By Kara Furr
Creative and striking hand-lettered invitation envelopes are all over the Internet this year, and when it came time for me to send out my own wedding invitations, I just had to have that look for myself. So I gave it a shot, and as it turns out, it's really not so hard!
*Calligraphy pen (I used a gold DecoColor calligraphy pen)
Washi tape (optional)
* Note: This is not a traditional metal-nibbed calligraphy pen, but a flat-tipped paint pen that mimics the lines of one. Feel free to use a real calligraphy pen, but it will likely take a lot more practice.
First things first; decide how you want your envelopes to look. Take a little stroll around Pinterest and decide what style you like. Then purchase your envelopes and pens to coordinate with your invitations.
When I was first looking for advise on DIY invitations, everyone was quick to say not to even attempt this if you have bad handwriting. I don't buy that. I think you can make your handwriting work for this, no matter how untidy it may be - I, for instance, have terrible handwriting, and mine turned out OK anyway. Think of it as a little bit of added flair.
All that said, there's no room for error with this particular pen. Getting this to look nice takes a quick and confident hand, because every wobble or pause is visible, so practice your writing with both a regular pen and your calligraphy pen until you're confident in the way it looks. When you're ready, try it out on your envelopes.
Photo by Joe and Patience
The last few weeks before your wedding will be a whirlwind, and it’s easy to lose track of last minute planning details in the lead-up to your day. We’ve talked to brides and vendors and compiled a list of the most commonly forgotten items that you might encounter.
We recommend that you make a list or delegate these tasks to ensure they aren’t left behind in the wedding day rush.
Are you a great cook, a food lover, or would you like to add an extra touch of tradition to your wedding? Ask your guests for recipes! This common addition to bridal showers and weddings allows guests to pass on their favorite family traditions, and may help you start some of your own!
Include a recipe card in your invitations or bring some along to your bridal shower. If they can't attend, ask them to mail in their recipe anyway. This is a great way of adding a truly personal touch to your invitations. You can even use them as a part of your guestbook!
Here's a handy printable for you. Each double-sided sheet contains four 3"x5" cards!