Lace Doily DIY Wedding Invitations

UPDATE: Click here for free invitation suite template download

Today, I’d like to share another DIY project I did for our wedding.

DIY Lace Wedding Invitations

DIY Lace Wedding Invitations  |  Mrs. Fancee

I had a TON of fun designing the invitations (a little bit less fun putting them together… lol).  Knowing I was going for a ‘country classy’ type look and that I love Kraft paper, I scoured pinterest for inspiration.  This was the spark for the whole project:

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After seeing these gorgeous invites I knew I wanted to DIY lace wedding invitations using doilies and kraft paper.

The layout of the invitations was based on this next invite: (I seriously spent way too many hours of my life obsessing over font choices and styling ;))

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For the paper I bought 250 8.5×11 Kraft paper sheets for $45  (I recently found them here for less, I used the 100 cover weight, Desert Storm).  The invites took around 90 sheets and I ended up using nearly all the rest for other wedding paper projects.  All the printing was done at Staples, they are very reasonable.

Here is a close up of the invite sans the doily…  I sometimes just sit and stare at it, because I love it so much… :)

How to Make Lace Wedding Invitations  |  Mrs. Fancee

But, seriously… I’m sure I spent over 5 hours meticulously analyzing every font in the world… haha :)  I was going for a more contemporary and fun layout with words that popped, versus the traditional invites in the cursive.  Those are pretty too, but I was going for ‘gripping’   ;)

If anyone is interested in knowing any of the fonts, or wants a copy of the wedding invitation template I used: click here :)

DIY Doily Wedding Invitation  |  Mrs. FanceeI bought the Doilies for around $10 off of the Webstaurant store (it came in a package of 500!)  Putting it all together was pretty simple.  I centered the doily around the invite, folded, then used a craft paper cutter to remove the excess doily on the top and bottom.

So I took these pictures before I made most of them, and I actually ended up tying bows instead of knots like the one above.  Tying the ribbon was a learning process, but the more I did the better I got.  Jake graciously offered to assist me, but after ten minutes of laboring over one bow, he asked to be relieved of his duties ;)  Men’s fingers are just not cut out for these sorts of things…

For the RSVP postcards  I had them printed and cut at Staples, then I used stamps I had and embossed the back.  They looked so pretty with the black shiny :)  I wish the picture captured it better….

Doily Invitations DIY  |  Mrs. Fancee

My mom and sisters helped me a TON with these… I mean like many hours of cutting, tying, stamping and embossing, not to mention envelope licking, stamping, and addressing… You gals are the best! :)  And, I should mention that Jake helped me a lot too, who would have thought he has a knack for embossing? ;)

Again, if anyone is interested in fonts used/more information on the embossing process, I’d be happy to fill in more details!  Thanks for reading about my DIY lace wedding invitations.  If you like my blog, I would love for you to follow me (by email or bloglovin’ in the right sidebar) or view my Pinterest.  :)

UPDATE: Thank you all for the positive feedback and wonderful comments about my DIY lace doily wedding invitations! :)  Click here for free invitation suite template download

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104 Comments on Lace Doily DIY Wedding Invitations

  1. Tracey
    June 11, 2013 at 2:04 am (1 year ago)

    I would love a copy of your template if you are willing to share! These invitations are so cute and exactly what I had in mind for my June 2014 wedding!

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    • mrsfancee
      June 11, 2013 at 3:19 am (1 year ago)

      Absolutely! I’ll send you an email with the template tomorrow. And congratulations! :)

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      • Debbie
        June 12, 2013 at 1:18 am (1 year ago)

        I would definitely love a copy of your template your invites are gorgeous… Country with elegance

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        • mrsfancee
          June 12, 2013 at 1:58 am (1 year ago)

          Thank you for the kind words! I’d be happy to send you a template, I should be able to send it to you sometime tomorrow.

      • Jena Lee Seng
        August 7, 2013 at 5:19 pm (12 months ago)

        I 2nd Tracy’s motion….Exactly!!! June 21, 2014!!!!

