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.
Free printable invite by Betsywhite Stationery Boutique via The Sweetest Occasion
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.
Our rehearsal-dinner invites, all ready to go / Personal photo
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?
- Environmental Engineer
- Wedding Date:
- November 2012
- Oak Tree Manor