Our wedding day should be special, because your love for your fiancée is more than everything you have ever felt. Shouldn’t the most special day of your lives be in the same light? It’s a celebration of a special love and you want your guests to remember it. Why not start with your DIY wedding invitations, as a handmade look will definitely make a personal statement. The way you do up your DIY wedding invitations will also be crucial in making sure your wedding is memorable, and above all, one considered special in the hearts and minds of your invitees. Once way of standing out would be to come up with some great designs and complement it with speciality paper. Let’s find out how you can do just that!
The layout of your invitation card is an important element is getting the look you want. Carry out some research on the trends of wedding invitations and what’s popular along the styles of your choosing. There are types of folding styles to choose from too, such as double fold, tri-fold, pocket and even a z-fold, either vertically or horizontally. At the DIY Invitations online store, you are able to pick from any of the ones available, or even make your own, such as a gate-fold design with the paper or card stock available.
There are also printable templates available so that once you have decided on a look, and you need the invitation wording for the inset, all you need to do is customise the text and have it printed and pasted on the inside of your DIY wedding invitation card. It’s that simple! However, when it comes to adding those special touches to your DIY wedding invitations, there’s more to it than just the layout and fold styles. It’s about what you use to complement it. You can do this with the help of speciality paper and embellishments.
Paper comes in many colours, styles and don’t forget textures. Plain card stock is available in Textured Linen, Shimmer, and StarDream. If you are a fan of vellum, you also get the translucent variety which is a lovely complement to your paper/card. However, in terms of speciality paper, there’s many to consider. You are given the choice of embossed, flocked, metallic, glittered, screen printed and thermography papers. These are all fabulous and the colour it’s available in makes it even better.
You can use any of these papers to add to your DIY wedding invitation, whether you use it on the front or as accents on the inside. Some opt to use speciality paper as an all-over design on the front face of the card with an embellishment thoughtfully placed, whilst some play with layers to get peeks of the paper. Consider these looks for a beautiful and special wedding!
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DIY bomboniere boxes are a great way to add a splash of personality to your wedding and save money! While bombonieres are typically small tokens that a couple give wedding guests to show their appreciation and affection, bombonieres and the box it’s displayed in come in a variety of styles and designs to suit different price ranges.
Different Types of DIY Bomboniere Boxes
A traditional favourite that’s still extremely popular, standard cubed DIY bomboniere boxes come in a plethora of sizes to fit a selection of different gifts. Including a separate lid that either lifts off entirely or just flips open, these two-piece boxes are usually available in white cardstock which makes a great canvas for your DIY design elements or in clear PVC if you prefer to let your guests see what’s inside immediately.
While the standard shape is popular, there are other types of DIY bomboniere boxes that have been crafted to suit unique wedding styles. Pillow bomboniere boxes are a cute way to package something light like a scarf or personalised candy and have openings at both ends that need to be squeezed gently to reveal the favour inside. Unique DIY box designs resembling take-out boxes in heavy cardstock have also become trendy in the wedding circuit and are used to package anything from fortune cookies to jars of homemade jam.
When adding embellishments and decorating your DIY bomboniere boxes keep your wedding theme in mind for a streamlined look that’s simple without being overcrowded. Experiment with unusual design elements like leaves for an autumn wedding or exquisite embellishments such as brooches, starfish clusters, buckles, buttons, sequins, glitter and pearls that suit a variety of wedding themes. Fabric swatches, lace bands and ribbons are fabulous elements to weave into your DIY design concept for an exquisite touch of elegance!
Visit your local craft shop or check out an online DIY wedding invitation supplier for some great add ons that will transform your DIY bomboniere box into a classy keepsake
DIY Bomboniere Ideas
While personalised chocolate bars and sugared almonds are popular alternatives, they’re quite boring and standard! Give your guests something personal that’s more likely to be treasured than popped into the bin such as the dry ingredients for two cookies in a bomboniere box accompanied with a handwritten copy of your all time favourite chocolate chip cookie recipe or any other family recipe.
A bomboniere buffet is a trendy option that lets you cut costs by displaying both cost-friendly items with a few lavish options that guests can help themselves to before leaving the wedding.
