Our guests are starting to get their invites, so it is time for me to show you all what we did. I am afraid to call it a DIY; rather, it is a crafty assembly of various parts. So when we left off, we had a digital copy of our overall invitation suite. Once we approved the design, we used Cards & Pockets for our printing needs along with our envelopes. They were awesome to work with and came in at a fairly affordable price. I didn’t go through an extensive search for vendors. Let me be honest with you, I farmed this responsibility of finding a vendor out to a bridesmaid! She did a great job.
If you are wondering how we went from this digital view…
…to these amazing ASSEMBLED invites…
Keep on reading!
In order to assemble our invites we needed the following items:
- Vellum paper
- General mailing labels (We used Avery clear mailing labels.)
- Low temperature glue gun
- Sealing gun wax
- Wax stamp
- Glue dots
Step 1: Prepare the RSVP cards. Each RSVP card was numbered prior to being assembled along with the seat verification. We didn’t use anything fancy to write on the invites, just a plain fine-point Sharpie. In the beginning, I thought that it would ruin the invite, but we found that it didn’t interrupt the design. We put a number in the bottom left corner and the number of seats in the line above, stuck a stamp on them, and they were done.
Step 2: Assemble the various sections. The way we stacked our envelopes were main invite ”“>direction card ”“>RSVP card ”“> hotel/registry information. Since the direction card and the RSVP card were the same size, we just off centered it slightly.
Step 3: Wrap the belly band. We had a hard time trying to find a belly band that we could both agree on. We had some vellum paper around the house, so we decided to print the bubble motif on the vellum paper. It turned out amazing if I must say so myself. We printed on an 8.5 Ã— 11 piece of paper and cut them into quarter-inch strips. We used glue dots to keep the hotel card to the belly band and as a closure.
Step 4: Put the invite into the inner envelope and close with seal wax. We decided to go with cream colored envelopes for both the inner and the outer envelope. We used a low temperature glue gun to melt the wax and couldn’t have been more pleased. It was really easy to use—just put the wax in like you would a glue stick and let it warm up. We put about a nickel size drop of wax on the invite and then closed with the seal of our logo.
**Yes, that is a moving box in the back. We still aren’t unpacked”¦YIKES.**
*Sorry the seal picture didn’t come out clearer.*
Step 5: Address the outer envelopes and put the inner envelope inside.
Step 6: Seal the outer envelope with love and send off to your guests who will be celebrating the biggest day of your life with you!
In order to really assemble these babies, we had to be very thoughtful in how we would approach the evening. Here are my recommendations (really lessons learned) that I can share:
- Print your labels ahead of time. It was really stressful to have to stop and print additional labels while you are in the groove.
- Have your full invitee list printed. This seems like common sense, but trust me, you will start this process and say, “Oh man, I need an invite for Cousin Pauly or Aunt Rita.”
- If you are capturing your addresses in an Excel spreadsheet, get in the habit of just reformatting them to a Word document. Having to deal with reformatting was a pain.
- Separate out the various sections. Once again, this seems silly, but before you know it, the inner envelope and the outer envelope will get mixed up. Force yourself to follow a pattern. When it is in arm’s reach, you will most likely skip a step (or maybe that was just me).
- Use small Post-it notes to keep the sealed invitations with the outer envelope. If you don’t want to do that, you can label the outer envelope with the address and keep the two together as you go.
There you have it, our invitation suite! What do you think? Did you number your RSVP cards? If so, was it a pain?
Scooting off for now,