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Do it yourself: rustic handmade wedding stationery ~ part 1

Charlie

I’ve decided to split the ‘do it yourself’ for our wedding stationery into four parts as there seemed too much to share in just one post, and I didn’t want you all nodding off.  So without further ado, here’s Part 1.

First off, you should know I did all of this in Microsoft Word.  Perhaps insane, as Word is not meant for graphic design, but it’s what I have.  I don’t have any fancy software packages, so I had to do the best that I could with what I had.  Yes, it undoubtedly caused headaches and extra time faffing about, but I got where I wanted in the end and I’m proud of my effort.

The Invitation

Inspiration

For me, our invitation needed to reflect what our wedding was going to be about.  I wanted people to get excited (hopefully!) and have a sense of what kind of wedding they were going to. 

I went through various different ideas, including sewing mini bunting onto each card, which I decided might kill me off and wasn’t a true reflection of our wedding day.  Here are the some of the ideas I was inspired by…


From left to right starting at the top: found Once Wed; Perch Papiers; Junkaholique; Ruffled; unknown; found Snippet & Ink; unknown; Heather Ross; Ruffled; found Twig & Thistle

The card

The brown card we used for our ‘save the date’ cards was so lovely that we wanted to use it again throughout our wedding, so it only seemed appropriate to use it for our invitations.

Prior to the printing of the final wedding stationery, we ordered a selection of different thickness of cards to see which were the right thickness – we used thicker card for the postcard and invite, and slightly thinner for the details booklet. 

Hand-drawn elements

There are three elements on the invitation which I drew by hand and then scanned – they are the ‘dash and dot’ oval frame, the string of bunting, and the banner which has the wedding date in it.

If you’re thinking about drawing bits for your wedding stationery, my advice would be to just have a go – it took me a couple of goes to get them as close to how I wanted – and they do look different once you’ve scanned them in and printed them off on nice card.

The image

All the way through our wedding planning I had dreamed of getting the perfect stamp made.  I searched all over the internet, found things I loved, and didn’t buy any of them.  I was determined that our invitations would have something I’d stamped onto them.

But sometimes I think you can just get stuck on something and in the end it’s just better to accept that it’s not the end of the world if it doesn’t happen. 

The image we used in the end – the tree with two birds and heart motif – is in fact a stamp.  A good friend of me raises money for a school in Nepal every year by holding a bazaar at her house – I came across this stamp and thought it was beautiful.

Because the stamp is carved from wood, my experience is that they are quite difficult to stamp neatly.  So I scanned the stamp, emailed it to my little sister, and asked her to do some magic with Photoshop.  It came back in black and when pretty out looked quite like a hand-printed stamp so I was quite happy with it.

The wording

I work for a little organisation that takes great care with how things are worded.  We work to make people feel welcome (we run a lot of events in deprived areas) and valued, so I tried hard to create wording that did just that.

I looked at quite a lot of other wedding invitations on blogs to see how they were worded, and what I liked and didn’t like.  We definitely didn’t want anything too formal.

We wanted to build up some anticipation about what to expect at our wedding, but at the same time not giving too much away.  As you will see from the invite, our wedding started with an afternoon tea before the ceremony, more details to come on why we did this and how it worked.

What we used

100% Recycled ‘Hairy Manilla’ Brown Card

Bought from the eco-craft website, which is full of fantastic eco-friendly paper and card products.  Extremely good service and excellent prices.  For the invitations we used 280g weight.

Love bird tree stamp

This was bought at my friend’s Nepalese bazaar, all items sent directly from Nepal.  Pretty sure it cost no more than £5.  If anyone is really keen to buy this stamp, email me at charlie@thenaturalweddingcompany.co.uk and I can see if she has any left.

Fonts

The following text is in a font called Landliebe ‘Nick & Charlie’ and ‘Saturday 21st May 2011’.  All of the main text is in a font called UglyQua (as used on our ‘save the date’ cards).  And finally, the text ‘We hope you can join us!’ is in a font called Artistamp Medium.  They are all free fonts – one website I use a lot is DaFont – but an internet search should find them.

Check back tomorrow for Part 2!

Comments

Rachel on 28. June, 2011

They looked lovely. I had seen one or two of your inspiration images elsewhere and your invites reminded me of them before – I think your version worked out well. I also am a big fan of brown recycled card.

Second image down from top right is Jamie of A Desert Fete.

Bonnie Coupland on 28. June, 2011

They are beautiful, very stylish and unique, I love them! I’m also very impressed you did it all in Microsoft Word!

Tess on 28. November, 2011

This is EXACTLY what I’ve been looking for! But unfortunatley I cannot find parts 2,3 & 4 on the website, none of the links seem to be working. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE repost or send me the info via email.

Charlie

CharlieB on 30. November, 2011

Hi Tess, I have sent you an email x

Rachel Tweeddale on 5. December, 2011

This is such a beautiful invitation! Just wow!

Charlie

CharlieB on 6. December, 2011

Thanks Rachel :)

sophie on 9. December, 2011

Hi Charlie, I too love these sooo much. Im having a barn wedding and would love to do something similar. If possible, could you also forward the links to the other parts to my email? Id love love love to read them. Hope you had an amazing wedding day!

Charlie

CharlieB on 16. December, 2011

Will be in touch Sophie x

Lucie Prescott on 14. December, 2011

Hi Charlie

Again too – i am having a Christmas barn wedding and would love to do the invitations myself, would it be possible for you to send the instructions?

I would really appreciate it

thanks

Lucie

Charlie

CharlieB on 16. December, 2011

Will be in touch Lucie x

Kelly on 19. December, 2011

Hi Charlie!

I also would love to see more: I’m in the process of designing my own invites, and I absolutely love the format of your detail book! I read that you had a horrible experience with plagiarization, so I completely understand if you’re reluctant to hand out a step-by-step tutorial; but could I perhaps get some direction as to what you found worked and looked best for actually assembling the booklet? Thanks so much!

<3 Kelly

Louise on 19. December, 2011

Hi please please could you forward the other parts (part 2 onwards) for your homemade wedding invites? I would be so grateful xx

tara on 30. December, 2011

Hi Charlie, we are currently starting to think about making our invites – our save the dates have already been sent out (manilla luggage tags handstamped with our stag motif and typed on our 60s typewriter!). I intend to use word to create our invites and I would be greatful if you could email me the rest of your tutorial and how you deal with Word’s eccentricities! I have a wonderful artist friend who has created an illustration for us and now need to work out how to use it as a template to include our details! Your invites were beautiful- you are very talented!
Kind regards, Tara

Charlie

CharlieB on 30. December, 2011

Hi Tara, I shall get in touch via email asap about the rest of the tutorial. Your save the dates sound lovely, do send a picture if you’d be up for sharing details of how you made them on my blog – would love to feature them :) Best wishes and hope you are having a lovely Christmas break xXx

Ali on 3. January, 2012

Hi Charlie

I actually owe you an email about the save the date cards and whether or not they would make it through the post. I bought some little brown envelopes in the end and posted them in that – just to make sure they arrived! I will take some pics and send them through to you.