What’s one thing that you need for invitations & stationery and fundamental for the look you are striving for? That’s right, paper! You need something to be your starting point, and the right paper can set you on the right path. The very same applies when it comes to DIY invitations and stationery, because let’s face it, if you don’t have paper, there’s really not a lot for you to use when you are working on a traditional medium or base. You could use the likes of clear Perspex and other such materials but you do need to consider things like the cost factors of printing on such materials and therefore, paper stock would be the best option for your creativity and handiwork.
You get the option of choosing between card stock and paper stock at DIY Invitations. Card stock includes board for your invitations that are hardy as they weigh over 150gsm, whilst paper stock is less rigid and weighs under 150gsm. Let’s look at the options of card and paper stock made available for your choosing when you create beautiful handmade invitations for your special events.
Paper Stock for DIY Invitations (Under 150gsm)
Some of the paper stock options for DIY invitations depend on the sizing, texture and quality, as well as the weight of the paper too. The range of StarDream and Shimmer paper offers a pearlescent quality and is manufactured in Italy, whilst the Textured Linen paper range has a subtle linen texture that sets it apart. Here are some options from the range made available to you for use when doing up your own handmade invitations.
- A4 Champagne Shimmer 125gsm Paper
- A4 Textured White Linen 104gsm Paper
- A4 Ivory Shimmer 125gsm Paper
- A4 StarDream Quartz 120gsm Paper
- A4 White Shimmer 125gsm Paper
- A4 Silver Shimmer 125gsm Paper
- A4 StarDream Opal 120gsm Paper
- A4 StarDream Silver 120gsm Paper
- A4 StarDream Crystal 120gsm Paper
Card Stock for DIY Invitations (Over 150gsm)
Card stock is classified as a board as opposed to paper due to its thick and rigid nature, and allows for a sturdy finish. The StarDream, Shimmer and Sparkle range of quality card stock/board is pearlescent in nature and reliable due to its added strength in terms of gsm. The following are options made available to you at DIY Invitations to create beautiful handmade invitations, stationery and other creations.
- A4 StarDream Opal 285gsm Board
- A4 White Sparkle 250gsm Board
- A4 StarDream Quartz 285gsm Board
- A4 Champagne Shimmer 300gsm Board
- A4 Ivory Shimmer 300gsm Board
- A4 StarDream Crystal 285gsm Board
- A4 StarDream Silver 285gsm Board
- A4 White Shimmer 300gsm Board
- A4 Silver Shimmer 300gsm Board
- A4 StarDream Crystal 240gsm Board
Consider these options as you draft and plan the look and feel of your DIY invitations whether it’s for a wedding or any other special event in your life.
Last week, we introduced Bomboniere Boxes and what is in store for you, as well as the new trends. This week, we will be looking at what DIY Invitations can do for you in terms of some of the products on offer for your milestone and special event gifts and favours. Discover the different types of bomboniere boxes available for your selection, ranging from quality paper products to delightful plastic Perspex creations, that you can easily DIY in the comfort of your home.
Paper Bomboniere Boxes
Paper Cube Box Styles are made of quality gloss paper that comes in one piece with a quick lock setting and auto lock base for easy DIY assembly, and sold in packs of 10.
• 120mm Cube Bomboniere Box Auto-Lock Base (120mm x 120mm x 120mm)
• 80mm Cube Bomboniere Box (80mm x 80mm x 80mm)
• 70mm Cube Bomboniere Box (70mm x 70mm x 70mm)
• 60mm Cube Bomboniere Box (60mm x 60mm x 60mm)
• 50mm Cube Bomboniere Box (50mm x 50mm x 50mm)
• 40mm Cube Bomboniere Box (40mm x 40mm x 40mm)
Trinket Bomboniere Box Styles are made of quality paper available in gold, silver and white, and is a two piece set, with a lid and base. They are sold in packs of 10 with folding and assembly instructions, and has a measurement of 80mm x 80mm x 48mm.
Noodle Box Styles have tapered sides made out of quality cardboard with a metal handle, being sold in sleeves of 50.
• 16oz Cardboard Noodle Box Bomboniere (70mm x 55mm x 85mm)
• 8oz Cardboard Noodle Box Bomboniere (60mm x 45mm x 85mm)
Plastic Bomboniere Boxes
Plastic Cube Box Styles are made of 0.6mm quality clear Perspex that comes in one piece for easy DIY folding, and sold in packs of 10.
