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— Alexandra’s Story —

All of the paper products that go hand-in-hand with the wedding was the one thing I was most excited to start after we got engaged! Of course I had ideas saved on my Pinterest board, but both myself and my fiance work in the creative field so I knew this would be a project that we would work on together. We wanted a simple but elegant design that reflected our style, nothing too formal or traditional.

My fiance and I worked together to design and illustrate the emblem of our initials. Once we had everything designed, I worked on the layout and after many drafts we finally came to the best font, design, and copy combo! Who knew how hard the wording would be on wedding invites!

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After our initial sketches, I created everything in Photoshop and InDesign, then we ordered all of our paper and envelopes from Cards and Pockets. The rubber “R” wax seal stickers were the perfect final touch, these were ordered from waxseals.com.

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Everything was made by hand! We used paper cutters to trim the edges, computers and printers for the invites.

• Paper trimmer
• Printer
• Double-sided tape (see adhesives here)

1.) Created piles of the different pieces of the invitations, including the formal invite, the details card, RSVP card, and envelope.

2.) First we went through and used double-sided tape to adhere the main invite to the inside of the pocket folder.

3.) Before inserting the details card (5×7), I trimmed 1/2″ off either side so it would line up with the RSVP card (4×6). Then I inserted all of the details cards into the pockets.

4.) We stamped all of the RSVP envelopes with our return address stamp (purchased from Etsy), and placed the postage stamps.

5.) Before slipping the RSVP card under the flap of the RSVP envelope, we labeled each card with a number that aligned with our mailing list – just in case people forget to write their names on the M______ line. (I guess it’s a thing that happens).

6.) Once the RSVP’s were labeled, we kept them in organized piles so we were sure they would be in line with address labels on the outside envelopes. I kept the invites in groups of 15. Once the RSVP’s were labeled, we kept them organize

7.) We sealed the pocket folder with a rubber wax “R” seal, which was purchased from waxseals.com.

8.) We printed the address labels ourselves at home and we placed them on the envelopes with the final postage (be sure to make sure you have the right postage at the post office before sticking them on!)

  • Organization is absolutely KEY! if you have all of your supplies prepped before assembling, it makes the process a lot easier.
  • Get some friends/family together to help you too!

Congratulations, Alexandra and Alexander!
Thank you for sharing your DIY Story with us!


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Do you have a unique DIY story for your invitations?  We would love to hear more about it. Simply visit our “My DIY Story” entry page and fill out the submission form and you could be selected for our next featured story!

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— Deborah’s Story —

My wedding colour scheme was burgundy/maroon, dusty blush pink, ivory, gold, and deep purple. I wanted to go for a dark, moody, autumnal vibe. So I went with that for the invitations as well. I really wanted to avoid the typical pastel wedding colour scheme, and I was blown away by the range of colours available on C&P.


Designed every last bit myself. And I was assisted in measuring and marking and cutting along the way by my sister (maid of honour) and my now-husband.

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  • Cutting board
  • Metal ruler
  • Box cutter
  • Guillotine
  • Triangle ruler
  • Double-sided tape (see our adhesives here)

1.) Using a triangle ruler, find the vertical middle of the pocket’s center panel and measure 3cm from each side horizontally. Mark with a pencil.

2.) Cut 2cm vertical slits.

3.) Thread 70cm of ribbon through the two slits so they tie up at the front.

4.) Cut patterned paper to the size of the pocket side of the envelope and double sided tape it to the back of the pocket so it’s visible when the pocket is folded closed.

5.) Print, cut, and attach designed invitation to the main panel of the pocket with double sided tape. Tape it over the part where the ribbon is threaded.

6.) Assemble 4 cards in the pocket, with a 1.5cm height gradation between them.

7.) Tie the ribbon at the front and cut the ends neatly.

  • I cannot stress enough the need for proper tools, so it looks really professional for having paid only material cost.
Photo by Nicola Bodle, Fox & Kin

Congratulations, Deborah & Adrian!
Thank you for sharing your DIY Story with us!

Photos by Nicola Bodle, Fox & Kin


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Do you have a unique DIY story for your invitations?  We would love to hear more about it. Simply visit our “My DIY Story” entry page and fill out the submission form and you could be selected for our next featured story!

