Armadillo Invitation Reveal

Okay, since the RSVPs have started to roll in, it’s finally time to reveal the Armadillo wedding invites! Keep in mind these were made 100% by hand, printed on our rinky dink home computer and cut and assembled by yours truly (along with a LOT of help from Mr. A.). While not everything went exactly the way I envisioned, overall I was really happy with the way they turned out.

Okay, enough chitter chatter! Onto the photos!

First up is a photo of the front of the envelope. I kinda went against the grain of etiquette and decorum by NOT handwriting the names and addresses on the front; rather, we ran each envelope through our home printer using the font Jellyka Western Princess, which I downloaded for free from fonts101.com. Mr. A and myself are both lefties, which, if you could imagine two left-handed people trying to write on metallic silver envelopes, all that would have probably resulted would have been smudge overload (and lots of frustrated tears!) I thought the font we picked lent itself to looking handwritten, and many of our guests have comment on how pretty the calligraphy is! I had to confess that it wasn’t “real” to them, but I don’t think they minded.

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We did a corner embossing on the front of each envelope using a pretty little flourish stamp I stumbled on at Hobby Lobby. I thought it really amped up the fancy factor and loved the finished result!

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We also used the O. Henry and George Washington stamps, which we ordered from the USPS website. I tried to make the stamps somewhat relevant and meaningful, so we went with O. Henry because of his famous short story “The Gift of the Magi,” which is about a newlywed couple who each sells their most prized possession to buy the other a Christmas gift. George Washington also made the cut because Mr. A was a history minor in college.

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On the backside of the envelope, we continued the embossing theme. Lil Dillo was a HUGE help with this part of the process, as she was master of the heat gun.

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We printed the return addresses on the back flaps using the same font that we used on the front:

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When guests opened the envelope, they saw this:

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We bundled everything together using 6mm silver ribbon and attached a little tag with our DIY monogram motif on it, which tied the entire suite together (both literally and aesthetically!).

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The main invitation portion was printed on bright white linen cardstock and matted on extra thick green apple cardstock, both of which were from paperandmore.com. I designed the purple flourish graphic myself, and the fonts we used were Albemarle Swash (the more decorative one) and Poor Richard (the sub-font.).

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We decided to go with an RSVP postcard to save a few cents on stamps and not have to include a second envelope, but brides who are planning on doing the same thing and are mailing invites out soon, BEWARE: Postage is officially going up by one cent at the end of this month, so make sure you add the appropriate extra amount so you actually receive your RSVPs.

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We also added identifying numbers to the corner of each RSVP which correlated to a matching list of guests just in case anyone forgot to put their names on the front!

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We also added a second insert, which directed our guests to our wedding website for more information:

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And the entire suite all laid out:

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As happy and proud as I was with these, we definitely ran into a few snags. First, the green cardstock I originally had planned on using had been discontinued by the time we actually went to order them, so I had to settle for the apple green color (the one I originally planned on using was Cards and Pockets’ “citron.”). We also had our RSVP postcards printed through Vistaprint (we wanted to make sure the size was the right size for a postcard) and the color of white was gray in comparison to the color of the white cardstock we used to make everything else. Lastly, we had to use two different widths of silver ribbon because Wal-Mart didn’t have enough of one or the other. Not huge hiccups by any means, but when you want things to be perfect and work for months and months on something, it’s a bummer when things don’t quite work out like you plan.

Anyway, I plan on doing a second post with a price breakdown and more in-depth discussion of HOW I made these (what tools I used, etc.), so stay tuned for that! I’m so super duper proud of these, and the responses we’ve received from our guests have been overwhelmingly flattering. I feel like the invitations are the first glimpse guests see in regard to the feel of the wedding, and I hope our guests are excited about what is to come!

Did you end up doing completely DIY invites for your wedding? What were some of the hiccups or snags you encountered during the process?

BLOGGER

Mrs. Armadillo

Location:
Houston, Texas
Wedding Date:
March 2013
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    panda 1359 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:19 am

    omg, your invites are absolutely gorgeous. I can’t believe you made everything yourself! I just started my invites and if mine turn out half as well as yours, I’m going to be really happy!

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    spotted_giraffe 312 posts, Helper bee @ 5:20 am

    You are an inspiration, I love those! They turned out beautifully, and I love the wording that you used on the invitation. Really looking forward to your post about the how to. Thanks for sharing!

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    bracelet 1419 posts, Bumble bee @ 5:35 am

    What a great invitation! I especially love the embossed envelope detail I should really learn more about embossing…

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    superduperbrit 2466 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:39 am

    They look lovely. I really love the silver ribbon and how it adds some sparkle to the invites. I also like the color of the invites =D

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    mrscvsomeday 155 posts, Blushing bee @ 5:42 am

    These are lovely, and the embossing was a wonderful touch! (And very smart to write the tiny numbers on the back…just in case! :) )

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    shaynapunim 654 posts, Busy bee @ 5:56 am

    So pretty!! I can’t believe you made them yourself!!

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    mswallaby 2061 posts, Buzzing bee @ 5:58 am

    Wow so pretty!! My favorite part is the song request…that’s so thoughtful and will definitely get your dance floor packed! :)

    We used the “tiny numbers on the back” system too, and I am SO GLAD we did – we received 6 mysterious RSVPs from the same zip code, and that was the only way to identify the senders.

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    mssquirrel 276 posts, Helper bee @ 6:06 am

    I love so many things! The flourishes are adorable and the colors look great together. I am in the middle of our DIY invites and I kind of want to pull my hair out so it is nice to see such a great final product! Awesome job!

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    lealorali 4827 posts, Honey bee @ 7:11 am

    Miss Armadillo, love the silver metallic! I am doing the same thing! Looking back, would you suggest it, or is it too “coated” aka too difficult to hand write (we are not lefties :) )?

