DIY Vintage Inspired Wedding Invitations

I shared this post back in September and ever since it hit the blog our readers have been going crazy for it so I thought I would share it once again with all of you new brides to be. Rustic Wedding Chic has some pretty crafty readers! Recently a bride emailed me her DIY vintage inspired wedding invitation and I knew I had to share it with the rest of the Rustic Wedding Chic community.  For all you DIY fans start taking notes because I guarantee you will want to make your own invitations after seeing this! The bride even gives us the inspiration behind this design and the materials used to create this look.


The Inspiration:

The design of our invitation is very simple and i wanted to have that vintage feel…because that’s the theme of our wedding. The color i chose are earth tones which became the color palette of our wedding with some hint of pastel to add some girlieness.


The Materials:
I used our home printer to print the invitations and maps/directions on vellum papers. I used recycled taupe brown fiber paper for the pocketfold, recycled taupe brown envelops for the outer(biggest envelope) and RSVP envelopes. I used 5-1/4×2-5/8 manila tags as the RSVP card. To get that vintage price tag look, i soaked the tags overnight in a bowl with 5 tea bags then i laid them out to dry. Then i used martha stewart Craft punchers to design the edges of the invitation, RSVP card, and pocketfold.
I ordered custom rubber stamps from froyoo through Etsy for the return address and RSVP.




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61 Comments

  • Reply
    Vivian
    November 25, 2013 at 9:25 pm

    Hello! Thank you for the great idea. I just bought two punchers from Martha steward, but which one did you use for the vellum paper. I got the two shown in your picture but there seems to but a third one used. The big puncher shown in your picture was used to make the strip and the small one was the heart. But which one did you use on the actually invite. I tried using the big puncher on the vellum and it was not correct. It seems to only punch strips and not edges.

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    Jennifer
    March 3, 2013 at 3:24 am

    I wasn’t even going to DO invites – and now I am so inspired by these that I just ordered tons of paper/envelope samples from Papersandmore.com. Thanks for sharing!

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      Ann
      March 28, 2013 at 1:15 pm

      Hi Jennifer! Sorry for the late reply, but i am so glad that i was able to inspire you! :)

      Take care and congrats!!
      Ann

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    Jenny
    February 27, 2013 at 7:01 pm

    Thank you so much for the detailed instructions! I am collecting all the stuff now to make them these are perfect four a country/vintage wedding! I love them and am so excited about them!

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      Ann
      March 28, 2013 at 1:16 pm

      Hi Jenny,

      I am excited for you too!Enjoy making the invites! Congrats on your up coming wedding!

      xoxo,
      Ann

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    doria
    January 26, 2013 at 10:52 am

    LOVELY IDEA:) In what print did you address the invite envelopes? Did you print them off the envelopes with the computer also? THANKS!!!

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      Ann
      February 1, 2013 at 5:47 pm

      Hi Doria,

      All of our invites were hand written by me :) but you can definitely use the printer. I used Edwardian Script font for the invites.

      Ann

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    Daisy Bueno
    January 15, 2013 at 4:53 pm

    Hi, love this idea! Im currently working on some invitations for my sisters sweet fifteen and I like the stamp idea for the RSVP cards! What size did you get your stamp?

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      Ann
      February 1, 2013 at 5:49 pm

      Hi Daisy,

      The stamp is 3.5×2.5, landscape. :)

      Ann

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    Nancy
    January 9, 2013 at 1:34 pm

    what an amazing job you did!! What font did you use on the actual invitation?

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    Tabby
    January 7, 2013 at 5:53 pm

    Dear Ann:

    I have been reading through the rustic chic blog at all the comments you responded to, so I think I have a pretty good understanding of how you made these. I was wondering if you had other pictures that you would be able to send me of the invitations, like individual pictures. I love the look of these, and our whole wedding is going to be DIY so I am truly wanting to make my invitations. Thank you so much for your time!

    -Tabby

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    Holly Schepke
    December 18, 2012 at 11:53 am

    Hi there, about how much did this cost you to make them??
    Thanks!

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    joanne
    October 1, 2012 at 11:13 am

    hi ur idea is great.. i love to make my wedding invitation on my own but i tried searching int he internet for punchers but its not here in philippines. do you have any idea where can i get it and wont cost too much for shipping?