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  2. Andrea Haase
    June 12, 2013 at 7:13 am (1 year ago)

    I would also love a copy of your template, these are absolutely beautiful!

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    • mrsfancee
      June 12, 2013 at 9:10 am (1 year ago)

      Thank you so much, I will be sending a copy your way soon!

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  3. Laura
    June 12, 2013 at 7:58 am (1 year ago)

    I am also interested in your template! :) I am getting married June 2014. Also wondering the whole process to have them printed somewhere. Thanks!

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      • Tracy Purtell
        June 15, 2013 at 5:15 pm (1 year ago)

        I would absolutely love a template!!! could you email me as well? Thank you thank you thank you…this is exactly what i was looking for!!

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        • mrsfancee
          June 15, 2013 at 5:49 pm (1 year ago)

          Thanks so much, Tracy! I’m glad you like them :) Sending a copy your way!

      • Lori
        August 8, 2013 at 6:51 pm (12 months ago)

        To print them at Staples, did you go through it online? I am looking at getting them printed there and so far I can’t seem to get them to upload correctly. I am not sure if I am just doing it wrong… but I was just wondering how you did it!

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        • mrsfancee
          August 8, 2013 at 9:40 pm (12 months ago)

          Hi Lori, I actually had the same problem using their online system. I ended up going into the store with a flahsdrive and the people at the copy and print center were very helpful. :)

  4. Andrea Boonie
    June 12, 2013 at 12:08 pm (1 year ago)

    Dear Mrs. Fancee,
    I looove your invites :) They are so perfect! I’m getting married in October of this year and have been mulling over what style I’d like for our invites! I think you may have just pointed me in the right direction! Could you please send me the template? THANK YOU
    THANK YOU
    THANK YOU,
    Andrea

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    • mrsfancee
      June 12, 2013 at 1:26 pm (1 year ago)

      Andrea,
      Thank you, I’m so flattered you like our invites! Expect an email tonight with the template. Congratulations on the wedding!!! :)
      Mrs. Fancee

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  5. Ashlie Smith
    June 12, 2013 at 1:41 pm (1 year ago)

    Will you please send me a copy of the template also. It’s prefect! We are having a small vintage country chic wedding it this is perfect!

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    • mrsfancee
      June 12, 2013 at 2:31 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks Ashlie, and congratulations! I’ll be sending you a copy soon :)

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  6. Tara
    June 12, 2013 at 6:47 pm (1 year ago)

    May I please have a copy?? These are so adorable and completely our style! :) they look great!

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    • mrsfancee
      June 13, 2013 at 7:41 am (1 year ago)

      Thank you, Tara! I will be sending an email your way shortly :)

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  7. Tiffaney
    June 13, 2013 at 3:06 pm (1 year ago)

    These are adorable! in love. Can you email me a template?

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    • mrsfancee
      June 13, 2013 at 5:35 pm (1 year ago)

      Tiffaney, I’d be happy to share it with you, glad you like it! You’ll be receiving an email soon.

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  8. Jakie Schell
    June 13, 2013 at 4:10 pm (1 year ago)

    I will be having a country wedding next fall & absolutely LOVE your design!! Would you be willing to share your template with me, also??

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    • mrsfancee
      June 13, 2013 at 5:36 pm (1 year ago)

      Congratulations Jakie! And thank you so much :) I’ll be sending you a template shortly.

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  9. Amreen
    June 16, 2013 at 2:25 am (1 year ago)

    hi :) i stumbled across your invited today and i would love a copy of your template if you can? thank youuuu

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    • mrsfancee
      June 16, 2013 at 9:44 am (1 year ago)

      Hi Amreen, expect an email soon! :)

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  10. Kelli
    June 17, 2013 at 9:38 pm (1 year ago)

    Love these invites! Exactly what I’m looking for for my wedding in October! Would you send me the template? Thank you so much!

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    • mrsfancee
      June 18, 2013 at 7:41 am (1 year ago)

      Congratulations on your upcoming wedding! I would love to send you a template. :) You should receive an email soon!

