Assembly ... DIY or Pay a Professional?

In the process of researching wedding invitations and programs you may have considered assembling them on your own, but I am here to tell you that even if you are a crafty person, it may not be as easy as you think. You may not have access to the materials you should use for long-term adhesive, and you may not realize how much time can be involved. Hint: it's always more than I estimate, but maybe that's because I usually end up watching a movie {or two or three} while assembling.

Below are a variety of invitation and program styles that I have assembled including a list of pieces included in the assembly so you can understand what may all be involved.

Pocket Invitation:

  1. Pocket {click to see styles to choose from} - fold at creases to prep for closing

    1. Backer {optional - glitter or solid color} - adhere to pocket

    2. Invitation - adhere to backer or pocket if not using a backer

    3. Details Card - insert into pocket

    4. RSVP Card {if a postcard, don't forget to adhere postcard stamps} - insert into pocket

    5. Rehearsal Dinner Invitation {optional} - insert into pocket

  2. Adhesive Double Sided Tape {heavy duty stuff so everything stays together}

Belly Band Invitation:

  1. Backer {optional - glitter or solid color}

  2. Invitation - adhere to backer or move to next step if not using a backer

  3. Details Card - place on top of invitation

  4. RSVP Card {if a postcard, don't forget to adhere postcard stamps} - place on top of details card

  5. Rehearsal Dinner Invitation {optional} - place on top of RSVP card

  6. Belly Band - wrap around all pieces above and tape together

  7. Emblem Card {optional - design can include names, date, monogram, etc.} - adhere to top of belly band

  8. Adhesive Double Sided Tape {heavy duty stuff so everything stays together}

Envelope Liner:

  1. Envelope - square flap or euro flap {triangle shape}

  2. Envelope Liner {some come pre-assembled, but that costs more money}

  3. Adhesive Double Sided Tape {heavy duty stuff so it stays attached to the envelope} - adhesive gets applied at the top of the liner along with a piece past the fold so when people open the envelope with an opener the liner doesn't fall down in the envelope

Fan Program:

  1. Program

    1. Printed Front and Back Pieces or Printed and Folded Piece for Popsicle Sticks

    2. Multiple Printed Pages for Ribbon or Brad

  2. Fan Handle

    1. Popsicle Sticks {I buy in bulk to get you a better rate!}

      1. Adhesive Double Sided Tape {heavy duty stuff so it stays together} - tape program to Popsicle stick on both sides

    2. Ribbon

      1. Collate pages and tie together through the punched hole{s} to hold together

    3. Brad

      1. Collate pages and secure a brad in the punched hole to hold together

As you can see, there are many pieces that go into your beautiful custom invitations and programs! If not well practiced with assembly, this could take you days or weeks and who has the kind of space needed to leave all of these pieces sitting out untouched, bumped, or disturbed by pets? So I say, leave it to a professional {like me!} to help coordinate your assembly. You'll be happy you did when all you have to do is insert the invitations into the addressed envelopes or place the programs in a basket at your ceremony!

And below is what assembly piles look like for me - don't forget to ask me for a quote!