Why NOT to DIY Wedding Invitations!

A friend recently shared this photo with me and I burst out laughing because it is SO TRUE!
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I can’t tell you how many brides come to me with the same story … “I tried to make my own invitations, but it was just too frustrating!”  Or…”I tried to do my save-the-dates…I will NEVER do THAT again!”

While Pinterest is a great tool for brides, it can also be very deceiving. Everything is made to look “simple.” How many pins have you seen for “Easy DIY Wedding Invitations?” The wedding invitations in the picture look amazing, so you click the link only to discover that the title is misleading. A more appropriate title would be:

“101 Steps for Creating Mediocre Wedding Invitations”

Some brides aren’t scared by a long list of steps, so they decide to carve out the necessary time and energy to attempt their own wedding invitations thinking “How hard can it be?” What they don’t expect is the headache that comes with it… there are so many things that can go wrong! Every step becomes an obstacle…

Just see what this bride had to say about her DIY experience!

“I spent hours in Word trying to design the perfect invite (if I only knew then…) and fighting to try and get it to do what I wanted … I came up with this elaborate (and looking back on it, kinda ridiculous) design that involved snowflake printed clear wrap, vellum, standard paper, etc.  My only option for adhesive seemed to be spray glue. I spent a huge amount of time assembling these invitations, making a mess of pretty much everything, getting cat hair stuck to my invites, everything stuck to my floor, and generally using any and every curse word I could come up with to describe this project. I spent hours and hours printing a myriad of different inserts, wasting tons of paper because of my crappy printer and lack of proofreading, alternately wanting to cry and run away. But, I was stuck with it. (And that’s not all!) Having to design completely different invites because we decided to invite work friends and I had no more paper. Having invitations start falling apart before they were even sent because of using spray glue. Having to send envelopes out with spelling mistakes because I hadn’t bothered to order extra. It went on and on…

When it was all over I swore I would NEVER, EVER do it again (and to this day I often say to clients that if I were to have another wedding, I would hire someone else to create my invitations). I had spent somewhere around $1500-2000 on my wedding stationery, and WAY too much time, and I could have easily used that same amount of money to have something fantastic done by an honest-to-goodness stationer. I hadn’t taken into consideration the real cost of DIY.” (Click here for the complete disaster story from The Invitation Blog at Hip Ink.)

BUT WAIT, there’s more! Many other brides share similar DIY experiences… I couldn’t help but smirk while reading “The Great Wedding Invitation Disaster of 2009.” And ANOTHER…”You’re Invited (Part I): A DIY Invitation Disaster.” This bride had so much trouble with her “DIY adventure” that she had to write about it in TWO parts!! See “You’re Invited (Part II): Assembling the Troops” to read about the rest of the mess she endured! The list of DIY invitation disasters is endless!

In just those three stories alone, the list of potential problems for DIY wedding invitations is a long one: spending hours in word processing, reformatting templates again and again and again, having to completely re-do initial designs, paper colors not what expected, having to re-order (for a fee), spray glue (enough said), messy assembly, spending more hours printing, wasting paper, spelling errors due to lack of proofreading, running out of supplies, invites falling apart before they even reach the mailbox, problems with printing companies, text smudging, throwing away invitations, paying for a second printing, and even invitations blown away in the wind!!

Not to mention other problems I’ve heard brides lament about when attempting to DIY: printing invitations upside down, making millions of trips to the craft store, frustrations over learning new design software, assembly taking f.o.r.e.v.e.r, printers jamming and/or running out of ink, and of course many tears shed over these seemingly-menial-but-still-so-important-wedding-details.

The list could go on and on and on! Think you’re saving time and money?? THINK AGAIN!

Brides who contact me quickly realize that allowing a professional to handle the job allows them to relax, knowing that the finished product will look far better than anything they could make on their own! Plus, it frees them up to focus on other important wedding decisions. There’s just so much to do — why add the stress of designing and assembling invitations too? Take it from me (I know how much time and energy it takes to make beautiful invitations!)… this is one thing you will be glad you didn’t take on yourself!