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  11. Vanessa
    June 18, 2013 at 8:56 pm (1 year ago)

    I absolutely love this! Im renewing my vows next May and this is exactly the style invite I’m looking for. Can you please send the templates my way as well? Thank you!

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    • mrsfancee
      June 18, 2013 at 10:05 pm (1 year ago)

      How fun! I will be sending you an email soon :) I used size A7 envelopes, I’m sorry I can’t remember where I ordered them from… The dimensions of the invites are 5.5″ by 7″ (they could easily be made longer though, by cutting less off the bottom)

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  12. Vanessa
    June 18, 2013 at 8:57 pm (1 year ago)

    Oops I forgot to ask…what envelopes did you use for these? Thanks again :)

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  13. Vanessa
    June 18, 2013 at 8:59 pm (1 year ago)

    What are the dimensions of your invite?

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  14. Deanna
    June 19, 2013 at 9:25 pm (1 year ago)

    I love love your invites.My wedding is in Feb 2014 could you please send me a copy of your template ?? Thanks

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    • mrsfancee
      June 20, 2013 at 10:48 am (1 year ago)

      Congrats Deanna! I will definitely be sending you a template soon :)

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  15. Cortney
    June 27, 2013 at 3:50 pm (1 year ago)

    These invites are EXACTLY what I’m looking for! I already have the paper and everything to make them I was just going crazy trying to decide on what kind of template… please… Save me! :) These are STUNNING! Thank you so much!

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    • mrsfancee
      June 27, 2013 at 4:42 pm (1 year ago)

      Cortney, thank you for the kind words! Glad I could help :)

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  16. Rebecca
    July 5, 2013 at 7:09 pm (1 year ago)

    I love these invites!! I’m getting married next April and this is the exact invitation I have been envisioning! Could you please send me a copy of your template? These invitations would be perfect for our southern country chic wedding!

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    • mrsfancee
      July 8, 2013 at 7:41 am (1 year ago)

      I’m so glad you like them, Rebecca! Congratulations, and good luck wedding planning, it sounds beautiful :) Expect an email soon!

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  17. Rachel
    July 9, 2013 at 7:40 pm (1 year ago)

    These invites are so absolutely perfect!!! I am planning a wedding for next summer, and I would love to have this template. You did such a beautiful job, and it would be amazing if you could send me a copy! Thanks so much!

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    • mrsfancee
      July 9, 2013 at 8:08 pm (1 year ago)

      Thanks so much, Rachel! And congratulations :) I’d be happy to send you a copy; expect an email soon!

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  18. Leanna Eaves
    July 10, 2013 at 3:24 pm (1 year ago)

    Could I get a copy of your template?

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    • mrsfancee
      July 10, 2013 at 3:40 pm (1 year ago)

      Surely :) I’ll be sending you an email soon!

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  19. teala yohe
    July 12, 2013 at 3:09 am (1 year ago)

    I’d love to get the template also, hubby and I are re-newing our vows 9-21-13. Gotta get in gear for the invites!

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    • mrsfancee
      July 12, 2013 at 8:26 am (1 year ago)

      Congratulations Teala! I’ll be sending you the templates soon :)

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  20. bailey
    July 16, 2013 at 10:23 pm (1 year ago)

    Where can I find a stamp like what you used to emboss the back?

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  21. Priscilla contreras
    July 20, 2013 at 6:17 pm (1 year ago)

    I love your invitations!! How many invites did you make and what was the final total? I would also like a copy of your template.

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  22. Chandra fernau
    July 21, 2013 at 7:48 pm (1 year ago)

    I stumbled across this fabulous idea while I was looking at invitations on Pinterest! Could I ask for the template? I love this!

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  23. Kerry
    July 23, 2013 at 5:14 pm (1 year ago)

    These are gorgeous!! Please send me the template too!!

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  24. Kim
    July 24, 2013 at 9:38 pm (12 months ago)

    This is just what I was looking for, please forward the template to me as well.

