DIY Weddings: Handmade Wedding Invitations
If you’re a DIY bride (or groom – c’mon, it’s the 21st century!), you’ll likely be looking for DIY wedding inspiration and ideas. That’s why we’re dedicating a feature on our blog every week to DIY weddings. Crafting has so many benefits; we do it daily to get creative, release stresses, and create spectacular things for special occasions. It’s not often that we get to craft for weddings, so when we get the chance, it’s something we can’t miss! The next step in our DIY wedding journey focusses on personalised, handmade invitations. If you’re looking for an exciting way to send out your big news, here are examples of our DIY wedding invitations.
When Should You Send Wedding Invitations?
After you’ve booked the venue and arranged the catering, it’s time to send out formal wedding invitations. Following tradition, brides and grooms (or brides and brides, and grooms and grooms) usually send out their wedding invitations about 2 months prior to the wedding day. But it completely depends on how much notice you’d like to give your guests. If you’re having your wedding abroad, they’ll need much more notice than if it’s in the city you live in. If your wedding falls on a bank holiday or during a popular holiday season, it’s best to give your guests a little extra time, too. Sending your invites early will allow your guests to arrange travel in great time, and make sure they have nothing else booked in for your day. So, without further adieu, here are four of our favourite handmade wedding invitations.
Tri-Fold Wedding Invitations
If you’re having a ‘traditional’ theme for your wedding and want your invitations to reflect this, we have the perfect design for you. Tri-fold cards have always been a popular choice for wedding invitations, but we’ve decided to give our design an update. Using a lace die, we created a beautiful cut-out on the folds of the card – and we think it looks stunning! Follow our technique to create your own die-cut wedding invitations and then add your own personal touches. Or, you can use it as inspiration to create something unique!
You Will Need:
- Die-Cutting Machine
- Lace Die (A6)
- A6 Tri-Fold Card Blanks (or create your own using this Template Kit)
- A6 Envelopes (colour optional)
- Ribbon (colour optional)
- Bows (optional)
- Pearl Beads
- A6 Card Inserts (colour coordinating with the card blanks)
- A6 Border Embossing Stamp, Stamps and Ink (optional)
- Standard Adhesive Glue
- Hot Glue Gun
- To make the die-cut card: place an A6 lace die over one of the front folds of a tri-fold card blank. Using a die-cutting machine, cut out the design. Repeat the same process on the opposite fold; you should have a cut-out design on both front folds of the card.
- To make the card insert: take an A6 card insert and write out the details of your wedding day. You have creative freedom here. You can create the design using any medium you like; we suggest using a calligraphy kit or printing the design, but it’s up to you! Leave the card insert to dry completely before moving on to the next stage.
- To make your invitation that little bit more special, use an A6 embossing stamp to create a lovely border, or inked stamps to add beautiful artwork to the card insert. Leave the card to dry completely before moving on to the next stage. (This stage is optional!)
- Using standard adhesive glue, attach the card insert to the inside of the card. You need to leave the card open while it dries to prevent the glue from transferring to the folds of the card and causing them to stick!
- To make the RSVP slip: like the card insert, you can design the RSVP slip in any way you like; you can use plain cardstock and create the design using different mediums, or you can use a printed design. We suggest that you design the RSVP slip in the same way as the card insert so you have a uniform design, but the choice is yours! (Tip: cut the RSVP slip so it’s half the size of the insert; this will ensure it fits neatly inside the invitation.)
- To make the decoration: cut a length of ribbon long enough to go around the A6 card. Using a hot glue gun, glue the ends of the ribbon together, making sure they meet at the centre of the card. Take a premade bow and glue it over the ribbon where the two ends meet, and then glue a lovely pearl bead to the centre of the bow. Leave the card to dry completely before moving on to the next stage.
- Place the invitation inside an A6 envelope ready for posting. (Tip: stamp the envelope with the border embossing stamp and secure with a wax seal for a beautiful finish.)
