MY WEDDING SERIES: The Invitations

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affordable chalkboard wedding invitations

As many of you will know I got married last year, September 18th to be exact.  I posted a few pictures on my Instagram and if you followed me on Snapchat then you will have seen that I did Snap a few things from the big day but I have been deliberating about how much I want to share.  I’ve finally made the decision to create a series of Wedding posts throughout June (posts will be live every Wednesday), some will be DIY themed as we did a lot of things ourselves, or at least my mum did haha, and some will be more personal; finding ‘the’ dress, the stress of planning a Wedding and at the end of the month I will share the pictures from our photographer.  If you’re planning a Wedding then I’m hoping my posts will be useful to you in some way, and if you’re not I’m hoping you’ll enjoy seeing an insight into our big day.

Today’s post as you can see is all about how I created my wedding invitations.  We really didn’t want to spend a lot of money here as they are thrown away by most people and with the help of Pinterest there are so many ways you can create very affordable invites which are look professionally made and which you can add your own touch to.
My (now) husband mentioned he liked the chalkboard theme and I really wanted him to have some kind of input into something for the wedding so I searched chalkboard wedding invites on Pinterest and was surprised at the variations of designs which incorporated the chalkboard theme.  At this particular moment in time I really wasn’t feeling the DIY side of things and I was busy with projects for the blog so I took to Etsy to see if there were any designs that I liked on there.  I came across a few but not all of them were digital files, many of them were actual handmade invites which were absolutely beautiful but were still pretty costly.  Most of them were also coming from the states so shipping had to be added on top of that and so for around 60 invites we were looking at around £160 (Shipping included).  This might seem reasonable but I still knew I get could get a better deal than that.  I refined my search to ‘digital files‘ only and found our design.  The whole process was very simple: buy template, give designer the details to personalise it, check the proof and make any changes necessary, receive the final digital file of the finished invite.  I got all of this done within about 3 days as there were emails being exchanged about changing fonts, information order etc and the seller of my template was based in Asia so there was the time difference.  Once I had the digital file I simply went to Vistaprint and had them printed (double sided) onto a high quality matte finish card.  I bought a 100 pack of kraft paper envelopes from eBay and downloaded a gorgeous (but readable…very important for addresses!) script font and printed off my own, this took me about an hour to do.  As a finishing touch I bought a wedding themed wax seal stamp kit from amazon and some metallic wax bars to create the finishing touch on the back of the envelope.  There are so many designs of seals you can get (Initials, personalised crests from Etsy) and I wish I had taken a bit more time to be creative with them instead of just buying a wedding theme but they did look cute nonetheless.  Using some shredded ribbon which I already had at home I created a small loop as a tab to open the invite, again just another inexpensive finishing touch and you can use anything for this, lace, satin ribbon, rustic string etc.

There you have it, invites with our own finishing touches.  In hindsight I could have even saved the £12 for the design of the invites and made them 100% unique by creating them myself with photoshop, free fonts, free chalkboard backgrounds and boarders but I was just a bit lazy at the time.  As you will soon see I decided to do this for my signage and programmes at the wedding, which will all be in a separate blog post later on this month.

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Breakdown of costs
Invite design: £12 for 2 sides (Etsy)
40 Double-Sided Invites Printed via Vistaprint: £29.98
Kraft paper C6 Envelopes 100pk: £5.00 (eBay)
Wax Seal Stamp Kit: £8.28 (Amazon)
Additional Wax Bars: £2.10 (Amazon)
Total cost for 40 Invites: £57.36

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  1. 1st June 2016 / 8:51 am

    That is honestly such a cool looking wedding invitation! I love the fact that you did a DIY and wow, that wax seal makes the whole thing even more appealing! A great idea if I ever get married in the future. x

    • 2nd June 2016 / 10:22 am

      Thank you Ashley. You just don’t realise how expensive all this wedding stuff is until you start planning your own, we tried to DIY as much as possible 🙂 x

  2. 5th June 2016 / 10:41 pm

    I’m planning a wedding just now and have so many ideas of how to DIY things and have a really original wedding. Just hope I actually have the time/talent to pull them off. Love your invites
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    • 7th June 2016 / 10:27 am

      I know the felling of having no time. You just have to think realistically because the last thing you need is more stress. Just schedule in some time to start your DIY projects and so long as they aren’t perishable, the sooner you start them the better 🙂 x

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