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?