Wedding invites… Any DIY-ers?

by DIY wedding planner on March 10, 2012


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I’m going to make my own invites. The colors are pink and green, so I’m going to make them 1/3 sheet of paper (like a business envelope). What I’m thinking of is finding green cardstock, and then printing the wording on a light pink overlay, and tying the top with a green ribbon. I’ll either cut around the edges of the pink with scalloped scissors to show the green, use a pretty hole punch, or both.

Anyone else doing their own invitations? Pictures? Ideas?

I’m having a surprisingly hard time finding the right colors… green cardstock (a shade found in nature… not electric lime) and pale, pale pink paper (parchment? Just a hint of color). Know of any good resources? I did order samples from actionenvelope.com

Thanks!
I should add that I did go to Jo-anns and Michaels, but all the paper has bar code stickers on the back, rendering that part of the paper useless!! Argh!

Thanks for the ideas everyone!!

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Kristy March 10, 2012 at 6:01 am

We did ours from a kit. Very easy and very quick. We love them! And the best part? Only $32 for 100 invitations with all the envelopes and reply cards and such!

Good luck!

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CoffeeJunky March 10, 2012 at 6:30 am

I did ours from a kit…100 invites for $25. We designed them ourselves, and added some personal flair. Exactly what we wanted!

A GREAT place to head for all things crafty is Michaels Arts and Crafts. They have spectacular selection, and if you can’t find your colors there, you probably won’t find them anywhere. It’s like a craft warehouse!

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taximomuv3 March 10, 2012 at 7:17 am

You can use white card stock with green wording, and then on the light pink overlay have a picture printed in a color just barely darker than the pink…know what i mean? (hard to explain!)

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?•?•Cassie•?•? March 10, 2012 at 7:41 am

Your ideas sound really great. We did ours from a kit and it was very time consuming. I couldn’t imagine putting all the effort in that you are doing. I got my kits from Hobby Lobby (if you go to their website they always have coupons for at least 40% off one item). I bought 200 invites and only spent about $60. Some of the kits are white on white but have decorative edges. Could you get some of those and then instead of using the tape to attach the vellum punch holes and use pink and green ribbon? Or just glue pink and green rhinestones around the edges. I think it would be really pretty and you could save yourself a lot of time and hassle.

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Dustfinger March 10, 2012 at 8:11 am

go back to letter school and use ur creative mind =D

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easyezzyk March 10, 2012 at 8:31 am

I’m making pocket fold invitations. I got everything including envelopes from http://cardsandpockets.com/ they have a lot of color options and it’s the cheapest place I can find online. I’m using chocolate pockets with a burnt orange cardstock for the inside(for fall). I didn’t make them yet, so i don’t have any pictures. The Cards and Pockets website has quite a few shades of green and pale pink cardstock. They have samples too. Hope this helps.

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Tiara Boom March 10, 2012 at 9:05 am

Doing mine from scratch- cream square gatefold card, hammered and tying with organza burnt orange bow. Very simple but effective! I got all my supplies from Ebay! Send off for samples before you bulk buy- some sellers are happy to send a sample for free if you let them know that if it is ok you will place your order with them. Good luck!

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Leaf March 10, 2012 at 9:57 am
April March 10, 2012 at 10:10 am

I would check places like Michael’s, Jo-Ann Fabrics and Crafts or a local scrap booking store (if you have any near you). The local scrap booking store near where I live has almost every shade or every color imaginable in card stock and in vellum. Maybe you can even search online for a scrap booking store if you don’t have one near you.

I’ll tell you what I did as I made my own. I decided how big I wanted them and how many I wanted. I made a “sample” with plain construction paper to get the idea on the size, lettering/wording and so on. Then I went to the scrap booking store and asked how much card stock I would need and showed the sales rep the “sample”. She even helped me cut everything right there.

Our colors are a medium blue and baby blue. I made them 5 by 7, using the darker or the two blues as the bigger size. I made the lighter of the blues 4 by 5.5 and used glue runner to adhere it in the center to the darker blue. I was going to use vellum but decided it would just take more money for very little “added effect”, so I just printed the invite right onto the finished card stock. I then used a small baby blue ribbon to tie small bows and attached them using the glue runner to the top of the light blue card stock and used a chalky type ink and floral/swirly stamp at the bottom of the light blue part of the invite. my reception invites are 3.5 by 5 made with the darker blue card stock, printed the words on it and then used the same stamp on the bottom of it as I did on the ceremony invites. (If you want to see a picture I can try to take one and link it.)

I’ve heard many people say don’t make your own, or at least use the DIY kits, but I found it pretty easy (though a bit time consuming) and way cheaper. I only spent $25 dollars for all the material, including the envelopes and stamps and I made enough for 50 invitations (though we won’t need them all. Oh and we didn’t use response cards though as we don’t need a count of how many will attend.)

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Kalamity_K:) March 10, 2012 at 10:44 am

Check out http://www.mygatsby.com.. they have a great choice of cardstock as well as tips on invite etiquette and ideas for DIYers!

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LiveLaughLove March 10, 2012 at 11:03 am

I really wanted to DIY I just couldn’t find what I was looking for, then I found the concept of print your own that had little diy details like pearl brads that you attatched but a friend ended up using them for her wedding, I ended finding another design that sets the tone for our wedding at bbcrafts http://www.bbcrafts.com/Wedding+Invitation/10081551/_9189d038-08ad-4770-a84a-89a9a8b9443d.html 45$ to do 100 invites, and includes evelopes as well as reply cards and their envelopes.

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kittymeow March 10, 2012 at 11:42 am

I’m DYI-ing my invites for my wedding. I’m a freelance graphic designer and wedding packages are my specialty so it should be VERY painless for me…

BUT if you’re still having trouble finding the cardstock you want, go to a local printing company (like a Kinkos) and you can buy as many individual sheets of cardstock as you can imagine. They have TONS of colors. It might be a tad more expensive, but if you want a certain color this is the best way to go and it’s really easy.

Also, what I’m doing with my invites is I have 3 smallish (4inch in diameter) circles that I attach together at the top with a brad so they spin apart. Each card has something different. The first one has our names that the whole “you are invited” schpeel, then the middle one has date, time, where, what and the final card has a map of the area so they can find their way from the wedding to reception. Each card is a different shade of purple (our wedding color).

Congratulations on your nuptials!

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KMONEY831 March 10, 2012 at 12:41 pm

These are what I used for some I made for a friend, the cardstock is already precut which helps:
cardstock:
http://www.envelopemall.com/detail.aspx?ID=450
translucent paper
http://www.envelopemall.com/detail.aspx?ID=356
envelopes
http://www.envelopemall.com/detail.aspx?ID=22

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tempesunset March 10, 2012 at 1:22 pm

A quick, easy, and fun way to create your wedding invitations is to go CropMom.com at http://www.cropmom.com. Cropmom is a online digital scrapbooking, collage, card making site.

Upload your photos. Make your invitation using them. You can add your own text. There are thousands of graphics to choose from to create your invitation. The site has templates and kits to help the process. The tutorials may be really helpful.

Then save it. Go to My CropMom and click on the layout. Then click the “share” link. It’ll let you enter the email address of the recipient, and your screen-quality invitation will be sent via email for free.

For print-quality, you can purchase a JPEG file of your creation (it doesn’t cost much) and download it to your computer.

From here, you can either print your invitation at home. Or – what I usually do – is have it printed by SeeHere, Shutterfly or Snapfish.

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