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Thursday, May 27, 2010

Free DIY Invitations

Oh whoa. I feel like a delinquent blogger. Seriously.

How have I been blogging about budget-minded, hand-crafted, eco-friendly weddings for more than two years and I'm just getting around to finding out about the website Download & Print (thanks to another amazing website, iDiY)?

Wow. Double wow. Anna Skye is my new creative hero. She designs invitations for babies, weddings, showers, and parties. And then lets you download them for free. And, to top it all off, she gives you step-by-step directions for how to print them (like what kind of paper to use, etc.).

I am aghast. I am ecstatic. I am so appreciative!

I'm often torn about invitations. On the one hand, I think they are a huge waste of time, money, and environmental resources. When I get invitations in the mail, I honestly write down the important information and then toss everything into the recycling. When I get invitations enclosed within envelopes that are enclosed within more envelopes that contain an envelope, I cynically think to myself, "Couldn't you have sent me a dollar instead of wasting all your money on postage?"

On the other hand, I love, love, love good graphic design. I love handwritten letters and pretty things that arrive in the mail.

This site seems to offer the best of both world! Not too much hassle on the invitations, while still producing an amazing result.

Thank you, Anna!

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spankey said...

I used her designs for my STD postcards. Love them! Would have used her invitation ideas, but then fiance and I (yes, we were married on Sunday, May 23!) needed/wanted a specific style encompassing the idea that we were getting married by the Humboldt Bay in a museum/restaurant. I found my amazing sea creatures font at www.wedding-invitation-ideas.com which has great free templates.
Ok, shouldn't be on computer - am actually on honeymoon!

Sara E. Cotner said...

@ spankey: Thanks for sharing! (And I totally get the go-on-the-computer-during-your-honeymoon thing. Matt and I frequented several internet cafes in Paris and Greece. Happy travels!)

Sarah said...

These are totally adorable!!

Sara-- a note to you; we're getting married this Saturday and I just wanted to shoot you a thanks for your blog... it's the only wedding website I read this late into the game because I know it won't get me worked up into a tizzy, but rather, keeps me grounded. Thank you thank you thank you.

Once all the craziness is over, I'll be sure to pull an entry together for you! :)

Sara- prettythriftyandeasy.blogspot.com said...

I thought I was the only one who felt this way about invitations! What did you do to cut down on cost and paper waste for your invitations? - Sara

Nina B. said...

Ahhhh! Thank you for this!

Kristen said...

Thanks for this resource!!!!! I wrote it down in my file of "good wedding resources."

I have to say that when I first read Spankey's comment above I did a double take when I saw "STD postcards" with a big look of shock on my face. I am new to wedding details and very new to wedding blogs. It took me a second before I realized that "STD postcards" is not something where you tell all of your friends that you unfortunately have contracted something rather nasty, but instead a "SAVE THE DATE postcard." Oh yeah, I'm catching on! :)

Thanks for the resource and the chuckle at my wedding newbie-ness!


A Los Angeles Love said...

Bookmarked. I even found a few styles I loved - which is rare on some of the free sites I've browsed. Thanks!

Sara E. Cotner said...

@ Sara: We sent an e-mail for a Save-the-Date and then we sent a postcard for the actual invitation. We spent a lot of time putting relevant information on our website, so our invite was pretty much "Go look at the website!" Here's a link to a post about them: http://2000dollarwedding.com/2008/04/good-for-budget-and-environment.html

For a couple months leading up to the wedding, we also sent out an e-mail update once a month highlighting certain things and reminding people to visit the website.

The only people who weren't tech savvy on our invite list were a couple of our grandparents, but our parents are in constant contact with them anyway that it didn't seem to matter too much.

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