I made my own rehearsal invitations and by golly, they were pretty spectacular.
They were fairly easy to make and I tried to maintain the Art Deco theme- using certain fonts and a deco arch printed paper for the belly bands.
All together I made 25 invitations and it cost around $20 ($12 for the blank paper/envelopes, $6.50 for the special Deco printed paper). I had access to a laser printer (so that was free!) and a paper cutter (free!) and already had all the stamps and tools for embossing (free! except for when I bought it all).
The first step was designing my invitation. The paper is from Paper Source and they have templates that you can download (here) for free, based off what kind of paper you got. This made it SUPER easy. Just download the size you need, open in Microsoft Word (or whatever program you prefer) and start designing!
Then I found the paper I wanted for the belly bands. Embossed accents were added (with the help of my girlfriend, I stamped and she poured the powder), making the invitations just a little extra glamorous and elegant:
The belly bands- I just measured how wide I wanted them and sliced the paper. Then I snipped away along the top deco arch, to really make the scallop pattern pop. Wrap around the invitaiton and tape together in the back. Simple. Done. Stunning.
Good thing about doing this yourself:
- Cheap- they did not cost a lot but have a high quality/formal look!
- They were made with love – really I poured my time and love and heart and soul into these.
- Paper cutter- Who doesn’t love using one of these bad boys? Makes me feel like I’m slicing meat at a deli… except it is shimmery and gold and not smelly.
Bad thing about doing this yourself:
- I want to make belly bands for everything.
- I want to emboss all future cards.
- I want to buy a really nice laser printer.
- I basically want to just make cards all day, everyday.
If anyone needs any custom invitaitons, please, may I help? You can feed my thirst to create more frilly things and give me an excuse to keep using the paper cutter.