- 6 years ago
- Wedding: November 2011
A little update on myself… Fi and I are having very short engagement (for work reasons), destination wedding in his hometown of San Diego. We just got engaged like 3 months ago and are getting married in 5 weeks! eep! everything had to be done very quickly, which is a blessing in disguise since I can be SO indecisive. I have a little background in digital design but mostly working around people who do it and never taking the reigns over myself. I am SO proud that I managed to design these from scratch and have them formatted/printed. (sorry pictures are so bad!! Taken with my phone)
Save the Dates:
I did all of my design work on Adobe Illustrator (free trial download!) and had my invitations professionally printed by cards & pockets. Save the Dates are magnet postcards from vistaprint (and not as expensive as you would think!) we had two designs bc we were originally going to have two celebrations in two states (STUPID IDEA! DONT TRY IT). Vellum envelopes were from Amazon and custom return address stamp was from simon stamp and only cost $10!!
We got petalfolds and wrapped invites with pink & white bakers twine and used a simple cardboard tag to address our “inner envelopes. Tying these were VERY time consuming and had to be done in a very specific way to make them look pretty. It was only afterwards, while watching a friend try to open hers that it occurred to me how complicated it makes them to open. oh well. I stamped our envelopes and then embossed our return address to give it a little “pop”.
All the other papercrafts I designed and printed at home, and used kinkos for their papercutter. Dont bother buying a cheap at home one – they just dont compare! We have straw flags, banners, schedules of events (for OOT bags), Door hangers (for guests hotel), garlands, and my personal fave, my mini banner that will be the topper for our dessert buffet 🙂 Our escort cards will be paper cranes with guests names on the wing, and the other wing will have their table #. Places cards will be attached to a kissing bell and have prompts on the back to instruct people to “ring for a kiss”!
My only regret – My envelopes were 1/8″ too big for regular postage so it cost me an additional 44 cents each on top of the extra 20 cents for square cards!! each of our invites cost $1.08 to mail!! Word of advice – Do the research of postage before you order ANYTHING!
Any other DIY brides out there feel like sharing? Whats your favorite part? Any regrets?