Five Ways to Customize Your Wedding Invitations
This suite comes letterpressed with your big day's details and beautiful bare branches. To make them bloom, punch out green vellum leaves and glue them on.
Carrot & Stick Press "Branch" invitation ($805 for 100, carrotandstickpress.com). Punch Bunch mini birch leaf craft punch ($3.75, crafterstoybox.com). Paper and More! vellum ($19 for 100 sheets, paperandmore.com).
Colorful ink add-ons make a lasting impression and guarantee guests' seal of approval. Apply a pretty pattern, or mark the occasion with a monogram.
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Use an index-card-size stamp and light ink to press dots onto dark invitations, then line your envelopes with the same pattern in deep ink. Oblation Papers "Skyline" invitation suite (oblationpapers.com). Hero Arts "Raindrop Background" rubber stamp block (heroarts.com).
Fill in an empty space (like the inside of this wreath) with his-and-hers initials, courtesy of a pair of tiny alphabet stamps. Snow & Graham for Julie Holcomb Printers "Vines Wreath" suite (snowandgraham.com). Recollections rubber wood stamps (michaels.com for stores).
Embellish your envelopes, escort cards, or any other paper element with the textured rubber stamps that match this spotted invitation. Erin Jang for Bella Figura "Polka Stripe" invitation and "Polka" rubber stamps (bellafigura.com).
Add "You're Invited" to envelopes with an at-home embossing kit. It contains all you need to give the words a raised, glossy finish. Martha Stewart Crafts heat embossing starter kit and heat tool (michaels.com for stores). Stampendous embossing powder (stampendous.com).
Invoke the outdoors with a set of fern stamps in three shades of green. Carrot & Stick Press "Duo" invitation (carrotandstickpress.com). Inkadinkado "Pressed Ferns" rubber stamps (inkadinkado.com). Hero Arts "Silhouette Fern" rubber stamp (heroarts.com).
Here's an idea worth getting attached to: Artful adhesives, from address labels to alphabet stickers, can give new dimension to your announcements.
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Address your invites with labels that wrap around the bottom of each envelope. Just download the editable template, print them off, and adhere. Picturebook for Wedding Paper Divas "Contemporary Solid" invitation (weddingpaperdivas.com). Avery sticker project paper #3383 (avery.com).
Echo this invitation's oversize font by placing large letter stickers on the outside of your envelope. The Social Type "Hitched" invitation (minted.com). Chartpak 3/4-inch vinyl letters (dickblick.com).
Transform colorful index cards into casual (and budget-friendly) save-the-dates with sticky strips made using a P-touch label maker. Oxford ruled index cards (amazon.com). Brother P-touch labeler PT-1290 and black-on-yellow 1/2-inch tape (both staples.com).
Give an old-school technique a modern update by decking out your invites with wax seals (you can use the stamper long after your big day). Ian Koenig for Bella Figura "Amici" invitation (bellafigura.com). Wax Works fleur de lis wax stamper on removable wood handle, faux wax sticks, and glue gun (all wax-works.com).
Print your big news on card stock, then make smaller cards that broadcast the date. Glue on tiny envelopes for the little cards. Paper Source 8 1/2-by-11-inch cover-weight paper in pool (paper-source.com). Paper Presentation 2 1/2-by-4 1/4-inch mini envelope (paperpresentation.com).
It's true what they say: Presentation is everything. To deliver the goods in a way that's chic and organized, tie your suite together with twine or paper.
Supplement this classic invite with homemade cards and tags that offer extra information -- such as the where and when of your rehearsal dinner. To ensure they arrive as a set, secure them with baker's twine. Oblation Papers "Gallery Ampersand" invitation (oblationpapers.com). Little Red Cottage black-and-white baker's twine (littleredcottage.etsy.com).
Mail the elements of this pretty invitation in one tidy package by adding a band made of decorative paper and double-stick tape. Papeterie "Calligraphy" invitation (papeteriestore.com). Japanese Katazome "Field in Bloom" paper (New York Central Art Supply, 800-950-6111).
Mimic the lines of your suite's design by creating a dynamic wrap with matching linen thread. Ian Koenig for Bella Figura "Anais" invitation (bellafigura.com). Kinglet Cottage Designs thread in scarlet and dark silver (web.mac.com/kingletferguson).
Create a now-you-see-it visual effect by enfolding these white-on-white invitations in a subtly hued vellum. Have your names letterpressed in a bold color that guests can see through the film before they slip off the sleeve for the big reveal. Oblation Papers "Courtyard" invitation suite (oblationpapers.com). Cromatica vellum (New York Central Art Supply, 800-950-6111).
A swirl of orange here, a wash of magenta there -- pile on the pigment to illuminate your style and provide a sneak peek at your wedding palette.
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Line a plain envelope with luxe paper that coordinates with a sophisticated design such as this one. Oblation Papers "Mason" invitation (oblationpapers.com). Paper Mojo marbled paper (papermojo.com).
Unleash your inner artist: Brush an inch-wide strip of watercolor along the top edge of your invitation, then blend it downward with a clean brush for an ombre effect. Erin Jang for Bella Figura "Hand drawn" invitation (bellafigura.com). Winsor & Newton "Artists' Water Colour" (dickblick.com).
Shade in this suite's outlined names and RSVP with colored pencils, then use a custom stencil to draw the chevron pattern. Jessica Tierney for Bella Figura "Bleecker Modern" invitation (bellafigura.com). Designer Stencils chevron stencils (designerstencils.com). Prismacolor colored pencils (utrechtart.com).
Gild it yourself by coloring this fold-out save-the-date's blank hearts with metallic paint pens. Snow & Graham for Julie Holcomb Printers "Hearts" tri-fold save-the-date (snowandgraham.com). Sakura "Pen-Touch" metallic marker (amazon.com).
Customize every aspect of your suite -- from the motif on the embossed card stock to fonts and ink hues -- via this company's website. Paper Source "Roses" A7 embossed printable invitation (paper-source.com).
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