Wednesday, July 7, 2010

The Big Invitation Reveal!

I'm so excited to finally show you guys my wedding invitations! I originally planned to wait until I'd sent them out to post pictures on here, but seeing as how maybe five people that are attending my wedding actually read my blog, I decided I wouldn't make the rest of you wait. So here goes nothin'.

Let's start with what our guests will see when they open their mailbox.


As I mentioned before I wrote all the guests' addresses with a silver calligraphy pen that really popped against the dark blue envelopes. I couldn't decide which wedding stamps I liked best so I used them all.

I kept the back simple by writing our names and address along the bottom edge of the flap, also in silver ink, and separated by cute little hearts.


And now for what our guests will see when they open (very carefully so as to not destroy the envelope liner) their invitations!


Wait for it...


Wait for it...


Wait for it...


Ta da!!!

Here's everything that I'm sending out to my guests: Invitation with belly band, map with directions on back and an RSVP card directing people to our wedding website.


The map and RSVP card are secured behind the invitation with the belly band, which was made with royal blue ribbon and accented with an "H" made of cardstock, which will soon be both of ours last initial.


The map was drawn by me using Paint.net and the inspiration maps I've collected, and I used one of our favorite engagement photos for our RSVP card.


Photo taken by Nathan Russell; Edited by me!

The lace edges of the invitation were done using an awesome scrapbooking tool I found at Michaels. Pretty, huh?



And when our guests open the main invitation, they will then lay their eyes upon my mister's awesome, original drawing. I asked him to draw our invitation several months ago, and what he came up with was perfect. We then scanned it in to the computer and I cleaned and refined it using Paint.net and added the text.



Last, but not least, here's a cost breakdown of our invitations:

Cardstock and Envelopes: $52.96 (from Paper and More!)
Copies of Map and Invite: $52.74 (from Office Depot)
RSVP Photo Cards: $10.80 (from Shutterfly)
Ribbon for Belly Band: $ 5.41 (from Michaels)
Lace Scrapbooking Tool: $9.59 (on sale from Jo Anns)
Silver Pens: $ 6.21 (from Michaels)
Envelope Liners made from Wrapping Paper: $1.00 (from Dollar Tree)
Postage: $20 (from USPS)

TOTAL: $158.71 or $2.11 per invitation

Not bad, if I do say so myself, and extremely rewarding!

What do you guys think? Did you DIY your invitations? And were you able to find a way to get your fiance involved as well?

11 comments:

  1. It's very nice! I love all of the details and I'm impressed that your fiance drew the invite! We're DIYing our invitations too. My fiance has been helping along the way with the design and the printing. It's fun to be working on this project together.

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  2. They look really good for a DIY invitation! Great job!

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  3. Thanks ladies...it was fun working on them together! And thanks for the compliments!

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  4. Love the lace edges! I used a corner puncher on mine and it made a world of difference. A beautiful touch!

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  5. Wow. Those are...wow. I'm so impressed with your DIY skills!

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  6. Thanks Emma! MERgetsMRSed: I used a corner punch on my programs and fell in love with it so much I went back to the store and found the lace edge punch!

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  7. I looooooove the yellow card with the detailed lace.. Soooooo pretty.. swoon!

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  8. 向著星球長驅直進的人,反比踟躕在峽路上的人,更容易達到目的。............................................................

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  9. 人有兩眼一舌,是為了觀察倍於說話的緣故。............................................................

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  10. Thank y'all so much for the nice compliments!

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