- 6 years ago
- Wedding: October 2012
Invitations have always been something that I knew would be important to me. That having been said, I do understand the logic behind those that say that invitations are just going to become garbage. However, I also think that they are important in showing your guests what to expect out of your wedding.
Baring all of this in mind… we still did not want to drop a ton of money on invitations. It was at this point that I decided to embark on what would be the serious adventure of DIYing them.
I’ll admit it… I cheated. I started with these:
They are the one of the BRIDES kits that Michaels sells. I bought them all with 40% off coupons over a period of a few weeks.
While they are pretty… I also think that they are quite plain. I made a few modifications to make them more personal and to fit better with the feel of our wedding.
For starters, I added a purple backing behind the actualing invite piece to make them pop. I also switched out the white ribbon for matching purple ribbon:
Left: Back of the invite, Center: Invite “opened”, Right: Front of the invite
You’ll notice from this photo that I also made a few more modifcations. For starters, the ribbon is actually attached to the invite so that it is always in place. You’ll notice from the “open” view that it wraps around and it “tucked” into the pocket fold. Also, I put the punch out with the guest’s names on the BACK of the invite. I thought it was a little boring with just the ribbon going down it. Finally, I added the monogramed piece to the front of the envelope. I like this because it is a sort of mock “seal” and really pulls in all of our colors.
Next, I made some modifications to our “information” card so that is only includes information we think is useful. For the back of these cards, I hand drew a map of the downtown area and indicated where parking was available. We scanned in my drawing and printed them on each card:
We also tried to personalize the RSVPs a bit to make them fun. I printed the return envelopes using all of the fonts in the main invitation:
I also did some feax calligraphy for the outer envelopes which I love! Here:
And on the back of the envelopes we added QR codes that direct to our wedding website!
I can’t wait to send them out!