Make your own invites

Scott and I got married almost 10 months ago, and I am finally getting around to blogging about the décor I created with lots of help from my mom.

Scott and I wanted our wedding to feel very much like us, so we exchanged vows by the beach in San Diego, California, served street tacos (my favorite) and mac and cheese (his favorite) and kept everything fuss free.

For the décor, we kept it pretty simple with lots of homemade touches. You wouldn’t expect anything mass produced from me, would you?

I chose a peacock blue-and-copper palette and created an inspiration board to help me lay out my favorite ideas. Here’s what I came up with.
Wedding board inspiration
I didn’t want anything to feel theme-y so I started with the invitation design to set the tone for the wedding. This is, after all, how I was going to express to my guests that they were invited to an elegant but laid-back wedding at the beach.
I have a resource I’ve used numerous times for paper. I searched the inventory and found this incredible embossed white faux-bois card stock and this teal one too. Paper and More cut everything to my size specifications. (I had them cut the blue so that it would be 1/8-inch larger than the white on all sides.) This was an incredible time saver. I have yet to invest in a commercial-grade paper cutter. My Crafting Rotary Paper Trimmer would have made it through three sheets at a time at best.
Wedding invite sample
I designed this very simple invitation and a response card in Word. You read that right. Word.

North Shore Printery found me a great metallic copper Pantone and printed everything for me. This DIYer wasn’t about to attempt printing on textured card stock.

My mom and aunt helped create perfect circle response cards using the Martha Stewart Crafts Large Circle Cutter. We just made the teal blue cardstock a slightly larger circle size than the white. We used EZ Runner permanent tape to adhere the teal blue cardstock to the back of the white cards. Glue can get bubbly. This kept everything super flat. I bought a rectangle hand punch, 30 feet of bronze grosgrain ribbon from (currently unavailable), a 100 yards of turquoise-and-white baker’s twine and a heart punch.

The assembly line began. Scott, my brother and my mom helped assemble the invites.
Here’s how they turned out.
(Invite photos by Kim Mowbray)