In the meantime, I too would be very grateful for a bit more information on your main invites. I’ve got some lovely little illustrations which I’ve done and scanned but the tutorial to help me on my way would be fantastic! If you could email me I would be very grateful.

With very best wishes, Ali xx

Charlie

CharlieB on 4. January, 2012

Hi Ali,

Ours all made it through the post ok – I did a test run sending myself one and it arrived perfectly, but tiny brown envelopes sounds lovely and its always great to be on the safe side. Would love to see the pics so do email them over whenever you get a chance. I’ll be in touch about the other parts of the invites ‘how to’ – your illustrations sound lovely :)

Best wishes, Charlie xXx

Anne-Marie on 4. January, 2012

I absolutely love these invites! I am getting married in July but can’t locate parts 2, 3 and 4 of making these invites where are they.
We wanted to do brown paper and black text so this seems perfect but we are thinking of having a photo as the front. Please could you point me in the direction of the other parts of this how-to?
Thanks!
I am a huge fan of your site and your wedding looks like it was amazing!
x

Charlie

CharlieB on 5. January, 2012

Will be in touch Anne-Marie x

Scott on 9. January, 2012

Hi Charlie, my fiance and I want to do something similar to your invites for our wedding. Could you email me parts 2, 3, and 4? Thanks!

Charlie

CharlieB on 11. January, 2012

Hi Scott, will be in touch x

Emma on 12. January, 2012

Hi, so glad to find someone else who has used brown for their invites!
I’m struggling to find parts 2,3 and 4 for the invites and would love to use
Your ideas to help me :) thank you, I love your designs, they are beautiful x

Charlie

CharlieB on 16. January, 2012

Hi Emma will be in touch x

lucy on 14. January, 2012

Hi Charlie, I really like your invites and would love to know how you made them. Could you please email me the details? Thanks.x

Charlie

CharlieB on 16. January, 2012

Hi Lucy, I’ll be in touch x

Chrissie on 15. January, 2012

Hi Charlie,
I loved you save the dates and am in the process of making some very simular for our wedding next August.
I have also spotted your invites, but also cant seem to find parts 2, 3 and 4.
Thanks Chrissie

Charlie

CharlieB on 16. January, 2012

Hi Chrissie, I’ll be in touch shortly x

g on 18. January, 2012

hi! can you post a link to parts 2, 3 and 4 please?

Julie Robinson on 21. January, 2012

Hi,

I also love your invites so perfect for my wedding in October. Could you send me the link for parts 2,3 and 4 also? I cant find them on the site. Thanks so much. Your wedding was beautiful xx

Charlie

CharlieB on 22. January, 2012

Hi Julie, so pleased you love our invites – I’ll be in touch with you by email. It’s so nice to hear you liked our wedding too xXx

Sam on 22. January, 2012

My bookmark for part 2 3 and 4 won’t work either. I hope it’s not due to the trouble you had with people selling your idea :(

Charlie

CharlieB on 22. January, 2012

Hi Sam, they are temporarily removed – I will get them back online as soon as I have a free moment – will be in touch by email though x

Claire on 22. January, 2012

Hi Charlie, absolutely love these..they are fab. Sorry to hear you’ve had problems. Would you be able to let me know when the next sections are available… Thank you!! x

Ps. Just so you know, if anyone looking for a stamp, I’ve found a couple of lovely ones – follow the link; http://www.handyhippo.co.uk/p7635-penny-black-rubber-stamp-adorned-tree.html

Charlie

CharlieB on 23. January, 2012

Hi Claire, so pleased you like our wedding stationery, will be in touch via email. Thanks also for sharing the stamp find, always great to find out where to buy lovely things xXx

Holly on 5. February, 2012

Hi Charlie,
Your stationery is absolutely gorgeous – I spotted your details booklet on Love My Dress and wondered where you got the illustrations on the front from- or if this was DIY-ed as well? It’s beautiful and I’d love to do something similar.

Your blog is keeping me inspired while we create our wedding – thank you!

H x

Charlie

CharlieB on 6. February, 2012

Hi Holly, thanks for your lovely message – I’m so pleased you liked our wedding stationery. Really delighted you like the blog too :) Will send you an email xXx

Sama on 5. February, 2012

Hi Charlie,

I’m echoing the many other comments on here so far- I’ve stumbled across your blog whilst trying to get some help with making invites using brown recycled card and- god help me- Microsoft Word. If you could send me parts 2-4 as well I’d be most grateful! Would love to send you pics of the finished product once I’m done xx

Charlie

CharlieB on 6. February, 2012

Hi Sama, thanks for your lovely comment – it’s so great to hear so many people love the brown recycled card. I will be in touch by email and would absolutely love for you to send pictures of your invitations! xXx

Sophie on 6. February, 2012

These invitations are stunning! I have been trying to create an invite including a luggage tag for ages but have not been able to think outside the box at all and this has provided me massive inspiration! I would love to get more info on parts 2,3 and 4 if you are happy to share. Such a beautiful wedding!! x

Charlie

CharlieB on 7. February, 2012

Hi Sophie I’m so pleased to hear our invitations have provided you with some inspiration :) I’ll send you an email with details xXx

Rebecca on 7. February, 2012

Wondering if you could send me parts 2-4 also? such a great idea, they are beautiful!

Charlie

CharlieB on 7. February, 2012

Hi Rebecca I’ll be in touch by email with details – really lovely to hear you think they are so beautiful :) xXx

Jodie on 7. February, 2012

Hi Charlie,
I have been totally inspired by your invitations and I too am a huge fan of brown paper! Would you be able to give me some guidance on how you created the booklet that went with your invite please? I am in the process of creating my own invites and I will send you some pictures when I have finished them xx

Charlie

CharlieB on 7. February, 2012

Hi Jodie, thank you so much for your lovely message – I’m having a bit of a down day so hearing from you has cheered me up immensley :) I will get in touch with you via email and would love to see some pictures when you’re finished xXx

Rebecca on 14. February, 2012

Hi Charlie,

I have made my save the dates using brown hair manilla, we are going for the eco- theme! these are lovely! could you send me the details of parts 2,3 and 4 please?

Thank you! x

Charlie

CharlieB on 15. February, 2012

Hi Rebecca, how lovely to hear you’ve used the hairy brown manilla card :) I’ll be in touch by email x

katie on 17. February, 2012

loving the invitations! battling with producing ours at the moment – turns out we’re not as artistic as we prided ourselves on being! is there any chance you could send me the further parts of the invitation creation – we’re struggling! many thanks! x

Charlie

CharlieB on 17. February, 2012

Hi Katie, of course, I’ll send you an email xXx

Claire on 17. February, 2012

Hi

I am a bit of a novice at diy and am making my own order of service with recycled card. I wondered if your tutorial had any hints of binding the pages together? I love the idea of twine but wouldnt have a clue where to start sewing them together!

