Wednesday, June 2, 2010

A DIY Invitation Fail

As I prepare myself for my big, fat DIY invitation extravaganza, I started thinking about my first invite attempt and why it is no longer with us. (NOTE: it really is an extravaganza. I am currently gathering all necessary materials and in a couple weeks time my friends will rendezvous at my house to assemble my glorious invitations. Of course, I'm also bribing them with delicious margaritas!)

I actually posted this picture along time ago when I was initially gathering invitation inspiration.

I love the booklet look. It's so simple, yet so elegant. I have since seen other girls use this style for their invites and they are all adorable! It just didn't work out for me.

Here's my attempt at the booklet invitation:

I thought it was lovely, but after showing a few people the general consensus was that the trees looked dead. Well, poo! I thought it looked cool at first, but now all I see are dead trees and no one wants dead trees on a wedding invite.

I was back to the drawing board. I really like the idea of incorporating trees into the design but nothing I tried was exactly right.

That's when I got the idea to ask my mister to draw our invitation. He's an artist, although he doesn't draw much anymore, and I knew he'd do brilliantly. I did have to wait a couple months for his picture as he was operating on "man time" not "nutty bride, I need it now" time. But let me just tell you it was worth the wait!

I can't wait to show ya'll. Hopefully in a couple weeks our invitation will be completely assembled and I can unveil them. Or I may make you wait until I send them out in August.

How did you decide what you wanted your invitations to look like? Did you take on the DIY invite?


  1. We're doing booklet invites. I absolutely love them. I'm sorry yours didn't work out, though your new ones look lovely!

  2. Oh no, those aren't the new ones. Just something I was trying out. The actual design is way way better. Good luck with your booklet invites!

  3. I can't wait to see what the new ones look like...the old ones are great, but I can see what you mean about the whole dead tree thing. We (or shall I say I) are DIYing ours as well and it's one heck of a task I've already began the trial runs and am working on the kinks.

  4. I cant wait to see the new ones! I am sure they look great. We didn't DIY our invites, they are Smock Letterpress and I adore them...main reason? no time and no artistic skill lol.

  5. Don't call it a fail! Even if you disliked the result, at least you gave it a go!

  6. Thanks ladies....and ok Erin, not a fail, just not a total success...better?