The Complete How-To: Wedding Invitations!

I've been waiting to write this post for months!! I'm so excited to finally share with you the invites I've been working on since last summer. Not only did I do all of the enclosures and envelopes by hand (with lots of help from Reese), but I also did all of the graphic design for the invitations and RSVP cards! I'm super happy with the way they turned out. invitesI think they set the tone of the wedding perfectly! The digital files for this invitation are available on Etsy - click here to shop now! Now, I've already documented two DIY posted related to the invites, one for embossing and one for envelope liners, which you can find in the DIY section of my blog. Below is everything else you'll need to make these DIY invites yourself!invitation_MBYou can find everything you'll need at Paper Source, which makes it super easy and a one-stop shop! 1. A7 Invitation Enclosures (shown in paper bag) - these protect the actual invite and have a pocket on the inside to tuck RSVP cards, website cards, etc.

2. 4 bar Heart Cards (shown in luxe blush) - these adorable little heart cards are very versatile! I tacked them to the front of my enclosures for a pop of color. Right now, they have a ton of colors available for valentines day, so get them while you can!

3. Gold Dot Washi Tape - I use this on pretty much everything. On the invitations, I used it to decorate and seal the envelopes. There are so many colors and uses - have fun with it!

4. Old Claude Rubber Stamps (C, R and Ampersand shown) - These alphabet stamps are an awesome way to personalize your invitations. Use the embossing powder, or choose a colored ink - they have so many to choose from!

5. VersaMark Watermark Inkpad - If you choose to go the embossing route, you'll need this clear inkpad. Helpful tip - it's a lot easier to see the outline of the clear ink in natural daylight!

6. Super Fine Detail Gold Embossing Powder - I used gold because it matched my color scheme, but there are a ton of fun colors! I'm currently loving the new neon powders! Remember - one little jar of this will last you forever! I barely put a dent in mine after 60+ invitations.

7. Gold Shimmer Twine - I originally bought this from Paper Source, but I ended up buying it in bulk from Amazon. Depends how much you'll use - I had to buy 10+ packs!

8. A7 envelopes (shown in paper bag) - A7 will fit your standard 5x7 invitations, but Paper Source has a ton of colors and sizes. If you haven't seen their wall of paper yet, I suggest you check it out!

9. Lotka Papers (shown in Herringbone Gold and Quilted Metallics) - I used these papers for the envelope liners. There are so many colors and patterns, and the papers are beautiful.

Bonus item! This Scotch Adhesive Runner saved my life. We used it to attach the hearts and the actual invites to the enclosures, to attach the envelope liners and to seal the envelopes. I tried the one from Paper Source and another Scotch one, but this one was by far the best (and cheapest!). I got it from Target and Walgreens (you'll need more than 1 - I went through 4!).

If you're going to emboss, you'll need some form of a heat tool as well. I used one from Paper Source that I documented in my DIY post, but I'm sure you could find one at Michaels or AC Moore as well. Totally up to you!

As for printing, I bought my own paper at Paper Source (Luxe Cream) and I went to a local printer in Philadelphia. If you decide to buy your own paper, a lot of printers will only print on full 8 1/2 x 11 sheets. Paper Source sells 5x7 card stock, but it doesn't fit in most professional printers.

If you decide to embark on the DIY invite route, good luck! I'm always here to answer any questions and I'm happy to help. It's a lot of work, but totally worth it in the end!

xo Court