DIY inviations for the budget conscious or artfully inclined. How to make your own wedding inviations.
The cost of what goes into a wedding these days is just ridiculous to say the least. Currently, this writer is taking the steps needed in order to prepare for her walk down the aisle this coming year. Let me tell you, the costs that are associated with doing so are baffling. I don’t know about you, but in these troubled economic times, shelling out $30k for one day just doesn’t seem like a sound way to spend my money. Don’t get me wrong, an all out event just might be what is right for you, but for myself and I’m sure a lot of you as well, a less expensive alternative is more fitting.
In one of my other articles, How To Have A Perfect Wedding On A Budget, I mentioned a few different money saving tips that I have found useful to me while trying to make my big day one that will be remembered for what it is, the day I commit myself to the man I love, instead of the pile of accumulated invoices that went into making that day happen. One subject that I touched on in my prior article was making your own wedding invitations. This act alone has saved me easily $250 for the wedding budget, if not more. If you think that DIY invitations might be for you, then here are some ideas on what you can do in order to make your invites perfectly tailored to fit your needs, wants and budget.
When my fiancé and I decided on the DIY route for our invitations, we got to work researching right away. We contacted a lot of companies online that make wedding invitations and requested their catalogs, which are usually free. Another thing a lot of those companies do is let you request samples of their invitations. You can usually choose between three and five of their invitations and they will mail you the finished product (just with the generic information filled in). I highly recommend requesting samples of the invitations that you like. It made the whole process go a lot more smoothly having an in-hand reference to follow while trying to construct our own.
Once you have an idea in mind for the invitations that you want then you are really ready to get the ball rolling. Take a moment to both congratulate and pat yourself on the back. One of the hardest parts is over. Now you are ready to gather your supplies! Depending on the look and style of the invitation you choose, your supply list could range from one or two things to a whole laundry list! For our invitations, we went with a layered invitation that was secured with a pretty little bow. In order to do this, we acquired what we needed:
- Cardstock in our wedding colors (black, silver and white) – sheets or pre-cut
- Envelopes for the invitations
- Blank note cards and envelopes for the R.S.V.Ps
- Glue Sticks
- A few cocktails and some motivation
Your list can and probably will differ, but you get the gist. In order to acquire the layered look we were going for, we made sure to get cardstock in three different sizes (each one about one inch smaller in both length and width than the prior). As a side note: I don’t know about you, but when it comes to cutting out anything other a coupon I kind of fail in that section of arts and crafts. Drawing a straight line even WITH a ruler? Forget about it. There is something deeply imbedded in my genome that has made it physically impossible for me to do this. If you are fortunate enough to not be as challenged as I am and you possess the skills required to get you out of preschool, than you should have no problem measuring and cutting your cardstock to the sizes you want for your invitations. If you are unable to cut your own cards (or in some cases are lazy or just have no confidence in your own abilities like myself), you can do as I did and buy packages of pre-cut cards from your local stationery store. I myself went to the trusty Paper Source and acquired a majority of the supplies I needed there. For less than $30 I walked out armed with all of my cardstock, envelopes for the invitations, R.S.V.P. note cards and the accompanying envelopes.
At this point, if you haven’t already, you should decide on the wording you want to be on your invitations and R.S.V.P. cards. There are tons out websites out there that can provide you with sample wording for the invites that covers almost every type of wedding possible. Once you have that figured out, you can print out the wording onto the smallest of your cardstock pieces. This is what will be smack dab in the middle of the invitation and is the most important part. I would highly recommend doing a few test prints to make sure it looks just how you would want it to before actually print on the cardstock.
After the invitation part itself is printed, you can start assembling them together. All we did was take our biggest piece of cardstock (black in color) and use that as our starting point. We then took the next smallest piece of cardstock (silver) and put it on top of the black, making sure that there was an even border of black on all four sides and secured it with a glue stick. We repeated that last step with the invitation card (white) over the silver. We let those dry and adhere while we cut the ribbons to tie the invitations together. We then took a small blade and cut a little slit on each side of the invitation and threaded the ribbon through and finished them off with a neat bow. The reason we decided to use ribbon was so that we could easily slip the R.S.V.P. cards in the back where they would be secured to the back of the invitations, perfectly nestled in their pretty little ribbon holsters.
In the end we were very pleased with the overall look of the invitations. Knowing that we were able to accomplish such a daunting task all on our own for under $50 and that we did them ourselves made worth while. When going through the process of planning a wedding, try to remember what it is you are doing everything for. Marriage is a monumental life event that should be filled with happiness, not stress over trivial things that won’t be given a second thought once the day is over. Have fun, be creative and congratulations!