Can you believe June is almost here?! With Memorial Day this weekend, June is just around the corner. I love June because its the beginning of summer which means the days are longer and the weather is warmer (except in Monterey, June is labeled as “June Gloom” cause its a foggy month). June is also a big month for us as a couple. Its still a little ways away, but on June 30th Andrew and I will celebrate our first wedding anniversary. ONE YEAR! Its crazy to think that we have been husband and wife for that long. The past few weeks I’ve been reminiscing to this time last year when I was preparing for our big day.
For our wedding, I diy’d most of our decorations and other reception details and had such a blast doing it. It was stressful at times, but ultimately I knew that in the end it didn’t really matter if the centerpieces came out just right or whether I chose orange or purple fabric for the invitations. That mindset allowed me to refocus and to just really have fun with it!
I wanted to share some of these diy projects, in hopes that I can encourage other engaged couples to do-it-yourself! Send me an e-mail if you would like any help in this process.
Before even getting engaged, I knew that I would want to do a lot of the prep myself seeing as weddings are so expensive. I knew wedding invitations would be a big project to tackle, but we had so much support from family and friends which really helped us prepare for our big day. We could not have prepped it all without their help.
Unfortunately the picture above is the only picture I have of our wedding invitations (thanks to the lovely Steph for our photos–link below).
What I used:
- dark cardstock
- linen paper
You’ll also need:
- paper cutter
- ruler/tape measure
- fabric cutter
- fabric pinking shears
- Elmer’s glue
I kept it pretty simple and cut 8.5 x 11″ cardstock in half and that served as the back layer of the invitation. Then I just measured where I wanted the fabric and top layer to be and trimmed it down. I would recommend using pinking shears for the fabric as it prevents it from fraying. I glued all these layers together with Elmer’s glue. Also, I used linen paper for the invitation because I liked the texture of it and it added a more rustic/vintage look to our invitations. However, it smudged very easily and so some of our guests got smudgy invitations….not cool! If you want to use linen paper make sure to research proper inks and printers to print with it.
For the twine bow, I used a really small hole punch (found at Michael’s or Joann’s) to make two holes at the top and just tied the twine into a bow! And its all done…pretty simple, right?! Even though it was very time consuming, it was a lot of fun to have so much hands on experience with the wedding prep. AND as I said, I had so much help (thank you friends!).