Charlie

CharlieB on 18. February, 2012

Hi Claire, thanks for your message. Have you seen my blog post on our order of service? If not, here’s the link: https://thenaturalweddingcompany.co.uk/blog/2011/10/the-order-of-service-for-our-rustic-country-wedding/. We made ours out of recycled card and recycled paper inners. To make it simpler, we just folded A4 to create A5 booklets, then used a piece of raffia to hold them together – we ran it down the centre of the booklets, then up the spine, then tied in a knot to hold it in place. If you let me know some more details on what kind of booklet you are making I might be able to help more – do email me if you’d rather at charlie@thenaturalweddingcompany.co.uk xXx

Claire on 19. February, 2012

Aww that’s so lovely! Well like you I’m using the hairy manilla card and inside am folding a piece of recycled paper with Rose petals imbedded in it. I had thought about making 2 or 3 holes down the card/paper (no idea how!) and then using twine and a great big needle thread the twine through and tie in a knot on the outside. I’m going to hang a vintage charm from the twine and tie a piece of vintage lace around the knot. So far so good save that I wouldn’t have a clue how to make the holes (I think I have seen a stabby pen type thing on websites!) I’m interested re your twine idea. Did everything stay together and not slip off? Did you glue the page on the card to stop it moving and then use the twine (another idea I had!) thanks for your help so far!

Charlie

CharlieB on 19. February, 2012

If you are looking to make holes, I think you can buy a holepunch that just makes one hole at a time and you can rotate it to get different sized holes – but no idea what they are called sorry!

Yes, ours stayed together fine. My feeling is that they aren’t used for that long, so for me I didn’t want to invest masses of time into making each one if I could do it a simpler and just as nice way – I guess that’s for you to decide on yours :) But no, we didn’t glue anything. We just foled the card around the paper (love that you’re using petal paper!) then used the raffia as I mentioned in my previous reply.

Hope that helps – do keep asking questions if you have any more and hope you decide how to do them xXx

Claire on 20. February, 2012

Thank so much that’s great-your wedding really is an inspiration!

Rachel on 21. February, 2012

I’ve stumbled across your blog whilst trying to get some inspiration for my stationary. I have fallen in love with everything and now find myself scouring the site every day. If you could send me parts 2-4 on how to make the invites I’d be most grateful! Would love to send you pics of the finished product once I’m done xx

Thank you so much for such a beautiful website

Charlie

CharlieB on 22. February, 2012

Hi Rachel, thank for such a lovely message – I’m so pleased you have found lots of inspiration on my website and blog. I have sent you an email and do stay in touch xXx

Anna on 25. February, 2012

Charlie

I’ve been sneaking peaks at your website (the beautiful new one and your previous one) at every opportunity ever since we got engaged in July 2011. We used your save the date cards as inspiration for our own and although they were a labour of love I am keen to now tackle our invites. I love the principle of yours and I was hoping to adapt them for for ours. Would it be possible for you to forward your ‘how to’ guides on to me?
Your website has provided plenty of food for thought for our Autumn 2012 wedding, particularly as we are doing much of our wedding ourselves, so I would like to thank you – I’m very grateful that you are here!

Anna

Charlie

CharlieB on 27. February, 2012

Hi Anna, thanks so much for your lovely message – I’m so pleased to hear you’ve been using the website for so long! I really hope that it continues to inspire you up until your wedding this autumn :)

I will get in touch by email about the ‘how to’ guides. I would so love to see a picture of your save the dates if you would be happy to send me one :) Best wishes, Charlie xXx

Kelly on 5. March, 2012

Hello,
Your lovely invitations have inspired us to make our own for our summer country wedding. I would be very grateful if you could share with me the final parts of your instructions. I also wondered, probably a silly question, but if I scan in hand drawn pictures, do they end up with a white background? Just wondering how you combine the hand-drawn parts with the typed in word doc, and print out on brown paper! Thanks so much.
Kelly x

Charlie

CharlieB on 6. March, 2012

Hi Kelly, thanks for your lovely message and I’m so pleased to hear you’ve been inspired to create your own too. I’ll email you with details of the other parts. I’m pretty sure they shouldn’t end up with a white background mainly because I don’t think you can print white ink? I didn’t really think about that, but I just drew my illustrations, scanned them in, and then placed them into Word (with much swearing because it’s not designed for it! If you can afford it I would consider getting something like Photoshop Elements or designing them in MS Publisher – you’ll be able to move everything around a lot easier!). They just print out find onto the brown paper, I just kept everything black – illustrations and text, and they printed onto the brown paper and card fine. Hope that helps!
Charlie xXx

David Hartley on 6. March, 2012

Hi Charlie, we love the invites and all the stationary, besutiful stuff. Can you send us the links to your other instructions? We’re getting married on a farm in the costwolds this summer, and always looking for some rustic inspiration!
Dave

Charlie

CharlieB on 7. March, 2012

Ah another Cotswold wedding! I so wish I could do it all over again :) I’m so pleased to hear that you liked our wedding stationery, I will be in touch by email about the other ‘how to’ parts x

Jenny on 10. March, 2012

Charlie,
I feel I may be the 100th to ask, but please could I have a copy of parts 2,3 and 4? We are getting married in a field in the Cotswolds this summer and would LOVE to use a similar invite to your design. Such inspiration!

Kind regards,

Jenny

Charlie

CharlieB on 12. March, 2012

Another Cotswolds wedding, I will always have a soft spot for them after having one there myself :) I will be in touch by email about the other parts – I really must carve out some time to get them back online for everyone. Best wishes, Charlie xXx

Luu H on 19. March, 2012

charlie, you are just amazing person! I just want to hire you to do everything in my wedding, or my future wedding. I’m only 19, not enganged or nothing. But still after reading pretty much everything on your blog, i cant wait to get enganged! even it will take 10 yearss..

