Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Wedding Wednesday - Making your own invites!


Happy Wednesday! We're halfway through the week, and the weekend can't get here fast enough! We have plans for church, and I hope to finish up most of my sister's bridal shower decorations because the shower is in just over a week! Eeeek! I am getting so impatient to share some DIY's for the shower with you, but I want to hold off until after the shower so my sister is surprised. 
So today I am participating in Wedding Wednesday! I am sure any of you who are planning a wedding or have planned a wedding know that anything with the word "wedding" attached to it seems to be twice as expensive. It all adds up so quickly! For my wedding and my sisters wedding, my husband and I designed the invites to save money. We made all 170 for under $100 - way cheaper than those wedding websites. All it takes is just a little time! I thought I give a few pointers to anyone who is considering making their own. Here is what mine (brown) and my sister's (green) ended up looking like!
 
 
 
 
 This project is a bit time consuming, however it saves so much money in the end, and looks just as nice! Another thing to think about is besides your immediate family, everyone is going to throw these out in the end. In our minds, going the route that was a bit cheaper was worth it for that fact alone. 
My colors of the wedding were mint green and yellow with a burlap theme. So we chose mint and brown invites. My sister's wedding colors are emerald and peach. Peach is a pretty hard color to find, so we went with emerald and silver.
-Making your own invites is great because you can completely customize it! You can put anyone's name on it, pick any colors you like, and pick any fonts that you like! 
-Experiment with different fonts. Because you are doing it yourself, you can start on these pretty early on to give you enough time to play around with things that you like and you don't like.
-Peruse other sights. Just because you aren't ordering your invites from a special site doesn't mean that you can't get ideas from them. Pick the parts you like best of a few samples and combine them to make you own!
-You can get all your supplies at half cost if you go the right week at Hobby Lobby. We saved so much money just doing that alone!
-Invest in a paper cutter. They are $9.99 at Hobby Lobby. It makes cutting so quick and easy and ensures straight lines.
-You can order your envelopes online, or get them at as place like Staples. This helps especially if you need an odd size.
-Don't be afraid to play with some colors - again, if you start early enough you'll have time to play around with how things look. 
-Don't be afraid to ask for help! It is so much easier with another person to help you, whether its a sibling, fiancee, mother, etc. You can use their opinion and help assembling.
-We used spray adhesive vs. double sided tape. It makes the layers lay down flat and you don't see tape lines.
We made our own programs too!
The possibilities are endless! What did you DIY for you wedding?

  

28 comments:

  1. I'm lucky my fiance is amazing at graphic design, he's been working on all our paper stuff!

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  2. Another reason you need an Etsy shop!! You could totally make these and just sell the file for people to print themselves! I would definitely buy them since I'm not creative enough to do it myself!

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    1. It's slowly in the works :) thanks girly!

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  3. They both turned out great! What program did you use to design them?

    -Heather
    I do what I want.

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    1. Haha believe it or not, I just used Microsoft word!

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  4. They turned out fantastic! I put together our invitations even though I had someone print them for me. I DIYed the champagne flutes for my bridesmaids luncheon and am DIYing DG's groomsmen gifts. I also will be DIYing the program! xo

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    1. Awesome! You should do some posts about those - or maybe that was before I started following you :)

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  5. You so need to start an etsy shop for this stuff girl--you are so talented!!

    Tori
    FashionBlingGirlyThings

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    1. Thanks girly! It's slowly in the works :)

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  6. These look so awesome! I had a friend who tried to print her own and messed up 3x and had to re-print that many times! We had wanted to DIY our programs but didn't end up having time at the end so we just went without-- but I wish I would have seen this post before because yours turned out so perfect!

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    1. Oh that stinks! And thanks girly!

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  7. These are so amazing!! I completely agree girl you need to start an Etsy store I would totally buy those! I can't even draw a straight line with a ruler it's so embarrassing! xoxxo

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    1. Thanks!! It's slowly in the works :)

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  8. These look fantastic!!! I agree with all the other girls - you could most definitely start your own business!! I love the tandem bike!! Such a cute touch!

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    1. It's slowly in the works :) thank you!

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  9. Great job! Love the bicycles. I did a lot of DIYs for our wedding (old posts on blog). Always great (and cost-effective!) to get crafty.

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  10. I really need to get over to Hobby Lobby, I've heard such good things about it but I've never actually been to the one in my town (I'm more of a Michaels girl). These look amazing!
    -Alex
    http://www.monstermisa.blogspot.com/

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    1. It's the best store!! Thanks lady!!

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  11. Can't beat that for $!00, they look great

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  12. So cool! We did a semi DIY option with our invites. We used a local company to do the printing and then to save money we assembled them ourselves. In addition to that I DIYd the place cards, table numbers, and the seating chart list. I think it really helped to make the wedding more "me"!!

    atparsons.blogspot.com

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    1. You are so right!! It makes it much more personalized!

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  13. You need to sale these! I would totally buy them!!! :) I am not near creative enough to do it myself!

    Love Always,
    Elizabetg
    thejourneycreatingme.blogspot.com

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    1. An etsy shop is slowly in the works :) thanks girly!

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  14. WOW these are amazing!!! And mine definitely cost more than $100 :( . However, we ARE doing some DIY projects with the favors, programs and I'll be more creative and DIY with the thank you cards as well. :) We also saved with our photography package by deciding to compile our own wedding album and scrapbooking. Amen to Hobby Lobby! I just have to stick to this idea and do it after the wedding comes! I can get sooo distracted. Haha

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  15. Oh my gosh, I absolutely love both of these invitations! I am just NOT this crafty haha - the extent to which I'm DIY my invitations is the calligraphy for addressing! Stopping over from Wedding Wednesday!

    Meg @ www.myborrowedheaven.blogspot.com

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