‘Chalkboard’ Wedding Invitations
Deciding on a design for your wedding invitations can be stressful, especially if you’re making them yourself. The cost of creating a bespoke design can be a pain, too. If you want invitations that are distinctive, they usually come with a high price tag! We believe that everyone should have beautiful bespoke wedding invitations, without having to break the bank. That’s why we’ve created these fantastic ‘chalkboard’ wedding invitations. They’re easy to make but still evoke sophistication; plus, you can personalise them any way you like!
You Will Need:
- Black A4 Cardstock (200gsm)
- A5 Envelopes
- White Chalk Pad
- White Chalk Pen or Chalk Paints
- Letter Stencils (size and style optional)
- Border Stencils (size and design optional)
- Plain or Printed A5 Card Inserts
- Punch Tool
- Ribbon (colour optional)
- To create the card: fold a sheet of black A4 cardstock in half to create an A5 card blank.
- Using a chalk pad, gently dab the card blank with the pad to create the appearance of a used chalkboard. Using a letter stencil and either a chalk pen or chalk paints, write a sentiment in the centre of the card. You can personalise this sentiment or stick to our design – the choice is yours! Leave the card to dry before moving on to the next stage.
- Using a border stencil and either chalk paint or a chalk pen, create a border around the sentiment. You have creative freedom here; you can create a solid border or a corner border – it’s completely up to your preference!
- To create the card insert: using a plain insert or a printed insert, write the details of your wedding day and a recipient’s name. You can handwrite these details using a calligraphy kit or type them on a printable insert. (Tip: leave the card blank to dry for a few minutes before attaching it to the card; this will prevent the design from smudging.)
- Using standard adhesive glue, attach the card insert to the inside of the card. Allow the glue to dry completely before closing the card; this will prevent glue transfer.
- To create the RSVP slip: like the insert, you can design this using either plain cardstock or a printed design. We suggest that you design the RSVP slip in the same way as the card insert to create a uniform design, but the choice is yours. (Tip: cut the RSVP slip so it’s half the size of the A5 insert; this will ensure the slip fits neatly inside the invitation.)
- To create the decoration: using a punch tool, punch a hole in the top and bottom right-hand corners of the card. You need to punch the hole through both folds of the card. Going from the back, thread one end of a length of ribbon through the top hole and the other end through the bottom hole. Pull both ends of the ribbon through to the front of the card and tie them in a neat bow; this will secure your invitation and give it an elegant finish.
- Slip the completed invitation into an A5 envelope, ready for posting. (Tip: post the invitation in a black envelope and use a chalk pen to write out the recipient’s address and name; this will give them a little hint of what’s inside!)
Postcard Wedding Invitations
If you want to push the creative boundaries with your wedding invitations, but don’t want them to be too fussy or costly, postcard invitations are a cost-effective way to send out something amazing. Better yet, they’re really easy to make and you can personalise them in a number of ways! One way to customise these invitations is by designing them with a photo of you and your special someone. If you’re feeling really creative, you can create a collage of photos to cover your postcard invitations, or you can use our guide as inspiration.
You Will Need:
- Pack of 5.5” x 3.5” Blank Postcards
- Pack of 5.5” x 3.5” Envelopes
- Twine or Hemp Cord
- Border Embossing Stamp
- Floral Stamps
- Printed 5.5” x 3.5” Photograph of the couple
- Printed 5.5” x 3.5” Photograph of each recipient
- Stamps and Ink Pads
- To create an invitation postcard: use a border stamp to create a border on a blank postcard. You have creative freedom here; create a solid border or a corner border.
- On the left-hand side of the postcard, write the details of your wedding day. You can write this information by hand, or you can type it up, print it out, and stick it to the postcard. Leave the postcard to dry completely before moving on to the next stage. (Tip: if you’re writing by hand, use a calligraphy kit to make it look professional!)