Charlie

CharlieB on 19. March, 2012

Wow, what a lovely comment to receive Luu – thanks so much for taking the time to get in touch and I’m so delighted you love my blog, especially when you’re not yet engaged. At least you’ve got lots of time to plan something super lovely :) Your blog looks so nice, I am just about to go out for dinner but I will definitely be taking a better look when I have a moment. Do stay in touch, love Charlie xXx

kayleigh on 19. March, 2012

Hi Charlie, I’ve emailed you as well as commented, I was wondering if you could email me parts 2,3 and 4 of the invite tutorial please? They are amazing! :)

Charlie

CharlieB on 22. March, 2012

Hi Kayleigh, I got your email and will be in touch – just very busy at the moment, but haven’t forgotten you :) So pleased you like our invitations xXx

Kim on 20. March, 2012

Hi,
Like some of the comments above, I love your invitations, and have been waiting until we book the venue to start them. Please can you send me parts 2, 3 and 4? I can only hope they come out as beautiful as yours!
Thanks
Kim

Charlie

CharlieB on 22. March, 2012

Hi Kim, thanks for your lovely message, I’m so pleased you like our invitations. I will be in touch by email xXx

Gillian Caw on 29. March, 2012

Hi Charlie,
Your invitation is just beautiful. I’m also using Hairy Manilla as part of my invitation set but seeing your complete set has inspired me to make more use of it. I would love to see parts 2-4 of your instructions, if it would be at all possible for you to email them to me? Well done for a lovely blog. Thanks.
Gillian

Charlie

CharlieB on 29. March, 2012

Hi Gillian, I’m so pleased you love our wedding invitations and that you are planning to use the Hairy manilla as part of your invitations. I will be in touch by email about the other parts of the ‘how to’ guide. Best wishes, Charlie xXx

Georgina on 3. April, 2012

Hi Charlie, I absolutely love these invites too. My husband-to-be and I are in the middle of making the matching “save the dates”. Would it be possible to send us the ‘how to’ guide for all parts of the invitation making process? I am in love with your website and am gaining lots of lovely ideas for our big day. Thanks! Georgina x

Charlie

CharlieB on 4. April, 2012

Hi Georgina, what a lovely message – it’s so nice to hear that you’ve been inspired by our save the dates and invitations – I do hope you might email me some pictures of the finished items :) I will be in touch by email about the other ‘how to’ parts xXx

Siobhan on 4. April, 2012

Hi Charlie, having always had visions of a homemade, rustic wedding but rather lacking in the creative skills department, I was over the moon to discover your website! In particular, I love the emphasis on personal touches… I’ve been to so many generic weddings over the years and feel determined to do something a bit different. I love love LOVE these invites, and like most of the ladies on this thread, have been searching manically for parts 2-4; would you possibly be able to email them to me? They would be such a lovely addition to my ‘homemade’ themed wedding, and no doubt i’ll surprise my friends and family who are convinced I don’t have a creative bone in my body! Thank you for providing such an enjoyable and inspirational website… Great escapism from a manic household of 2 children under the age of 2! Siobhan x

Charlie

CharlieB on 5. April, 2012

Hi Siobhan, I’m so pleased you’ve found my website and that it was what you were looking for. I do hope it will provide you with lots of ideas and inspiration for your wedding. I will be in touch by email about the rest of the stationery ‘how to’ guides, it’s really lovely to hear that so many people love them. Do keep in touch! Best wishes, Charlie xXx

Lauren on 9. April, 2012

Hi Charlie, I stumbled upon your website earlier today after blurting out a rather startled ‘HOW much for invitations??’. I’d written off the idea of making stationery myself as everything I had seen (up to now) looked, well, sort of ‘primary school-ish!’

Having been lucky enough to discover your fantastically useful website I will most certainly be making my own invites (amongst other things!); it’s truly inspiring to see all of your ideas and the spin-offs that your lovely creative readers have adapted and made their own. I’ve somehow lost the entire day reading everyone’s tips and I’m now having to force myself off the computer!

I too am desperate to see parts 2-4, if you could kindly spare a moment to email the details over to me I would hugely appreciate it!

Thank you to you and to everyone else for taking the time to share your ideas with the world!

Yours excitedly, Lauren xx

Charlie

CharlieB on 10. April, 2012

Hi Lauren, thank you SO much for such a lovely message :) It is so nice to hear that new brides-to-be are coming across my website and finding is useful and inspiring. I’m delighted that you’ve been inspired to get stuck in yourself :) I’ll be in touch by email about the other parts of the ‘how to’ guide, and I really must get them back onto the blog for everyone to view. Do stay in touch, love Charlie xXx

Elizabeth on 9. April, 2012

Hi Charlie. You. Are. Amazing! I’ve just discovered this fabulous blog and I’m now utterly addicted to it! I’ve been beavering away trying to make a decission about what colour card to use for my invites and I think Hairy Manilla it is! Really looking forward to reading the next few parts of the process. The one thing I can’t seem to get right is positioning on the page and trimming A4 sheets down to the right size! Maybe I’m just rubbish at measuring! Thank you so much for your fabulous ideas. Can’t wait to read the next installment of these fab invitations. Lizzie. xxx

Charlie

CharlieB on 10. April, 2012

Lizzie you have made my day :) You are so kind I’m so pleased you love my blog – I hope you continue to find inspiration from it as you plan your wedding. It’s lovely to hear I have created another Hairy Manilla fan! Who’d have thought a card with such a peculiar name would ‘woo’ so many brides-to-be! I’ll email you the other parts of the ‘how to’ guide as they aren’t currently live on the website, have a look at those to see if I’ve included details on how to get the position right and trimming them down to size (can’t remember if I did or not!) if not just email me and I’ll try and explain how I did it. Love Charlie xXx

Lisa on 11. April, 2012

Hi Charlie, I’ve also emailed you so sorry for the stalking! Just to say I loved your invites and it’s inspired me to do my own (albeit with Ribbed Brown rather than hairy manilla), have ordered my twine from the link you provided and am almost ready to go – just would love read the next installments for a bit of confidence that I can do it! If you could email the other parts that would be aces and totally appreicated :o)

Charlie

CharlieB on 11. April, 2012

Hi Lisa, just replied to your email – so pleased you love our invites and hope to see a picture of yours when they’re completed :)

Julie Campbell on 11. April, 2012

Hi Charlie, these are so similar to what i have in mind for my wedding in Belfast in July..ive been searching for wood grained type card and the hairy manilla is close to it! I grew up on a family farm in Co Tyrone and am incorporating a lot of rustic features to our day. I love your designs and would really like to read the other parts, could you email them to me please? thanks!

Charlie

CharlieB on 13. April, 2012

Hi Julie, your wedding sounds like its going to be lovely! I’ve had contact with a couple of girls who had/are having weddings in Ireland and they all sound lovely – I even have a wedding to share on the blog from Ireland shortly :) I will be in touch by email about the other ‘how to’ parts and do stay in touch xXx

Sarah on 18. April, 2012

Dear Charlie,

I have found myself visiting your website almost daily since I got engaged just over a month ago- you have been such an inspiration!

All the photos from your own wedding and your new ideas are just the sort of handmade quirky style we are both hoping for! Would you be kind enough to share parts 2-4 with me?

Sarah (in France!)