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  25. Lori Sexton
    July 28, 2013 at 2:36 pm (12 months ago)

    I love love love your invitations!! Could you please send me the template I’ve been searching everywhere for invitations that I love, because I’m getting married in December and really want to do my own! Thank you!

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  26. Ashton
    August 9, 2013 at 8:36 am (12 months ago)

    Hi! Where did you find the envelopes? Also, you got the 10 inch doilies?

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  27. B
    August 11, 2013 at 2:07 pm (12 months ago)

    When you put the invitations on the doily, did you cut the doily in half then glue it to the back or was the doily big enough that you could fold it around the invitation?

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    • mrsfancee
      August 12, 2013 at 8:05 am (12 months ago)

      It was large enough to fit all the way around. I folded the vertical sides over, then cut off the top and bottom excess.

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  28. Lori
    August 23, 2013 at 6:10 pm (11 months ago)

    I was just wondering if you glued the actual invitation to the doily? Like once you had the positioning on it correctly? To send them did you put everything inside the little doily and tie it up, or was each thing put in separately? Thank you soooo much for your help with everything. I’m going to assemble everything this weekend!

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    • mrsfancee
      August 23, 2013 at 6:46 pm (11 months ago)

      I didn’t glue them, folding the doily around the invitation helped it stay pretty well. Then I tied the bows around the doily and invite. Also, I put the RSVP card in the envelope separate from the doily invite card because I was worried people might miss it if it was inside the doily. But that’s just personal preference :) Good luck assembling everything!!

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  29. Tori Wadsworth
    October 7, 2013 at 10:37 pm (10 months ago)

    Did it cost extra for postage (with the doily & all?)?

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    • mrsfancee
      October 8, 2013 at 2:15 pm (10 months ago)

      Nope, I just used the regular ‘forever’ stamps :)

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  30. Tiffany F
    October 18, 2013 at 12:47 pm (9 months ago)

    Hello! I love these! I am doing them for my wedding next September! Do you by chance remember what size doily you used? 6 inch or 8 inch? Thanks!!!

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  31. lorey mattingly
    November 1, 2013 at 10:31 am (9 months ago)

    I have a question about the RSVP card. you said you used stamps you have and embosses the back. What did you use stamps on and what did you emboss. I could not tell from the picture. Any help would be greatly appreciated!! THANKS

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    • Mrs. Fancee
      November 5, 2013 at 8:26 pm (9 months ago)

      Hi Lorey! Sorry I’ve been MIA the last couple of days. For the RSVP backs, I used rubber stamps from Michaels (one ampersand and a clear alphabet collection on an acrylic block), then I embossed the “Jacob & Naomi.” Basically, you use a special embossing ink, cover with embossing powder, then heat gun it until it bubbles up. It’s a pretty fun process! Just takes a while…

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  32. Priscilla contreras
    December 11, 2013 at 10:41 pm (7 months ago)

    Hello. Another question about the rsvp…. What is the font you used for the RSVP part. I’m going crazy looking for one that is as nice as yours

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  33. Kari
    December 26, 2013 at 9:04 pm (7 months ago)

    did you get the envelops from the same website as the paper? what size did you get?

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    • Mrs. Fancee
      December 27, 2013 at 2:49 pm (7 months ago)

      I got size A7 envelopes I believe from Paper source

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      • Liz
        December 31, 2013 at 2:12 am (7 months ago)

        Did you glued the doilies on the back?

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        • Mrs. Fancee
          December 31, 2013 at 10:14 am (7 months ago)

          I didn’t, so they just came off when you untied the ribbon. But, I think that would be a neat detail :)

  34. Rana A.
    January 10, 2014 at 12:24 pm (6 months ago)

    Hi, I read through all of the above before asking, but just to be clear…. 10″ doilies, got it….. but what size are your actual invites? I just wanna make sure that 10″ doilies will fit around my a7 cardstock, or should i get 12″? Thanks!

