Post # 1
So I ordered 200 invitations from a company I was happy with but now shall remain nameless. Their website showed a photo of wedding invitations with backing and ribbon, so I ordered them. There was an option to have them assembled by the company, but I thought that just meant putting the various cards and envelopes together so I didn’t select it.
My invitations came today, and I was horrified to open the box and see SPOOLS of ribbon. Apparently we have to cut our own ribbon and tie it onto the cards. This is going to look HORRIBLE. How are we going to be able to tie it snugly enough so it doesnt look ridiculous? Not to mention I have no clue how long to cut the ribbon, and oh yeah I have to do it 200 times.
In addition to that, we have to glue the backing paper onto the invitations ourselves. There’s no way we are going to be able to perfectly align 200 cards, so they’re all going to be skewed and screwed up.
Has anyone else had this happen? I feel so foolish, I am furious at myself for not spending the extra money to have them assembled but I truly did not know what that meant. I thought that what you saw on the website was what you got.
Any tips from those who did DIY on how to make our ribbons look halfway decent and how to make sure our cards are lined up? Any advice is very welcome, I think our invitations are going to look cheap and ridiculous!
Post # 3
@All In: I don’t have any experience regarding the ribbons since my invites didn’t have ribbon, but I remember seeing another bee posting on here a while back with a great idea about how to line up the paper corners . . . I thought I bookmarked it on my computer but can’t find it now 🙁 I will try to describe it, maybe someone else saw it too …
basically you get a square corner photo mat and cut it diagonally so that you have two v shaped pieces. you then measure how wide the border is for your backing paper and top card, i.e. 1/8 inch or whatever, and glue the 2 pieces of photo mat so that they are offset by your border measurement. You can then use it as a template to line up the cards.
I will continue to see if i can find that post, because it is easier to understand with pictures!
Post # 4
Well, there are several ways that I’ve seen ribbon used in conjunction with invitations. So, I’m not sure which one you are talking about, but here are a couple of tips.
I would get a tape gun. Glue will take too long to dry and while it’s drying things can get wonky and make a mess. I used a Scotch Advanced Tape Glider which is expensive and the tape has an adhesive smell, but was very efficient which was important to me because my printer took SO long. You could also get just small double sided tape dispensers but these don’t roll up the paper after the tape is used and you’ll probably need a lot of them.
I haven’t used it, but you may want to check out The Jigster which is supposed to help you align the mounting card and invitation.
Post # 5
Ah, I was trying to remember the name of the tool . . . The Jigster!
here is the thread that I was trying to remember
towards the bottom, another bee explains how she made her own jigster, along with a youtube video link. She explained it way better than me 🙂
You could just get a $1 picture frame with a mat from the dollar store and use that, since you just need the edges to line up.
Post # 6
@All In: The Jigster is super handy for lining up (and squaring up!) your cards. It will save you much time and heartache. Double-sided tape works best for DIY — 3M makes a permanent double-sided tape that’s very easy to use and budget friendly. It’ll hold your cards together through the post just fine. Glue can work, but some papers will ripple when exposed to moisture (even a glue stick), so start by assembling one or two and then checking them 24 hours later to see if everything is holding up like you expected. If all is well, then go ahead with the rest of your invitations.
Also, I have a couple of sash-tying demonstration videos that I share with our clients — maybe one of them will help you out? http://vimeo.com/magpiepaper