Charlie

CharlieB on 23. April, 2012

Hi Sarah, sorry for the slow reply – I’m so pleased that you have found my website and that you are finding it an inspiration. I will be in touch by email about the additional stationery ‘how to’ guides xXx

Helen on 26. April, 2012

Hi Charlie,

Your wedding invites are fantastic and very inspiring. I had started playing around with the lay out and wording of our invites and I failed to be pleased with what I came up with. Having seen yours I am very inspired. Thank you! Before seeing your invites I had already decided to use brown luggage tags. I have wood cut letter stamps for one luggage tag but we want to print onto the second luggage tag. Did you use a printer to print onto your tags? We haven’t yet been able to get our printer to print onto the small tags. Any tips?! Please can I see the further blogs on your invites?
Many thanks,
Helen

Charlie

CharlieB on 26. April, 2012

Hi Helen, lovely to hear from you and delighted to hear you have been inspired! My advice about printing onto tags – no, we didn’t use a printer to print onto the tags it was all done by hand with a stamp set, however, if you do want to print something then I would suggest printing onto A4 brown card then cutting them into tag shapes with a guillotine. I can’t think of anyway you could successful feed the small tags through a printer, certainly not mine! It might take you a couple of goes to get the lay out right, but that’s what I’d do if I was you. Will email you about the other ‘how to’ parts and best of luck xXx

CraigH on 7. May, 2012

Hi Charlie,

Would it be possible for you to forward on the other parts to me? My partner and I would love to see got you got to the final product.

Thank you

Craig

Charlie

CharlieB on 8. May, 2012

Hi Craig, I’ll be in touch by email about the how to guides xXx

Emma on 13. May, 2012

Hi Charlie

I’ve been dreamily making my way through each of your wedding updates and have completely fallen in love with it! What a beautiful day you put together, I’m sure it will stay with your friends and family for many, many years :).

I’m determined to do a DIY wedding for me and my fiancé next summer and would love to make my own invitations in a similar style as yours. Would you be so kind as to send me the instructions (I’m not great at this kind of thing but I do have a year to practise!).

Best wishes
Emma

Charlie

CharlieB on 14. May, 2012

Hi Emma, thanks for your lovely message, I’m so pleased you loved our wedding. I will be in touch by email about the other parts of the ‘how to’ guide xXx

Jess on 16. May, 2012

Hi Charlie,

I just wanted to say how beautiful your wedding was and how much it has inspired me, along with how you have created your invitations. Please could you send me information on the other ‘how to’ parts?

Many Thanks,

Jess x

Charlie

CharlieB on 17. May, 2012

Hi Jess, thanks for your lovely message and I’m so pleased that you have been inspired by our wedding – when is yours? I’m more than happy to send you the other ‘how to’ parts for the invites, will be in touch by email. Best wishes, Charlie xXx

Shelley on 19. May, 2012

Hi Charlie,

Like others I have stumbled across your blog researching invites, i’d be very interested to red the other parts if possible? – And may I say what a beautiful wedding day you had, it had such a lovely rustic vibe – something which we are hoping to incorporate into our wedding next August.

Kindest Regards
Shelley x

Charlie

CharlieB on 23. May, 2012

Hi Shelley, sorry for my delay in getting back to you – thank you for your kind words about our wedding, I wish you all the best in planning yours! I will be in touch by email about the rest of the invite how to’s xXx

Shelby on 28. May, 2012

Hi Charlie,

I absolutely love the layout of these invites, they are so lovely. I’m trying to do a ‘DIY’ wedding and these are perfect! I can’t find part 2, 3, and 4 however.. would you be able to email me the links pretty please!

Thank you, Shelby

Charlie

CharlieB on 31. May, 2012

Hi Shelby, it’s so nice to hear from you and I will send you an email about the other ‘how to’ parts xXx

Eva on 29. May, 2012

Hi Charlie,
I just wanted to say that your blog (and the rest of the brilliant website) have really inspired me. Your invitations are lovely and really fit with what I was looking for, and you’ve made me pick up my sketch book which I haven’t touched for a couple of years and now I’m busily designing my invitations!
I was wondering if you could send me the other parts so I can continue with my newly re-discovered creativity.
Thanks
Eva x

Charlie

CharlieB on 31. May, 2012

Hi Eva, I’m so pleased you’ve been inspired by my blog and website, it’s really lovely to hear :) How great to hear you’ve got back in touch with your arty side! I will send you an email about the other ‘how to’ parts xXx

Tracey on 4. June, 2012

Hi Charlie,

I am in the process of getting ideas together for our wedding and I have stumbled across your website and blog which os AMAZING!!

I must say I have been scouring each area for about 5 hours now – time flies when you are having fun – would you be able to send me the links to parts 2-4 of your invites as I have read part 1 and I feel I have been left on a cliff hanger ending!! :D

LOVE how your site is set out and how you write your posts – so inspirational, I wish I had talent like you!!

Tx

Charlie

CharlieB on 5. June, 2012

Hi Tracey, how lovely to hear that you’ve been reading so much of my blog and website! I’m so pleased you’ve found it fits with the sort of wedding you are planning. I will email you the other parts of how we made our invites and do stay in touch xXx

Kylie on 13. June, 2012

Hi Charlie!

I just love your blog and website! I cannot stop looking at it … Gives me so much inspiration and so many ideas :)
I cannot for the life of me find me the other parts of your “how to” guide for making these invitations :( can you please send me all the info, guides, templates ect via email?! I would really appreciate it! :)
Thanks so much! … Can’t wait to hear from you.
Kylie xxx

Charlie

CharlieB on 18. June, 2012

Hi Kylie, thanks for your comments – apologies that you haven’t heard from me I’ve been away on holiday and all new comments have to be approved before they show live on the blog, so sorry for making you contact me lots :) I’m so pleased that you have found lots of inspiration via the website and blog and I will email you able the invitations and the template details for the save the dates as well xXx

Laura on 14. June, 2012

Hello Charlie,

I must start out by saying I absolutely love your site! Your handmade invites are beautiful and a great inspiration (along with many other of your great blog posts–I’ve spent hours just browsing your blog!) If it’s possible, could you send me the other parts of this DIY? I’d love to see them!

Thanks,
Laura

Charlie

CharlieB on 18. June, 2012

Hi Laura, thank you so much for your lovely feedback on my website – it really means so much to hear that people love it and find it useful and inspiring. I will be in touch by email about the other parts of the ‘how to’ guide for our wedding stationery. Best wishes, Charlie xXx

Sian Thomas on 16. June, 2012

Hi Charlie

Thank you for such a wonderful site full of inspiration! I love your stationery and keep coming back for more ideas for our wedding next year.

Please would you be able to send me parts 2 – 4 of your own stationery blog? It would help a creatively challenged bride-to-be enormously!

