When we first got engaged and booked our wedding I was determined to do as much as I could myself. In the past year, the biggest thing I’ve learnt about wedding planning is that it’s so freaking expensive. And the second thing I learnt is that it’s so easy to get caught up in spending money like nobody’s business.
One thing I always knew is that I’d make my own wedding invites. I’m a lucky lady with a wonderfully crafty sister-in-law to be (and you can check out her crafty blog here!) and I knew between us two and mum-in-law to be we could easily create some magic. So, after a long 13 hours and a curry break, we created these beauties, and it came in at just over £1 per invite!
Being the awkward buggers we are, there’s a lot of people travelling for our wedding day so it was paramount that we had to provide as much information as possible. I knew taxi numbers and local hotels were required as we didn’t want anyone stranded on the night or booking a hotel room 20 miles away. We also needed to get this information in one invite and make it as compact as possible to be posted. I had big requirements, a small budget and a lot of time!
I designed the inserts and main body of the invite myself using my favourite graphic tool: Canva. I didn’t know exactly what I wanted but I spent probably a good month trying to get all the information I needed together and then worked on the design. I went pretty simple and incorporated out colour scheme, made in easy to read and added a few graphics on the back to give it a little something-something. We haven’t got a specific theme but I decided to incorporate spring into the design seeing as we’re having a March wedding.
The biggest task was finding a reasonable printing service as it was over 700 different bits of card that I needed. There was a couple of times where I thought we’d be going back to the drawing board after being quoted £300/£400 (without them being cut out!). PrintMonster reached out to me on Twitter. Speaking with their representative Jamie on what I needed, he helped me tweak the designs and came up with an extremely reasonable price of just over £100 for all our printing bits and the service we received was outstanding. After placing our order on Tuesday, by 8:30 am on the Thursday I had all my invites cut to size delivered free of charge on my conservatory table. If you have any printing needs, I highly recommend!
Making the pocket was really easy – it was simply made from an envelope. We cut off the triangle flap, stuck it into the card and as simple as that – it made a pocket for all our information. Punched with a border punch from The Range, it gave it an added edge and finished it off. There’s loads of different border punches available from The Range or any crafty website for as little as £5 and they make the invites look a lot more lavish and more expensive than they are. One word of warning – make sure your punch punches through the thickness of your paper or card.
After umming and arring (read as nearly having a little breakdown in The Range) – we decided to emboss the front of the invite to again give it that something more. Our embossing machine is from The Range and again, they’ve got a huge range of different borders and prints you can use to emboss. You can also use the borders to cut out to the shapes chosen. For us, embossing the pattern completely worked and gave it that little something.
Once all patterns were on the card, it was a simple case of putting it all together. Depending where our guests were from, we could pick and choose the inserts and we made each invite personal to the recipient by printing their name on the front.
Our invites have been very well received and we’ve had a lot of compliments on them. They’ve also been one of the most enjoyable parts of the whole ‘wedding prep’ process, which is a pretty big thing for me!