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    Rochele
    June 1, 2012 at 9:33 am

    I’m so sorry I have a couple more questions. Did you have problems with the reinforcements coming off of the shipping tags after tea dying them? Also what type and color ink pad did you use for the RSVP stamp? Thank you!

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      Ann
      July 10, 2012 at 5:07 pm

      Hi again! Yes, they were coming off, but the string helped the reinforcements stay in place. I used the acid free Distress Ink in vintage photo.

      Thanks!
      Ann

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    Rochele
    May 30, 2012 at 9:38 am

    This may be a silly question but how did you know who the RSVP response was from, were the names written anywhere, or did you put their return address on the envelope that was coming back to you with the response.

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      Ann
      July 10, 2012 at 5:05 pm

      Hi Rochelle,

      Sorry for the late response. What I did was I wrote small numbers on the back of the RSVP card/manila tags in pencil and I kept a notebook where I wrote the names that corresponds to the number. Hope this helps. Please let me know if you have any more questions.

      Thanks!
      Ann

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    Mel
    May 23, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    Hello!

    I’m in love with these…!
    I was wondering if you had any trouble punching through the manila tags. For some reason mine just wont cut through them…
    Any suggestions?

    Thank you!

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      Ann
      July 10, 2012 at 5:03 pm

      Hi Mel,

      Sorry for the super late response. I took my time and punch the manila tags one at a time. If you’re having trouble, it might be the puncher. I had trouble with one of my punchers, so I went back to Micheal’s and exchanged it. Let me know if you have any more questions.

      Thanks!
      Ann

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    Tracy
    May 21, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    So you used 2 different doile design punches correct? One for the doile “strip” and the other is for the edging? I love these!! Just want to make sure I buy the correct product. Thank you!

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      Ann
      July 10, 2012 at 5:01 pm

      Hi Tracy,

      Sorry for the super late response. Yes, i used 2 kinds of punchers. If you buy the Martha Stewart brand, the box has pictures of the finished product. Let me know if you have anymore questions.

      Thanks!
      Ann

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    Danielle
    May 15, 2012 at 1:48 pm

    I love these invitations as well and I had another question to add. By the way the previous question and answers have been super helpful. I am a little confused about the pocket fold. I purchased samples of the A7 cascade recycled taupe pocket folder from paperandmore.com and I’m assuming this is completely different than the pocket fold you used. How does the invitation assemble with just a tri-fold piece of paper as your pocketfold, where is the pocket? Could you post an additional picture to demonstrated how the invitation is assembled? Thanks in advance!

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      Ann
      July 10, 2012 at 4:59 pm

      Hi Danielle,

      So sorry for the super late response. I just evenly folded the paper three times. First I placed the invitation, then the RSVP card and envelope on top of the invitation, then the map. It also depends how big your map’s going to be or if you will include a map. I will take some pics this week.

      Thanks!
      Ann

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        Jenny
        March 2, 2013 at 10:42 am

        So is there not an actual pocket with the paper that you used for the pocketfold? Which paper at paper and more did you use for this? Do you have any pics of the pocketfold open?
        Thank you so much!

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    Jennifer
    April 18, 2012 at 9:31 am

    I can’t find the RSVP stamp anywhere! Help please! I would love to make these invitations!

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    Annie
    March 27, 2012 at 10:46 am

    Hi! I love love love your invites :) When you ordered the envelopes, what size did you order? When looking on paperandmore.com I noticed that it has “A1 (4 Bar), A2, A6, A7, A9, #10, 6 1/2″ Square” below it. Which one of the links did you use?

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    Jolene
    March 23, 2012 at 10:27 pm

    I love these invites! Did you purchase the invitation paper from Paperandmore.com? I can’t seem to find it. What kind of paper is it? Does it have a name? Thanks for your help!
    Jolene

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      Ann
      March 26, 2012 at 10:23 am

      Hi Jolene! yes, i ordered it from paperandmore.com. First, I ordered the vellum paper sample packs to see which paper will work for me. I really liked White Columns 28# , so I ordered 1 pack (100 sheets). It’s only $18.99 and anything over $15, you only pay $3.99 shipping.

      Ann

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    Halle
    March 22, 2012 at 5:39 pm

    Do you know the names of the martha punches you bought? I really like the one you used for the top and bottom of your invitations and save the date card.

