I can't even say how excited I am to finally share our invitations!
I am not particularly crafty or adept at design, but I took it upon myself to design all of our paper products. Initially, this was because the invitations weren't something I was willing to splurge on. But it really turned into a fantastic way to make this wedding feel like it was actually ours, and I can't imagine going any other route.
When I saw these gorgeous pop-up placemats last year, I knew what I wanted to make. I started poring through all the photos of Jeff and me on my hard drive. My sister had taken this picture of us in Prospect Park on his birthday last year:
Let's work our way from the outside in, shall we? (You must forgive the photo quality, all I have is a point-and-shoot.) We used pale pink recycled parchment paper envelopes from JAM Paper in Union Square. Instead of calligraphy, we opted for "Old Typewriter," a free font from dafont.com:
text on the outside of the card: "love is what makes two people sit in the middle of a bench when there is plenty of room at both ends"
close up (yep, I hand cut all of these with an X-acto knife, even the spaces between the bars):
We inserted a "hidden" message behind the pop-up, a line from our song:
Here's the final cost breakdown per invitation:
Cardstock: $16.23 for 250 sheets of 65-lb cardstock from Staples (each invitation uses 2.5 sheets of paper)
Paper cement: $7.00 for 8-oz from BLICK Art Materials
Envelopes: $24 for 100 from JAM Paper
TOTAL: $3.01 per invitation and envelope, including postage
Even though this price does not include the paper cutter, bone folder, paper edger, X-acto knife, and black printer ink (because they're all being used for other projects) and countless hours of manual labor by me and Jeff, I think it was well worth the effort. We ended up with unique, personalized invitations, and saved money for elements of the wedding that are more important to us. Because our RSVP is online, we already have 20 responses (all accepting!), and every compliment we receive on the invites is extremely gratifying.
Believe me, if I could afford letterpress (swoon), and thick cotton paper, and belly bands, and adorable RSVP cards (I could go on forever), then I wouldn't have wasted a second thought on DIY versus pro. But I'm kind of glad that we couldn't afford it because in the end we came up with something of which we can really be proud.
Is there any DIY project you undertook that ended up being a pleasant surprise?