- 6 years ago
- Wedding: May 2012
I thought I’d share my soon-to-be-finished DIY invitations. These were a LONG time coming. They went through MANY variations and configurations until I landed on a size that would fit into an A7 envelope, which I made using double-sided card stock in pretty, vintage patterns.
I really wanted these invitations to be creative and unique. Since the wedding is in the spring, I stuck with springtime colors, but as you can see, there isn’t a specific color theme. Here are the elements I used:
- Cover – pink, blue, green, cream and lilac pearlized, textured cardstock
- Inside pages – vellum backed by pre-cut scrapbook paper
- Binding material – brads in various colors and designs, and/or ribbon or raffia tied through holes punched in the sides
- Embellishments – flowers, ribbon, raffia, keys, etc. on the outside; various pictures of us on the inside
I invited my girlfriends over for an “invitation assembly” party. With the exception of making sure the pages were assembled in the correct order, they had total creative license. They chose the colors and patterns of scrapbook paper, ribbons, brads, flowers, photos, etc. When they were finished, they used a “handmade by ________” stamp and wrote in their name.
I cannot tell you how pleased I am with the results. We made more than 60 invitations and I have yet to find two that are identical. But they all somehow go together. I’m hoping our guests will appreciate the time and effort that went into these and feel as if their invitation was handmade just for them. Even more, it means so much to me to have my friends contribute in such a personal, tangible way.
All of these invitations weigh more than one ounce, and most will have to be hand-canceled, so we are looking at, on average, 84 cents per invitation to mail.
I’m carrying the “vintage/scrapbook” theme into the wedding by using scraps from the invitations to make paper bunting, paper chains, placemats and napkin rings.
Just wanted to share my excitement!