were the most beautiful wedding invitation she has ever seen. So thank you so very much!

    - Linn & Sam