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    • Mrs. Fancee
      January 10, 2014 at 2:25 pm (6 months ago)

      Hi Rana! The invites are size A7. Once you trim 1.5″ off the bottom, 1″ off the right side, and in half vertically they will be 7″ x 5″. So the 10″ doilies worked perfectly :) hope that helps!

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  35. Shannon Svingen-JonesShannon
    January 12, 2014 at 10:01 am (6 months ago)

    What was the size of doily you used and what was the size of paper for the invitation?

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    • Mrs. Fancee
      January 12, 2014 at 6:31 pm (6 months ago)

      The doilies were 10″ and I used regular 8.5 x 11″ paper :)

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  36. Casey
    January 20, 2014 at 6:35 pm (6 months ago)

    How did you tie the bows so pretty? I can’t get mine like that!

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    • Mrs. Fancee
      January 21, 2014 at 9:17 am (6 months ago)

      Well… they all didn’t look quite that nice lol. They got better the more I did though, and for the one in the picture (my best one) I tried to make it tiny and then I tugged and pulled the ends until they settled under the loops of the bow.

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  37. Casey
    January 20, 2014 at 6:38 pm (6 months ago)

    A trick I learned from working at a craft store too was to buy the A7 foldable cards and cut them down the crease so you double the amount of cards you have. It depends on the number of invites you make and the cost of a pack of cardstock vs. cards but I got 50 cards and envelopes for $10 which meant I only needed to buy an extra pack of 50 envelopes since the cards would double to 100. Just something to help out future invitation DIYers!

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    • Mrs. Fancee
      January 21, 2014 at 9:19 am (6 months ago)

      Thanks for the tip, Casey! That is a great idea :) I will definitely do that the next time I’m making invites.

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  38. Caitlin
    February 8, 2014 at 3:01 am (6 months ago)

    I’m planning on using your DIY instructions and making something very similar!! You did an absolutely wonderful job coming up with the design and providing instructions. I am just wondering if it would be possible to use a home printer to print the invitations or if the printing has to be done at a secondary location such as staples. Any feedback is appreciated. Thanks!!

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    • Mrs. Fancee
      February 8, 2014 at 9:37 am (6 months ago)

      Hi Caitlin, thanks so much for the kind words! If you wanted to print it on a home printer, you could as long as your paper isn’t too thick (I would think anything heavier that’s 80lb cover weight or heavier wouldn’t do well in a home printer). My printer can hardly handle thin envelopes lol. That said, I think you can acutally save money printing it at Staples. My home printer black ink cartridges are around $30, but Staples was able to print all of my invitations and cut them for around 15-20. Hope this is helpful, and best of luck :)

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      • Caitlin
        February 8, 2014 at 9:51 am (6 months ago)

        That is exactly what I needed to know. Thanks so much!!

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  39. Lace Erickson
    March 2, 2014 at 2:12 pm (5 months ago)

    I love love love this idea! Your template is great! I had a quick question about the line next to the date. Is there a way to move it? Thanks so much!

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    • Mrs. Fancee
      March 4, 2014 at 4:29 pm (5 months ago)

      Thanks for the sweet words :) And yes, you can move it. You may have to move all of the other nearby text boxes to the side in order to be able select it though. (One of the annoying aspects of working with Microsoft Word!)

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  40. Amanda
    March 26, 2014 at 7:42 am (4 months ago)

    What size doily did you order for these?

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    • Mrs. Fancee
      April 15, 2014 at 8:49 am (3 months ago)

      10 inch

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  41. Enola
    May 4, 2014 at 12:13 am (3 months ago)

    I love the card!! Just a question,did u stick the card on the doily?

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    • Mrs. Fancee
      May 5, 2014 at 12:11 pm (3 months ago)

      I just folded the doily around the card and tied it together with a ribbon

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  42. Mallory
    May 11, 2014 at 11:10 am (2 months ago)

    Absolutely love these. I am designing my own RSVP postcard. Was there any requirements you had to follow for the post office? I’m just a little nervous. Thanks!

