DIY Rustic Wedding Invitations

Now that everyone has probably received our wedding invitations, I thought I would show them to you guys.

We are getting married on a farm at the end of October. Given the venue, I wanted both our save the dates and actual invitations to have a rustic feel and give a hint of what the overall event would be like. I plan on the wedding being casual and laid back with just family and close friends so I wanted the invites to reflect that, along with adding a bit of a handmade touch.

So here’s how we made our diy rustic wedding invitations.

DIY Rustic Wedding Invitations-Bundle

For starters, here’s what we sent out for our save the dates. A friend of mine I used to work with in Nashville is an amazing graphic designer {thank you Sarah Sung!} and I asked if she would do us the honor of designing both our save the dates and our wedding invitations.

The reception will be in a barn, so I loved the idea of having a barn on these so people would know what type of venue it was. The plan is to get married outside, but their back up ceremony location is inside a dairy barn. Inside the dairy barn they have all sorts of dried flowers hanging which I love. So we added a little hint of wildflowers at the bottom. I printed the save the dates through vistaprint which saved some money.

Rustic Save the Dates

For the actual wedding invitations, I wanted to continue the rustic feel but make them a teeny bit more formal. I also wanted them to feel a bit like fall since it will be fall when we get married.

I found the kind of paper I wanted to use, but was having a hard time finding a local printer that could simply just print the artwork I had and who also had access to the paper. I finally found a cute local invitation place here in Greenville called Invitations on Main. They were great to work with and very affordable.

So here’s all three pieces of the invitation. The main invitation, reply card and then an additional two-sided 3 1/2 x 5 card. We are basically having a destination wedding so I wanted to include details about the location of everything. One side has the map with locations to all the hotels where we have room blocks along with the venue and the back side {which I somehow failed to take a picture of} includes a breakdown of the hotels and a link to our wedding website which lists out things to do in the area, hotel links, etc.

DIY Rustic Wedding Invitations

I didn’t want to just stuff all three pieces into an envelope and be done with it. I wanted to add a handmade touch somehow.

So I bought some hemp twine from JoAnns and used that to wrap all the pieces together in a little bundle.

DIY Wedding Invitations- Twine

Here’s how all the pieces looked before going in the envelope.

DIY Rustic Wedding Invitations

Instead of writing a return address on every RSVP envelope and on the main envelope {and instead of paying extra to have it printed}, I opted to make my own return address labels.

I bought the labels from Paper Presentation and designed the graphics myself. I just used the heart initials that my friend created for our RSVP cards and added the address below.

DIY Rustic Wedding Invitations

Paper Presentation had word templates for all their address labels which made it super easy for setting up and printing.

For the outer envelope, I did pay a little extra for someone to hand write them. I have terrible handwriting and didn’t want to use a teeny label for such a large envelope. I loved her handwriting too. It wasn’t too formal and was different than the usual calligraphy.

{P.S. Yes, I am blurring out all addresses. I don’t want a crazy person showing up at a guest’s house or a wedding crasher showing up at the wedding….you never know.}

DIY Rustic Wedding Invitations

For the outer envelope, instead of putting the address label in the top left corner, I stuck it on the back flap.

DIY Rustic Wedding Invitations

I love how they turned out and they weren’t complicated or expensive.

When it comes to most of the wedding stuff, invitations included, I could easily stress myself out or put pressure on myself to create and make these elaborate decorations or invitations. But at the end of the day, that’s not what’s important and it’s unnecessary.

What’s important is that we’re getting married. I do want the wedding to feel personal and special, so I definitely love the idea of having some handmade touches, but I’m definitely not going overboard and keeping things manageable.

So, what do you think? Did you DIY your own wedding invitations?

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    • says

      Thanks Kal! A friend of mine designed all the artwork for all the pieces. She laid out and designed the map to only include the landmarks necessary.

  1. Dana says

    Thank you for sharing! We are getting married in August and have been lucky to have friends offer to help us make our invitations ourselves, and your invitations are exactly what I have been looking for- simple yet beautiful. I appreciate you taking the time to share your work!

    • says

      That’s so nice that your friends have offered to help! And I’m so glad my invitations could serve as some inspiration! 🙂 I absolutely loved how they turned out and I’m sure yours will turn out beautiful as well!

  2. Jessica says

    Love your invitations! They are very similar to the ones I’m using for my wedding. Was a single outer stamp enough postage?

  3. Katie says

    I am helping a friend plan a rustic wedding and I think this is an awesome tutorial for invitations. Where did you find the paper and envelopes? I would love to find something similar for her design.

  4. Mary Ann says

    Thanks for sharing this Megan. The invitations are beautiful. My son and his fiancé are planning a Barn Wedding so something like this would be perfect!

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