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I wanted to thank Kathryn of Snippet and Ink for including my bridal shower invitations in her beautiful moodboard. Snippet and Ink is a lovely site for all of you brides to get inspiration and to see real brides bringing their dreams to life.
I loved Mary McDonald's invitations for a baby shower that were featured on Style Court. I used this photo as inspiration when trying to come up with invitations for my Marie Antoinette theme bridal shower.
I couldn't find anything ready made that I liked so I decided to make my own. I found the perfect pink card stock at Target. They carry limited colors in the store, but it is a nice weight and a great price if you can find what you want. They even include a how-to template online to make invitations. For the top of the invites I used a free scrolly design from Dafont and then printed them out using our computer.
Finding a damask liner for the envelopes was much harder and almost my undoing. Once I get a specific idea in my mind there is no changing it and I won't settle for less. So I hunted for several weeks at any place you can think of from fancy online stationery shops to the Dollar Store.
Mary McDonald used a photocopy of a print she loved to line her envelopes but I couldn't find anything that would fit. One day I popped into Home Goods and while checking the wrapping paper section I noticed a pack of damask party napkins made in Germany. They were the exact shade of blue I wanted and the paper had a pearly sheen. I thought, could these possibly work?
I had googled how to line envelopes so I had a template ready. I then had the painstaking job of separating the fragile layers of the napkins and cutting each piece out. I used a glue stick to hold the liners in place and just a ruler to create a crease where the envelope shut. I also sealed each envelope with gold wax and my initial for extra oomph. I won't be doing that step again.
I was very happy at how they turned out and they cost the same as buying them ready made in the store.
(If you were wondering, yes I had to plan everything for my wedding, including my own shower. Half because I'm a control freak, but the other half is that both of our families can be aesthetically challenged;)