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    • Mrs. Fancee
      May 11, 2014 at 5:03 pm (2 months ago)

      There are some parameters to keep in mind. The post office says a post card must be rectangular,
      at least 3-1/2 inches high x 5 inches long x 0.007 inch thick, and no more than 4-1/4 inches high x 6 inches long x 0.016 inches thick. Best of luck!

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  43. ADDIE DURRELL
    May 13, 2014 at 6:05 pm (2 months ago)

    I ABSOLUTELY LOVE THIS DESIGN I AM CURRENTLY OVER DOING A FRIENDS BRIDAL SHOWER INVITES COULD YOU POSSIBLY EMAIL YOUR TEMPLATE AND ALSO WHAT SIZE DOILIE DID YOU PURCHASE THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR THE POST!!!

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    • Mrs. Fancee
      May 20, 2014 at 6:31 pm (2 months ago)

      Thanks Addie! Glad you like them :) You can actually download the template if you follow the link at the top of the post. And I used 10″ doilies. Best of luck!

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  44. Katie
    June 6, 2014 at 10:01 am (2 months ago)

    I’m doing something very similar for my wedding invitations! The doilies I found are pretty flimsy though, and kind of see-through. Are the ones you bought from Webstaurant better quality/thicker than the standard doilies you can get at a craft store?

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    • Mrs. Fancee
      June 6, 2014 at 2:48 pm (2 months ago)

      Katie, the ones that we ordered are pretty standard I think, like the thin paper kind a restaurant might have under your plate. They do feel paper-y but still look great :)

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  45. pilar
    June 10, 2014 at 8:53 pm (1 month ago)

    hi I love your invitations and Im gonna try to make them for my coming wedding ,I jusf need some help,can I have more information about the embossing process like what kind of ink and other materials did you use and can u tell me a little bit about the procedure,thank u appreciate it!!

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    • Mrs. Fancee
      June 11, 2014 at 12:06 pm (1 month ago)

      Thanks so much for the kind words! Embossing is a fun, but tedious process. You will need several things: a heat gun (from a craft store, or ebay/craigslist), embossing powder (make sure the powder says ‘embossing’ or else it won’t work), and a stamp pad that says ‘embossing’ (they are usually white or clear). You may want a glitter tray or something to catch the excess powder, but I just used paper. For the backside of the rsvp cards this is the embossing process I used: first stamp the letters and ampersand on the card using the embossing ink. (it goes faster if you use clear stamp letters and mount to an acrylic stamping block). Then, sprinkle the powder on the stamped paper, lightly shaking back and forth until the entire stamped area has powder sticking to it. Flip over the card and tap lightly to get rid of the excess powder. Then, use the heat gun about six inches away to help the powder and ink react. They will bubble slightly and become raised (this is super fun to watch), and then you are done! Fold the paper and pour the excess powder back in the bottle when done. If you have any more questions, feel free to contact me anytime! Best of luck :)

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  46. Amber
    June 21, 2014 at 1:15 pm (1 month ago)

    I love this site!!! And absolutely LOVE these invitations! I am getting married in September of this year so I’m a little behind on the invites but I am going to attempt to make these. Can I ask what size did you cut the brown paper to? Also what size doilies did you use? Thanks!!!

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    • Mrs. Fancee
      June 23, 2014 at 10:00 am (1 month ago)

      Thanks for the kind words Amber :) And congrats on the wedding!!!! I used 10″ doilies and for the Kraft 8.5×11″ paper: cut 1.5 inches off the bottom, 1″ off the right side, and in half vertically. Best of luck!

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  47. Kasey Woods
    July 14, 2014 at 7:45 pm (1 week ago)

    Hello, I tried downloading the template from the website but I was still unable to use them. Could you email them to me, please?

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    • Mrs. Fancee
      July 15, 2014 at 9:19 am (1 week ago)

      Hi Kasey, I’d be happy to email them to you (my home internet is out though so it might be a few days). But there may be another issue, if you don’t have Microsoft Word, if you’re using some other Word Processor, or if you’re on a Mac computer, the template will not work. Other common issues include not downloading and installing the fonts correctly. Hopefully we can iron out whatever issue you are having!

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