In the spring of 2009, I “married” my husband three times! First we filed the legal paperwork to be married (it’s a very cut and dry ordeal in S. Korea), then we had a traditional Korean wedding ceremony, and lastly, we had a wedding reception in California. This series is dedicated to the last event, which was truly my DIY masterpiece. Nearly every aspect of our travel-themed wedding was a DIY project that I poured my heart into. With my fourth wedding anniversary around the corner, I’m feeling full of love and generosity! I hope you enjoy this series of DIY wedding projects!
So we had considered ordering these invitations for our Korean ceremony, but then Yoongu found another invitation that was priced a lot lower, and that better suited our traditional Korean ceremony theme.
I’ll admit that I was also thinking, “Hmm….most guys are loathe to have any kind of decorative input when it comes to wedding planning….so if he likes these invitations, then we can certainly go with these!” Fellow brides—I’m sure you understand the reasoning :)?
So I finally finished addressing our passport-themed invitations, and sent them in bulk to my parents so they can get US postage on them and send them out. Keep your eyes peeled in the coming weeks!
Also, I’ve been shopping around for wedding invitations for our Korean wedding ceremony, and am pretty sure we’re going to go for the following green & white lily-pad design.
I need to look up invitation wording though, cuz I have NO idea how Koreans write their invite, so I’ll be browsing around for that on the web today. Then, I’ll have to begin the daunting task of addressing these—which will be infinitely harder since many of my (and Yoongu’s) relatives don’t use email (especially the older ones). I foresee a LOT of phone calls in the next week or so!
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!