- On the right-hand side of each postcard, write a recipient’s name and address. Like before, you can either write this information by hand or type it up, print, and stick.
- To make the invitation that bit more special, use a floral or heart stamp with ink to add beautiful artwork to the postcard. Leave the postcard to dry completely before moving on to the next stage. (Don’t stamp the front of the postcard.)
- Using standard adhesive glue, stick the photograph of you and your loved one to the front of the postcard and then leave it to dry completely.
- To create an ‘RSVP’ postcard: repeat the same process for creating the invitation postcard; however, instead of writing the details of the wedding day, write a message requesting the recipient to accept or decline the invitation. (Tip: write your address on the right-hand side and add a stamp to the ‘RSVP’ postcard, ready for posting.)
- To complete the ‘RSVP’ postcard, choose a photograph of you and the recipient and glue it to the front of the postcard. This will allow you to personalise each RSVP and have a bit of fun! Leave the postcard to dry completely before moving on to the next stage.
- Slip the invitation postcard and ‘RSVP’ postcard in an envelope. Cut a length of twine and tie it around the envelope, into a bow. You can personalise the envelope in any way you like. (Tip: sprinkle a bit of confetti inside the envelope; it makes for a great surprise!)
Wooden Hearts Wedding Invitations
If you’re looking to do something unique but don’t want anything too complicated, we have the perfect solution for you: wooden heart wedding invitations! The concept is simple: create your invitation on a wooden heart and attach a magnet to the back. This will enable the recipient to put the invitation on their fridge to remind them of your wedding date. Then, create another wooden heart that says the recipient’s name; on a card, request that the heart with their name on is returned to you as confirmation of their attendance. Once the hearts have been returned, you can use them again as beautiful place settings on your wedding day!
You Will Need:
- Wooden or MDF Hearts (size optional)
- Twine or Hemp Cord (colour optional)
- Acrylic Paint (optional)
- Waterproof Acrylic Varnish (matte or gloss)
- Calligraphy Pen
- Waterproof Calligraphy Inks
- Hot Glue Gun
- Envelopes (to fit two wooden hearts)
- Cardstock or Printed Card Inserts
- To create an invitation heart: using acrylic paint, paint the heart in any colour. You’ll have to paint one side and allow it to dry completely, and then flip it over and repeat the process. The heart needs to be completely dry before moving on to the next stage.
- Using a calligraphy pen and waterproof calligraphy ink, write the details of your wedding day onto the heart. (Tip: write these details out a few times before writing onto the heart.) The heart needs to be completely dry before moving on to the next stage.
- Using either gloss or matte varnish, paint the heart to seal the design; you must add any extra details you want before varnishing. (Tip: if you want to add detailed illustrations, use photopolymer stamps to ensure a high-quality image.) Leave to dry overnight.
- To create an ‘RSVP’ heart: repeat the same process for the invitation heart; however, instead of writing the wedding details, write a recipient’s name. Allow the heart to dry completely between each stage, seal it with varnish, and then leave to dry overnight.
- To create the card: you can use either a plain card insert or cardstock and add your own designs, or you can use a printed card – the choice is yours! The card needs to explain that the recipient should return the heart with their name on as acceptance of the invitation – you can personalise the card in any way you like!
- Once the invitation heart and the ‘RSVP’ heart have dried, thread each one with a length of cord and then tie a double knot at the end of the cord.
- Using a hot glue gun, attach a magnet to the back of the invitation heart (not the ‘RSVP’ heart). The glue needs to dry completely before moving on to the next stage.
- Now it’s time to assemble the invitation! In an envelope, place a card, an invitation heart and an ‘RSVP’ heart; the hearts should fit into the envelope with the card in front.
- To complete the invitation, sprinkle some confetti inside the envelope, stamp the seal with an inked stamp, and tie a ribbon or cord around the envelope. (Tip: pop another envelope in with the invitation for your guest to return their ‘RSVP’ heart in.)