Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Big Reveal: Our Invitations!

Let me remind you...I am not a crafty bride! But I do know what I want, and I have a family who helps me get there!

At long last, here are the invitations!!!





And this is how we did it.

We create a rough mock-up with some paper we had around the house to figure out sizing. In order for the entire invitation to fit into an A7 envelope, we had to do some adjusting, but we got it perfectly.

My mom and sister went to our local printer with the idea and picked out the red and ivory paper from him. (The red paper is a very heavy cardstock and the ivory paper is a nice linen paper). We ordered the Antique Gold paper from PaperSource because our printer couldn't get it in for the same price.

We figured out the wording for the invitation and RSVP postcard and took the wording, along with all the paper to our printer. We paid him to print the wording on the paper and cut ALL the paper to size. The cutting only cost us $14 and was a HUGE time-saver! And it all looked perfect.
We had all the pieces, just needed to assemble them.

First, we stamped. We bought some swirly stamps at Michaels and played with the layout. A lot. The final version is actually the same stamp, stamped at two different angles. We added embossing powder and a heat gun for that wonderfully raised ink. The "Love is Patient" line is also a stamp, found at Michaels.

We used double-sided tape to adhere all the pieces together. It worked much better than a glue stick or anything else we found. The stamping was the most tedious part - everything else was simple assembly!

We ordered A7 antique gold envelopes from PaperSource and the bigger ivory A9 envelopes from our printer.

It was a great project to work on with my whole family, and since there were many steps to the assembly process, everyone could get involved! I don't have all the cost breakdown, but can come up with it if you need it. Please email me if you have any questions!
So...what do you think of the finished product? :)

15 comments:

  1. these are soo soo great! You're crafty :)

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  2. They are a great. As good as anything on Weddingbee:).

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  3. Gorgeous!!! You should be so proud!!!

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  4. Those look awesome! Thanks for the instructions too! Very helpful!

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  5. aww your invites are so pretty :) i love the colors you chose and how simple and elegant it is.

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  6. Shut Up!!!
    Those are freak'in amazing!
    I love them SOOOOOOOOOOO much!!!
    Great work! They look like a pro did it! ;-)

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  7. They turned out sooo gorgeous! Congrats on them :-)
    Love this Corinthian quote - really creative.

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  8. Very cute! I've never seen photo like that inside of an invite - very unique & personal!

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  9. They are absolutely STUNNING. I Love the raised flourishes and ALL of the details. Good job ALL of you!!

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  10. Pretty invitations! I like them!

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  11. Hi, I L-O-V-E your invitations...they're gorgeous! How many did you make and what was your total budget on them? (If you don't mind me asking) my FH and I are planning a wedding in 3 months---yup, you read that right, 3 months!!! I want to do my own invitations and I love how yours turned out. Congrats and best wishes...
    M

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