Handmade Bridal Shower Invitations

I knew I shouldn’t have made a promise on Monday that I would post yesterday. Of course once I announce a scheduled post, life gets in the way. Oh well. I am just happy my puppy is ok! He got dental surgery yesterday (4 teeth extracted!) and he actually had some heart issues under the anesthesia. So needless to say, the blog was the last thing on my mind. But not to worry… the vet was able to regulate his heart beat with a shot of adrenaline and then the procedure went well. It was a very scary thing for us to hear, though. But look at the happy little patient after he woke up!

They even let him keep that dino toy and sent his teeth home in a little tooth container like I used for the tooth fairy back in the day! A little gross but adorable nevertheless.

ANYWAYYYY… moving on to the real reason for this post: my best friend’s bridal shower invitations!

I designed the invitations in Photoshop because our “Breakfast in Bed” theme is very specific (and I couldn’t find pre-printed ones). Besides obviously being a breakfast/brunch shower, the point is to have people bring gifts for either the bedroom or the kitchen. Anyway, I can’t say any more about the details of the shower (since I know she reads this and we want to have a few surprises) but I wanted to share the invitation process. Her wedding is in the fall so her colors are all beautiful, seasonal hues. I picked two of them with the help of the mother-of-the-bride and created the invitation color scheme: wine (matches our bridesmaids dresses) and cream.

Sidebar – for those of you who have never been to paper-source.com, GO THERE NOW (and then please come back to read the rest of this post…)! I am obsessed with it! And then recently I found out that there is a Paper Source store about 10 minutes from my house. Can we say DANGEROUS? I have already been there three times.

I saw that they have an awesome collection of DIY printable invitations so I picked out my favorite ($18.50 per 20 pack)! The ones I picked came as normal A7-size cream rectangular card stock. Then, once you print the invites (there is a MS Word template on the website to help you if you need it but sadly it doesn’t work for Photoshop. Mine required a bit of finagling), you punch out the fun shape.

To make sure guests knew where they were going, I printed up some directions and used photo squares to mount them to pieces of black A2 card stock ($3.25 per 25 pack).

To finish it all off, I got some gorgeous “fig” colored (pretty much the same wine color) A7 envelopes ($4.25 per 10 pack) and some gold foil squares from Staples ($1.99 per 20 pack) to seal the envelopes.

Voila: handmade custom bridal shower invitations! For 40 custom invitations, this only cost me about $65 (plus postage). I thought this was perfectly reasonable when compared to the cost of getting invites from sites like tinyprints.com or weddingpaperdivas.com. Plus, this is the one and only time I will ever get to do this kind of thing so it was completely rationalized in my mind!  She is totally worth it and I am very happy with the way they turned out. Now on to the bachelorette party invites… ;)

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16 Responses to "Handmade Bridal Shower Invitations"

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  1. Ashley

    June 27, 2012 at 4:06 pm

    These are lovely! Did you do the design yourself?

    We’re planning on choosing our wedding invites tonight, so paper source could come in handy!

    • Erika

      June 27, 2012 at 4:56 pm

      Thanks Ashley! Yes, I created the design in Photoshop.

      Good luck with the wedding invites! How fun! :)

  2. Ash @ HumberHomeProject

    June 27, 2012 at 5:40 pm

    Adorable! I love the “breakfast in bed” theme too :)
    My bridal shower was just the other Saturday and was tropical themed – it was fun!

    After making my wedding invites, I’m pretty much never making another invitation in my life. Kudos to you for making these AND the bachelorette ones!

    • Erika

      June 27, 2012 at 10:58 pm

      Thanks! Tropical themed would be so fun!

      Haha and yes, I loved watching your progress on your invitations. But I don’t think I deserve the kudos… I made 40 bridal shower and 15 bachelorette party invitations. You made WAY more than me so I can totally understand why you never want to look at another DIY invitation as long as you live!! ;)

  3. Ashley@AttemptsAtDomestication

    June 27, 2012 at 7:45 pm

    Glad to hear your puppy is doing better!

    The invitations are so adorable! And I love the theme! :)

    • Erika

      June 27, 2012 at 10:59 pm

      Thanks Ashley! I am happy he is better too.

      The theme is fun… we have a lot of little ways to bring it into the shower so I will definitely share more once the shower is over. :)

  4. Melanie @ Mailbox Journey

    June 28, 2012 at 3:21 pm

    Such an awesome job with those invitations! They look so great.

    • Erika

      June 29, 2012 at 8:23 am

      Thanks Melanie! :)

  5. Laura Pierino

    June 30, 2012 at 6:57 pm

    Erika! The invitations came out wonderful! You are so crafty and make it seem so easy! Let the countdown begin…I can’t wait to see you!

    • Erika

      July 1, 2012 at 9:19 am

      I LOVE YOUUUUU!! I can’t wait to see you! :)

  6. Kate @ Discover. Create. Live.

    July 3, 2012 at 2:11 pm

    CUTE! These look amazing! :)

    • Erika

      July 4, 2012 at 10:20 am

      Thank you Kate! :)

  7. OneGr8Jew

    July 18, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    I ‘m gonna need you to do 800 hand written bar mitzvah invites for my cousin Yoni…
    Expect a call soon from the family party planner.

    • Erika

      July 19, 2012 at 8:15 am

      Haha will do! ;)

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