Be an inspiration, share your story today!

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Spring is the perfect season to bring in pretty day-of details and decorations that will make your wedding one to remember. Place cards are one detail to consider! Taking the time to prepare place cards or escort cards for your guests will make them feel special and appreciated for attending your wedding or event.

[ Psst…wondering the difference between place cards and escort cards? Place cards have the guests’ name and sit at each place setting at the table. Escort cards include guests’ name and table number, and would be collected by guests prior to being seated. This means that guests can pick their own seat at the table assigned to them. ]

Without further ado, here are four place card or escort card ideas for a spring wedding, shower, or event that are easy to prep and sure to delight your guests!

1.) Paper Leaves 

Have you seen this recent trend? Using leaves for place cards is such a fun idea! It brings a pop of color to your tables, and greenery can be easily incorporated into any wedding style. Use paper leaves as a stress-free alternative to real leaves – you don’t need to add a sealant to protect them from drying, and there’s no need to worry about fragile leaves breaking.

Birch Leaf Shapes (3″) in Emerald and Gumdrop Green

An added bonus is that these can be prepared far in advance of the big day! Choose from a variety of leaf paper shapes and color options, then letter each guests’ name for a personal touch. You can place them at each table setting for name cards, or add the table number and set up a display to serve as escort cards.

2.) Vellum Paper

Delicate and pretty, vellum paper place cards will add a soft, romantic touch to your tables. Trim vellum paper into rectangles and letter your guests’ names for an easy but effortlessly romantic place card idea.

Find our Vellum Paper here

Other ideas for embellishment: layer over different colored paper and fasten with a brad, punch a hole and add a ribbon loop to one end, layer over cardstock with wax seals.

3.) Paper Tags with Flowers

Paper tags are a great choice for place cards because they’re so versatile! You can tie them with string around a cloth napkin at each table setting, hang them as a seating chart, or tie them around a small wedding favor. Take your pick from 28 laser cut style options and over 120 colors to customize and coordinate with your wedding.

Flag Laser Tag in Ebony Black

There’s nothing better than fresh flowers in the spring! Place the stems of fresh flowers and greenery sprigs in the hole of paper tags for these sweet DIY place cards. Add plants to lettered tags on the day of the wedding/event or use dried or fake flowers to prepare ahead of time.

4.) Bird & Feather Shapes

Add some feathered friends to your wedding tables by using laser cut bird or feather shapes as place cards. Choose from over 130 colors to fit your wedding colors.

Birds and feather place cards would be perfect for an outdoor garden wedding, woodland celebration or shower, or a boho themed wedding. Add hand lettered names and embellish with gold leaf, paints, or glitter – it’s up to you!

Bird Shape Pack (3″) in Cool Blue

You can shop all of our paper shapes here to come up with your own unique DIY place cards!

Happy DIY-ing!

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— Julia’s Story —

My husband and I got married in September of 2017. The wedding was at a formal venue on a beach in Westhampton, Long Island. I was inspired by the dark and light blues of the ocean, the light greens of dune grass, and just a hint of bright yellow from the sun. The designs were light to keep everything airy and beachy.

I am a graphic designer so my background helped me create the designs. They were definitely more special and fun to design than what I usually create. They had extra meaning behind them since they were created for such a special event for myself.

Photos by Photography by Verdi

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After the design was finalized and I had all of my materials, I had two of my bridesmaids come over for some wine and sushi to help with assembly.

1.) The process first started with one bridesmaid gluing the formal invitation to the pocket.

2.) After the glue dried, the next bridesmaid would assemble the RSVP card, the RSVP envelope, and the details card into the folder part of the pocket.

3.) She would then tell me who the guest was (we had numbers on the back of the RSVP card to correspond to our guest list) and I would hand-write the guests’ first names onto the pocket in a cursive font.

4.) After the invitations were fully composed, I spent the next couple of days hand writing everyone’s mailing address onto the outer envelope. My husband helped stamp our address on the return label.

