Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Wedding Invitations

How to Choose Wedding Invitations?
You are engaged to the love of your life; the wedding place has been decided, the reception hall has been chosen and booked, the cake has been picked out, the caterer has been contacted, and you have found the perfect wedding dress.
Now, all you need are guests to come to your dream wedding. You most likely decide on the number of guests you wish to invite before you booked the reception hall and start making a list of who to invite.
It is time to start working on your wedding invitations.
Who To Invite?
Invite whomever you want, don't let your parents force you to invite their friends; like the woman who babysat you once when you were 3-weeks old and who you haven't seen since, your great-aunt 5 times removed whom you've never met, or the pervert old boss that your father is trying to impress.
It is your wedding and you should only invite those people whom you want to share your special day with.
Who is responsible for the wedding invitations?
Ideally, it should be a shared event between the bride and groom to be. In many cases, it is left up to the bride and her friends to make out and send the wedding invitations.
What to include in your wedding invitation?
A wedding invitation should include most of those well-worn journalistic rules; who, what, when, where, why. List the names of the bride and groom to be, mention they are getting married, mention the date of the wedding, and mention where the wedding is being held.
Some wedding invitations also include a phrase mentioning that the parents of the bride and groom would like to announce the wedding of their children. If you wish you can include an RSVP at the bottom of the invitation and give the location and time of the reception, or you can include that information on a separate card. A return envelope should also be included, stamped if possible.
How to choose wedding invitations?
You can use store-bought invitations, custom-made invitations, or design and print your own from your computer; it all depends on what kind of budget you have to work with. Custom-made invitations can cost you a lot of money. Store-bought ones can be nice but can look cheap and unappealing. If you do use store-bought ones, find someone who can write neatly and artistically to fill them in. The ones you print from home can be as simple or as fancy as you wish. You do have to buy the card-stock to print them on. You can find many templates and instructions online to help you , Avery has easy-to-follow instructions for making wedding invitations from their vellum overlay cards. If you do chose to make or write out your own invitations, make sure everything is spelled correctly and don't write in net speak. While most people won't really care what they look like, it is only polite to take care in the planning of your wedding invitations.
When to send out your wedding invitations?
You should send out your invitations six to eight weeks before the wedding. This gives your guests plenty of time to plan and it gives them plenty of time to return their RSVP's. If you are inviting people from out of the country, you should probably send out their invitations earlier.

Here's a short video link that explains how to choose a font for your wedding invitation:

Top 10 Weddings Invitation Trends:


Finally, DIY- Doily Envelopes:
Are you ready for a cute, fun and easy DIY project? DIY Doily envelopes and liners will add a personal and memorable touch to your wedding invitations. You can choose to either use a doily as a liner for your wedding invitation envelopes, or use the doilies as the envelopes themselves. Either way, it’s fairly simple! You can even make this project into a little party or get-together and invite over some of your best girls, break out the doilies, and share a bottle of champagne.
An even simpler DIY idea is to cut the triangular edges off the doilies and glue them to the inside flap of the envelopes you have chosen. This will give your envelopes a more subtle look, showcasing your intricate designed invitations as opposed to the envelope itself.
Here is what you will need:
§  9 inch square doilies
§  Craft Adhesive Spray
§  A Cutter
§  A Cutting Mat (or cutting board, whichever you have handy)
§  A Ruler
§  Double Sided Sticky Tape (You can also use hot glue, but I recommend the tape)
§  Tracing/Vellum Paper
§  Newspaper
§  Something to use as a template, such as a poster board or cardboard
DIY Doily Envelope Liners:
Note: For the liners, you will not need to do any cutting, or need the use of the tracing paper or the craft adhesive spray.
§  The most important thing is to have your envelopes and invitations handy. Always order a few extra envelopes to make room for mistakes, especially when it comes to the addressing.
§  This might take some trial and error, but you will need to find out exactly how much to fold the doily in order to make it just the right size for it to fit snuggly into your envelope and still be able to fit your invitation card. Fold the 9 inch square doily on three corners and test your folding a few times until you get the right fit.
§  After you have found the right size, simply use your double sided tape to hold your liner together. Again, you can also use hot glue, but I’ve found that the tape is easier and less messy.
§  Place your newly created paper doily liners into your envelope, and voila! You’ve just created an entirely unique and custom look for your envelopes.
DIY Doily Envelopes:
§  Important: Be sure to have your invitations handy to insure that they will fit properly into your doily envelopes. Take one of your paper doilies and fold it around your invitation to insure that you’ve got the right fit before starting the project.
§  The purpose of the tracing paper is to reinforce the underside of the doilies. This is important if you are using the doily as your outer envelope. Use the tracing paper to either covers the entire length of the inside of the doily, or if you want a little more transparency, you can choose to leave the flap without the reinforcement. Whichever you choose, use your ruler to make your measurements. After finding the right measurements, I’d recommend making a template with a piece of poster board or cardboard. This way you can put the ruler away and just trace your remaining paper.
§  Use your cutting board and cutter to cut your paper. This will leave smooth and clean lines.
§  Spray your tracing paper with the craft adhesive spray (be sure to use your newspaper to cover the surrounding areas). Let the spray sit for about 15 seconds and then adhere it to your doily.
§  Fold your doily together on three sides, and then use your double sided tape to secure, and you’re done! After you’ve got your invitations inside and ready for the mailbox, you can choose to seal them however you’d like.
Note: You can also use colored tracing paper for a custom look.


