Although the Shabby Chic Guru blog tends to focus on shabby chic interiors and design, I wanted to share with you some of the gorgeous wedding invitations I’ve stumbled across over the last few weeks. I’m hoping that if you have a shabby chic themed wedding or party approaching, these 15 gorgeous invites will be an inspiration for you.
1. Doily invite
Above: Found on Etsy here, this gorgeous shabby chic wedding invitation featuring a pretty tag, natural paper, string and a doily would be quite easy to make yourself.
2. Lace bundle
Above: Another beautiful wedding invitation ensemble that you could create yourself, featuring a pretty printed card wrapped in lace, natural string and a printed natural tag. I’ve managed to find some really nice printable wedding invites that would work well for the cards themselves:
You simply fill in your details and print using a regular printer. You can do this here. I recommend that you don’t print on regular A4 80g printer paper though, especially if you’re planning on tying these up with lace! Make a trip to the local stationers or WH Smith Arts & Crafts Department and have a look at some of the craft card and paper (including the thick art paper which comes in pads). Before you buy lots, test whether you can get a sheet through your printer without jamming it – as an example, mine will do 160gsm art paper a sheet at a time with a few jams.
3. Rose printed paper
Above: Another beautiful idea for a printed invitation. This time it looks like the invite has been printed on pretty floral paper, allowing you to print them yourself without using up a lot of coloured ink.
4. Fabric bunting
Above: This lovely printed shabby chic wedding invite with pretty material bunting and natural string makes use of brown craft card. Again you’ll want to buy nice and thick to make sure it can hold your string, but do test first to ensure you can get it through the printer. Don’t have the time or patience to make your own? You can buy these beautiful invitations from Toast Wedding Stationary.
5. Pretty fonts
Above: I found this pretty shabby chic wedding invite on eBay here – I love the handwriting style fonts that have been used. You can download loads of these from Dafont for free here. Some of my favourites are: Cookie Chips, Jenna Sue, Celia Garcia and Always Forever, shown in that order below and all available free on Dafont:
6. Pretty premium backgrounds
Above: This lovely vintage shabby chic wedding invitation design can be found on premium image website Shutterstock here, who charge £29 for 5 image downloads. There are loads of other designs and colours – just type in ‘shabby chic invitation’ for more inspiration’. You’ll need an image editing package on your PC such as Photoshop to be able to create the wedding invitations this way though (most of these style backgrounds are in EPS format as they are resizeable – which you normally open in Illustrator but you can open them up from Photoshop too). You’ll have two choices then: you can either send your finished design off to a local printer or an online service – this is usually cheaper than trying to print them yourself – or you could just turn them into a PDF and email them out (which is what I did! it’s more environmentally friendly!) Use your other downloads on backgrounds for name cards and pretty tags go on your table decor.
7. Lace fold-out bundle
Above: I found this lovely shabby chic wedding invitation on etsy again, here. I love the way it opens out, and the fantastic aged effect paper. Here’s a guide to aging paper using vinegar which gets the best results!
8. Aged paper and lace envelope
9. Flower embellished
10. Simple doily
Above: Here’s a slightly simpler design that is perhaps more post-friendly. The invite is printed on cardstock and wrapped with a doilie and natural string – so quite an easy one to do yourself – or here’s the paid-for version which is quite reasonably priced.
11. Simple lace bundle
Above: Here’s another fairly simple design that you could make yourself, making use of the classic lace, natural string and printed card formula. The invite and cards are printed on 240 gsm Ivory card and the pocket is in kraft brown with ivory lace, twine and tag. You can pick these up on eBay here for £3.25 each if you don’t fancy giving it a go yourself.
12. Personal photo
Above: These two beautiful shabby chic wedding invitations are quite tricky to make yourself but I wanted to share because I loved the idea of the photo. Rather than buying them (from here) and having someone else in your pics, this is something you and your partner could quite easily recreate yourself. Here’s an example:
Get the picture printed up with a matt finish using a service like Snapfish – it’s only a few pence per pic – and then use it in your design with pretty background paper, lace doilies, ribbon and whatever else takes your fancy. In the design above, the invite incorporates ‘save the date’ info printed on white card with all the important info on.
13. Simple white card bundle
Above: Here’s another super-simple design you could recreate yourself – this one is printed on 280gsm craft card (you can see it’s slightly speckled) and what makes it is simply the lovely fonts that have been used. Alternatively you can buy these made up here for £2.95 for the set including day and evening invite – you can order the evening invites separately for £1.25 plus postage, but these don’t come with the nice twine.
14. Pretty bunting scraps
Above: This gorgeous invite is adorned with pretty paper scraps to make bunting. The aged printed paper is mounted on craft paper – as above this is a good way of thickening the invite if you can’t get the thicker craft type paper through your printer. Although the aged effect on everything can be a bit tricky to produce, you could create a non-aged version similar with scraps of coloured paper or fabrics, and it would look just as good. The completed version can be bought online here.
15. Beach themed shabby chic
Above: I’m not sure these absolutely gorgeous wedding invites would travel well through the post with their little glass bottle on the front. However, I’ve included them as I think the shells look fantastic and I love the idea of dropping the invite into a shallow box. I’ve had a look around online and these do come up rather pricey unfortunately – the cheapest I’ve been able to find for you are these greeting card boxes by Stella Crafts. They are A5 and costs depend on quantity but they work out a pound each if you buy 50:
The shops that sell just about everything at cheap and cheerful seaside resorts are my favourite place to pick up shells, in baskets for a pound or two.
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