Here's what you'll need:
- 3 different paper colors (2 card stocks for the backing & components and a 3rd that matches your wedding colors for the trim)
- Printer (or Kinko's)
- Glue (strong and dries clear)
- String (we used hemp for that natural look)
- Hole puncher (that matches the diameter of your string)
- Self adhesive rhinestones for accents
Additional tools that will make your life easier
- Paper cutter
- Thin double sided tape and/or thin roll-on glue (not a glue stick)
- Razor blade (for cleaning up the edges)
- Photo corners (typically used in scrap books or photo albums)
- Friends for the assembly line.
Step 1: Design your invite
Pick something relevant to your wedding whether it's the place you got married or something you enjoy together. We're getting married at the zoo and love animals so we went with animal silhouettes. Get inspiration off the internet we pulled together a lot of different invite ideas to make something just right for us.
We went with a natural color palette of cream on brown with hemp string to tie it together we used plum paper for our accents to tie the invite in with our wedding colors.
Creating the components
We used GIMP a free photoshop alternative but use whatever your comfortable with.
Make each part to the specified sizes and arrange them on an 8.5 x 11 inch image.
Remember to take the margins of your printer into account. Leave a light grey line around each piece to guide your scissors.
5.5 x 4.25 (sheet of paper split 4 ways)
4 per sheet
3.5 x 5 (smallest allowed by the USPS)
4 per sheet
The Reception Card
2 x 3.5 (standard business card sized.
12 per sheet arranged 3 x 4
6.25 x 8.25 (you lose a quarter inch of length to the margin.
1 per sheet