Brianna and Greg are planning their New York wedding for the 4th of July in 2014! Although it’s a patriotic holiday, Brianna’s colors are black, silver, and dark purple. She recently requested a sample order from Emily’s Enchantments and so I gave her a couple of options to choose from – silver boxes or black boxes and purple rhinestone flat buckle or purple ribbon bow with rhinestone center. Her venue is at a contemporary, elegant hotel in Long Beach, NY and she is hoping her invitations will closely reflect her formal, upscale event. Here’s a peek at the samples we put together for her!
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 🙂
I have been a regular fan of the black and white style for my own wedding stationery, but I decided to try something new when I had an Etsy customer request a pink and white boxed invitation. She loves the silver box, and wanted a little bit of light shimmery pink. I’m thinking of testing out some more invitation designs in the pink family (what do you think?). I’m sure most brides for the summer have already picked out their invitations at this point, since isn’t the rule of thumb that they should be popped in the mail at the 3 month mark? So far, Emma as approved her pink & white invitation sample and gave permission for me to post images of her sample on my blog so that you can take a peek! Hope you like the pics!
Congratulations to Emma & Andrew!
Who says DIY can’t be glamorous? 😉
After many trials and errors…I have finally made my first wedding invitation in a box! I fell in love with couture invitations online, but was not in love with the idea of paying someone to produce an invitation that I felt I could make myself. With my home printer, Microsoft Word fonts, shimmery card stock on sale at the local craft store, and decorative details from wholesalers online, I figured out my own boxed invitation formula.
My fellow crafters, it IS possible to do it yourself. You just have to be willing to hunt around and have some patience. This is NOT something you want to do if your wedding is right around the corner. I expect that this will take me a good 2 months to put 75 of these invitations together (since I work at SeraCare Life Sciences full time, and am currently getting my M.B.A.). Once you get the first one done, make sure you have all the dimensions written down – even the exact length of the ribbon you used. That way you can cut 75+ card stock squares, all at once, in the length and width you want, and get them done so much faster.
I will post a tutorial soon! I can’t believe I haven’t blogged in almost 2 months. It’s true that once you become a bride, things get very busy! Most of my past 6 weeks have been spent trying to get into beach shape and trying to devise the blueprint for an invitation that looked decent enough to share with you! Let me know what you think! I hope this inspires some of you crafty brides to take a crack at making boxed wedding invitations of your own!!
I’m hoping to seal them with a burgundy wax rose. But, I have to purchase a lighter and do a couple practice ones first before I try it on one….That will be a project for another day!