(Closed) Need unique invite ideas!

posted 8 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

What about something like this, where you pull the invitation out by the ribbon and the names go on the outside of the sleeve? You could probably build another pocket onto the outside to hold whatever other cards you need. 

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

If pocketfold is something you like, changing the shape can do a lot to make it look different. Square is always nice, but keep in mind it requires extra postage. I like the square enclosures they sell on paper source and you can vary the height of the paper to get your multiple documents to show up http://www.paper-source.com/cgi-bin/paper/envelopes/enclosures.html

My invites are being made by an Etsy vendor.  They are folded (no pockets) and they use a standard size #10 envelope (same size as a business letter). You could use any type of printed paper and fold it to the correct dimensions.  Inside, they used card stock and photo corners to hold the invite information.  It is a simple font that anyone could print themselves.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee

I was just going to suggest the same thing.  I have also seen those ribboned ones, but more like a luggage size tag invite.  If I see anything else that looks interesting I will post.  BTW- I remember you wanted orchids, did you have any other “theme” that you are doing for your wedding?  Perhaps I could think of something related to that?  πŸ™‚  Rhonda

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee

Corgitales-

what about something like this?  Carlson Craft Wedding Invitations

Post # 8
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

I made a little booklet stitched up the side. I bought 5×7 cardstock (thank god for precut paper), printed everything at home, and then ran it through my sewing machine.

I don’t have any better photos just yet, but I’ll take some so you can get a better idea of what I’ve done. Oh and I’ve trimmed the extra string by now too πŸ˜‰ It has a really cute home made feel, but without being super crafty and still looks really elegant.

We’re also using grey envelopes and wrap-around labels.

Post # 11
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Yep! I had 5 pages of cardstock that went through my machine like butter! I was a bit nervous but it was REALLY easy! *insert surprised face here* I think I may have had a leather needle on my machine, but I’m not 100% sure… In any case, no problems, no ripping, no tearing, no getting stuck, no breakage. It was awesome!

The only thing I did was elastic band a thin DVD case to my machine so I could have a guide to keep it straight. The stitch I was using was NOT forgiving and I am certainly not a great seamstress with steady hands πŸ˜‰

Post # 13
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!

this is why i wish i weren’t afraid of sewing. :p

Post # 14
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

The wrap around labels are from TapeSwell. They have A LOT of different styles, they’re so great!

I don’t have photos of the whole suite just yet, but I’ll do that today and use you as my motivation to get it completed!!!

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

@scissors – Awww huge compliment there! I love all your posts! You’ve put a huge smile on my face!

Post # 16
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Buzzing bee

Ha Ha Corgitales,

I was looking for DIY wedding invites and just found this!!!!

Cymbidium Orchid Bouquet

Learn how to create a lush bouquet of cymbidium orchids — the perfect project for a do-it-yourself bride!

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Cymbidium Orchid Bouquet

Learn how to create a lush bouquet of cymbidium orchids — the perfect project for a do-it-yourself bride!

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Materials and Tools:

25 stems green cymbidium orchids
7-8 bunches green hypericum berries
Green floral tape
Floral wire (24-gauge)
Floral shears
Pan Melt floral glue and electric skillet (or a hot glue gun)
Satin wired ribbon (12-15 inches)

1. Clip the orchid blooms from the larger stem, then cut an additional inch from the bloom stem.

2. Thread floral wire through the center of the stem, towards the base of the flower. Once the wire is halfway through, use thumb and index finger to bend the wire straight down.

3. Put some of the floral tape around the base of the flower. While holding tape with your index finger, gently pull the tape while rotating flower stem until the wire and flower stem are completely covered 3/4 of the way down the wire.

4. Pull the leaves off of the berry stems. Remove any brown or discolored berries or leaves. Trim the berry stems to 8-10″ long.

5. Arrange 2 to 3 stems back-to-back, then slowly add more berries and blooms around the outside of the bunch until the bouquet is full .

6. Wrap floral tape around the bunch of stems just below the base of the flowers, and slowly pull the tape and rotate the flower bunch until all of the stems are covered approximately 8 inches down the wire. Cut away extra lengths of stems and wire.

7. In an electric skillet, melt pan melt adhesive. Use a wooden stick to apply a strip of glue on top of the flower stems. Alternately, a hot glue gun can be used.

8. Beginning at the top, just below the base of the flowers, run satin ribbon over the glue and lay the ribbon flat across the bottom. Tuck the sides of the ribbon inside and then wrap the ribbon from bottom to top until the stems are covered with ribbon.

To keep the finished bouquet fresh, store upright in a refrigerator.

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