DIY Banded Invitations with Template, Instructions and Material List

Orange, cream, and brown invitation suite with personalized paper band

Inspired by the fantastic 2012 tangerine wedding trend and the fact that you just can’t go wrong with clean and simple, this invitation ensemble features classic ecru invitation, reception, and response cards all neatly wrapped up in a personalized band. Chocolate brown envelopes add contrast to the design, and the whole ensemble is brought together with complementary chocolate and tangerine text.

In this tutorial, you will find all the tools you need to recreate this invitation for your wedding – a materials list, printing templates, and step-by-step assembly instructions. This invitation looks great, is easy to customize and assemble, and is sure to impress. Let’s begin!

Materials Used

Envelopes (Gmund Colors Chocolate)

  • Mailing – 5 1/4 x 7 1/4 (A7)
  • Response  – 3 5/8 x 5 1/8 (A4)

Pre-Cut Blank Cards (LCI Ecru 80lb Cover)

  • Backer – 5 1/8 x 7 (A7) – (111lb Gmund Colors Chocolate)
  • Invitation  – 4 7/8 x 6 7/8
  • Reception – 4 1/4 x 5 1/2 (A2)
  • Response – 3 1/2 x 4 7/8 (A4)

8 1/2 x 11 Paper (Pop-Tone Orange Fizz 70lb Text)
Adhesive
Paper Trimmer or Preferred Cutting Tool
Microsoft Word
Printer

Want to recreate this invitation exactly as shown? Visit the detailed materials list.
(All materials for this design from LCIPaper.com)

1. Download Microsoft Word Printing Templates & Instructions

Begin by downloading the printing templates file by clicking the link below:
Download Banded Invitation Suite Templates

The file includes 4 printing templates:

  • Invitation Card
  • Reception Card
  • Response Card
  • Paper Bands (5 bands to (1) 8 1/2 x 11 sheet)

Instructions for printing invitations at home are also included in the file.

customize invitation printing templates in Microsoft Word by changing fonts and colors2. Customize Printing Templates

Customize templates by changing the sample wording to your own wording and experimenting with various fonts and color combinations.

Fonts pictured on this invitation are:

  • Volutes (script)
  • Calibri – small caps

 

3. Print Cards & Bands

Using your home printer and the instructions included in the templates file, print your 3 cards and customized bands.

Printed invitation, reception, and response cards

4. Cut Bands

Using a paper trimmer or other preferred cutting tool, cut (5) 1 1/2 x 11 inch printed bands from the 8 1/2 x 11 sheet by cutting along the guidelines.

Note: Although the template includes prominent dividing guidelines, the lines print only faintly on the sheet. This is to avoid remnants of the lines appearing on the bands after cutting.

use paper trimmer to cut personalized bands

5. Mount Invitation Card to Backer Card

Using glue or double sided tape, adhere your printed 4 7/8 x 6 7/8 inch invitation card to your 5 1/8 x 7 backer card.

adhere invitation card to backer card

6. Arrange Cards of Ensemble

Arrange the cards of your invitation ensemble. From bottom to top, stack:
Invitation Card
Reception Card
Response Card & Envelope

DIY orange and brown invitation suite

7. Wrap Band Around Ensemble

Center your band over the invitation ensemble, wrap tightly around, and secure in the back with the adhesive of your choice.

wrap paper band around invitation and secure in the back

Questions?

Questions or comments about customizing this invitation design for your wedding? Get in touch! Post a comment!

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About the Author
Kristen Desrosier is a wedding stationery designer at LCI Paper, a Massachusetts-based company offering a quick and convenient way to purchase DIY wedding invitations, specialty papers & supplies. Kristen has several years of design and printing experience, though little formal training in typography and graphic design. For this reason, she strongly believes that given the right tools, we are all capable of making polished, professional looking wedding stationery. Whether you are a novice looking for detailed instructions, or a seasoned professional looking for new ideas, follow Kristen as she guides you through step-by-step tutorials for your next impressive DIY design.

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