 Make thank you cards to match your party and invitation theme!

Inevitably after the excitement of the big event there is still one more step you can hardly avoid - the thank you card!
Make them yourself and you will have the opportunity to match your cards to your invitations as well as your event's theme. Sure, you could easily just as soon run out and buy some blank thank you cards to fill out and pop right in the mail. It would certainly make things easier.
But taking the time to create thank you cards with your own two hands will show your guests that little extra something. Show them that you really do care and also give them something of a keepsake to remember the wedding...
Photo wedding thank you cards are a perfectly unique and personalized way to send a big "Thanks" to your wedding guests.
Show them you really care by lending your own personal touch. Make the thank you cards yourself!
Create thank you cards that are crafty and handmade by putting together scrapbook style cards, or use a photo editor or digital scrapbooking to design your own printed glossy photo thank you worthy of a frame.
You can make your own wedding thank you cards that are simple to make as well as affordable. I want to share a couple of my DIY ideas for photo wedding thank you cards.

Make Handmade Scrapbook Photo Wedding Thank You Cards:

Photo Wedding Thank You Cards Supplies:
·         8 1/2" by 11" card stock
·         decorative paper
·         ribbon
·         photo corners (optional)
·         adhesive (glue stick, craft glue)
·         large paper punch

Create Your Own Homemade Cards.
Start by creating your own homemade cards using a sheet of 8.5 by 11 inch, or 12 by 12 inch cardstock.
To create small folded cards all you have to do is cut a sheet of the cardstock in half, score it
Add Some Decorative Paper.
Measure the front of the card and cut some decorative scrapbook or handmade paper to the exact same measurements.
Use some glue (my favorite is glue runner adhesive) to affix the paper to the front of the card.
Use a heavy duty large paper punch to punch a hole into the upper right hand side of the card (or wherever else on the card floats your boat).
I used an oval paper punch, but you could use any shape you want. From circles and squares, to decorative shapes like leaves and scallop circles! Get as creative as you please!
Add A Photo!
Well they sure aren't photo wedding thank you cards without the photo!
Choose a photo form the wedding, or you could even choose a different photo for each card featuring the guests you are sending the card to. A lot of work I know, but a very thoughtful gesture!
Use some glue or photo corners to attach the photo to the inside of the card. Make sure the photo is arranged so that when you shut the card, the photo shows through!
Finishing Touches .
To add a last sweet detail to the card simply glue on a ribbon running down the left side of the card. I like to lay my ribbon on some scrap paper and run an adhesive runner over the back of the ribbon.
After attaching the ribbon snip the edges that overhang to the edges of the card. Tie a little bow using the same ribbon and glue that right over the ribbon attached to the card.
Tips To Make Photo Wedding Thank You Cards:
Make the cards a gift of their own by using wallet sized wedding or honeymoon prints. Attach them to the inside of the cards using scrapbooking photo corners. This way your guests can take the picture out if they want and transfer it to a small frame, photo album or wallet . For these photo wedding thank you cards I chose to go the route of manipulating the photo using Photoshop. I took a much larger picture and cropped it down and took out most of the background "noise" so that the picture only shows my husband and I having our first kiss as Man and Wife. I then set it up to print several times to one page. I cut them out individually to attach to each card.


See you on the next post,