Photo by Julia

  • Definitely do your research. Pinterest is a great place for inspiration. You want to go into designing and creating with a game plan. I think that will give you the best results of having a cohesive wedding theme with all of your printed materials.
  • Get a mockup of your invitation suite before sending the final product to print.

Photos by Photography by Verdi


Congratulations, Julia and Chris!

Thank you for sharing your DIY Story with us! You can find more of Julia’s graphic design work here.


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Do you have a unique DIY story for your invitations?  We would love to hear more about it. Simply visit our “My DIY Story” entry page and fill out the submission form and you could be selected for our next featured story!

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Dainty with a touch of rustic charm, our Lace Doily Laser gate card is a sweet choice for wedding invitations. It carries the vintage vibes of an old cloth doily, but is more sophisticated than a paper doily you’d use for Valentine’s Day. This suite has fine laser cut details, a unique presentation, and is so easy to assemble. Plus, it uses one of our free wedding invitation templates, which makes it affordable for brides on a budget.

DIY this suite at $4.76 per Invitation

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To start this invitation, customize and download the “Rustic” free invitation template. You’ll need to resize to 4.75 x 6.75″ to fit the gate card. We changed all of the text to black before downloading, and printed on rustic Straw Kraft paper. You can order cardstock in the color of your choice and print at home to save.

To assemble this invitation, use Zip Dry Glue or a tape dispenser to put adhesive around the edges of the back of the invitation card. Center and attach to the center panel of the gate card. Tuck your RSVP card under the flap of your RSVP envelope, and place it on either on top of your invitation card or on the back, depending on your preference.

You can leave your gate card as is, or fasten it closed with a bellyband, twine, silk ribbon, or whatever you’d like to use. Tuck the whole thing into your pre-addressed mailing envelope. You can change any of the colors to modify the look, add an invitation mat to add in another color, or add a monogram tag to your twine before tying it closed. We recommend sealing with envelope moistener with adhesive for a secure seal.

Let us know if you have any questions in the comments below.

Happy DIY-ing!

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This is the perfect invitation recipe for those that want elegant DIY wedding invitations on a budget. The Damask suite is simple, with just an invitation and RSVP card, but gets an upgrade with a touch of laser cut detailing and the use of double envelopes, as well as a classic color palette of Antique Gold, Imperial Blue, and Snow White. It features on of our free invitation templates that you can edit (including colors) and download to print at home, making this a super affordable option.

DIY this suite at $2.33 per Invitation
(*You can also order pre-cut inserts and print yourself at home.)

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The first step to making these DIY invitations is to visit our free wedding invitation templates and edit the “Damask” invite and RSVP template with all of your details and wedding colors (there are over 80 to choose from). Once you’re finished, your invitation and RSVP will be sent to your email, where you can download and print on blank cardstock or pre-cut inserts. You can also order printing straight from the free template page for $.94 per set.

Assembly for this invitation is super easy. Use a tape dispenser or other type of adhesive to mount the envelope liner to your inner envelope. You can choose to mount the liner flush against the edge of the envelope flap, or create an edge reveal, as shown below. Here’s our guide for different ways to mount this envelope liner.

Tuck your RSVP card under your pre-addressed and stamped RSVP (A2) envelope, and stack your RSVP card on top of your invitation card. Slide both into your inner laser-cut envelope (no need to seal), and slide into your outer (pre-addressed) envelope. The front of the envelope should be facing out.  Secure your outer envelope with Envelope Moistener with adhesive for a secure seal.

* If you’re not sure how to address double envelopes, you can read more about etiquette and uses here.

As always, you can really change the look of this invitation suite by picking different colors to fit your unique wedding style.

Let us know if you have any questions in the comments below.

Happy DIY-ing!

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If you’re looking for a way to make your own romantic DIY wedding invitations on a budget, hand torn paper may be your answer! Hand torn, or deckle edge paper is used often in modern wedding invitations to create a soft look that’s full of organic texture and unique style. Add this embellishment to your wedding invitations without breaking the bank on handmade cotton paper. You can get a similar look, DIY style, with a good quality, heavy paper and a little bit of time.

  • Wedding Invitations on a Heavy Cardstock
  • Ruler

1.) Print your invitation design on a heavy paper. We used our Snow White cardstock for this invitation. Paper with a bit of texture works even better. Make sure to include trim marks on your print so that you will have a guideline to use while tearing.

