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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Invitation- Accommodation Cards

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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Invitation- Response Cards Simple

Invitation- Website Cards

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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!

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:

Personalized Hershey Kisses for wedding or a party with free template

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I saw the idea for these cute personalized Hershey Kisses on this blog and thought it would add a personal touch to my Wedding Crackers.

I used “Avery Print or Write Round Multiuse Labels” and printed a different message for each kind of Hershey Kisses we had (four kinds).  The other blog mentioned ordering them off of the Hershey’s website but the smallest amount you can purchase is 25lbs (approximately 2000 pieces) and we didn’t need nearly that many!  We found a good deal at a local drug store on sale and were able to purchase different kinds.

Once the labels were printed we stuck them on to the different kinds of hershey kisses we had purchased.

A really easy project that turned out to be really cute!

Word Documents for the labels I created:

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Thank you cards for place settings- free template

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We had family come from great distances to be a part of our special day and we were so grateful for this.  I saw this idea on pinterest and thought it was such a thoughtful way to show guests our gratitude and let them know how special they were to us.

On the back of the thank you cards we had our names and wedding date.

To be honest, they were a complete pain in the arse to create BUT turned out so well that I think it was worth it.  And now I get to share them with you!

I printed mine on cardstock kraft paper (purchased from Michaels).

I cut them on the lines using this paper cutter (so much easier than using scissors and well worth the investment) and then using this I punched the corners to give them a rounded edge.

We put one at each place setting and alternated between the thank you side being face up and the side with our names.

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To print your own: Thank you card for place setting