Posts Tagged ‘Invitations’

I found this really great blog when my amazing photographer, Amanda, posted that some of her work was featured on it…her work is amazing.  Seriously, go check her out. Anyway, after ooh-ing and ahh-ing at all the pictures, I perused the site and found these FREE invitation templates! How fantastic is that?! And not only do they offer these lovelies for our frugal enjoyment, Love and Lavender is a great site for beautiful (and practical!) wedding ideas. So go check them out and take advantage of these ADORABLE invitation templates (and everything else)!


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Everyone loves the look of handwritten calligraphy on their invites. It’s beautiful, meaningful, and personal. The outside of those envelopes is the first thing your guests are going to see about your wedding (well, minus the save-the-dates if you’re sendin’ those out…in which case, this will also come in handy!)…and you want that envelope to look gooood. But not all of us have the penmanship (I don’t) or the money (I sure don’t) to have the luxury of handwritten calligraphy on our invites (or save-the-dates).

Well, not anymore!…Goodness, I sound like an infomercial…Alright, down to the goods. Designsponge, a lovely daily website dedicated to home and product design run by Brooklyn-based writer, Grace Bonney, found an awesome DIY solution to our calligraphy dilemma- faux fancy handwriting.

Here’s how it works:

  • Choose your favorite font on your computer (you can find alternative FREE ones at http://www.dafont.com/…or purchase fonts on other sites for relatively low prices)
  • Then print each address on the envelope in a slightly darker ink color so it is faint enough to see after printing (so if your envelope is baby blue, print in a slightly darker blue)
  • Then go back over the lettering with a paint pen, covering up the printed portion and giving it a more hand-written look. Side note: depending on how thick your pen ink is, you may want to increase the space between each character on your envelope (To do this, go to Font –> Character Spacing).
  • And you’re done! You now have the beauty of handwritten calligraphy without the price or the stress of keeping your lines straight.

Just another way for you to achieve that chic, yet cheap day. Good luck! If you try this, please let me know how yours turned out! 🙂

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If you’re going the DIY route for your invitations, #1- Good for you! If done correctly, you can save a lot of money by tuning into your craftier side. And #2- START EARLY!! This project will take you more time than you think (says the girl who spent a whole day punching, embossing, and gluing hundreds of punched out snowflakes…and that was only one of around 32 steps to completing these invitations. Whew!)  However, there are ways to make your life easier during this process.

One way is to use stamps! I love Impress Rubber Stamps. They have such a wide variety of images to choose from, including the option to create your own custom stamp if you’d like a custom monogram or have an image you’d like turned into stamp. Their stamps run from $5.25 up to around $18.00, depending on the size of the stamp, and whether or not it is custom-made. They even have a Wedding Ideas page, showing you how their stamps can be used for you own projects. These are some of my favorites:

These elegant stamps not only make your invitations beautiful, but they make them easy. And you can use these stamps again on your programs, thank you cards, escort cards, coasters, or wherever else you’d like to carry on that image.

A simple way to make stunning and inexpensive invitations?  Done and done. 🙂

Happy planning!

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