- 7 years ago
- Wedding: October 2011
I am now a self-proclaimed expert on what to do, and what not to do, when making your own invitations.
What to do:
– use an assembly line style process
– make sure you LOVE the colors and designs, or you will get sick of them
– enjoy yourself while doing it (I watched movies!)
What not to do:
– don’t make the project too big
– don’t do everything by yourself (not due to lack of help offered, I might add!)
– the less paper cutting, gluing and ribbon tying, the better!
– if you can get it made and you’d like that just as much, do that!
– do NOT print envelopes unless you are sure they won’t jam everything
I have to admit that as much as it took many, many, MANY hours to do my 120 invitations, it really was worth it. They might not have saved me money (though, with the extra paper I will be making programs & menus, so it might be quite a bit cheaper) but the response I got was just absolutely amazing.
I do know that most people will throw out the invitation. I do know that most people don’t put as many hours as I did (don’t want to think of how many!) into one card for one day. But you know what? I get to keep it, I loved it, and my parents and family feel the same way. Plus, it is like a mini-photo album I get to show to everyone, and being that I love photos and showing off, that was perfect!
And so, the invitations (censored, sorry about that):
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The amazing things I found and used for these were:
- A customized rubber stamp from Etsy seller “lovetocreatestamps”
- The funny ‘regretfully attend’ phrasing, found on a google image search
- Engagement photos, taken by Tanya Plonka of Lethbridge, Alberta
- Paper, glue, ribbon and so much more, and hours of cutting, gluing, font-playing, spell-checks, and assembling.
So, what was your invitation experience like?