Many thanks

Sian
x

Charlie

CharlieB on 18. June, 2012

Hi Sian, it’s lovely to hear you’ve been returning to the website for ideas and inspiration, that makes all the work worthwhile :) I will email you the details of the ‘how to’ guide xXx

Sheila981 on 18. June, 2012

Hi Charlie,

I happened upon your site just yesterday but have already made the ‘Save the Date’ cards!
I would love to follow the theme through with the invitations – please could you send me parts 2-4?
Off to spend the rest of the evening reading every single post you’ve ever created!
Thank you so much for such wonderful inspiration. X

Charlie

CharlieB on 19. June, 2012

Wow Shelia you’ve already made them – that’s very speedy! I’m so pleased you’ve found lots of inspiration on the website and hope you enjoyed reading through some of the other blog posts :) I’ll drop you an email with the other ‘how to’ parts for the invitations xXx

amanda on 22. June, 2012

love love love your invites.. where can i find the tutorial?? i’ve been looking and looking and i can’t figure it out!

Charlie

CharlieB on 22. June, 2012

Hi Mandy, apologies that you haven’t been able to find the other parts – I’ve temporarily taken them down but will email you details xXx

Sara on 28. June, 2012

Gorgeous invites!! I’m so glad I found this post as I was starting to get a bit desperate! We bought exactly the same paper from eco-craft and designed our own invites. however we haven’t been able to print them so far. I went to a printing company who very kindly agreed to print on my own paper but it kept jamming..something to do with the paper being too moist. I then tried the laserjet printer at work and whilst I could print a couple of pages, after that the ink started smudging!
How did you print yours?? I’d love to hear from you and also see part 2-4. You’re my only hope at the moment!! Thank you :)

Charlie

CharlieB on 28. June, 2012

Hi Sara, it’s lovely to hear you’ve been inspired by our wedding invitations but sad that you’ve had problems printing them. We have a HP printer and we bought some sample card first to try it through to see if it worked, some of it was too thick and I think we had to change the settings to something like ‘card’ rather than paper which meant it pulled the card into the printer more slowly. What thickness card did you buy? Have you tried it with a thinner card on a home printer? I will email you the other ‘how to’ parts and hope that I can help sort out your printing problems. Stay in touch xXx

caroline on 21. July, 2012

Hi Charlie, my lovely boy proposed to me a few weeks ago, and we’ve desided to get married on our dairy farm – my mum showed me the gorgeous feature on you in Country Living mag, and i’ve been working my way through your blog ever since! I love all your ideas for a really unique and handmade wedding, so much inspiration! Would you be kind enough to send through the instructions for parts 2-4 of the stationary blog posts? thanks so much :)

Charlie

CharlieB on 23. July, 2012

Hi Caroline, how lovely that you mum shared our wedding feature in Country Living with you and here you are! I’m so pleased you’ve got in touch :) I will be in touch by email about the other parts of the stationery ‘how to’ xXx

Rati on 12. August, 2012

Hi Charlie, love your blog. It truly is an inspiration. I’m hoping to replicate some your ideas with our personal touches for an Australian autumn wedding. Could you please share parts 2-4 of the wedding stationery post.

Thanks,

Charlie

CharlieB on 13. August, 2012

Hi Rati, thanks so much for your kind words about my blog – I’m so pleased you like it and have found some ideas that inspire you. Your autumn wedding in Australian sounds lovely, and of course I will email you the other parts of the wedding stationery ‘how to’ xXx

Sarah on 27. August, 2012

Hi Charlie like everyone else above me I too love your invites and have searched for the other blog posts for parts 2-4. I’d really appreciate it if you could send it to me. The booklet in the invite looks fantastic and I think would be helpful for our invites as we’ve got quite a lot of detail to give people. We’re getting married in Anglesey and having a wedding weekend so we’re asking that people stay for the weekend. Our venue has lots of holiday cottages and then there’s other accomodation around the area but we want our very closest friends staying on site so we’re going to have to have two different versions of the accomoddation section! If you could email me the other parts I’d be do grateful. Thank you

Charlie

CharlieB on 27. August, 2012

Hi Sarah, thanks for your lovely message – it’s so lovely to hear about your wedding and how great that your venue has lots of holiday cottages for your guests to stay in. I’ll email you with details about parts 2-4 of my stationery ‘how to’ guide xXx

Lauren on 29. August, 2012

Hi there, absolutely love your invitation ideas. Is it possible to send me all the info via email please as I can’t seem to find all of the posts.
Thanks xoxo

Charlie

CharlieB on 30. August, 2012

Hi Lauren, it’s lovely to hear that you like our wedding stationery, I’ll drop you an email about the other parts of the ‘how to’ guide xXx

Rachel on 31. August, 2012

Hi CharlieB, Really love the invitations but i have been unable to find part 2 etc. Would you be able to email me the rest of the details please? x

Charlie

CharlieB on 31. August, 2012

Hi Rachel, of course I can, I’ll be in touch by email – so pleased you love our invitations :)

Natalie on 31. August, 2012

Hi Charlie,
As all the previous requests, these are gorgeous and have onbviously inspired so many other brides-to-be. Could you also send me details of parts 2-4?
Thanks so much

Charlie

CharlieB on 2. September, 2012

Hi Natalie, lovely to hear from you – of course you can I’ll be in touch via email xXx

Deandra on 1. September, 2012

Hello again!

I love these just as much as your save the date cards! I would love to see parts 2-4 for inspiration!

Thank you!!

Charlie

CharlieB on 2. September, 2012

Hi Deandra, of course you may – I’ll drop you an email shortly xXx

Holly on 4. September, 2012

Hi Charlie,
These look amazing, please could you send me details of parts 2-4?
Thanks x

Charlie

CharlieB on 5. September, 2012

Hi Holly, an email is on its way to you xXx

Emma on 7. September, 2012

Hi Charlie,

I’ve just emailed you about the gorgeous stamp on your blog- but was also wondering if I could have the rest of the ‘how to’ parts 2-4? I know I’m about the gizilienth person to ask but I’d appreciate it so much! Thank you x

Charlie

CharlieB on 12. September, 2012

Hi Emma, I’ve just replied to your email about stamps and the ‘how to’ guides xXx

Louise on 14. September, 2012

Hi Charlie,

These look quite similar to the invitations we are doing (also using Hairy Manilla and a tree shaped ink stamp!). It’s a theme we are hoping to carry on through our order of services and even menu’s/table plan etc, so would love to see parts 2-4 please :)
thank you xxx

Anna on 16. September, 2012

Hi Charlie
I love your invites. I too am having kraft invitations – trying to get to grips with how to do it on Word. Would love to see part 2 – 4.
Anna

Charlie

CharlieB on 17. September, 2012

Hi Anna, thanks for getting in touch and it’s lovely to hear you love my invites :) The joys of using Word hey! I’ll email you over the other parts of my ‘how to’ guide xXx

BethE on 21. September, 2012

Hi Charlie! I love your blog and wedding ideas! I am planning to do some variation of your save the dates and invitations. Would you send me the other parts of the invite how-to? Thank you!

