How to print and assemble multi-layer wedding invitations

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This Instructable shares my hard-learned knowledge about how to print and assemble wedding invitations. All you need is an army of minions, opposable thumbs, and patience.
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Step 1: Acquire paper

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You will need some sort of medium on which to print your wedding invitations. I chose to have a 3-layer invitation, consisting of vellum, regular paper bearing the words, and a larger sheet of handmade paper. I got the vellum and the handmade paper as part of a invitation kit, but needed to add the middle layer when I learned that you cannot print on either vellum or handmade paper (according to Kinko's and Staples.) My paper measured 4.5" by 7.5" for the vellum and printed paper and 5.5" by 8.5" for the handmade paper.

Step 2: Print words

With the size of paper I used, I was able to print 2 pages landscape-style on each piece of paper. You are going to have to trim the paper anyway, so might as well save some trees when you can. Arrange your words and print multiple test copies and get everybody to proof-read. When you are sure you are ready, make your copies using any copier to which you have access. I printed mine at Kinko's, because they were willing to trim the paper to the exact size I wanted.

Make 10% extra, since it is easier to do invitations in bulk.

There are many etiquette sources which can tell you what you should print on a wedding invitation. I chose a contemporary wording:

Jane Whatever
and Brad Doe

Together with their parents

Invite you to celebrate their marriage

January 1

One o'clock in the afternoon

Churchy Church
City, State
MjPadfoot4 years ago
this would be PERFECT for the wedding contest:D
gemgh6 years ago
Very nice. Wish I had seen this before I did my invitations for my daughters. They were a nightmare trying to figure out the program and learning all the good stuff they have that doesn't work properly.
Those look so cool! I am wondering, are the type in the picture the only type you can make? Or could you do it with more 3d, like where the letters come out of the page? I'm talking about some of the ones at http://www.gatheringguide.com/ec/invitations_design.html that I want for my wedding coming up in March. How would you do that, with the 3d letters? is it possible by hand? Thanks!
ean5 (author)  kraftykitty056 years ago
Can you add an image of exactly what you want, with the 3d letters? I bet we can figure something out...
Stercus Fit7 years ago
I do not know how they do it (and I really want to learn but time is an issue), but I know that scrapbookers often print on vellum, tweed ribbon, and transparencies. They have tricks for accomplishing this. ;) For future reference, check out scrapbook how-tos on how they do this. If it requires a special printer (like a Cricut), Joann's, Michael's, and other scrapbook stores often have scrapbook days which I'm sure if you asked nicely they'd let you use the tools. :) These are absolutely beautiful. If you don't mind my asking, do you know about how much each invite came out to? And how many man hours it required? Thanks!!
ean5 (author)  Stercus Fit7 years ago
Thanks for the suggestion about the scrapbook people. They sure do have lots of specialized equipment. Our details were--- ---$15 for the handmade paper, envelopes, ribbon, and vellum (including the thank you note and a little envelope) from an invitation kit (we found three boxes of discontinued invitation kit at a discount store. If we hadn't, I would not have used the vellum) ---printing $50 at Kinko's (includes the resume-quality paper.) I am SURE you could do this for cheaper or even free if you used your office copier, but I was so fed up with the vellum difficulties at that point that I just said "you do it." ---woman + man hours---about 5. My sister did the stamping and my fiance and I did the assembling. Not too bad, but made more pleasant with help. ---We made 150 invitations. ---$0.43 per invitation, including the thank you note. ---Mail was $0.42 per invitation, plus another stamp for a reply card (just a little piece of cardstock) and another for the thank-you note. ---We bought a rubber stamper for $8 and a stamp pad for $3, but these are optional or you might already have some or be able to borrow them. ---We used printed labels to address and return-address the envelopes, and also to label the reply cards. DEFINATELY label the reply cards. You don't know how many I got back with no name written. ---ALSO MAKE SURE you make extra invitations up front. About 15% extra. It is torture to have to do the whole process again when you realize that you forgot to invite some people or your great aunt loses hers and needs another.
Absolutely amazing. Thank you thank you thank you!!!
canida7 years ago
Those look great!
I made something quite similar for my wedding invites, but managed to find something called laser vellum. (Seems to be quite common.) It had the nice translucent look of vellum, but worked perfectly on a laser printer so saved a step.

Love the idea for Thank You notes, too.
clgosen canida7 years ago
This is so cool and nerdy! Keeping me in touch with my engineering roots... And the invitations are gorgeous.