Okay! Better post with more explanation:
I downloaded the actual invite template from downloadandprint.com
This site is AMAZING! Tons of freebie downloads. The template I used I actually ended up purchasing (for only around $5 I think) so that I could change the colors, fonts, and placing of the text. Still, a STEAL. The fonts used are JaneAusten and Calibri.
After much many trial prints from Kinkos and other local printers, I was SO disappointed. The invites were not the color I wanted and looked cheap and shiny and so I decided to print them myself on my FI's HP three in one! They turned out great! We ended up using two color print cartridges to print them all, which wasn't cheap, but it ended up being about the same as it would have been from a pro place (~$40).
Once I had all the pieces cut (my paper cutter and Martha Stewart Scoring Board were LIFESAVERS here), I started in on rounding the corners. I used a Martha Stewart punch for this- if I were going to do it again, I'd go ahead and buy the Cropadile Corner Chomper. I ended up going through TWO Martha punches (~$20 total) punching all that cardstock. Still, it didn't take as long as I thought it would.
Glue runners- also a life saver. Assembling all the pieces was a cinch. Direction, RSVP, and Reception cards were tucked inside with the help of my roommate.
FI was recruited to print, punch, and rivet the tags. He did a GREAT job! We printed two tags for each invite- one with our wedding logo, and one with the names of the invitees (is that a word?) in lieu of a more formal inner envelope. Tying the string so that the tags would lay perfectly flat for mailing was a challenge, but in the end, I developed a pretty good system. And good hand "yoga".
I ended up handwriting the addresses on each envelope in white pen. My handwriting isn't great, but it works.
Total fail on the stamps. The post office didn't have hardly ANYTHING other than the bells, but they do match the brown, so maybe not a total fail.
up close with the belly band
open to reveal reception, RSVP, and directions
Chocolate brown linen paper, envelopes, and white paper from paperandmore.com
Brown paper- $9.99 for 100 sheets
Envelopes- $17.99 for 100 envelopes
Kraft paper cardstock from Michaels- $2.00 for 100 sheets (with coupon!)
Martha Stewart Punches- $10 each x 2= $20
Printer Cartridges- $20 each x 2= $40
Glue Runners- ~$10 total
Rivets- $3 per pack x2= $6
String- $2.50 (from Michael's, with coupon!)
90 invites at around $1.20 EACH!
TOTAL! WIN! =D
Did you use some sort of template? If so i would love to get it and if you have any instructions for these! I love them!
Awesome. They are great !
@jankagurl- I did use a template for the actual invite from downloadandprint.com, and I just updated with better instructions! Hopefully, I can add more pictures tonight. =)
Did you include rsvp, hotel info, directions , etc? If so, how did you do those to match and bundle with the invite?
I LOVE THESE. I need to have my invites out by next weekend and I haven't started yet!!!!! Yikes!
These are AWESOME! You've got me rethinking my invitation plan! Can't wait to see more pics!!!
Ditto on the rethinking my invites. I was going to do pocket fold, but these are just too pretty.
Ooooh! Love these! Good job!
@MassageBee- I did include "detail" cards. The actual invite is on the front of a folded card (think like a greeting card) and the cards all are tucked inside! The band holds it all together. I just added pictures of the whole suite if you're interested =)
I love this invite! Thanks for posting in depth instructions!
Lovely!! Are the ends of your belly band just taped together on the back? Are the strings attached as well or just tied around tightly? Thanks :)
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