DIY Wedding Invitations with Free Templates!

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Our wedding invitations were a project-and-a-half!  There were many trials and errors but I am absolutely in love with the final product!

Initially I had it in mind that I would make every part myself, but upon trialing a few ideas I realized it was both more time and cost effective to purchase the pre-made “shell” of my invitations through Cards and Pockets.  Going this route also allowed me to purchase matching envelopes, also for a competitive price to anything I would have purchased from a craft store.  I ordered several samples before settling on ‘Sand’ colour for my invitations.

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I printed all of the documents for the middle and side pocket on white cardstock paper (templates below).

I cut all of the information using my paper trimmer which is such a time saver, especially compared to using regular scissors!

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I cut the centre information a few centimetres smaller and a piece of navy blue cardstock a few centimetres bigger, allowing for it to show from behind for the middle fold.  I attached these pieces together using double-sided-tape and then double-sided-taped that to the “shell.”

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For each response card we changed the names to who we were sending the invitation to.  We found by being specific, it avoided people being confused about whether they could bring a date, their children etc. which I heard frequently causes guests confusion.

We tucked the different information into the right pocket and closed the invitations.

For the front of the cards we punched out two different squares using Fiskars punches (purchased from Jo-ann Craft Store).

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Using Fiskars corner punchers I added detail to the white square.

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Using double-sided-tape I attached the white card to the blue card.

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I added an embossed stamp to the front using a stamp I custom ordered here.  At only $10, it was well worth ordering.

To learn how to emboss, read my post here.

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Once I was done embossing, I cut ribbon to wrap around the outside of the invitation.

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Attach the ribbon to the back of the square using a small amount of hot glue.  This will create a loop with the ribbon.

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Slip this over the top of the invitation to hold the invitation closed.

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Place in the envelope.  Once in the envelope, we chose to seal ours with a wax seal.  To learn how to make a wax seal, read my post here.

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They turned out great and we absolutely loved them!  We used Avery Address and Return Address Labels to print labels for each invitation.

Invitation Templates:

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Invitation- Directions to Ceremony (Print directions to Ceremony first, then on the reverse side of the page print the Directions to Reception card below)

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For most people we included a funnier Response card but were concerned it may be confusing for some of our older guests or guests that don’t speak great english, so did a more basic one for some people.

In our response cards we also asked people to request a song that would get them dancing.  We compiled a list in advance for our DJ so no requests were made the evening of the wedding (sometimes people request songs that are not actually danceable and the DJ feels pressured to play it.  If we felt it wasn’t a danceable song, we played it earlier in the evening during dinner, or while people were visiting).

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DIY Wax Seals

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I have always loved how wax seals look and wanted to include them on my invitations (see how I made my invitations here).  I had a look online and found these great wax sealing sticks that fit into a hot glue gun.  I ordered them and am so glad I did!  Traditionally for wax seals, you melt wax over paper with a flame, allowing it to drip onto the page.  By using these sticks I could heat just enough wax in the glue gun and it was much easier to control the amount of wax coming out with the trigger.

Items you will need for this project:

  • Wax sealing sticks
  • Glue gun
  • Ice cube
  • Paper
  • Metal Sealing Stamp (I purchased my ‘W’ stamp from Michaels)

Begin by pre-heating your glue gun.

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Keep your embossing stamp on ice to keep it cold.

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Squeeze wax onto the paper where you want your seal to be.  Put a dollop of wax just larger than your stamp.

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Remove your stamp from the ice and dry it.  Quickly place stamp onto your hot wax.  Lightly push down.

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Remove the stamp and you are left with a beautiful wax seal!

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DIY Embossed Stamps

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For the front of our wedding invitations we decided to add some shine by embossing a stamp.

I custom ordered a stamp from etsy, for only $10 they were great at coming up with exactly what I wanted and it delivered quickly.  Well worth the price!

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Items you will need for this project:

  • The paper you will be embossing
  • Clear embossing ink (it will say somewhere on the packaging that it is appropriate for embossing)
  • Embossing powder
  • Stamp
  • Embossing Heat Tool

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Coat your stamp with the clear ink.

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Stamp the paper, be careful in your placement, once you have put the stamp on the paper you cannot move it.

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Sprinkle the embossing powder over the ink while it is still wet (you need to be fairly quick in this step so ensure you have all of your ingredients ready).

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Once you have covered the stamp, tap off the excess.  I usually do this over a piece of paper so that if any doesn’t make it back into the jar, the paper will catch it then you can put the excess in.

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Once your embossing tool is turned on and heated, hold it a few centimetres over the stamp moving it back and forth until the stamp has an evenly smooth surface (only takes a few seconds).

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It will look shiny and smooth when it’s done.  The stamp will now be raised and adds some nice texture to the paper once done.

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Wedding Bunting Banners with Free Templates

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I love bunting banners and wanted to use them for our wedding wherever I could!  I first made one for our Save the Date and it was so easy I just had to keep going!

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 Although i love the look of burlap, I just find it such a pain to work with!  it’s difficult to cut, fussy to sew etc.  I was brainstorming and realised that kraft paper would look just as good and be SO MUCH EASIER to work with! As you may have seen in other posts, I have used a lot of cardstock kraft paper (purchased from Michaels) for many projects.

Items you will need to create this project:

  • Cardstock kraft paper
  • Printer and ink to print letters
  • Paper trimmer
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Paint Brushes
  • Ribbon
  • Double-sided-tape

Instructions:

Print the letters on card stock (templates are below).

