I knew I would design and hand make our invitations, not only to save money but because I LOVE to craft!
After spending hours on Pinterest for inspiration, I knew I needed burlap, lace and some ribbon for a pop of color. I found burlap paper at Hobby Lobby and spools of scalloped lace trim that would be perfect. Finding the perfect rose gold ribbon, to match the bridesmaids dresses, was a challenge. My local craft store Gary's Art & Crafts, carries 1000s of ribbons so thankfully I found the perfect shade there.
I designed the invitation wording on my computer and printed and cut the design on white card stock. I chose a simple rectangular shape with beveled edges.
I cut the burlap to 5" x 7" to fit into a standard A7 envelope. I cut strips of the lace and ribbon and layered those over the center of the burlap, adhering it with tape (which would be hidden with the white card stock).
I decided to make things more complicated and cut our names from rose vinyl and then used transfer tape to center on the white card stock. (I wish I had my Heidi Swapp Minc machine back then because it would have made things so much easier!)
When I put the invitation into the envelope I felt it was missing something, so I cut envelope liners with a scalloped edge using my Cricut.
Since I had to make 62 invitations, I put together the invitations assembly style over the course of a few weeks. This made things move smoothly and not feel like a HUGE undertaking.
I created a postcard for our RSVPs and printed it through Vistaprint. We decided on postcard cards to save money on postage and I was able to print 100 of them for $20.
Lastly, I designed a quick map with directions to include in the invitation since our wedding was kind of off the beaten path and in an unfamiliar city. I just printed the maps on light pink card stock and used a vinyl heart sticker to mark the location.
The final total cost on our invitations was $200 including postage!