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Handmade Wedding Invites

September 1, 2011

It has been ages since I’ve updated this blog. It’s not out of laziness but instead is a consequence of having a wedding coming up. Wedding stuff has pretty much taken over my life. Only a few short weeks before freedom, sweet freedom. As much as I’m looking forward to it, there is a (big) part of me that will be relieved for all the craziness and stress to be over. Anyway, just thought I’d share the invite now that we’ve gotten them all sent out.

I screwed up the RSVP by not leaving a line for people to write their names, but it wasn’t the end of the world as we figured out who they were from eventually.

I have to confess that I cribbed a part of this invitation from one we saw online that we loved, so I can’t take complete credit for it. The original didn’t quite fit our purposes though (and I’m pretty sure it was letterpress), so I modified the layout to fit our event and added a few elements to help it better adhere to our woodsy theme. I loved the way it came out, though it was A TON of work since I was not especially familiar with design programs (though now I’m an old pro. No teacher like experience, right?) so I don’t recommend trying to do it over a single weekend if you decide to design your own (unless, you are in fact, a pro).

The whole package, tied with baker’s twine. Looks cute, but actually a bit greasy. Not sure I would recommend it but too late to change now.

All the paper and envelopes are from Paper Source. We printed them at home with a photo printer (Canon Pixma, best purchase ever) so no expensive printing either. Overall, I think they cost under $150 (including postage) so if you’re willing to put in some elbow grease, you can do some nice invites on a budget.

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  • Christine February 19, 2012 at 8:33 pm

    I love these invites. Can I pay you to make them for me???

  • Jaclyn May 15, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    I love your invites and think I may try something similar. What software did you use and how many invites did you send out?

    • Christina Laun May 16, 2012 at 8:32 pm

      Hi Jaclyn. I used GIMP, a free photo editing program similar to Photoshop. It’s a bit hard to learn to use, but once you get the hang of it, it’s pretty great. It was A LOT of work to lay out and design everything, but worth it in the end. I think I made about 50 invites in total.

  • Danielle August 6, 2012 at 10:04 pm

    Hi, I was wondering where you got the fonts and branches for the invites? And what kind of paper you recommend, and if you had any tips on printing them at home. Thanks

    • Christina Sabo August 7, 2012 at 10:33 am

      Hi Danielle,

      The majority of the invitation is hand-drawn, so there aren’t a ton of fonts in it. The branches and the other decorative elements were all drawn out and scanned in, along with most of the lettering. The fonts that I did use were just free fonts I found on the internet by Googling. There are thousands of them out there, and you can limit your search by using descriptive terms or by trolling “best of” lists. The paper we used was just a nice cardstock from Paper Source. As for printing, the only advice I can give is to have a nice printer. We have a Canon Pixma and it has been amazing. Worth every penny!