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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

DIY Wedding Invitations

I haven't had much time to blog lately what with my daughters upcoming wedding. So I thought I would share her wedding invitations and how I created our own and saved some money in the process! 

If you have looked at wedding invitations online or at a printer's you know how expensive they can be. Megan wanted her invitations enclosed in a folder and secured with a band. This is a popular style called a gatehouse fold and can cost as much as $5-6 per invitation.  First, I headed to the scrapbook store and found  cardstock that we liked in her color scheme, sage green and chocolate brown. These would be cut and folded to make the cover of the invitation. 

 Then I created the inner portion (or announcement) on my Printshop program. There are many design programs out there, this just happens to be the one I use most often. I played with fonts and colors until we were happy with the results. We decided to keep things fairly simple- ivory cardstock with brown ink and the sage green cover. I think the double border of brown framing the wording gives a 
nice clean look.

 Next, I created a couple of different insert cards as we will be having a wedding reception in Utah 
and an open house 2 weeks later in Georgia. I chose the logo of a bird's nest  to decorate the inserts. I found one I liked on the internet and downloaded it  and attached it to the invite. Are you with me? 

I also created an RSVP postcard similar to one I saw on Pinterest. I loved this idea, all of the information is on the back and it needs less postage to mail.

I copied everything onto a thumb drive and took it to my local printers. We wanted raised lettering on the invitation and that is something I can't do. They also cut and scored the covers and we had them print the addresses on the envelopes, so worth it!

We added a photo of the happy couple and I bound all the inserts together with a cute heart shaped paper clip I found at LCI

My total cost (not including the photos and postage) was $1.50 per invitation. Woo hoo! It was not that complicated and considering we've ordered 300 announcements it was well worth the savings!

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  1. What lovely invitations! Of course, the savings are nice but I think it means so much more that you designed them for your daughter. ~ Maureen

  2. These turned out great. I love you daughters choice of colors. RSVP card is too cute!

  3. They are wonderful. I love how personal and creative you are. Beautifully done. Thanks tons for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  4. That is a amazing cost difference and your invitations are stunning.


  5. Love this blog, keep up the great work wish you all the best....

    Wedding Invitations

  6. Your invitations were not only beautiful but so personal too. You did a wonderful job, and I am sure you saved yourself a lot of $$, and had the satisfaction of lovingly doing this for your daughter and new son-in-love to be............

    Really a lovely idea and design,
    blessings, Nellie

  7. Nice wedding invitation design, i like it...