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There are many different factors to consider when deciding between different envelope sizes. Before thinking about specific types of envelopes, be aware that all envelope sizes are generally measured with the flap of the envelope folded down.
The first piece of information to think about is what is the main purpose of the envelope. If it is used mainly to fit 8.5 x 11 sized folded sheets, then the #10 Business Envelope is a great option. The dimensions of a #10 Envelope are 9.5 x 4.125. If you prefer something a little smaller,then the #9 envelope is also a good choice (8.875 x 3.875). Business envelope scan have a window, which is an open area in the front of the envelope where you can see the address printed on a document inside.
Standard Business envelope sizes include:
#10Envelope – 9.5 x 4.125
#9 Envelope– 8.875 x 3.875
#6 ¾Envelope – 6.5 x 3.625
Monarch Envelope – 7.5 x 3.875
If you are sending invitations or note cards, announcement envelopes (which typically have a square flap) are better suited for this purpose than the business sizes. You need to consider what size the printed enclosures will be and make sure you pick an envelope that is big enough.
Typical Announcement envelope sizes include:
A2 Envelope– 5.75 x 4.735 – Will hold A2 Cards, 5.5 x 4.25
A6 Envelope– 6.5 x 4.75 – Will hold A6 Cards, 6.25 x 4.5
A7 Envelope– 7.25 x 5.25 – Will hold A7 Cards, 7 x 5
A8 Envelope– 8.125 x 5.5 – Will hold A8 Cards, 7.875 x 5.25
A9 Envelope– 8.75 x 5.75, Will hold A9 Cards, 8.5 x 5.5
A10Envelope – 9.5 x 6, Will hold A10 Cards, 9.25 x 5.75
If you are using the envelopes for folded note cards, then consider the size after folding (for example, the open size of an A6 Note card is 6.25 x 9, but after folding it is 6.25 x 4.5). The "A" size envelopes listed above have square shaped envelope flaps.
There are also baronial envelopes, which have pointed flaps.Some of these are the same size as announcement envelopes listed above, and some are different.
The typical sizes of baronial envelopes are:
4-BarEnvelope – 5.125 x 3.625 – Will fit a 4-Bar card, 4.875 x 3.375
5-BarEnvelope – 5.75 x 4.375 – Will fit a 5-Bar card, 5.5 x 4.25
6-BarEnvelope – 6.5 x 4.75 – Will fit a 6-Bar card, 6.25 x 4.5
Lee Envelope – 7.25 x 5.25 – Will fit a Lee card, 7 x 5
Lastly, there are over sized envelopes:
Catalog Envelope (The flap is located on the short edge) – 6 x 9, 9 x 12, or 10 x13
Booklet Envelope (The flap is located on the long edge) – 6 x 9, 9 x 12, or 10 x 13
Once you have decided which envelope size is best for you,the next factor is deciding on the color. White is the most commonly used color for envelopes, but some companies choose a colored envelope instead. Colored envelopes may or may not be available in different sizes. Contact a ZoePrint.com representative for more options on envelope colors.
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