(Closed) DIY Wedding Invitations

posted 5 years ago in DIY
  • poll: Would You make your own invitations?

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  • Post # 18
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: January 2017

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    mrsptobe2017 :  I found the flower image here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/biodivlibrary/albums/ there are thousands of beautiful vintage illustrations with CC licensing. I’m a retoucher by trade so was able to cut the flower out in Photoshop and change the colours etc. I then did lots of layering of the image to get the design right. The liners were just printed on A4 paper at an office supplies store. It was a lot of work but I’m happy with the result 🙂

    This is the original image I used:

    Post # 19
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2026

    I am going to draw/write out my own invitations on cardstock. It will require very little effort and materials. Just plain black ink on white cardstock.

    Post # 21
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    Helper bee

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    Lokie85 :  STUNNING. I love those organiser style slip ins on the right. 

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    cinnapep :  Love this look. Well done! I hope your guests apprectiated them! 

     

    How long did it take both of you to make one invite? 

    Post # 22
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2015

    I made mine! They were my favorite DIY project.

     

     

    Post # 23
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2016

    Mine aren’t as nice as some of these, but I tried really hard. LOL 

    I had a lot of fun making them and I got a lot of compliments. People said they loved how unique they were and them being hand made was really special. They were’nt the fanciest, but I loved them.

     

    Post # 24
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: May 2017

    I made my own for my first wedding, they came out great but in retrospect it was a lot of work and time for something most people throw away. This time I just got some blank cards with a picture of a flower on the front, I will fill them out by hand because there will only be maybe 15 to do, if it more I’d print the info and glue it into the cards. I definitely don’t think it’s worth it to spend a lot on invitations. I’m sure they will be beautiful if you choose to make them, but it’s really a question of if it’s worth the time TO YOU.

    Post # 25
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    Buzzing bee

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    dutchiebee : This was a true labor of Love. You can skip to the last paragraph now, the rest is just my invitation journey.  My Husband and I designed it together.  We went through several concepts before settling on this one.  We would go back and forth, argue a bit, set the project aside for a few days or weeks and come back to it.  But once we got the design down it went by fairly quickly.   That being said, I did have several speed bumps from lack of experience, such as purchasing the wrong type of tape or glue, running out of some supplies, cutting paper the wrong size and just plain ole messing up on a few tries!

     We made 150 (useable)  invitations.  I spent evenings after work about 2 hours at a time cutting the papers to size and embossing the heart and our initials on each pocket folder.  That took approx. two weeks with the embossing being the most time consuming part of the invite.  I inked the sides of the metalic gold card stock used as a mat and the belly bands with black ink.  That took about 4 hours. Not pictured are our return envelopes with our custom text.  I asked my mom to print those up and I think that took her a few hours and a few envelopes parished in the process (tip: buy more envelopes than you need because there will be errors) 

     I invited my bridesmaids over to put together the invitation assembly line style.  We glued the three mats and the invite together and attached the bling on the pocket.  That only took 1.5 hours!

    After the main invite was complete, I had a lot of work for each invite because the venue charges different prices for different ages and meals.  So each person invited had their own RSVP card.  I had to make sure each addressed envelope was matched to the invite that had the correct number of RSVP cards.  That took entirely too long. Maybe two weeks, only working a couple of hours after work when I had the energy.  This whole process would have been different if I had a traditional RSVP card. I will share a picture of the RSVP card. 

    We realized after everything was printed and glued that we did not have “Black Tie” any where on the invite!  Black Tie was the one request my DH had and we both overlooked this one detail. I took a week as i struggled with the idea of scrapping everything because of TWO little words.  I was seriously being peer pressured into ordering and redoing everything because we were 9 weeks out at that point.   I googled “black tie affair” and the perfect image popped up.  Used a tag punch templet and punched them out on paper and black card stock.  

    Then came the bellyband, gold twine, tag and wax seal.  Surprisingly that went failrly quick.  My husband and I finished that in about three hours.  He  folded the bellyband, secured it with double stick tape, And I tied the twine and did the wax seal.  

    Looking back if i were more organized and had a dedicated workspace this project would have been much faster.  You have to let the embosing cool and dry, the same goes for the wax seal, and I could only do a few at a time.  This was my first time making anything like this and I am happy with the outcome.   I would say if you were organized and had everything laid out from the begining, didnt run into roadblocks, have all of your needed supplies and a good glass of wine you could do 150 in about 8-12 hours.  

     

    Post # 26
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2017

    we just got our save the dates. I painted the flowers and everything and then we did the text in photoshop and had them printed in a local press shop for 35 $ =)

    Post # 27
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    Buzzing bee

    This is an early mock up of the RSVP card. The final was slightly different. 

    The invitation when sealed

    Post # 30
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: July 2017

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    Lokie85 :  Can I just ask how your RSVP cards work? I’m currently stuck on making mine.
    Are you inserting as many cards as people invited on that one invitation? Or how do multiple people make a food selection on the one card?

    Edit: Ah sorry! I saw the pics before I read your comment, I got it now 🙂

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