Invitation DIY: Wording and Design (and a Final Reveal)

OK! Man, I sure have stretched out this thing, haven’t I? Sorry.

The wording was the easiest part of the invitation process. I fiddled with it a little, but I really liked this phrasing:

Together with their families

Bride & Groom

Invite you to celebrate as they become husband and wife

Something about having “husband and wife” printed out was neat. I figured we’d keep it relatively simple with an invitation, accommodations card, and an RSVP card. I laid everything out in Word, used my fonts and stuff”¦but man, was it boring. I thought we might watercolor on the paper a la my save the date, but I didn’t want to do the same thing over, and I think what worked on a flat card wouldn’t be as awesome inside the invitation.

Enter my MOH. I sent her my documents with the missive to “add SOMETHING.” A border, a graphic, something that would fill the space and not look so boring. I included a few inspiration pieces:


(Invite via Oh So Beautiful Paper / by Watermark Stationery & Crystal Kluge)


(Invite via Bella Figura)

Within no time, my invitations went from this:



”¦to this:




(Invite by Clarke Ross Designs)

Hell of an improvement, right? She used the same infinity loop from the belly band in the graphics”¦and I just love them. We printed them at home on some plain card stock and used Mono Adhesive to put everything together”¦







What you’re looking at above actually isn’t stitching”¦it’s paper punching:


Yes, we (my mom, my sister, and I) hand punched every single hole with basically a jumbo tack. My mom happened to have this stencil that perfectly matched the design. Tedious, but it’s my favorite detail.


The assembly line


Ready for the mail! Super satisfying.

Hive, I know I posted way too much about these things (whoops), but I am so, so proud of them. They definitely took awhile and I know some of the little details might not be noticed, but that’s OK.


Mrs. Gray Wolf

Washington DC
Wedding Date:
February 2013

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    shkragoldfish 1764 posts, Buzzing bee @ 6:23 pm

    I know I’m late, but is there any way I could get that infinity-loop type background graphic that you used? Your invitations look great.

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    klhubb 106 posts, Blushing bee @ 9:03 am

    These are awesome!

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