DIY Rehearsal-Dinner Invites

It’s no secret that I LOVE free stuff. If there’s leftover birthday cake, Halloween candy, or any food at my office, I am all over it. (C’mon, who doesn’t love free food?!) And I always stash the mini shampoo and conditioner bottles when I stay in hotels. (They always turn out to be helpful when I’m road-tripping or camping!) So whenever I see something wedding related that is free, I jump on the opportunity. My favorite free detail is the design for our rehearsal-dinner invites. I found the template, created by the talented Betsywhite Stationery Boutique, on The Sweetest Occasion blog.

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Free printable invite by Betsywhite Stationery Boutique via The Sweetest Occasion

The designer, Gia Graham, was inspired by Cinco de Mayo and al fresco destination weddings. So the theme suits our rehearsal dinner of South American fusion cuisine perfectly, no?

I downloaded the invitation template, and I typed in our personal info with the time and place of our rehearsal dinner. The default font, though, is Times New Roman, and I couldn’t figure out how to change the text size in Adobe, so I loaded the template in Pixelmator (a scaled-down version of Photoshop for Macs) and played with the text until I was happy with it. (I ended up using Copse, the same font as I used on our wedding invitations.)

Once I had finished my changes, I printed out 25 copies onto recycled card stock from Michaels, stuffed them into A7 envelopes from my vice (Paper-Source), and sent them on their way.

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Our rehearsal-dinner invites, all ready to go / Personal photo

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A7 envelopes in “Pool” from Paper-Source / Personal photo

Rehearsal-dinner invites were not high on my priority list, and I definitely wouldn’t have spent a fortune on them. But since this template was a free printable, the only cost of the project was the envelopes, which were $0.43 each. (I already had the recycled card stock on hand—I bought a huge ream of it early on in wedding planning, and I’ve probably used it for a dozen DIY projects.) I hope they gave our out-of-town guests, our families, and the wedding party a taste of what was to come and got everyone excited. And I could never resist a pretty paper product. ;)

Are you mailing out rehearsal-dinner invitations? What is your proudest bargain or free find?

BLOGGER

Mrs. Wallaby

Location:
Houston
Wedding Date:
November 2012
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    bat 285 posts, Helper bee @ 11:42 am

    I love that template: it’s gorgeous! Your invitations look great!

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    buffalo 178 posts, Blushing bee @ 12:03 pm

    These turned out great! I did end up sending them out and was so happy I did!

    And seriously, Paper-Source is the devil (but only because it is so addicting!)

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    mswallaby 2063 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:42 pm

    @Miss Bat: Aw thanks!
    @Mrs. Buffalo: Paper-Source is the death of me. I’ve been avoiding it since the wedding because I know that I would now pounce on all non-wedding-related stuff.

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    bellefille 232 posts, Helper bee @ 2:27 pm

    So pretty! I really want to DIY my invites. Did you just use your printer at home or something a bit more hi-tech?

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 2:36 pm

    What a pretty template, I love how your personalized them with your fonts!

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    ChicagoDreamer 509 posts, Busy bee @ 3:07 pm

    These turned out great! You can’t go wrong with something free and making it your own!

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    graywolf 725 posts, Busy bee @ 6:34 pm

    nice! i just googled free rehearsal dinner templates…

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    stephk527 987 posts, Busy bee @ 9:37 am

    I can’t decide if I’m sending the rehearsal dinner invites WITH the regular invitations or separately.

    These are awesome! I love free printables. :)

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