Hello friends, I am excited about today’s simple DIY and I hope it inspires some of you out there! Today we are sharing a little money saving secret that you can do yourself to dress up your wedding invitations. All you need is ribbon, scissors and some extra time. If you really want to get fancy you may also need a hot glue gun and some glue sticks.
When you order a wedding invitation that comes with all the bells and whistles like the ones shown below, there is an added cost beyond just the extras themselves. Someone has to physically cute, tie or glue all those accessories to complete your invitations. So in addition to the cost of the materials, you often are paying for the additional labor as well.
The reality of it is, cutting 100 pieces of ribbon to the right size and then tying 100 bows takes time. It can be very tedious and for many, it’s worth paying the additional amount for it to be done and done right. Remember, professional stationers are experienced, have excellent resources and will finish your invitations the right way.
If you are trying to save money or just love a good DIY project, today’s project is for you! It doesn’t matter where your invitations came from, you can elevate their look so easily with a little ribbon.
Decide on your Style.
Before you start, you need to decide how you want to use your ribbon. Are you going to tie a simple bow, are you looking for a bigger, fuller bow or do you wan to create more of a flat belly band?
Your answers to these questions will help determine that width of ribbon you will use. For simple bows, we usually go for a 3/8″ wide satin ribbon. We like the double faced satin ribbon but you can also do s single face satin, grosgrain or even go with a twine or string.
Expert Tip: USPS rates for your wedding invitations go by weight AND thickness. Thick twine or wide ribbon tied in a bow can often make your invitation too wide to fit in their template. Even if your invitation weight is ok, an invitation that is too wide will also require additional postage.
Select your Ribbon.
Once you have decided on the look you are going for, it’s time to pick your ribbon or other material. If you are tying a bow you will need 18″-24″ per 5 x 7 invitation. If you are making a belly band you will need about 11″-12″. Make sure you buy enough.
For our invitation we are using that comes on a 100yd spool. This would yield us about 300 belly bands or about 150 bows.
Tie your first bow before cutting.
A little trick we use in at Raspberry Creative is to tie the first bow before cutting anything. We all tie bows a little differently so this is a great way to get the right length for what you are comfortable tying.
Once the bow is tied, cut your ribbon and then use it as your template for the rest.
Tie your ribbons (or glue your belly bands)
Once your ribbons are cut to length, it’s time to start tying your bows. Grab a glass of wine and turn on some music because this is where it can get tedious. It may take a little practice till you figure out how to tie your bows so they look just right but once you get it figured out, you are off to the races!
Assemble your Invitations
Once you are finished, it’s time to put your invitations together. Be sure to add your stamps to the RSVP Envelope or your RSVP postcard before assembling. Also be sure your envelopes are addressed before stuffing them.
Expert Tip: When mailing your invitations, walk them to the window and ask the postal worker to hand cancel your invitations so they aren’t run through the machine. This saves your invitations from getting chewed up or damaged.
Dressing up your simple invitations yourself can be a big money saver if you are willing to put in a little time. We have shown you how to use ribbon to dress up your wedding invitations by tying a simple ribbon into a bow but you can use this same idea to add lace, twine or even colored paper. The options are only limited by your own imagination. What do you think? Is it worth paying extra to have it done for you or would you be willing to put in a little effort? I’d love to know what you think.