It’s your special day! Let your invitations reflect how important your wedding truly is. We at ‘RSVP to me’ would love to assist you by creating custom wedding invitations for your upcoming celebration! Share your vision with us and we can create it!

Perfectly Presented: Escort Cards

It’s the little wedding details that can really make a big statement! Capture your guests attention and add some glamour to your wedding reception decor with a creative escort card presentation. The key is to present your style or tie together your overall theme in an elegant way that will really wow your guests. Regardless of how you display this wedding day stationery, remember to include guest name(s), as well as the table in which they will be sitting at on your escort cards. Your escort card table is one of the first details your guests will see at your wedding reception. Make it memorable with one of these stunning and practical choices!


Folded Cards are the most classic choice for brides that are folded in half so they can stand alone.
Custom paisley print folded escort cards with flower and pearl embellishment

Simple Flat Escort Cards can easily be taken to the next level with an added decorative embellishment.
Sweet and simple escort cards in pink with flower cut outs
Custom escort tags can double as guest favors…
or fun escort card labels displayed on drink bottles can also double as favors.
Seating Charts are a modern twist on tradition in which guest names are listed by table number and organized alphabetically. These can be custom printed lists displayed in frames, chalkboard style frames, or rustic windowpanes, or even mirrors.


Create a dazzling display of cascading Escort Card Tags by hanging them from a single tree, tree branches arranged in a centerpiece, or other custom made structure.
Custom white escort card hang tags with black writing

Whether you opt for traditional, modern, or informal escort card styles, let your creativity run wild and tie your wedding theme together! Contact RSVP to me today to learn more about our custom escort cards, in addition to custom wedding invitations, and wedding day stationery!
photos by Anna Hurt Photography (unless otherwise noted)

FAVORable Impressions

Selecting wedding favors seems like an easy task, but it’s one of the hardest details to cross off your to-do list and can even be one of the most daunting endeavors for some brides, especially if it’s not planned out in advance. You put a lot of thought into your special day to ensure guests have a great time (taking into consideration the location, food choices, and entertainment), so it’s only fitting that you thank your guests with a gift that will leave a favorable impression. We’ve all been to our fair of events where we were given items that quickly made their way into a junk draw or worse, thrown into the trash! Let’s face it, we want to know that our money is being used on favors that won’t be ignored and will remind our family and friends of your wedding. Look beyond traditional and typical favors and send your guests home with something that not only shows your gratitude, but will also be truly unforgettable. Consider these fun and worthwhile wedding and special event favors!

Custom purple favor boxes with gold accent

Food- You can never go wrong with edible favors! Choose items such as petite fours, custom cookies, or other late night snacks such as donuts or pastries from your favorite local bakery for your guests to enjoy on their ride home or the following morning. Package accordingly in favor boxes and personalize with a custom favor tag with your names and wedding date.
Custom ‘Sweet by RSVP to me’ candy buffet
Candy– If you have a sweet tooth like us, treat your guests to a custom candy buffet or dessert table. This popular choice among brides, grooms, and event hosts offer guests the opportunity to help themselves to some of their favorite confections from sour watermelons and taffy to M&Ms and rock candy. If you’re not sure where to begin, Sweet by RSVP to me can help design a candy buffet that coordinates with your overall theme and/or color scheme. Not only do we offer all candy and desserts that are ordered specifically for your event, but we provide decorative glasses, apothecary jars, candy scoops, tongs, and custom labels, tent cards, and ribbon to make your display one-of-a-kind. Bring out the child in everyone and add nostalgic fun that will surely make any event that much sweeter!

Custom wedding donation cards in lieu of traditional wedding favors

Charitable Donations– Give back on your wedding day with open hearts through philanthropic efforts! This is a great opportunity to contribute to a cause you’re passionate about or make a donation in memory of a loved one. Be sure to inform guests of your charitable donation with custom donation cards that can be placed at each place setting.

Whether you decide to send your guest home with a sweet treat or donate to a great cause, be sure to plan ahead and your wedding favors are sure to be appreciated!