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    monh13 154 posts, Blushing bee @ 7:25 am

    These turned out wonderful, Miss Armadillo!! How did you make the second inserts? I love the idea of doing that, but buying them is too expensive. Please let me know!

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    mrs-mac 190 posts, Blushing bee @ 7:25 am

    I love the little flourish stamps that you embossed! Great touch to the envelopes :D

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    sofiam 15 posts, Newbee @ 7:26 am

    They look lovely.

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    mstreasure 1655 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:43 am

    I love the silver ribbon you used to tie everything together. What can I say? I love a little sparkle. :-)

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    mspony 9265 posts, Buzzing Beekeeper @ 8:22 am

    These look beautiful, great job Miss A!

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    veggie_rachel 575 posts, Busy bee @ 8:50 am

    These are awesome, Armadillos, great job! I can’t wait to see how you put them together!

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    creativeplannertobee 5176 posts, Bee Keeper @ 8:50 am

    Lovely job, just gorgeous!

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    lealorali 4827 posts, Honey bee @ 8:51 am

    Can I ask where you got the envelopes?

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    bridesmomma 440 posts, Helper bee @ 9:07 am

    They turned out beautifully! I bet your guests were excited to receive these in their mailboxes!

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    Almost Mrs.P 2056 posts, Buzzing bee @ 9:27 am

    Great job, these look beautiful!

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    Ms_Maple 115 posts, Blushing bee @ 9:47 am

    They look so good! I don’t think anyone will notice the small things that didn’t go according to plan. I loved your idea for adding and ID number. I am stealing that one from you :)

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    mstoadstool 2485 posts, Buzzing bee @ 10:10 am

    Oh my… they are gorgeous, it shows how much effort you put in those and they really look fantastic, oh… and the calligraphy in the envelope looks like it’s pen, so it is a win there.

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    graywolf 725 posts, Busy bee @ 12:21 pm

    ah these look great and match your overall wedding so much!

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    KS, Guest @ 2:50 pm

    Wow! Your invitations are gorgeous! Mine turned out well, although they did not turn out how I envisioned. We used vista print. Vista print is good if you are on a budget. The whole process was pretty much a revelation to me about my fiance. That’s when I learned how much we think differently from each other. So the invitations are not what I ever envisioned a wedding invitation looking like, but we are both happy with them, and a lot of other people like them too. And I now know more about the man I’m marrying!

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    chocolatecoveredstrawberry 532 posts, Busy bee @ 3:02 pm

    Wow, great job! Did you have to do anything special to print the addresses on the invitations? I am so clueless about tech stuff like that :-/

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    hyena 2537 posts, Sugar bee @ 3:11 pm

    Pretty invitations! I like the purple flourishes, and also the stamps — such a cool touch!

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    mscoach 130 posts, Blushing bee @ 4:36 pm

    They look beautiful!! Love!

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    margar 25 posts, Newbee @ 12:14 am

    What a great invitation! look great

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    msarmadillo 497 posts, Helper bee @ 5:03 pm

    @MrsCVsomeday: @Ms_Maple: I definitely can’t take credit for being the one to come up with that system, as many blogger bees have done it before me. ;) So far no one has forgotten to put their names, but you can never be too prepared, right?

    @Miss Panda: @Mrs. Bracelet: @SuperDuperBrit: @shaynapunim: @Miss Squirrel: @Mrs-Mac: @sofiam: @Mrs. Treasure: @Mrs. Pony: @veggie_rachel: @creativeplannertobee: @bridesmomma: @Almost Mrs.P: Aww, thanks, you guys! You all are so sweet. :)

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    msarmadillo 497 posts, Helper bee @ 5:08 pm

    @Mrs. Wallaby: We’ve gotten so many awesome song requests already…I’m so excited! I’m really hoping our guests cut loose on the dance floor and have fun. :)

    @lealorali: You could probably hand write on them fairly easily with a ball-point pen without any smudging. If you use a pen with thicker ink, you might want to let it dry a few hours before you put them away. They weren’t exactly smudge-proof when we first pulled them out of the printer, which was a lesson learned the hard way! ;) We also bought the envelopes from paperandmore.com. Hope that helps!

    @monh13: We basically printed 8 inserts on a regular 8 1/2 by 11 inch piece of cardstock and cut them out with a paper cutter, but I’ll have a more thorough how-to up in the next couple of days for reference! :)

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    msarmadillo 497 posts, Helper bee @ 5:12 pm

    @Mrs. Toadstool: @Miss Gray Wolf: @Mrs. Hyena: @Miss Coach: @margar: Thank you, thank you! I really appreciate all the nice comments. :) You guys are the best!

    @chocolatecoveredstrawberry: A how-to post with pictures will be up in the next couple of days, but I basically put the envelope in sideways with the flap pointed to the left, front side down to print the addresses, and then just flipped it front side up to print the return addresses on the back. If you’re anything like me, though, you’ll need some pictures to understand it better, so stick around! :)

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    msarmadillo 497 posts, Helper bee @ 5:14 pm

    @KS: Wedding planning definitely helps you learn a lot about your partner…I know that’s how it’s been for me and Mr. A! And I totally love Vistaprint, so although your invites didn’t turn out quite like you envisioned, I’m sure they still turned out great. :)

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    dmuszall 101 posts, Blushing bee @ 8:55 am

    What font did you use on your envelopes?

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    msarmadillo 497 posts, Helper bee @ 9:36 am

    @dmuszall: It’s called Jellyka Western Princess. I downloaded it for free from fonts101.com, I do believe!

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    FromGtoZ 80 posts, Worker bee @ 7:28 pm

    I’m in love!

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