This was the last major project I was able to complete before I flew back to Korea.
I wanted to be sure the invitation introduced the “travel theme” to our wedding guests, so I decided upon a “passport format.” It was a lot of fun, and it also gave me a lot of leeway, since I didn’t have to worry about traditional formalities which I never really cared for, such has having to spell out “five o’clock in the afternoon,” enclosing everything in an “inner envelope,” and including a separate reply envelope. Also, as many of you know, wedding invitations often end up being an unusual size which generally calls for special handling/extra postage from the Post Office.
So here’s the basics of our DIY invites:
1. I worked “backwards” in a sense. Rather than create an invite first and then go through the agony of finding a matching envelope to fit, I bought the envelopes first so it would literally set the boundaries of my invites. Staples sold a box of “invitation envelopes” that fit the bill: 4-3/8″ x 5-3/4″ which is basically an 8-1/2″ x 11″ piece of paper folded in quarters–easy!
2. Papers! I got parchment paper in “celery” and “gold” for the inside pages and a pack of white metallic paper which I LOVE for the cover! The metallic paper is made by Wausau, and it is metallic on BOTH sides, and gauranteed to print on inkjet and laser printers.
3. Binding: I bought gold metallic embroidery thread and hand-tied the passport pages together. To keep the pages from slipping, and to make it look more like a real passport, I first cut all the corners with a rounded-corner punch.
4. Reply POSTCARDS!
I think postcards work perfectly with our travel theme, plus I didn’t have to deal with a separate envelope. I printed these on bristol vellum paper for thickness.
End result: a Passport booklet that I just love to pieces. A MILLION THANK YOUS to Darlene who was a true angel and helped me assemble these on my last day in California!