- 6 years ago
- Wedding: August 2012
Wow, next time I decide to take on a huge DIY project, I’m going to think twice! Loved doing this but boy it took a ton of time, especially because I’m anal retentive. Anyway, I DIY’d them and love how they came out. It was a lot of work, 120 invitations in all.
We have a nautical themed wedding and so the background of the main part is the nautical chart of the area our venue is, and our marina. I printed the top layer on vellum (what a pain) and attached them with the mini dock line rope bow, and glued it all on a mat and into the pocketfold. We also put the coordinates on the invitation, we took a nautical piloting class last year and loved it.
I designed the enclosures and test printed them but the smaller ones were a huge pain in the printer (smallest one is 3.5×3.5″) so I sent them to cardsandpockets.com, where I got the rest of the materials, for pro printing and they came out great. Their quality is outstanding, fast shipping and customer service was great.
I used the directions from the venue, and because they are two sided I attached them to my directions enclosure with clear round 1″ mailing seals, so the guest can just either tear off (the seals are perforated in the middle) or flip it up to see the back.
Then I sealed them with sealing wax that I ordered from nostalgicimpressions.com. I got the compass rose brass seal and the wax that goes in a standard glue gun. I found a tip online that turned out to save me a TON of headaches. Instead of putting the sealing wax directly on the finished pocketfolds, I made the seals on wax paper, and then used sticky dot glue (.75″ size) to attach to the pocketfold. The seals were kind of tricky and I would have ruined a bunch of pocketfolds if I tried to do it straight onto them so that was a huge help. Plus then I could split my work up into segments instead of having a mess around me all the time.
I made a valiant attempt at calligraphy for the outer envelopes but just couldn’t do it–didn’t have the time, patience etc. and it was messy. So I broke etiquette and used Adine Kirsberg Script font.
I ended up having to have postage over $.65 per invitation, and I didn’t like the stamps for the $.20 denomination of stamps (birds of prey, Hawaiian shirts or George Washington’s head–really, Postmaster? I don’t think so!) so I just overpaid and put two $.65 wedding cake stamps on them. After all the hard work I did I just couldn’t bear having mismatched ugly stamps on them!
So happy with the way they came out, and glad they’re done!