Wednesday, February 8, 2017

DIY Rustic Wedding Invitations

When Michael and I picked a barn for our wedding venue, we knew right away that our theme would be rustic. We agreed upon accents of lace, mason jars, pumpkins and other fall outdoor elements like hay bales.

I knew I would design and hand make our invitations, not only to save money but because I LOVE to craft!

After spending hours on Pinterest for inspiration, I knew I needed burlap, lace and some ribbon for a pop of color. I found burlap paper at Hobby Lobby and spools of scalloped lace trim that would be perfect. Finding the perfect rose gold ribbon, to match the bridesmaids dresses, was a challenge. My local craft store Gary's Art & Crafts, carries 1000s of ribbons so thankfully I found the perfect shade there.

I designed the invitation wording on my computer and printed and cut the design on white card stock. I chose a simple rectangular shape with beveled edges.

I cut the burlap to 5" x 7" to fit into a standard A7 envelope. I cut strips of the lace and ribbon and layered those over the center of the burlap, adhering it with tape (which would be hidden with the white card stock).

I decided to make things more complicated and cut our names from rose vinyl and then used transfer tape to center on the white card stock. (I wish I had my Heidi Swapp Minc machine back then because it would have made things so much easier!)

When I put the invitation into the envelope I felt it was missing something, so I cut envelope liners with a scalloped edge using my Cricut.

Since I had to make 62 invitations, I put together the invitations assembly style over the course of a few weeks. This made things move smoothly and not feel like a HUGE undertaking.

I created a postcard for our RSVPs and printed it through Vistaprint. We decided on postcard cards to save money on postage and I was able to print 100 of them for $20.

Lastly, I designed a quick map with directions to include in the invitation since our wedding was kind of off the beaten path and in an unfamiliar city. I just printed the maps on light pink card stock and used a vinyl heart sticker to mark the location.

The final total cost on our invitations was $200 including postage!

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