Charlie

CharlieB on 24. September, 2012

Hi Beth, thanks for your kinds words – I’m so pleased you love the blog and ideas I share :) I will email you over the other ‘how to’ parts which aren’t currently available online xXx

Becky on 28. September, 2012

Hi charlie, I love your invites and save the dates, it exactly the kind of thing i want to do! Could you please send me the rest of the step by step instructions? Thankyou xx

Charlie

CharlieB on 29. September, 2012

Hi Becky, of course I can I’m so delighted you love them and would like to make your own version xXx

Michelle Wilks on 8. October, 2012

Hi Charlie,

I absolutely love your invitations and has inspired me to make our own using the same card and similar ideas. Please could you send me the rest of the steps?
Also I was worried that the 280g card would be hard to print onto, did you have any difficulties? Where did you have them printed?
Look forward to hearing from you.

Thanks for you help in advance x

Charlie

CharlieB on 13. October, 2012

Hi Michelle, it’s wonderful to hear my wedding invitations have inspired you to make something similar for your own wedding – I’ll email through the full ‘how to’ guide to help you. We printed all the invites ourselves at home, and our printer was ok with the 280g card – however, I would recommend testing it out if you’re planning to print at home because I think all printers are different. I’ve also heard from a couple of people who had trouble printing them at home, but you could always get in touch with A Local Printer (http://www.alocalprinter.com/) who might be able to help you out, I think other couples have used them for the printing xXx

Nichole Tan on 17. October, 2012

Hi Charlie,

I was looking for ideas for our wedding invitations and came across your wonderful site. I absolutely love how you did your wedding invitation, you are so talented! I requested a few samples from Eco-Craft and just received my different weights of Hairy Manila today, can’t wait to run some prints on them!

If you don’t mind, would you be able to send me the rest of the steps? I would like to use them as guidance :)

Look forward to hearing from you!

Nichole x

Charlie

CharlieB on 18. October, 2012

Hi Nichole, thanks for your lovely message, I’m so pleased you’ve found my website and that you’ve got inspiration. I’ll send you the rest of the ‘how to’ guide by email, and definitely advice testing out the different cards through your printer to make sure they work ok. Best wishes, Charlie xXx

Nicky on 23. October, 2012

Hi Charlie,
Wow! Looks like you’ve got a loyal following now!!! Have to say I’m not surprised, your natural style and attention to beautiful detail speaks for itself!
Could I join the herd and ask for further details for the invitation ‘how to’ please? Thank you :)

Charlie

CharlieB on 23. October, 2012

Hi Nicky, thanks for your kind words – I have had a rather unexpected (but lovely!) response to our handmade wedding stationery, I’ve been a bit blown away :) Of course I will send you the details xXx

Gemma on 27. October, 2012

Hi, I have been hoping to make invites very similar to these as my best bridesmaid friend is an excellent artist and this way would hopefully save some pennies. This kind of card looks ideal! If you have some spare time after sending out the how to guides…. could you also send the info to me too!!
Thank you >:o)

Charlie

CharlieB on 28. October, 2012

Hi Gemma, how great to have an artist friend, I’m sure you will be able to come up with a really personal invitation for your wedding with her help :) I’ll be in touch by email about the how to guides xXx

Jane Hwang on 29. October, 2012

Hi I am looking into making my own invitations as well! Love this idea. Could you e-mail me parts 2 & 3 of how the invitations were made? Thanks so much!

Charlie

CharlieB on 30. October, 2012

Hi Jane, thanks for your message and lovely to hear you’ve been inspired to make your own invitations. I’ll send you an email with the rest of the ‘how to’ details to help you xXx

Liv on 3. November, 2012

Hi Charlie, we absolutely love your rustic invites, they are gorgeous and perfect for our big day! please could you send us the how to details if possible :-) we would be really greatful,
many thanks Liv xxxx

Charlie

CharlieB on 4. November, 2012

Hi Liv, of course I can send them through, delighted to hear you love the idea xXx

Charlotte on 11. November, 2012

Hi Charlie, like you’ve said before I think it’s something with our name…I love your ideas and have already made your save the dates! You have had some brilliant ideas. Please could you send me the how to guide for parts 2-4? Thank you x

Charlie

CharlieB on 11. November, 2012

Hi Charlotte, it’s lovely to hear from you and that you’ve made the save the dates :) I will email you about the other how to guides for my wedding stationery xXx

Livia Malanjum on 16. November, 2012

Hi Charlie -having trawled the internet for ideas – coming across your website has been such a find! I would be really grateful if you could send the how to guide part 2 -4? Liv x ps. I noticed that there was another “Liv” who emailed you previously with the same request.

Charlie

CharlieB on 18. November, 2012

Hi Liv, thanks so much for your message and it’s lovely to hear that you’ve found my website a great resource :) I’ll be in touch by email about the other ‘how to’ guides I have for my wedding stationery xXx

Mark on 24. November, 2012

Hi Charlie, i think the fact that it is 4a.m. and I am awake and looking at wedding websites can only suggest that it is starting to play on my mind :-) My fiance and i recently got our Save-the-dates out and we too, like others, used manilla parcel tags that we hand stamped and tied with Gingham ribbon. Having googled “rustic invites” i finally came across your blog and think they look absolutely perfect (much like the rest of your big day from the photos) and would be in keeping with the manilla / Kraft envelopes we used for the Save-the-Date.

I know i am in a long line of people asking but would you be able to share the rest of the details for how you made them? We are somewhat behind the curve I feel (health issues / wedding venue have hampered progress) so your help would be very much appreciated,

many thanks,
Mark x

Charlie

CharlieB on 25. November, 2012

Wow Mark that’s dedicate to be up so late/early looking for wedding inspiration! I’m sorry to hear that you’ve had some problems that have slowed down your planning, I do hope you are ok. I would of course be happy to email you the details of my other stationery ‘how to’ guides, so I’ll be in touch by email. If there’s anything else I can do please don’t hesitate to get in touch xXx

christina on 29. November, 2012

Hi Charlie,

Your website id the perfect rescource for planning a wedding! I love these invites – could you send me the links for the other parts, I’m inspired to make something similar!

Thank You!

Charlie

CharlieB on 1. December, 2012

Hi Christina, how lovely to hear that you think my website is a great wedding planning resource :) I’m delighted that you like my invitations and will be in touch by email about the other ‘how to’ guides xXx

Miriam on 2. December, 2012

Seriously do not know what I would do without this blog! The ideas are amazing and suit the theme of my wedding right to a tee. Would it be possible to get part 2-4 of how to make these wedding invitations, paeticularly want to know where you got the paper doilies from?? This would be so much help

Thanks again – I love all the prettiness!

