After getting engaged a couple of weeks ago we decided that we would hold a small engagement party for our families to meet properly. As we are having a ‘long’ engagement tradition dictates that the party should be held between one and six months after the proposal, we are holding ours about a month and a half after. We were going to have a ‘big’ party but we don’t really have enough money to throw at it at the moment so a small affair for just family is what we have decided on. We are going to be holding the party at our house and there will be around 20 guests – not sure where we’re going to put them all though!
I was excited to get crafty and create some handmade invitations for the party, I’m a huge stationery hoarder and have a whole room filled with paper, card and embellishments – now was finally the time to put them to use. I’m also toying with the idea of making my own wedding stationery so this was a bit of a practise run. I knew that I wanted to use kraft cardstock for the invitations and some pearl stickers but the rest was a bit of a mystery. I browsed pinterest for some inspiration and found this pin with the tie-the-knot string detail which I decided to incorporate into my invites. In the end I chose to create some bunting to link in with the string and decorate the front of the cards with this and some stamped letters. I created the insert on Photoshop using some of my favourite fonts and a pale blue polka dot background. I printed these onto white card so that they were a bit more sturdy then snipped the corners with my corner rounder and stuck them inside the cards. I then added the twine ‘knot’ detail to attach the two sides of the cards together – this was a little bit fiddly.
I’m really happy with how the invitations turned out and all of my hard work has paid off. Everyone has told me how much they liked them, although my Nan didn’t get the ‘tying the knot’ bit.
I am now looking forward to decorate the house for the party, we don’t really have a theme or anything but I’m sure it will all come together. I will do a post on here on any ideas we have next week.