NOW AVAILABLE: If after reading the post below you don’t want to edit these yourself, I’ve decided to offer these as a custom edit on Etsy site, here.
I have a confession.
I bought our wedding invitations before we were even engaged. I guess I should back it up and say that we would have been engaged by then had I not lost my job. We just couldn’t merit that kind of money at that point. A couple months later once I got a new job, we got engaged.
So really, while unemployed with lack of cash flow, what inspired me to get invitations suddenly? The price.
You might want to sit down.
The story goes as follows: Go to staples for soap business supplies, take a look at clearance table to see if there is anything on it I can use, see wedding invitations. Marked down from $40 a box to $7.50 for 50 invites – I can deal with not loving the design (plain with a tiny bouquet of flowers on top). I scoop up a few more boxes than I expect to use, just incase.
I get to the cash register and I nearly fall over giggling with pure joy and shock. Then I do some sort of Top Gun high-five with the guy behind me in line (okay, I didn’t but it crossed my mind). Why all the celebration? They rang up as .50 cents a box. I confirm the price and gleefully skip out of the store with all wedding invitations for $2.50 cents and a savings of $197.50.
When Mr. A walks in the door I bubble over about my find. Through the look of utter confusion and gears turning in his head, I get approval. We’ve been together for almost 6 years at this point, he’s really not too baffled by my antics, and was impressed by the savings.
I spent all of yesterday designing and figuring out the wedding and rsvp design since they do need to go out this month. We have a mason jar theme (much like my life). I designed the outline of the jar, in my vector editor, after a picture I found because mason jar pictures so hard to come across. Okay, that was slightly sarcastic.
So without further ado, the invitation set. Cost? $0.01 cent each (not including labor or ink).
The invitation was printed and cut around to leave a small border. The invitation paper was off-white with tiny flowers on top. I lined these up to print below the flower design and chopped it right off.
The RSVP’s took a while to figure out how I wanted them worded. When it came down to it, I wanted a cute front that incorporated the jars and went for an nontraditional approach to the wording on the back.
So how did I format the wording for these? Mad-Lib style!
I am excited about these and can’t wait to get them all printed and sent out in the mail. I have to confirm the time with the church first but once that’s done my printer won’t know what hit it.
Oh, and if you did the math ($2.50/.50 cents a box = 5 boxes*50 per box = 250) we don’t have nearly 250 people as it turns out. We went with about 100 less than that. Thank God.
Happy Wedding Crafting!,
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- Vector editor like Adobe Illustrator (available for free trial) or Inkscape (free opensource vector editor – and what I used to design these)
- Basic knowledge of vector/design editing. The text in these is not automatically aligned, you will likely need to realign.
Tips (in Inkscape):
- This is set up to 8.5 x 5.5 because of how my invites were. Go to Document Properties and change the page dimensions to anything you need.
- Edit your text, don’t worry about it being aligned yet. Get the text and fonts how you want them.
- Align your text using the kerning/shift tools. To do so, with the arrow tool highlighted double click text, highlight text to shift and use the AA in the top toolbar to stretch text side to side. To stretch it up and down use the button with the two A’s on top of each other. (I’m so technical)
- To “line” the text up in a box as I have it, click the measuring bar on the left hand side and drag (a blue line will show up) to where you would like the left side of the text. Do the same to drag another blue line to the right where you would like it lined up to.
- With the arrow tool selected, click a text box and drag it to line up to the left hand blue line.
- With the arrow tool selected, click a text box once and hold control while you drag the bottom right arrow of the box, until it is aligned with the right most blue line. Repeat this on all text boxes until it’s aligned properly.
- Make sure to save as an Inkscape SVG, not regular, not eps, or you won’t be able to reopen it again (unless you install Ghostscript but that’s a whole different back of tricks you can google about). Your best bet to print these is to “Export” the page OR if you just want the drawing, select everything so the whole drawing/text is highlighted and then Export “selected” to your desktop with a dpi of about 300.
- Still confused? Google or Youtube Inkscape tutorials. Above is about the best I can do. Sorry!
That’s what I’ve been doing, and it’s the easiest way (that my non-designer brain and plenty of research) knows how to do it. Have fun messing around with it. If you post your changes to your own blog, link back to mine so I can see them!
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