Rock, PAPER, scissors…


They say that tiny piece of paper sets the tone or mood of your wedding. We’re not talking about the price quote your wedding planner just faxed in today (though that will set your mood). We’re talking invitations.

Consider your invitations the “first impression” you will create on your guests. Your invitation will clue your guests in on what to expect come time for your special day. Is it elegant and formal? (Long gown, champagne, all-night dancing) Is it laid-back and quirky? (Cocktail dress, margaritas, crazy hangover the next day)

But it seems “unique” is a word brides are embracing when it comes to deciding on the design of their invitations. It’s all about DIY these days, and we love how so much goes into each of these invitations. On DIY Bride, they showed how to make a Die Cut Box Invitation, which is essentially your invitation in a pretty packaging. Have to warn you, though: If you’re not particularly crafty like me, you may want to re-think doing this yourself. There are 14 steps, and by the sixth step, I was already feeling loopy. The end product, however, makes it all worth it—but it is a labor of love.

DIY Bride's DIY invitation

DIY Bride's DIY invitation

DIY invite from Marissa

DIY invite from Marissa

On 2000 Dollar Wedding, their guest columnist Marissa shared a less laborious step-by-step on another DIY invitation which was truly eco-chic. With an invitation like this, I so see the couple getting married in some garden or vineyard. You can also check out The Inspired Bride for the free design elements from CSA Images: high res tiff files of patterns, ornaments, and borders for your invitations and stationery.

Freebies from CSA Images!

Freebies from CSA Images!

But one other option for invitations that left me in limbo is the paperless invitation from Paperless Post, which 2000 Dollar Wedding also wrote about. It’s basically an e-mail invitation, but it looks REAL. I’m undecided on this one. It is one-of-a-kind, eco-friendly, and cost-efficient (imagine the money you’ll save on mailing!), but I do like the tactile experience of receiving an invitation. What do you think?

Save on mail, go paperless

Save on mail, go paperless

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