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Paper sashes are another great way to add elegance to an invitation. They can be permanent, or they can be removed. Wrap them around the invitation itself, or you can also use sashes on any invitation enclosures. There’s no one way to create a paper sash for invitations. Feel free to hit up your best friend Pinterest for some paper sash ideas!
Envelope liners will add a very custom feel to your invitations. You can create your own liners using available kits or templates available, or you can purchase the liners pre-cut.
Please note that f you plan to emboss your return address to the flap of your envelope, you must do this step first before adding your liner.
The main purpose for using outer envelopes is to protect the inner envelope from getting smudges, and to keep the contents of the invitation neat and in place. Outer envelopes are completely optional. Some couples use them, others do not. They add to the overall feel for the occasion, but they obviously add costs and time.
Embossed Return Address
Do you want to emboss your return address on your envelopes? A desk embosser will save you a lot of time, and make your envelopes look more elegant. Embossers are fairly inexpensive, or you can probably track someone down who already owns one. You will just need to get a custom metal plate for the embosser.
Helpful Tools to Have On Hand
To save time and simplify the process of making DIY invitations, it’s important to have the right tools on hand. When possible, have multiples of each of these available when you have the help of bridesmaids, family, and friends!
You may or may not have need to make any cuts to the invitation, but it never hurts to have a paper cutter on hand. Many brides purchase coordinating invitation paper and envelopes to avoid the need for cutting. However, if you need to cut custom card sizes or make your own sashes, a paper cutter is a must!
Very Sharp Scissors
If you’re using ribbon with your invitations, it’s critical to have a pair of really sharp scissors on hand. Ribbon edges will fray if your scissors are the least bit dull. We recommend that you purchase a pair of new scissors and only use them for the ribbon. After you’re finished with all the invites, use them how you’d like, or course!
Xyron or Other Adhesive Machine
Not everyone is familiar with the Xyron Machine. It’s probably the easiest way to apply adhesive to your invitations. You can use it when mounting the invitation to a backing, or even apply it to paper sashes or ribbon. It’s not essential, but highly recommended for the DIY bride!
I love the bone folder and recommend it for DIY Wedding Invitations! It is an inexpensive tool for most paper cutting and folding. To use it, just figure out where you want the fold on your paper and mark it. Then line a ruler up against where you would like the fold and simply run the bone folder down the page using the pointy tip at the end.
It’s a good idea to have a few rulers on hand available for everyone helping. Rulers will help maintain consistency in the placement of your various pieces, like sashes or ribbons.
Assembling Your Invitations
Once you have your printed invitations and accessories ready to go, it’s time for assembly! Now would be a good time to call up your mother, bridesmaids, friends, or whoever. As the saying goes, many hands make light work!
Start by completing a full invitation from start to finish so you know the exact steps. Show everyone the finished product and walk through it a time or two with everyone. Once you know the steps, we recommend making an assembly line to divide up the work evenly amongst you.
Depending on how you’ve designed your invitations, what is going in the envelopes, and how many people you have, you’ll need to set up the assembly line accordingly. Once it’s set up, you’re home free!