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    Kelly
    March 5, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    I was able to make the rsvp cards for about approx. $40.00. I found the “tags” at office max 100 of them for $4.99 I had the tea bags and the martha stewart paper cutter was on sale at Joann for 10 dollars I also ordered the envelopes for the 100 invitations for $12.00 the stamp was about $25.00

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      Ann
      March 21, 2012 at 9:12 am

      =) tha’s awesome, Kelly! I would love to see your finish product!!

      Ann

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    Tina
    March 3, 2012 at 4:46 pm

    Wow!! This is so creative. If you don’t mind me asking, would this end up being a good option for someone looking to do invites on a budget?

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      Ann
      March 21, 2012 at 9:11 am

      Hi Tina! Yes, I saved a couple of $$ for doing my own invites. You can also shop around for custom made invites and compare.
      Some of the materials like punchers, I bought them at Michaels and when you sign up you will get emails with discounts. I used the punchers to design some of my props and on our ceremony programs, so it was worth it.

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    kelly
    March 2, 2012 at 2:47 pm

    That would be great i am having a hard time finding the right stamp :)

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      Ann
      March 21, 2012 at 9:19 am

      HI! I’m not sure if you still need the sizes, but here they are…

      RSVP 3.5×2.5, page-layout: landscape, typewriter font
      Return Address 2.5×1.75, page-layout: ladscape, typewriter font
      I also had a return address custom stamp made, and I still use it for all of my mails!

      Ann

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    kelly
    March 1, 2012 at 11:19 am

    How did u print on the tags?

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      Ann
      March 1, 2012 at 1:05 pm

      Hi Kelly! I ordered a custom rubber stamp through Etsy. Let me know if you will do the same and I can give you the size of the stamp so that it fits perfectly in the tags.

      Thanks!

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    Heather
    February 23, 2012 at 6:56 pm

    I love the invites. I am doing a test run on the reply cards as I type. How long did you let them soak in the water with the tea bags?

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      Ann
      March 1, 2012 at 1:03 pm

      Hi Heather! I soaked them over night and laid them on paper towels to dry =)

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    Elizabeth Libra
    February 20, 2012 at 12:13 pm

    How did you print on the tags? This is all just beautiful!

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      Ann
      March 1, 2012 at 1:01 pm

      Hi Elizabeth! I ordered a customized stamped through Etsy.
      Thank you!

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    Ann
    February 7, 2012 at 5:16 pm

    Hi Rochele and thank you! Yes, I used Martha Stewart’s punchers…the doily design…once you’re done punching, they separate from the whole sheet of paper. I used white craft papers, they’re wide so I was able to make 10-12 strips.

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      Janet
      October 20, 2013 at 9:12 pm

      What did you use to keep the strips together? Did you just glue them?

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    Rochele
    January 29, 2012 at 10:34 am

    Did you use the craft punchers for the thing that goes around the pocket fold? I love these by the way they are so simple yet elegant.

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    rachel
    January 20, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    is this printed on a full page or just half? trying to figure out how much paper we would need. THanks!

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      Ann
      February 7, 2012 at 5:12 pm

      Hi Rachel! The invitations are full page…the driving directions are half page.

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    danielle
    January 13, 2012 at 5:05 pm

    I loveeee this! I am making invitations now, and am so inspired by your design! What is a pocketfold and how do I make one?

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      Ann
      January 18, 2012 at 9:19 am

      Hi Danielle! Glad i am able to inspire other brides. A pocket fold is where the invitation, RSVP card and envelope, and map were tucked in then inserted in the biggest/outer envelope. It’s just a recycled paper folded into three parts…if you look at the very 1st picture with heart edges…that’s the pocket fold. Very simple and fun! Let me know if you have other questions!

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    jacqui
    November 17, 2011 at 6:25 pm

    looks wonderful but where did she go to purchase the paper and envelopes?! i’ve been looking everywhere!!!

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      Ann
      January 6, 2012 at 2:55 pm

      Hi! Sorry for the super late reply, but I ordered the papers and envelopes from paperandmore.com.

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    Michelle
    November 8, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    Were you able to use a printer on the tags? I really love love love love this idea….just wish I was a little more crafty! Looks so good! I might have to give it a try!

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      Maggie Lord
      November 8, 2011 at 8:27 pm

      yes, she just used a printer!

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