Our Handmade Wedding Invitation

According to The Knot 2014 Real Weddings Study, on average a wedding costs $31,213, that doesn’t include honeymoon. We all know it’s probably one of the biggest days of your lives, if marriage is for you, therefore we put so much time, money, and effort on it. Between my husband and I, I am the creative/crafty one. That may be the usual for most couples, but since I’m an illustrator and a designer, it was pretty obvious. ONE easy way to make your wedding differ from the cookie-cutter designs out there is when you personalize the elements in your wedding. I know right away that I will be making our invitations. From start to finish.

Invitation 'book cover'
Invitation ‘book cover’ with the monogram logo I made.

Our wedding was part storytelling, part garden themed. Usually the friends and family of the bride and the groom, do not know everything about them. So my idea for our invitation was a little story book. With illustrations and a little story about us two.

 

Cover page with our silhouette.

 

First page.
First page.

 

A little something about us.
A little something about us.

 

When. What. Where.
When. What. Where.

 

Page 6 and 7
Page 6 and 7

 

Last page.
Last page.

Materials are simple:

  • shimmery blue cardstock, pre-scored for easy folding
  • dried lavenders
  • circular shapes cut from and old book
  • twine
  • book making thread
  • glue tape

General process:

All illustrations were done by yours truly. It took a few trips to a print shop for the pages of the invitation. I hand sprayed all the logo at the front of the invitations. When all the pages are cut to size, folded, and placed in order, I sew it with the cover using a simple book binding process. To actually ‘open’ the ‘book’, I had placed a flap (circle shape piece with a branch of the dried lavender stalk), and wrapped the ‘book’ with twine. Lavender was an element in our wedding, so it was found in almost everything. Inside the invitation, in almost every page are crushed dried lavender flowers to add scent as they open the pages.

Whatever your theme is, work with what you love to work with. Trust me, the process will be more pleasant to you and the outcome will show all the love you put in it. AND your friends and family will see it too. It was all about my husband and I’s special day; to commemorate our oneness. And we value that, so we celebrated it on every way we can.

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