Handmade wedding cards are the perfect way to show how much you care about your near and dear ones. It is also an opportunity to involve your family, friends, and fiance to participate in the wedding preparations. This is a lovely way to share your joy and make your guests, 'Save the Date' for your wedding.
Before setting out on creating homemade invitation cards, be forewarned that the path is arduous. Firstly, you will need to decide upon the layout of the invitation and the materials you intent to use. Secondly, you will need to chalk out the approximate expenses you will incur and judge whether your project is cost-effective or not. Thirdly, you will need to keep a tab on the number of invitees and whether, making those many handmade cards is feasible for you. Lastly, wisely consider the available time at hand and whether you'll be able to get the cards made within the expected deadline. If all these requisites seem doable, you can go ahead and make your wedding cards to surprise your guests!
Laced with Love
An elegant and quick way to make wedding invitations is to use lace as the main decorative component of the card. Depending on the shape of the invitation you plan to make, place the lace around the borders or use it as the base upon which the details of the wedding shall be placed. You can also cut the lace into strips and place it around the flaps of the card. Use a suitable ribbon and dried flowers to decorate the corners of the card.
Since flowers are, and have always been, an integral part of weddings, these wonders of nature can be used for making invitations as well. All you need to do is, choose tiny blossoms, which can be dried and preserved, in order to retain some of their original color. In case you plan to use flowers, make sure that you dry and keep them ready a few weeks in advance, so that they don't stain the cards. Another way is to paste flowers made out of lace and satin.
Do you remember how interesting craft lessons used to be? You can feel that excitement once again, by making your wedding invitations using craft paper. Choose a decorative translucent paper and combine it with a pearly white or cream paper, in order to create an illusion of layers. Thereafter, use a bold-colored sheet for making the background for the card. Apart from using strings and beads, you can also machine stitch the borders of the card for the sake of decoration.
Say it with a Scroll
In ancient times, messages were dispatched in sealed scrolls. You can do the same, by making your wedding invitation resemble a scroll. You can either make these scrolls by making the rods and its ends or you could simply roll up the handwritten invitation using a pretty string. You can also use more decorative paper to make the seal for the scroll, and use flowers and beads to give the finishing touches.
Dried translucent leaves can be used to make your wedding card. You can either buy these leaves from craft stores or prepare these leaves at home. You can paste these leaves on handmade paper, and use decorative paper for creating a more colorful background. You can also color the leaves according to the color palette of the wedding or use multiple colored leaves and flowers for your card.
Has flipping through old photographs ever left you feeling enchanted? If so, all you need to do is to take a picture of you and your fiance and manipulate it with sepia or black and white effect. The objective is to give the picture and wedding invitation a vintage look. You can burn the sides of the card or use decorative aged paper. Cut the photo in an oval shape to make it seem as if the card is a part of an old photo album. You can also use vintage seals.
Paint My Love
If you love to sketch and paint, this is the time to put your talent to good use. However, it's not possible to paint all the wedding cards, which is why you will need to get several copies made of your original painting. Do not forget to give due credit, if a family member has contributed to the cover art. Since a picture is worth a thousand words, you can playfully paint whatever you think describes this joyous occasion in your life.
You can also give the wedding invitation a two- or three-dimensional effect, so that the elements on the card pop out slightly. You can make anything that fancies you, as long as you're happy with the results. Since it is your wedding, you are free to make a wedding card that is unconventional and totally you!
Message In a Bottle
You can place your wedding details inside a glass bottle or jar and seal it. Your guests will be thrilled to receive such an invitation because of its uniqueness. You can also place shells and sand in the bottle, in case you are planning on a beach or a Hawaiian-themed wedding. The biggest advantage of this idea is that you will find no dearth of discarded bottles, which can be used for this project.