Paper choice can make or break the look of your invitation suite as well as your budget. It can be quite expensive so you will have to shop around in order to find a paper that is both high quality AND cost effective. I am sharing some of my favorite sources for paper and envelopes that provide a beautiful assortment for all budgets.
MAKE YOUR OWN
I love to custom-line my envelopes and sometimes I even create my own paper pattern. I choose and draw a design in Illustrator and then make a pattern with it. Illustrator CS6 has a new pattern tool that offers different pattern options for you to choose from. Here is a great video that shows you how this works.
An antique Ottoman carpet was the inspiration for my carnation pattern and was a perfect choice since Art Deco is all about symmetry and the exotic. I colored my pattern in the soft gray that our couple requested and printed it out on a digital Japanese paper that I got from Hiromi.
Using an envelope template from Paper Source, I traced and cut out my envelope liners. Then, I placed the paper in the envelope and stuck it down with an archival glue stick.
If you decide to line your own envelopes, make an evening of it. Invite friends and family to help you put your invitation suite together. Make it festive with some good food and fabulous wine and put an assembly line in place. Getting the envelopes done early is always a good idea so that the calligrapher can get started addressing them. That way, they are ready to go when the invitations come back from the printer.