By Guest Bride Blogger Madeleine Hill
Wedding Date: August 13
Location: Justin Trails Farm near Sparta, Wisconsin
Wedding invitations introduce your guests to your wedding style, from the formality to the colors, so developing a consistent theme is an important first step. Enlist the expertise of a local paper store or a crafty friend to jump-start the planning process and help you choose colors, embellishments, and appropriate wording. I found inspiration after spending an afternoon perusing Paper Source in the Uptown neighborhood. Gather ideas from the invitation templates on display, along with stamps, ribbons, embossers, a wide color palette, and books with helpful advice. [Tip: Sign up for a specialty workshop or ask for an in-store demonstration of crafting techniques and tools.]
The next step in successfully creating personalized invitations is making sure you are equipped with the right tools. Sharp scissors, a ruler, pencil, acid-free glue [or double-sided tape] and a paper cutter are all necessary. Start by making a template of the finished product. This is where you can show off your creativity while working out any kinks in your plan. The template will help keep the invitations uniform, especially important if your bridesmaids and friends pitch in.
As with all DIY wedding projects, it is important to be realistic, as well as mindful of your time and sanity. If you have limited time and 150 invitations, it may be more effective to use pre-designed invitations that you can print at home. Try adding a stamp to the envelope or tying a ribbon around the invitation for a personal touch.
I’m having a casual farm wedding in Wisconsin this summer and I want the invitations to illustrate that atmosphere. I opted for a folded card with accents of printed floral paper, raffia, and rubber stamps.
I decided the best approach was to use an assembly line method and recruited my fiancé for extra support. With a simple set of instructions, Paul began cutting the handmade paper into two-inch strips for the decorative paper sash. [Tip: Using a paper cutter for this type of repetitive work expedites the process and promises straight lines.] With a paint brush and PVA [or acid-free] glue, I attached the sash to the outside of our moss green folded card and pressed each invitation with a heavy book to flatten any ripples and guarantee a permanent fix.
Next, I attached my curry yellow printed insert to the inside of the folded card with orange photo corners. The photo corners gave the invitation a vintage, handmade look, plus I avoided a glue mess. After this somewhat tedious step, it was time to decorate. I embellished the invites with dimensional floral stickers [from Martha Stewart Crafts] and accents of colorful paper with a floral stamp on the inside. We included a small RSVP card and an additional card with the address and website of the farm. After all of the pieces to the package were in place, I tied a few pieces of green raffia around the outside and started stuffing the envelopes.