Totally free, totally rockin' DIY vinyl record wedding invitation from Download & Print

April 1 | Guest post by Anna Skye
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00-vinyl-record-invitation-templateHey, Offbeat Brides! My name is Anna Skye, and I love helping couples save a ton of cash by DIYing their wedding stationery. At my website Download & Print, you'll find hundreds of printable wedding stationery templates, like the exclusive free template below.

If you want your big day to be a "solid gold hit," I have just the invitation for you. Check out this vinyl record invitation. "Side one" uses fun retro type for your names plus date and location details, then flip the record over to "side two" for details about the reception. The record sleeve, inspired by a 1979 Van Halen design, has your names on the front and RSVP and event details on the back.

If you and your partner are music purists, and have a shelf loaded with vinyl, then be sure to grab the free template downloads and follow along with the photo tutorial below to create this fun invitation at home. Note that you can make this invite in any color scheme by simply selecting different color paper to print on.

Supplies:

The Collection:

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Instructions:

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Step 1: Download and print

Download the template files. You will end up with four files…

  1. The record sleeve
  2. Front record label
  3. Back record label
  4. The template for the record

Open the first three files in MS Word and add your wedding information. The fonts used in the sample are Forque for the names, Pacifico is the script font, and the information text is in Gill Sans (available on most PC's and MAC's). If you don't have these fonts loaded on your PC, Word will substitute different fonts. Use any fonts that you like, or download them for free using the links above.

Open the record label template in Acrobat. Print all four files using your colored card stock and a plain white sheet of paper.

TIP: Before committing to print all your invitations, print one copy of each file and check for spelling errors, correct dates, layout, and grammar. Have a second set of eyes check over your work. Check twice, print once!

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Step 2: Trim the sleeve

Cut out the sleeves along the trim lines. Score the sleeve down the center line and along the flap lines using a scoring tool or the back of an X-acto knife. Be careful not to accidentally cut through! This will help produce a nice, crisp edge. Fold the sleeve in half, design side out, and the flaps in.

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Step 3: Tape the sleeve

Apply a strip of double sided tape to each flap and fold the sleeve in half, pressing down firmly with the heel of your hand to secure in place. A glue stick will also do the trick, but is a little messier.

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Step 4: Notch the sleeve

Take a notch out of the top of the sleeve with a circle punch (much faster), or plain old scissors. Or skip this step if you are out of time or out of patience.

Step 5: Cut records

You have two choices in cutting the records.

Option 1:

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Grab the Acrobat record template included in the printable files. Cut out the circles and punch a hole in the center using your Instant Hole Setter. Use this paper template to trace onto your black card. Don't forget to mark the center hole. Cut out the black circles and punch the center holes using the hole setter.

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TIP: The trick to cutting smooth circles with scissors is to use long sweeping strokes with the entire length of the blade. Don't make little snips as your circle will end up with many edges. Hold the scissors still, and move the card.

Option 2:

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If you like gadgets and want to save a ton of time, get yourself a circle cutter and set it to 4.875". Simply hold the cutting template to the card and run the included cutting tool around the edge. Hey presto, a perfect circle. You will yield two records per sheet using the circle cutter tool.

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You will still need to punch the center hole with the hole setter.

TIP: You will find this entire process much easier if you engage the help of family and friends (even a scissor wielding-fiancé has no excuse to not pitch in), and form a production line. Give each person one task and work down the line. Have wine and cheese, or beer and pizza, on hand and make an afternoon of it. Perhaps have all the circles cut before too much wine is consumed though, or you may end up with some odd-shaped vinyl.

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Step 6: Cut labels

Cut out the front and back labels and punch the center hole.

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Step 7: Attach labels

Using double-sided tape or a glue stick, attach a front and back label to each record. Use the center hole as your guide.

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Step 8: Add glare (optional)

Embellish the records with the silver paint pen by adding "glare" lines.

The records are now ready to insert into the sleeve. The whole invitation fits into a 5.5" square envelope for mailing.

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And there you have it. A no-treble tutorial with a rockin' result. And to thank you for putting up with my puns, below is a coupon for Offbeat Bride readers. Take 20% off any template purchase at Download & Print when using checkout code: OFFBEAT.

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  1. Goddamit could've done with this a few months ago… Guess what we did for invites, spent hours designing them and they didnt look anywhere near as awesome as these!

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  2. These look fantastic, but that tutorial reminded me why I'm staying away from the DIY (i.e. it looks like a lot of work, I'm not especially crafty, my wrists cramp easily, and I don't have a lot of friends)!

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    • funny I was just think that as someone who's pretty craft-deficient, this looks like something that I could actually do! stoked to try this out…

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  3. Using this for our engagement party!! We are having a vinyl party with a B&W film rolling on our projector at home. These are perfect!

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  4. Now, that's a lot of work, but it looks like it really paid off! Very cute idea!

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  5. I'm planning a music themed wedding and these invites would be absolutely perfect. It would be a lot of work and I'm not the most crafty person, but I'd have my lovely crafty sisters to help me :)

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  6. Thanks for your very generous sharing. I will be using these for my wedding in July. So have saved us lots of time!!

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  7. Thanks for the positive vibes everyone! I hope these invites help you rock out on your big day!

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  8. Thanks for this awesome idea! My mum and I are having a joint 21st/50th at the end of the year and its a grease/1950's theme! Tweaking this just a tad and they are going to look fabulous! Thanks again! x

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  9. I can't seem to open the front and back record label in Microsoft Word. The other 2 do however. ???
    Are you able to attach it so I can open it in Microsoft Word as it's asking for winzip and I don't have that on my computer. Many thanks!

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  10. I love this idea! I've been searching for a diy invite for my daughter's 9th music-themed/rock star/pop singer/karaoke party! I CAN do this!!! Would you mind emailing the template to me?

    So excited to get started!

    BUT I don't have access to Microsoft Word. I've got a Mac.

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  11. Hi! This is exactly what my fiancé and I were looking for! Thanks so much for providing the templates. However, I had a question regarding the size. I see you require a 5.5" square envelope- the post office rate is more expensive for square envelopes. I was wondering if it will fit in a 5.25" x 7.25" rectangular envelope so we can pay the regular postage rate? We may need to make about 200 invitations, so we are trying to budget everything we can. Thanks again!

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    • Hi Cher, I'm glad you love it! The finished invitation will fit in a 5.25" tall envelope as the record sleeve is 5" square. The thickness of the card you use will also play into this a little. Just download the free template and give it a go before you print off 200 copies to make sure you are happy with the result!

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  12. Hi! I had a question and request- do you think you can send me the templates that are completely blank? We want to use the size of the templates, but redesign the sleeve and labels with our own designs, pictures, etc.
    I can only delete the text, but not the image design on the front sleeve.
    Thanks so much! Excited to get started on this fabulous DIY project!

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  13. Hi Anna,
    is there a way that you could supply me the indesign-document? My friend wants to have your brilliant invitations for her wedding, with a little bit of extra-things …
    Best
    Ruth
    PS: Great artwork!!!!!

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