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Making Our Wedding Invitations – Another Team Effort!

2011 June 15

Chris and I decided a couple months ago that we wanted to make all our own save the dates, invitations and thank you cards.  We started off strong with home made save the dates that turned out to be very popular – very cool. This week, we moved on to phase 2 with wedding invitations!  We found some really cute ones and learned a lot about doing invites for major events yourself!

Making DIY wedding invitations

My wonderful family was highly instrumental in the creation of LOTS of invitations over the past week, and they deserve a BIG thank you! Pictured here: me (far left), sister and maid of honor, Becca (far right), friend and bridesmaid, Vicki (center).

What did we learn about making our own invitations?

1. Don’t attempt this challenge alone! I loved sitting around the table with my family chatting while we made these.  We could sit and talk and laugh – it made it fun rather than a chore.

My family making wedding invitations

Vick, Bec and my brother (and one of Chris' groomsmen), Roy working on my wedding invitations. We're looking rather somber here - I promise we were having fun!

2. Embrace the kit. I was anti-kit when we first started looking into all the options for what we could do for wedding invitations.  I wanted to do something totally unique and cute but not cutesy.  That was all well and good until I realized I was running out of time to send these out.  If you’re planning your own wedding or event, remember that time WILL, most likely, catch up to you.  Once I started making time to really look into invitations, I only had a few weeks to make a decision and buy my materials.  I realized that I was stressing myself out trying to come up with the perfect design to match my wedding AND find it all for a reasonable price.  I took a little wisdom from my mom and saved myself some money and some stress by picking out a DIY kit.

I am convinced that these were cheaper than I was going to pay to buy all the parts and pieces of the similar ones I’d had in mind to make from scratch.  The best kits we found were the ones designed by Brides Magazine at Michaels.

3. Go to several craft stores before you make a decision. I was glad we had gone to a local scrap-booking focused craft store called Archiver’s first (they have locations in 18 states).  We were able to play around with lots of materials and see lots of examples to develop a solid idea of what we wanted.  Then, when it came time to make the invites, I started looking around for deals on materials.  That’s when I developed my love for kits, and Michaels had the best selection – hands down.  No competition at all in the formal invitation kit department, at least among the in-person stores.  We really wanted to see, feel and touch them before we bought the invitations, and we didn’t have time to order a bunch of samples, so online stores were out of the question.

Formal invitation

We couldn’t find any navy invites we liked that would match our wedding colors, so we went with ivory and tan.  It won’t clash with anything else,  and let’s be serious – no one except those who helped fold and stuff the invitations will remember what color they were by the time the wedding rolls around.  We’re not fans of matchy-matchy things anyway.

Home made wedding invitation

Brides Magazine wedding invitation kit

Professional photo of invitation kit

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11 Responses
  1. June 16, 2011

    Thanks for the tips! Looks like you guys had a good time. I’m planning on making the invitations for my wedding too :)

  2. ashlie permalink
    June 21, 2011

    You and your sis look so much alike! ;)

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