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How to Create Memorable DIY Invitations // 2.

August 1, 2013


The invitations were one of my favorite aspects of the wedding planning process. I have never enjoyed crafts or DIY projects before this, but making our own invitations changed that. I was so excited about the finished product.

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Creating the invitations was fairly time-and-labor-intensive. At one point, there were 7 of us around the dining room table, tying, stamping, and stuffing. If you are pressed for time, this step is probably worth outsourcing. But if you have the time to create your own invitations, the personalized result will definitely be rewarding!

When we began the invitation planning process, I knew that I wanted the wedding invitations to reflect the textures and colors of the wedding. (I also was pretty certain that we could make the invitations I envisioned for less than purchasing a similar product, since elaborate custom invitations can be a large investment.)

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Our wedding colors were navy and tangerine. The invitations were primarily navy, white, and brown, with a few touches of bright orange. The completed invitations included 9 pieces:

  • The navy back-piece
  • The white front-piece with the invitation text
  • The white tag that listed our wedding website
  • An orange decorative stamp on the white tap
  • The white RSVP card
  • The brown Kraft-paper RSVP self-addressed, stamped envelope
  • The brown Kraft-paper inner envelope
  • The brown Kraft-paper outer envelope
  • Tangerine-and-white striped string and burlap string (which we interchanged) tying all of the pieces together

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To create the set, we used the following supplies:

  • Back-piece – Heavy navy cardstock, 8.5″ x 11″
  • Front-piece with text – White slightly-heavier-than-regular-paper, 8.5″ x 11″
  • RSVP card – White cardstock, 8.5″ x 11″, pre-cut into quarters
  • Pre-perforated printable price tags
  • 3 different sizes of brown Kraft-paper envelopes  – one slightly larger than the RSVP card, one slightly larger than the 8.5″ x 11″ back-piece, and one large envelope to contain all of the pieces.
  • Orange and White string
  • A bright orange stamp of a small flower

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Most of the paper products we found at either Hobby Lobby or Office Max. The envelopes were ordered from bulk suppliers. Figuring out the sizing for the envelopes was a little bit of a nightmare. When ordering envelopes, remember that the envelopes need to be minutely larger than the paper itself so that the paper can fit comfortably inside.

The Kraft-paper and rough texture of the card-stock and burlap string reflected the rustic simplicity of our wedding theme, while the delicacy and bright color of the string and flower-stamp along with the white-on-navy color contrast and the formal font and wording of the invitations added elegant touches. The beautiful layout was designed by my creative mother.


We used a large paper-cutter to do all of our trimming. If you plan to make your own invitations, I highly recommend buying one. It’ll be worth the small investment! To construct the invitations, we followed these steps:

  • Cut the navy card-stock in half
  • Print the invitations (2 invitations per 8.5″ x 11″ white front-piece), RSVP cards, and wedding-website tags
  • Cut the slightly-heavier-than-regular white paper in half and then trimmed another 1/8″ off each side of it. (Making sure the text was centered after the trimming was tricky, but if you follow these steps, simply leave an extra 1/8″ margin on either side of the text when you are centering it in your word processor program.)
  • Attach the front-piece to the back-piece using double-sided scrapbook tape, which is thinner and lighter than glue.
  • Using the perforated hole on the website tag as an attachment point, tie the pieces together.


Once the inner and outer envelopes were addressed (we opted to print ours rather than hand-writing the addresses), we tucked each set into an inner envelope. Finally, we tucked the stuffed inner envelope into the large envelope and sealed it.

Need more inspiration? This book provided me with so many wonderful ideas during our planning process.

Want some more wedding insight? Check out the entire series below!

Part 1 – an overview of our day.

Part 3 – our wedding parties.

Part 4 – the rehearsal dinner.

Part 5 – the fun DIY burlap banners we created.

Part 6 – some tips on venues.

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  1. You guys are brave. That looks like a TON of work. We made ours too (though for only about 100 people), and while they turned out niftily, the experience will not be repeated until we’ve forgotten how annoying it was. Um, repeated with any other sort of invitation-needing-event, I mean. 😉 Anyway, I especially like the string!

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