2.) Line up your ruler on one side of the invitation, making sure you’re pressing down firmly to keep the ruler in place. Slowly start ripping your paper against the straight edge of the ruler, in short little tears. Change the direction that you rip slightly for variation.

3.) Repeat this for all sides of your invitation card

*TIP: You can also use a paint brush to add a light line of water along your trim lines. This can help the cardstock to tear unevenly, adding variation to your paper’s edges.

You can see this DIY process in the video below, and the results using our textured Snow White cardstock without adding water.

DIY Wedding Invitations - Hand Torn Deckle Edge Paper - YouTube

The great thing about this DIY is that each invitation will be different; variations and imperfections should be expected, so there is no pressure to create the same exact look every time. This project can be time consuming depending on the number of invitations, but the results are worth it!

Finish off the suite with coordinating envelopes and accessories like envelope liners and wax seals.

Have any questions about DIY hand torn paper invitations? Let us know in the comments below!

Happy DIY-ing!

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A sweet floral wedding invitation that’s just right for a spring or summer wedding! This is a simple suite made up of invitation and RSVP card that gets dressed up with a laser cut floral inner lined envelope. The color palette mixes bright pops of Peach and Coral with a muted Dusty Rose and pale Powder Green for a combination that’s light and fresh. The invitation design is one of our free wedding invitation templates, which makes this a budget-friendly DIY invitation.

DIY this suite at $2.29 per Invitation
(*You can also order pre-cut inserts to print yourself at home.)

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The first step to making these DIY invitations is to visit our free wedding invitation templates page and edit the “Hand Drawn Flowers” invite and RSVP template with all of your details. Once you’re finished, your invitation and RSVP will be sent to your email, where you can download and print on blank cardstock or pre-cut inserts. You can also order printing straight from the free template page for $.94 per set.

Assembly for this invitation is super easy. Use a tape dispenser or other type of adhesive to mount the envelope liner to your inner envelope. You can choose if you’d like to mount the liner flush against the edge of the envelope flap, or create an edge reveal. Here’s our guide for different ways to mount this envelope liner. You can also order your envelope liner with mounting services so it comes pre-assembled.

Tuck your RSVP card under the flap of your pre-addressed and stamped RSVP (A2) envelope, and stack your RSVP card on top of your invitation card. Slide both into your inner laser-cut envelope (no need to seal), then place that into your outer (pre-addressed) envelope, so that the front of the envelope is facing out.  Seal your outer envelope with Envelope Moistener with adhesive for a secure seal.

* If you’re not sure how to address double envelopes, you can read more about etiquette and uses here.

As always, you can really change the look of this invitation suite by picking different colors for envelopes and accessories to fit your wedding style (there are over 80 colors to choose from)!

Let us know if you have any questions in the comments below.

Happy DIY-ing!

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— Hannah’s Story —

We wanted our destination wedding to be full of color. We chose rich jewel tones and watercolor for a theme to be carried entirely throughout our wedding. The invitations were the first introduction to our wedding for our guests and we wanted them to speak to the location with colorful watercolor textures and create a fun vibe through wording and typography.

Photo by Savanah Loftus Photography

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1.) I designed the invitations on my computer and printed them on a lush linen paper that would hold the watercolor without rolling.

2.) I hand watercolored each piece of each invitation.

3.) Trimmed and cut the inserts

4.) Upon drying, I used a glue stick to adhere the main invitation to the pocket and the extra cards were placed in to the pocket folder.

* Give yourself plenty of time and keep in mind that invitations are the first glimpse into your wedding day. They should represent the vibe you are trying to portray.

* Also, don’t forget to save a finished set and bring with you on your wedding day. The photos are great and really tell your wedding planning story from start to finish.

Photos by Savanah Loftus Photography


Congratulations, Hannah & Edwin!

Thank you for sharing your DIY Story with us!


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Do you have a unique DIY story for your invitations?  We would love to hear more about it. Simply visit our “My DIY Story” entry page and fill out the submission form and you could be selected for our next featured story!

Be an inspiration, share your story today!

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