day thirteen. a stop motion save the date and 3 inspirational DIY wedding invite ideas.

I’m all about details that make your wedding special, unique and a reflection of who you and your fiance are as a couple. Although I have personally never been a huge ‘do it yourself-er’ I have always been drawn to typography and design. For that reason, I have contemplated making our own wedding invitations and have been lately scouring the internet for inspiration. While I will be the first one to admit that nothing beats a well designed invitation made and printed by a professional I am drawn to the idea that something so special and intimate as inviting our guests to our wedding is something that I might try to tackle myself.

This year I also took on a special project with one of my couples. Rob and Rochelle wanted to do a unique travel inspired save the date. Rob is a charter pilot and they are having a destination wedding in Florida next  year so Rochelle came up with the idea of making a stop motion save the date using the jet that Rob flies as our prop. We did some research and brainstorming and I think you are going to love the result. Rochelle put the save the date up on her wedding website and the whole thing looks fantastic.

I love working with my couples to make these things happen. My best work occurs when I collaborate with my couples and the end product has their personality written all over it.  It doesn’t get better than that.

I also wanted to share my favorite resources and inspiration for creating your own wedding invites.

These invitations are the most beautiful DIY project I have seen yet. While these invitations were extremely labor intensive it is a great source of inspiration, I would love to do something similar to this with a bit of my own twist to it.

Jodi, the bride said: “I knew once we got engaged that I wanted something new and creative for our wedding invitations, something that hasn’t been done before, but also something to reflect the style of our wedding and allow our guests to have a “sneak peek” into the actual day.  We wanted our invites to be personal and completely handmade and really give our guests something special.

Check out all the details and more photos of these beautiful invites at Love and Lavender!

I am in love with this amazing faux wood-grained paper! Add a beautiful hand drawn type and these are perfect combination of rustic and simple.


Both the RSVP and enclosure cards are printed on a “paper” made entirely of discarded Costa Rican banana stalks. The stalks are cut during the yearly banana harvest and would otherwise end up as agricultural waste. I just love this paper – not only is it environmentally friendly, but it is beautiful.

Check out more images and find more information on Magpie Paperworks.


These invitations featured on OnceWed are yet another mind blowing example of DIY wedding invitations done right.

We made our invitations, an elaborate package of formal invite, photographs Jasper took of Palm Springs during our visits there, a CD for the road trip out there and a Tom Robbins quote we felt summed up our relationship; we put the entire collection inside of felt pockets my father sewed and topped it off with a feather.  I scoured eBay for vintage 60s/70s stamps, even finding a photography stamp.




I would love to document and be a part of your special and unique day. Check out my portfolio and please contact me – let’s make it happen : )




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