• PVC/Perspex 100mm Cube Style (100mm x 100mm x 100mm)
• PVC/Perspex 90mm Cube Style (90mm x 90mm x 90mm)
• PVC/Perspex 80mm Cube Style (80mm x 80mm x 80mm)
• PVC/Perspex 70mm Cube Style (70mm x 70mm x 70mm)
• PVC/Perspex 60mm Cube Style (60mm x 60mm x 60mm)
• PVC/Perspex 50mm Cube Style (50mm x 50mm x 50mm)
• Grande Clear PVC/Perspex Bomboniere Box (100mm x 100mm x 120mm)
Noodle Box Styles have tapered sides made out of clear PCV/Perspex with a plastic handle, being sold in sleeves of 50.
• 16oz Plastic Noodle Box Bomboniere (70mm x 55mm x 85mm)
• 8oz Plastic Noodle Box Bomboniere (60mm x 45mm x 85mm)
Pillow Pack Box Styles are made of 0.6mm quality clear Perspex that comes in one piece for easy DIY assembly, and sold in packs of 10.
• Midi Pillow Pack Bomboniere (70mm x 50mm x 25mm)
• Petite Pillow Pack Bomboniere (45mm x 45mm x 15mm)
Try out these wonderful bomboniere boxes for your special events and make it a hit with some DIY and personal touches.
Doing up your DIY invitations, whether it is for your wedding, your engagement party or any other reason you might want to design and create great looking invitations, such as a dinner party or even a charity gala and so forth, is a fun journey. From the point of inspiration to selecting the colour, theme, style and layout you have envisioned, to the invitation wording and adding the little bits and bobs that go into making it a true hit, there is much to consider apart from the basic DIY invitation kits paper to the wonder that ends up being the invitation.
There are many ways to do up and accessorize your DIY invitations. You could do it with paper, or with little bibs and bobs you find that are so intricate or relevant to your design aesthetic that it’s the perfect touch to make it a complete masterpiece.
At DIY Invitations, we feature some great options for you to choose from in terms of accessorizing your DIY invitations with the likes of lovely embellishments to suit your look and stationery theme.
DIY Invitations Brooch Accessories and Embellishments
Adding a touch of glitz add to the glamour that a DIY wedding invitation deserves. In such a case, there are a variety of options for you to choose from depending on the style, theme, design, and colour of the wedding invitation, or other event invitations.
Peacock Brooch: This lovely brooch is formed with a cluster of beautiful stones that emit an array of colours ranging from peacock blue and green to hints of yellow. Other types of similar brooches include the Regal Brooch and the Watermelon Brooch. The former consists of three different colours for the two outer rings (a shade of pale pink and magenta) and a turquoise blue, while the latter consists of two different colours for the two outer ring and centre being shades of emerald green and pink.
Vintage Pearl Brooch: This brooch exudes luxury and finesse and would be ideal for an vintage inspired invitation in pearl tones, such as cream, off-white and the likes, especially if the paper used gives off a lovely sheen. The pearl clusters designed as a floral element is mixed with diamond stones.
Starfish Cluster: A great inclusion for an ocean or beach themed wedding invitation, this star fish design with stone embedded is classy in its silver gloss and would even be ideal when accompanied by a foil element used on the DIY invite.
Oval Pearl Cluster: Another item from the pearl collection, this cluster would be great to be highlighted by a ribbon. With a string of diamond stones lining the oval pearl it can be used to complement the colour scheme or to contrast it as well. Other items from this type of DIY Invitation embellishment include Black Square Cluster, White Flower Cluster, Double Round Cluster, and Heart Pearl Cluster.
Diamond Cluster: This embellishment which would complement a ribbon very well, is a diamond shaped cluster of stones and can be used in an array of colour provided it you use similar cooling colour tones.
Victorian Cluster: Another vintage classic, this intricate and ornate cluster is quite the statement piece. Ideal for a vintage inspired wedding invitation, with elegant design, you could put this invite accessory to use accompanied with a ribbon or even as the centre highlight of the front facing as well, depending on your layout design.
Special Treatments with Lace include the likes of Butterfly Lace, Velvet Plume Lace, Enchanted Garden Lace, and My Valentine Lace that consists of beautiful lace designs that is pre-cut is a perfect choice when opting for layering and is accompanied with a Star Dream Crystal Paper at 240gsm.
These items can be used either individually or in unison with other accessories for your wedding invitations such as Lace Ribbons or Organza Ribbons, Feathers and other items such as seashells, beads and much more.