DIY Pink Bridal Shower Invitations

When hosting any event, the key is always quality, not quantity. This is something that I still struggle to master. Because I’m really great at gathering inspiration and having another new “great idea”, but it never seems to be executed exactly as I planned. Usually because my energies are focused on too many things at once. But…that is a separate post all together. {What’s that saying about aiming for the moon and ending up amidst the stars? I count the stars as my constant company, but I have never chatted up the moon.}

An elegant invitation is the first impression guests will have of their host or hostess and will set the tone for a thoughtful and well-organized event. A DIY invitation can be just as beautiful as a professionally printed invitation, especially for an intimate, champagne brunch bridal shower like the one we hosted for my best friend, Stephanie.  I spent a lot of hours looking for the perfect invitation template and then customized it myself, to get the exact look I wanted.

For this elegant, pink, bridal shower invitation, I downloaded a gorgeous free font called Freebooter. I also printed out the template sheet for the font so that I could use it as a calligraphy guide for addressing the homemade envelopes later.wpid-20130131_135537.jpg

I used watercolor paper as card stock for the invitation by cutting it down to 8×10 size and then loading it into my photo printer. My laser printer would not accept the watercolor paper so I used my photo printer. Make sure you have fresh {or at least backup} ink on hand.

The invite design was based on a template from the always lovely Wedding Chicks website and printed four to a sheet, which I cut apart very carefully. Its best to use a paper cutter if you don”t have a steady hand, otherwise use sharp scissors.

Because I wanted a border and varying text lines, I used this template as a base and customized it in Powerpoint to get the exact look I wanted. But I want to be sure that I give full credit for the emblem and original design to the ladies at Wedding Chicks. The monogram could easily be replaced by a handcrafted rubber stamp to capture more of the couple’s  personal style.

I got the inspiration for a doily envelope liner from Memento Designs on Pinterest and tweaked it so that I created an elegant sleeve for the invitation card that would stand alone. Use a gluestick to secure the bottom two corners and create a pocket. Let it dry for about 10 minutes before working on it further. Use your finger to gently pry apart any parts that stuck together incorrectly. Also, the doily is very delicate so be careful when you insert the card, as the corners can snag and rip the paper lace and force you to start over.Custom Doily Liner

Elegant DIY Pink Bridal Shower Invitation Next, I added a recipe card {also from Wedding Chicks} for guests to bring with them on the morning of this love-themed, February bridal shower. I loved this idea and see a future project in the works…Personalized Recipe Cards?!?! Heck, yeah!

A small card describing the recipe tradition was layered on top.  Its basically just a border with elegant font and I pulled the emblem from the invitation design to keep things consistent. You could also use a poem or phrase to remind guests how meaningful a recipe can be when shared between loved ones.  To save time, you can download the card template here – Recipe Insert Message. It prints eight cards to a page and will require that you cut it apart. Recipe Card Insert Request

Finish the bundle by securing it with a thin, pink ribbon. If you don’t have an extra hand, try this tip for holding the bundled cards secure while you tie the ribbon in a small bow. You only need two large paperclips.wpid-20130131_135824.jpg

20130210_172231 Insert the finished bundle into a beautiful, homemade envelope brandishing handwritten guest names and using the printed font sheet as a calligraphy guide.  Be sure to send the invitations as early as possible. A good time frame is four to six weeks before the event. If you are a planning a more impromptu event and can’t give guests the preferred planning time, be sure to call them and provide a verbal invitation and explain that you will be following up with a formal invitation.

Online event invites {like the one I love to use on Facebook} are really reliable and fun, but should really be used to coordinate your RSVPs and never as a substitute for a formal invitation. I have learned these lessons the hard way. Thanks to our guests for being so gracious!

Thanks to my Pinterest peeps who led me to the templates I used. You can see the inspiration I got for this invitation and other shower design elements on my Bridal Shower Board. Hopefully these little tips will help you organize a fun celebration and let you spend more time enjoying the special day with your loved ones!