The invitations have officially been sent! We are now in that sit-and-wait phase as we see little waves of RSVP envelopes come through the mail. It has been a fun part of the wedding process so far.
So, as you know, I’ve disappeared for the past couple months. That is because I’ve been busy creating my own boxed wedding invitations similar to the ones I made for Kiyana Greenwood for her August wedding. I wanted to share with you a cute idea I discovered when trying to brainstorm how I wanted the outside of the box to look. At first I was thinking of a wax seal with our initial on it “G”…but after a few trial runs, I tossed out that option quickly.
Wax stamp seals look beautiful, but they are better for envelope paper than on a fabric ribbon buckle. Plus, they are a big pain in the derriere to finagle. You have to hold the wax stick just right and at a certain angle without burning your fingers from the flame and they never seem to come out just right. I was too cheap to invest in a serious wax seal kit so just had the traditional, cheap wax sticks that you melt over a lighter. I could have practiced the skill until I reach perfection but I lost my patience after the 7th failed attempt and it was a waste of a whole wax stick.
The solution: make my own paper monogram tag.
How to do it:
- Go on Microsoft Word and create a text box with the default black border around it.
- Use the Edwardian Script font and make the initial(s) that you want for the monogram
- Use clip art or google a “vine” or “vine art” to get the little design that I have at the top and bottom of the tag
- Then copy the text box multiple times so that you have as many squares as possible on one page, all lined up to maximize your use of paper
- Cut them out
- Add some rhinestones
- Adhere the tag to a black ribbon you glue together to hide the ribbon overlap/seam
I shipped these pretty silver boxes in plain brown mailer boxes to keep them looking nice. I wrapped them in some black tissue paper to fill up the mailer boxes and used a satin ribbon to secure the mailing label on the outside. The USPS allows you to use your own box and your own mailing label like the one shown, just as long as it is fully secure. I used Scotch permanent glue to glue it down (in the photo, the mailing label is not fully glued down). Each box cost around $2.29 to ship…it’s a little steep, but if you made these boxes yourself the total cost including shipping is less than $5, which is around the cost of a regular envelope invitation, plus you get the pride in saying that you made those lovely creations yourself. So worth it! 🙂
Mailing label below was not glued down yet in this photo but this is how they looked when they were mailed!
And this was the inside 🙂