Handmade wedding invitations

One of the biggest projects I undertook for our wedding was making the invitations. I had a crazy idea that this would somehow be simple, despite a multi-step binding process, even though I’d never actually bound a book before. I just knew I could do it. I had no idea what I was getting myself into.

lots of cardboard cuttingEvery book started as a sheet of board precisely measured and cut.

making the booksThen each piece was placed and glued to an assortment of colored papers.

enlisted invitation elvesAt this point I got some help from my friend’s Jannatha and Kyle.

sewing paperFor the inside pages, Shawn and I bought a few vintage book plates with images of animals, which we scanned and laid out in our book. We chose a lot of owls and birds. I wrote small stories about us and wove it into the information about the actual wedding.

bindingWe had them printed at a local print shop and then I sewed the insides into the books.

fluffy helperMochi also helped.

stamping reply cardsShawn helped me stamp return envelopes for our reply cards. We were able to use the same envelopes from our save the dates.

a few completed booksI made about 90 of these books. All told it was probably 60 hours of work, but then again I wasn’t exactly keeping track.

Are you ready to see inside?

wedding invitation

invitation inside

owls wedding invitationWhile it was quite a long and arduous process, the responses that we received from guests made it all worth it. That being said, I would never do anything like it on that scale again. I wouldn’t have been able to complete them all in time without help from my friends, Shawn and my mom who helped me stamp and seal all the envelopes.

p.s. Of course I left out a few pages, so you all don’t show up at the wedding, since it hasn’t happened yet, but I’ll be sure to show them off in the end.

23 Responses to “Handmade wedding invitations”
  1. Kevin says:

    We had a similar “book” idea for our invites as well. I’ll have to show you the finished product sometime. The bad thing about having such a great invite is now all the guests have insane expectations for the event itself! šŸ™‚

  2. Becky says:

    They’re lovely! That picture of Mochi “helping” you is the best.

  3. Jena says:

    Absolutely exquisite!

  4. Vegyogini says:

    These are easily the most spectacular invitations known to human kind. I’m definitely keeping mine!

  5. Sharon says:

    Such gorgeousness… no doubt, thanks to Mochi’s assistance šŸ˜‰

  6. Jo says:

    Wow. Congratulations on completing them all! You really should submit the pictures to Offbeat Bride.

  7. Monica says:

    These are soo creative and lovely.

  8. tamera says:

    These are so amazing, I love them!!

    • miss alix says:

      coming from the woman with the most crazy awesome invitations possibly ever that’s a major compliment.

  9. Shiri says:

    I had thought they were handmade when I saw it, but couldn’t actually believe it, given how a) beautiful, b) complicated, and c) perfect they are. I never should have doubted it.

  10. Sara says:

    This look so fabulous!

  11. Kelly says:

    Love the invite! It looks so dainty and darling!
    Top notch you two!

  12. jen says:

    Love the invites and the personal attention you paid to make them into real keepsakes (hope you kept one or 2 for yourself) But I especially love the bees on the yellow flower in each photo of the invite. And how you moved them around for each frame so they wouldn’t look fake šŸ™‚
    Congrats on the wedding and of course, marriage. But now you can’t call yourself MISS Alix anymore…so will you be Mrs or Ms. Alix? šŸ™‚

  13. annie says:

    hi there! love these and am trying to figure out how to do something similar. where did you get your supplies and do you have info on the measurements of what you used (specifically the paper and the boards)? any info you wouldnt mind sharing with me by email would be truly amazing!

    congrats on your wedding and marriage!

    • miss alix says:

      Hi Annie,
      I don’t have specific measurements anymore but I can try to give you an idea. The inside pages were 8.5″ x 11″ folded in half so that we wouldn’t have to trim the pages at all. The boards were then about 1/2″ wider than the folded paper and the outside paper was about 1.5″ larger on all sides if I’m remembering correctly.

      We purchased nearly all the supplies at an art supply store nearby and a few odds and ends at an office supply place. Pretty simple.

      Sorry my instructions aren’t too clear, but I just really made it all up as I went along. In sure there are much better resources for book binding out there that can help you.

  14. Jennifer G. says:

    Can you tell me what type board,paper and twine you used? Also, what the name of the stores you purchased from. I making similar invites and I’m price comparing. Book binding supplies are a bit pricy so any help would be appreciated.

    • miss alix says:

      If memory serves me correctly I was able to get most of my supplies at Blick/The Art Store. I don’t recall what the brands were though.

  15. Teresa says:

    Oh, no. I love these, they are wonderful, but now I have to either resist temptation or start to work on creating and binding 100 books!! We are raising money for teens in Kenya to design and build chicken coops for their community, so the book would be the prefect way to provide some info on the project in a cool way.

    Are there more pages you could share now?

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