For the larger bunting banners (Our engagement photo/wedding date one as well as our ‘Just Married’ sign) I used an entire sheet of cardstock.  For the smaller banners (‘Mad Libs’ and ‘Cards’), I printed two letters per sheet and cut the sheet in half to create two smaller rectangles with the letters.

Using acrylic paint (purchased from the dollar store), I painted the letters and allowed them to dry.

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Once dry, find the middle of the bottom of the sheet i.e. under the letter.  Cut from the top left corner, down to the middle point on an angle, then from the top right corner down to the middle point, eventually resulting in a triangle.

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Once you have all of your letters cut into triangles, prepare your ribbon, cutting it to the right length for your banner.

Lay the ribbon down and on the back of it, put a strip of double sided tape.

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Stick the top (wider part) of the triangle to the ribbon.  I liked the look of the ribbon so put mine at the front of the sign so you would see it above the letters.

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And that’s it!  You do this to each of the triangles in order until you have attached all of them to the ribbon.

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Just a note: Upon further thought, I remembered that I actually reinforced the ‘Just Married’ banner we put on the vehicle as I was concerned about it holding up to the wind.  Behind each triangle I duck taped the top of the ribbon and the top of the cardstock just as added reinforcement.  It worked well and still looked new at the end of a long day of driving around!

Templates:

Bachelorette Party Picture Frame

My amazing maid-of-honour came up with this fabulous idea and I absolutely love it!  She brought a simple picture frame with white matting to my bachelorette party.  While all the girls’ were getting ready we put on our brightest lipstick and kissed the white matte!  Each girl left me a special message with their “kisses.”  Following the bachelorette party I was able to put my favourite picture from that weekend in the frame as an amazing keepsake of a special time in my life.

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Such an easy project but such cute results!

Cute re-use your cup sign

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Due to rules at our reception hall, we had to use plastic cups behind the bar.  I had reservations about how they would look, but beyond that, the amount of waste there would be from 150 guests using plastic cups.  I mentioned this to a friend of ours who is handy on the computer and created this sign for me to print and put at the bar.  I love it!  Cute and funny.

I printed it out on white cardstock paper and framed it.  It was placed by the bar and looked great!

To print this template, click on the photo below, save it and print!

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Wedding Mad-Libs

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I wanted to make sure that at any point in the wedding reception there was ample entertainment to keep our guests busy.  I saw this idea and fell in love!  I continued to look and found a few other kinds for purchase on etsy and created two hybrids of the questions I liked best.

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Print on cardstock paper.  There are two per page.  I used a paper trimmer to cut the sheets in half (provides a more smooth cut than using scissors).

I had a vintage suitcase above the basket of cards to put the finished ones in.  The table ended up looking really cute.

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Templates to print your own:

Call anyone but the Bride or Groom!

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Throughout my sister-in-laws wedding, everyone kept running to her with issues.  It drove me nuts, she was the bride after all!  I swore I would do whatever I could to avoid that at my own wedding.  After looking on pinterest at different ideas I fell in love with the idea of giving a phone list to all family members that says, “Lost? Confused? Can’t find your pants?  Please call anyone but the bride or groom!” that I saw here.

I created a list including contact information for our wedding planner, maid of honour and best man.  I also included important information regarding where close family needed to be at certain times.  It proved very helpful and was so quick to print and hand out.  We handed ours out at the rehearsal dinner the night before our wedding.

I printed them on kraft cardstock paper purchased from Michaels.  When printing the document, select to print double sided.  Once printed, I cut them in half and trimmed a bit of paper off the edges using a paper trimmer (much easier than using scissors!)

Template to print your own: Call anyone but the bride or groom

Kids activity books for reception

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We had quite a few kids attend our wedding so wanted to be sure that they were well entertained during the quiet (i.e. boring for the kids) times of our reception.  One of my bridesmaids had made colouring books for kids at her wedding and I thought it was such a fabulous idea!

Using her template, one I found here, and some activities I created on my own, I put together a great mix of entertainment for the kids at the wedding.

It worked well and they were all nice and preoccupied!  I put them at each of their place settings with a pack of crayons. I also saw the idea of putting a small snack with it, but because we had appetizers out immediately upon guests arriving, I didn’t worry too much about that.

Print onto card stock paper.  Fold in half down the middle.  Punch two holes on each page along the spine at the same spot.  Tie a ribbon through and into a bow to hold the spine together.

Print your own activity book here: Kids Activity Books

*Note: you will need to change names on a few of the pages.

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Drink Tickets- Free Template!

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We did a $2 bar for our wedding reception but still wanted to provide people with a free drink.  I decided rather than using the rolls of tickets you can get from most dollar stores (granted, would have been easier!) I wanted to make my own, something with a little more personality.  I found a few ideas on etsy like this and this but I wanted to try making something myself.

Unfortunately I had to use a few different programs so you can’t change the wording on it so the document (link is below) has the same thing on both sides “REDEEM FOR ONE STIFF DRINK.”  They still look super cute though and would be a good quick project to add to your wedding reception.

We put one in each wedding cracker (our favours) and everyone loved them!

Print on to cardstock paper, I used kraft cardstock paper purchased from Michaels.

Cut along the lines with a paper trimmer and you’re done!

Download your Drink Ticket Template: Drink Tickets

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