Here are photos of our wedding announcements and the reception invitations. (we had a very, very small family wedding and we're having the big party six months later). Technically, they're supposed to be in separate envelopes, but we liked this design too much to pass it up. We actually did everything ourselves except make the paper or the outer envelope! It was a *ton* of work and took longer than expected, but everyone really liked them and it was cool to have made them together. Sorry the photos didn't work out so well, we were just learning how to use our new camera.
The outer evelope was vellum and we wrote the addresses with one of those japanese jelly pens with just a little bit of glitter in it. This part was cheap, since we used a standard sized envelope and worked pretty well except when the eyelets on the invitation caught the vellum.
The inner part is cut from posterboard. This part was relatively cheap, but a pain to cut out. There are also a few problems with posterboard - when it gets folded, it can start to fray along the fold and when it is in bright light, it starts to fade.
We used velcro to close the inner part - these were pre-cut circles from a fabric store and worked fantasticly. And we love that there was velcro on our announcements, it just amuses us a lot.
So, the actual announcement was printed on a thinly lined white vellum paper. We cut this announcement out over a patterned paper (so each one was a little different) and used eyelets to secure it to the envelope. This looks really cool, but takes forever to do. I think we ended up doing 80 invitations over 2 months and it just got tedious. Cool, but tedious. On the left side is a little pocket made from folding over the envelope and using eyelets to secure it. In the pocket had the reception information and a response postcard in it.
In the end, it was a lot cheaper that paying someone else to make announcements and we did get exactly what we wanted. And our marriage survived the frustration of making all of them, so it looks like we're good to go from here!