Our DIY Wedding Stationary

Today's post is all about the stationary that we made for our own wedding!

We had a destination wedding last month in Cabo San Lucas. A large part of our budget was spent on guest suites and the reception. So to save money on the stationary, we decided to do all of it ourselves. I have my skills as a photographer and my wife has quite the eye, but aside from that, neither one of us is particularly crafty. Armed with a printer, paint brushes, and a glue gun, we hoped for the best. We spent months designing, printing and reprinting. Having spent so much time on everything, we just couldn't bring ourselves to leave anything behind after the wedding, so we brought it all back with us to Vancouver. Check it out!

mexican diy destination wedding - welcome cards

These are the welcome cards that we placed in each guest suite. It's hard to tell in these pictures, but the paper is a textured fine art paper. All of our stationary was printed at home on a typical ink jet. Like most of the stuff we made, we tried to keep the design clean.

mexican diy destination wedding - welcome cards

We used turtles to represent the time it took us to get to the alter - 12 years!

mexican diy destination wedding - welcome cards
mexican diy destination wedding - welcome cards
mexican diy destination wedding - welcome cards
mexican diy destination wedding - menus
mexican diy destination wedding - menus
mexican diy destination wedding - table numbers

Our table numbers - simple wooden boards with square dowels sandwiched on each side to hold them up; hand painted, glued, and stapled. Painting inside the lines was the trickiest and most time consuming part. We skipped number 4, because it's bad luck. Number 8 was snatched by a guest who admired our handiwork.

mexican diy destination wedding - table numbers
mexican diy destination wedding - table numbers
mexican diy destination wedding - guestbook

We made a poster for our guests' thumbprints. We kept it simple by using our silhouettes instead of fancy drawings... mostly because I can't draw. I took photographs of us jumping and cut them out in Photoshop. We made two copies just in case something happened to the first (in fact, we had backups for almost everything). It also fits an Ikea frame perfectly :)

mexican diy destination wedding - guestbook
mexican diy destination wedding - thank you cards
mexican diy destination wedding - thank you cards
mexican diy destination wedding - thank you cards
mexican diy destination wedding - thank you cards
mexican diy destination wedding - thank you cards
mexican diy destination wedding - thank you cards

For our thank you cards, we stuck to the silhouette and chevron theme. Note the addition of our pelican friend. While exchanging our vows on our wedding day, a pelican landed next to us and hung out with us for most of the ceremony. My parents were so happy, because they thought it was a stork.

mexican diy destination wedding - stationary

Instead of a seating chart, we made faux Polaroids. Since my wife and I met in high school, we thought it would be fitting to use high school photos of all our guests - find your face to find your table! Embarrassing? Yes, but it definitely got everyone talking and laughing. Only two Polaroids are pictured. The rest were taken home by guests. Also not pictured are tiny little wooden blocks that we used to stand up each picture. It took forever to saw slits through 46 of those tough little blocks, but thankfully we got help from my Mom and Dad, who are always eager to help. Thanks!