Wedding Invitations Ideas DIY

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1. Make sure you give yourself enough time.
Designing, printing, assembling, addressing, and mailing your invitations will take a very long time… I’m not going to lie. It may be one of the most time-consuming tasks you will encounter while wedding planning. I’m not trying to scare you — just prepare you! If you think you can complete the task from start to finish in a month, give yourself two months. Everyone works at their own pace but it is better to err on the side of caution and give yourself plenty of time to account for your learning curve. A good rule of thumb is to mail your invitations 6-8 weeks before your wedding date, leaving your guests at least a month to reply before your response date, so try to plan things out so everything is completed several weeks ahead of this timeline in the event that you run into roadblocks along the way. I mailed our invitations on July 22 and our reply by date was September 1 (for our September 20 wedding), so our guests had ample time to let us know whether or not they would be attending.

2. Think carefully about your “reply by” date.
If your venue needs a final count a week before your wedding, set your response date for 2.5-3 weeks before your big day. This gives you a few days to let the procrastinators get their response cards to you (taking into account the fact that the USPS may take a few days), and then have at least a week or so to round up responses from the rest of the stragglers (still also allowing you enough time to put together your seating arrangement if you’re having assigned seating). If your invitees are notorious for being hard to track down, maybe push that date up one more week to give yourself extra time to get answers from everyone. Our reply date was September 1 and we started calling people who didn’t respond on September 6, as we had to let our venue know our final count on September 17th (and we also needed a few days to get our seating arrangement and place cards together).

3. When designing, START WITH YOUR ENVELOPES!!!!!
I have seen it happen so many times — a desperate cry for help when a bride has designed and printed her invitations but cannot find envelopes that are the right size and in the color they want. Ladies and gents, make sure you have the envelopes BEFORE you move full steam ahead with your invitations! There are very specific standard sizes out there, and if you accidentally make your invitations 1/2″ larger than the envelopes you later find, you are going to have a big problem. Also, while there are a lot more options these days for colors, sometimes it is still hard to find the exact color you need. Know all of the materials that you’re working with before you get too far into the process.

4. Work backwards with dimensions.
If your envelope is an A7 (which measures 5.25 x 7.25), it is best to make your invitation 5″ x 7″ so there is a little wiggle room to get your invitation in and out of the envelope. If you have a lot of inserts, make sure you test everything out in the envelope together as you may need to make the invitation a smidge smaller for it to get in and out of the envelope smoothly. Here is a good cheat-sheet that I use with envelope sizes and how large the enclosure piece should be; the sizes you’ll likely be using are towards the bottom of that webpage. (If you’re using Envelopments products, keep in mind that some of their sizes vary from standard sizes, so make sure you know the EXACT dimensions that you measure yourself!)

I started doing some samples of my own

2008-04-28 09:24:47 by annab83

This past weekend for DIY invitations, but I've decided to hold off and use them as Thank You cards (my mom got bummed out cuz she wanted to pay for super cute seal and send invites plus I think the extra time that goes into Thank You cards might mean a little something more...that's just for my situation though :) )
Anyway, I went to the Dollar Tree and spent seven bucks and was able to make 20 cards....I got a couple packs of their white cardstock, a pack of lilac computer paper (our colors are lilac/lavendar and white), and some 3D weddding stickers (called Layered Embellishments

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