Well, the time is upon us for wedding season! I have always dabbled with the idea of going into wedding planning or working in the wedding industry in one capacity or another because of all the different ways you can put your creativity to use. I loved planning my wedding and now my little sister is getting married in October! Being the crafty one in the family, she has called upon me to help with all the fun duties: invitations, decorations, flower arranging, place cards-you name it, we’re doing it! I am going to be documenting all of the things we’re making along the way incase you or someone you know wants to do a DIY wedding.
First, we are working on invitations. Since it’s in October (and they decided the date a month ago) we have to get the invites out as soon as we can. Also, being in October, she has gone with a nice fall color collections of orange, olive green, goldish yellow, and brown with some cream accents.
The text on the invitations are going to be a chocolate brown instead of the traditional black, which will tie the whole scheme together. She wanted flat invitations to cut down on the labor of folding, so we chose poppy as the base and a cream colored paper for the text. The invitation is going to fit inside a size A-9 envelope, so we cut pieces of the poppy cardstock to 5 1/2 by 8 1/2. We then cut the cream colored paper to make a 1/2 inch smaller to fit.
Then for the RSVP cards she wanted to incorporate the olive and golden colors so we did the same thing as the invitation, just on a smaller scale. The olive is the base which is an A2 size (4 1/4 by 5 1/2). She wanted a smaller border around the yellow so we only made a 1/4 inch one. We’re going to send them out to get printed because neither of our printers could do cardstock very well. After they come in we’re going to tie a nice olive green leaf ribbon around the whole set and put them in poppy envelopes! When we assemble and finish them, I’ll do a post about that as well (we’re also going to line the envelopes with some brocade patterned paper, and I’ll dedicate a post to that!)
Whew…invitations are just the beginning to the work, but it is so much fun. If you have good people around to help, doing a DIY wedding is very rewarding! Here are some sources to get started on your own invitations:
Paper Source: this is where we purchased all of the supplies to make the invites. They have a wide array of colors and decorative papers and ribbons….it’s hard to stay focused in their store. They have great resources online too about DIY invitations, and if you live near one the people there are really helpful!
Minuteman Press is where she is getting them printed. Their prices are reasonable and it’s in a very convenient location for us. You can easily get them done at a Kinko’s or Office Max (or with your own printer if you have the means). On a side note, Minuteman Press does a lot of other printing jobs for the crafty types like cards, business cards, notepads, etc. so check them out even if there isn’t a wedding in your life.
This is also a good all around site for DIY invitations that you can get lost in!
Keep checking back for more ideas and instructions on creating a DIY wedding!