My vintage DIY invitations

Guest post by Nina Kristine
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My cute vintage wedding invitations

We designed our invitations to look like a packet of items you might find in your grandmother's attic. Here's what we did…

1. A old letter to a mother from a son detailing he's met the love of his life and is getting married. My future hubby wrote the letter (mostly fiction, of course, since it's a period piece) and we printed it out in a handwriting font. We dyed the letters with tea and stamped letterhead with a rubber stamp and brown ink.

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2. On the back of the letter are the actual details of our wedding and the traditional wording…which I loved because it just felt so stately, proper, and elegant. Almost like a queen summoning her people with a decree.

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3. The envelopes were old air mail envelopes that the post office has since stopped using/allowing. We also dyed these in tea, got old vintage (nearly worthless; fret not stamp enthusiasts!) stamps from a local stamp collector, and postmarked them with a craft stamp we edited by tearing out bits of the rubber with tweezers.

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4. An old 45 with various types of music (some were veteoed for having song titles like Better Luck Next Time or Run Away ) that we re-labeled with our wedding details.

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5. Old-style photobooth photos, printed them on cardstock, and (see a trend here?) dyed them with tea.

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6. A vintage pinochle card (there's more face cards in a deck) that indicates our preferred dress code {anyone else doing this and feeling a little wedding-couplezilla for demanding specific colors?}

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7. All of this plus a feather (crafty leftovers from an eyelash contest I entered) and a card directing people to our website or to call us to r.s.v.p…

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8. Finally, we wrapped it all up in brown paper packages tied up with string!
(attn: green grooms & biofuel brides, everything was recycled or post-consumer waste!)

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Many thanks to Nina for letting me reprint her invites. Oh, and as a special bonus? Here's a shot of the bride & groom on their wedding day!
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Comments on My vintage DIY invitations

  1. I’m really liking the how-to DIY your wedding posts. They’re really inspiring and I really hope to see more in the future.

  2. Yummilicious!! I am a total nut for all things vintage. If I were having a wedding in more than six months, I would totally borrow some of these ideas! Hooray for Nina and her mate.

  3. We had a bride that requested that her wedding guests wear all black…a little odd, but the wedding was very my in sync and everyone looked great!

  4. I have just been inspired into a random new direction for my SaveTheDates – but not vintage….this really has inspired me to follow MY theme a little more literally….YAY!

    And these are great ‘step by steps’…

  5. Yes, this post was really inspiring – it shows how the most unrelated stuff can become such a personal, eclectic invitation. A way to save money too – using things that are probably just sitting around. All hail DIY 🙂

  6. Invitations are beautiful. love the idea. love the look. Absolutely in love with the bouquet. Was it DIY? it looks very “etsy.” Can we get more details on the bouquet???

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