I always meant to blog a bit about the wedding preparations, but I never got around to it. But now is as good a time as any, right? At least I can share some of the stuff we DIYed. Like any crafter, I love DIY, but planning the wedding from overseas meant that we limited it to a only a few things to avoid filling our suitcases with decorations and/or stressing out about crafts in our limited time in Sweden. Our wedding might not have been as pinterest-ready as some of the other weddings floating around the blogosphere, but I think we struck a good balance and the things we did do reflected our personalities really well.
Our main DIY efforts were focused on the stationery. As much as I would have loved custom-designed letterpress invitations, that wasn’t in the budget, so we compromised and combined our own designs with super-budget home printing and internet printing companies. We started with the invitations, which I designed with lots of input from James. I immediately knew that I wanted to use yellow for our wedding (it’s the happiest colour), and I came across several invitations using chevron while browsing for inspiration. We settled on a simple modern design with a yellow-gold and white chevron back. We were planning a casual wedding, so decided to forgo the usual formal invitation wording for something much more us.
We also made simple RSVP postcards. Although we splurged on spot-colour printing for the invites (they looked fantastic!), we went with much cheaper CMYK for the postcards. It shows, but I decided to let my perfectionist side go and figured nobody else would care. We also screwed up the pantone-to-CMYK conversion so the colours don’t match, but most people just assumed we went with a tone-on-tone look on purpose. Not worth worrying about! We finished everything off with kraft-paper envelopes and stamped our return address on the back with a cheap stamp kit from Officeworks.
The menus and programs were printed on my parents’ home printer. We figured we’d save some money and if we got good quaity paper and printed only in black, nobody would realise. We picked up some kraft-paper cardboard before flying to Sweden and printed everything out the night before the wedding. The programs were double-sided with a brief order of service on the back.
I also made birdseed pouches, heavily inspired by this tutorial that I bookmarked three years ago, long before we were even engaged. This was actually one of my favourite projects – easy, fun and fairly cheap! The bags were adorable and it was even worth picking birdseed out of my hair for the rest of the night. Our place settings at the reception were simple paper tags tied around the restaurants’ white linen napkins. I stamped the names using individual letter stamps from a set I found in a local stationery shop.
And the final piece of stationery: our Thank You cards. These weren’t so much DIY, just modern photo cards from Pinhole Press. We thought our guests from around the world would enjoy seeing our wedding photos. Hopefully we were right!