DIY Wedding Invites

Wedding invites are your guests first glimpse into your big day giving all the details of where, when the wedding is taking place. The style of writing, the colour scheme and the overall style of the invites will give an initial impression of everything your wedding day holds.

With all this at stake, you want to get it right but wow, are invites expensive…so is it possible to do your own, and more cheaply? Of course it is. DIY wedding invites mean you can have the most personalised invitations you could have dreamt of and that it can be on a budget plus no one else will have seen invites quite like yours ensuring your day is uniquely yours from the very beginning.

Use accents to of your theme

It’s a good idea to have your colour scheme arranged before you start pulling your invites together, are you going for a strong colour scheme? Do you want to tie in the colour and style of flowers, bridesmaids dresses, décor in the ceremony and/ or reception room, table decorations, cake icing or decoration – there’s so much that you can incorporate.

It might, however, be difficult to condense the essence of all your wedding theme into a single invitation so whether you’ve gone for simple and beautiful or minute detail, try to pick one or two elements to include in your invite. Often simple is more effective and will look clean and fresh – avoid stuffing your invite design with fussy details – think clean, classic and beautiful!

Where to buy

There are hundreds of online stores where you can buy anything from blank invite card and envelopes to sequins, feathers, stencils – the lot. You just need to shop around for the best deal. Buying in bulk is a good idea to cut down cost so if you’re planning to do save the date card, RSVP’s, your own gift list or evening invites and thank you cards for afterwards – try to purchase the basics of what you’ll need before you start.

You should sit down to work out exactly what you need before you get going with making the invites, including glue, ink, scissors etc – you don’t want to be half way through decorating your invitations and run out of the crucial butterfly sequin you want to add to them all.

If you are lucky enough to have a arts and craft shop near you, it’s worth popping in to see what they have in store. Nothing beats getting a feel for what you want to use in your invites – if they are more expensive you can always buy samples as part of your research and then head to Google to find the same thing cheaper!

So, you have all your bits and pieces, now you just need to get into some serious trial and error and figure out what looks good – what looks good, doesn’t cost the earth and important detail not to be overlooked – what will be relatively easy to create.

Making your invites

Coming up with the ideas and sending out the invites is the fun bit – in between these is the initially enjoyable but soon very boring invitation factory which your house will become temporary shrine to. The best idea I can come up with is to get them done as quickly as possible and just set aside a decent amount of time, with some helpful friends or family and plough through them. I did mine with my Mum, long distance since she lives miles away but between us we got them done. Another friend got all her bridesmaid together with a bottle of wine one night and just blasted them. Whatever way you go about it, if you have everything you need and some willing hands you’ll soon have your beautifully unique handmade invitations ready to post. With all that done, you can sit back and bask in the glory of knowing that your guests are about to get their exciting first peak into your big day! Good luck.

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Tips For Maid Of Honor Wedding Speeches

Your maid of honor speech will work best if you set out to have fun. If you decide to enjoy yourself the task will not be such a worry. Your attitude will help dispel any nervousness on your part and the audience will enjoy it. Of course there will be important things you will want to say about the bride and you will be sincere and serious when you say them. There will be your emotional expressions of your relationship with the bride and everyone will want to hear them. Some wedding speeches can be dull but yours can lively and enjoyable.

As soon as you know you are going to make a speech, start taking notes. Go over some of the fun times you and the bride have had. If you need to fill in some gaps the family will be able to help. Some of the family and friends will already know some of the stories but they will be new to others. Your stories can show some of the bride’s character traits and underline your relationship with her. They can bring out a side of her character that may not be known to some of the guests. There are guest at every wedding who do not know the bride very well, so it is your chance to tell them why you think the bride is such a special person.

The best wedding speeches are the best prepared. Write out your speech until you know it thoroughly. Even if you do not commit it to memory, although this works best, the structure and phrases will stay with you. If you do this you are less likely to flounder or lose your way. Have your speech with you to help you stay on track but do not read from it all the time. Using headings instead of the full speech is better but to do this you need to be well prepared and maybe to have had some experience in public speaking. This way you will be less likely to read it. The better you know your speech the less nervous you will be.

Picture yourself enjoying the whole occasion, including the speech, so that when you get up to talk you will be looking forward it. Take some time to compose yourself by slowing your breathing before you get up to speak. When you first get up, pause for a minute and look around the audience. You will see a lot of smiling, expectant faces. This will help settle your nerves. Then deliver your speech with enthusiasm. You enthusiasm will carry the audience along and your maid of honor wedding speech will be a big hit.

You can take some of the worry out of preparing your maid of honor speech by following some of the tips and guidelines at William Burnell has been a groom, a best man, father of the bride 4 times and a wedding MC. He knows how difficult preparing good wedding speech can be.