Wedding Invitations On A Budget

When planning a wedding on a budget, one of the easiest areas to overspend 
is on wedding invitations.  It seems like it begins there are snowballs out of 
control until before you know it, budget is the last word anyone has uttered 
in recent months.  
And it’s so easy to do, because it is wonderful, and fun.
And pretty.
You want your bride to be happy, and excited.
And love everything about her special day.
And not regret the debt incurred after the honeymoon.
My daughter is getting married in just over 4 weeks from now in our backyard.
To say there is a lot of work to do between now and then is putting it mildly.
But we can pull it off.

And I am going to share with you every thrifty thing we are making and doing

to make her special day lovely, and special. 

The first area we knew we could save quite a bit was making our own wedding
invitations.  I am not a paper-crafter really, but I love working with paper, and have
just enough tools to be dangerous.
Off to JoAnn’s we headed for some inspiration.
Mandy found a bundle of the kraft paper card stock for under $5, and she loved
the color.  It is in keeping with our rustic, shabby theme.  
Her two favorite colors are this light, soft pink and aqua blue.
We wanted to incorporate them in a subtle way, and keep the rustic/feminine
balance.
We found some of this aqua and white baker’s twine, some soft pink card stock
and used a heart shaped paper punch we found at another store to go on the 
center of each invitation.
We just used Word to create a simple invitation for the inside, and sent the print job
to Office Depot, also under $5.  Not too bad so far!
We used a double sided adhesive roller (kind of like white-out tape) to attach the
printed portion of the invitation to the inside after we trimmed both down to fit in
our envelopes.
With a dot of adhesive, each paper heart went on the front of the tri-fold invitation
and we wrapped & tied the baker’s twine around each invitation once we were done.
She was thrilled with colors and balance of rustic/country and soft/girly.  
Just what we were going for.
Check one thing off the list!
Next I am working on the bunting that will be hanging along our fence and
many sweet accents to make our backyard a rustic, warm barn-like 
atmosphere to welcome Mandy and her beau into wedded bliss.
{fabulous places I party}
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Comments

  1. Good for you! It help to everything possible to cut down on costs. Some wedding are ridiculously expensive. Very pretty, by the way. 🙂

  2. They are beautiful, Tanya! Congratulations to your daughter! I'm sure her wedding will be so beautiful.

  3. Oh they are beautiful. I love them 🙂 I prefer these types of invitations to the big expensive ones with 12 pieces of extra paper in there. It's so much better to me when things are made 🙂 Congarts to the bride too..

  4. Oh how I love handmade and pretty! Great job Mandy and Tanya! Can't wait to see more 🙂

    Jeanette

  5. These are very pretty Tanya! I love the colors; so feminine! 🙂

  6. Great money saving idea and so sweet too! Pinned it twice – popping over from the Pinterest Blitz and I posted after you. 🙂
    have a great weekend!
    xo, Claire

  7. {meant to mention, my "Best Of The Weekend" party goes up on Saturdays – well sometimes late Fridays but I call it a Sat. party! – and I'd love for you to link these or any other craft, etc up!} 🙂

  8. Such beautiful invitations! And, so much more special since they are homemade! I have 3 girls, so we will be finding super thrifty ways to make their wedding days special. I have a little while, they are 13, 11 and 8. But, I know that it will be here before I know it! Life to the full! Melissa @ DaisyMaeBelle

  9. I host a weekly link party called "Seasonal Sundays". This week, in honor of my fourth blog-a-versary, I'm having a giveaway of a $100.00 gift certificate to HomeGoods/TJ Maxx. I'd love to have you join the fun!

    – The Tablescaper

  10. What a pretty invitation at a great price. Invitations can be really expensive. Best wishes to your daughter on her big day!

  11. These are so pretty! I would love for you to link them up at Party In Polka Dots!

    http://www.piggyinpolkadots.com/2013/06/party-in-polka-dots-linky-25-sweet.html?showComment=1370212178995#c8367464211797501337

    Shelley

  12. Your invitations came out cute!! Good for you – no need to spend tons of money. My daughter got married two years ago – we saved a ton doing things ourselves – but it still looked great! Have fun personalizing your daughter's wedding. Best of Luck to the Bride to be.

  13. I would love for you to share and link up at my weekly TGIF Link Party if you haven't already this week. The party is open every Thursday night and closes Wednesday's at midnight. http://apeekintomyparadise.blogspot.com/. AND starting Wednesday June 4th I will be hosting a Wordless Wednesday link party. Hope you will join us! Plus, save 50% off sponsorships on A Peek Into My Paradise on

  14. These look adorable — how perfect for a country chic wedding! Thank you so much for linking up and I'll be featuring these on Sunday. xoxo

  15. Hi Tanya, your wedding invitations are so beautiful! Hugs Cristina

  16. I LOVE this idea! Don't you wish there was Pinterest or blogs when we were getting married? And you are old enough to have a daughter getting married? I had to re-read that a few times!
    Hugs,
    Jamie @ somuchbetterwithage.com

  17. Excited to be sharing this project in a round up today! Thanks for sharing it! http://www.dosmallthingswithlove.com/2013/06/20-crafty-wedding-projects-happy-hour.html

  18. I’ve found much inspiration from here and now going to apply this on my own wedding invite. Hope to make a better design wedding invitation card.
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  19. Wow! What a great creation! I love these beautiful card! Of course, especially in DIYs invites for wedding, don't forget the importance wedding invitation wording and the format should be good and suitable.

    All the best
    ~ Val

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