Miriam x

Amy on 4. December, 2012

Hi Charlie – love this site so much! Have already made the save the dates – would love if you could please email me the other how to parts to your invites? Have told everyone about this blog – love it! Thank you xxx

Charlie

CharlieB on 5. December, 2012

Hi Amy, thanks so much for your comment and how fab that you’re already made the save the dates – I would love to see a picture! I’ll be in touch by email about the other ‘how to’ guides for my wedding stationery. Thanks so much for spreading the word about my blog xXx

Kate on 4. December, 2012

Your website is just beautiful! I absolutely love these invites and would be so so so grateful if you would email me parts 2-4. Thank you xx

Charlie

CharlieB on 5. December, 2012

Hi Kate, it’s so nice to hear from you and thanks for your kind words about my website :) I’ll email you the details of the other parts of my ‘how to’ guides for my wedding stationery x

Shan on 5. December, 2012

Hi Charlie,
Love these invitations, and they’re exactly what I’m looking for! I really liked the picture of the 2 bunnies featured in one of your recent real weddings.
I can’t find sections 2, 3 and 4 on the website though, could you point me in the right direction?
Thanks,
Shan xxx

Charlie

CharlieB on 5. December, 2012

Hi Shan, thanks for your message and it’s lovely to hear that you like my handmade wedding invitation :) The bunny picture you saw in one of my recent real weddings was in fact inspired by the cover on my wedding details booklet, and I’ll email you details of parts 2-4 of my ‘how to’ guides which aren’t currently available online. Love Charlie xXx

Nicola Jobson on 29. December, 2012

Dear Charlie,

I absolutely love your brown orders of service! I have been searching the internet for the right card and how to actually make up the booklets but with little success.

Could you please point me in the right direction? Any help would be greatly appreciated!

Thank you very much,

Nicola x

Charlie

CharlieB on 30. December, 2012

Hi Nicola, thanks for your message and I’m so pleased you like my designs :) You can find the recycled brown card and other lovely recycled papers/cards from http://www.greenstat.co.uk/, http://www.razzledazzlerose.co.uk/, http://www.elliepoopaper.co.uk/ and https://secure.eco-craft.co.uk/. Hope that helps xXx

Lucy on 29. December, 2012

Wow, I am loving your blog and your invitations are amazing. Just the hand crafted idea Ive been looking for. Would it be possible for you to email me parts 2 etc I would be very grateful. It looked like you had a fantastic wedding day! Cant wait to read all the rest of your blogs.
Thanks for the great inspiration
Lucy xx

Charlie

CharlieB on 30. December, 2012

Hi Lucy, I’m so pleased you are enjoying my blog and that you like my handmade wedding invitations – I will drop you an email about the other parts of my ‘how to’ guide xXx

mjek85 on 4. January, 2013

Hi Charlie, I love your invitations and was wondering how you fastened the information sheets together? Is it possible to e-mail the sections 2-4 to me please as I’d love to have a go at making them.
Thank you!
xx

Charlie

CharlieB on 4. January, 2013

Hi Mjek85 (apologies you didn’t leave a name!) – I’m so pleased to hear you love our invitations and will email you details of my other ‘how to’ guides, which has the details on how we fastened it all together xXx

gemma on 4. January, 2013

Amazing! Font inspiration was exactly what I needed. Thank you for all your brilliant ideas. I’ve also booked Cotswold Cooks after scouring your website. Now to crack on with those invitations…!

Charlie

CharlieB on 4. January, 2013

Hi Gemma, thanks for your lovely message and I’m pleased I provided you with some ideas and font inspiration – it can take ages to find the right ones! How wonderful to hear that you’ve booked Cotswold Cooks for your wedding catering – I am so envious as their food was SO delicious at our wedding. Do stay in touch xXx

Sarah B on 4. January, 2013

Hello Charlie,

I’m really enjoying your blog and have been very inspired by your stationary. I created some save the dates similar to yours mixed with the ‘thying the knot’ idea that you featured, so thank you! I’d love to see parts 2 to 4 of your invites process, would it be possible for you to email them to me? Many Thanks, sarah.

Charlie

CharlieB on 5. January, 2013

Hi Sarah B, thanks for your lovely message and how wonderful that you’ve made some save the dates similar to the ‘tying the knot’ ones featured on the blog – I would love to a see a picture if you would be happy to share them :) I will email you about the other ‘how to’ guides for my wedding invitations xXx

Amy on 5. January, 2013

I too am completely inspired by your website! Thanks for sharing your ideas! Could I also be emailed parts 2-4?!

Thanks

Amy

Charlie

CharlieB on 5. January, 2013

Hi Amy, it’s so nice to hear you are so inspired by my website – it really makes my day to hear that other brides-to-be like it so much :) I’ll be in touch by email about the other ‘how to’ guides xXx

Kate on 11. January, 2013

Hi Charlie – I am a huge fan of your blog and it has been very helpful for planning our eco-chic wedding! I love the invitations and I’ve already ordered the hairy manilla. I would love to see parts 2, 3 and 4 – would you mind emailing them to me! I would be super grateful. xxx

Charlie

CharlieB on 12. January, 2013

Hi Kate, thanks for your message – I’m so pleased to hear that my website has been helpful in your wedding planning :) I will be in touch by email about the other ‘how to’ parts xXx

Manisha on 16. January, 2013

Hi Charlie,
I love your invites too, please could you send me the other parts too? I’m getting married this year and would love to make something like yours with (if it works!) a henna pattern incorporated into it, I’m having a east meets west country theme!

Thank you in advance and also for such an amazing and helpful blog! :) xx

Charlie

CharlieB on 17. January, 2013

Hi Manisha, thanks for your message and of course I can send you the other ‘how to’ guides. I love the sound of your east meet west country wedding! Best wishes, Charlie x

Elly on 17. January, 2013

Charlie,
I have stumbled across your website and just love the styling of your wedding, it looks like you had a wonderful day! It is fantastic to see your the photos, I especially love your flowers in the church. I am getting married this May and have dreamed of vases of cow parsley everywhere for many years! We are hoping to do our own invitations too so I would love to be able to see the next parts of your invites blog please.
Many thanks, Elly

Charlie

CharlieB on 18. January, 2013

Hi Elly, it’s so lovely to hear from someone else planning a May wedding and who dreams of cow parsley everywhere :) I will be in touch by email about the other ‘how to’ parts for my invitations xXx

Samantha R on 19. January, 2013

I have stumbled upon your blog and love your save the dates and invitations. Is it possible for you to email me details of 2-4 of the invitation instructions and a template for the save the dates. Your blog is beautiful – thank you for the inspiration!

Charlie

CharlieB on 22. January, 2013

Hi Samantha R, I’m so pleased that you like our invitations and save the dates, so I’ll definitely email you details about both xXx

hayley on 20. January, 2013

Hi Charlie, came across your website through my frantic googling- everything looks beautiful! We’re having a Norfolk barn wedding in August, and having thought we would just have simple invites printed I’m now totally inspired to make my own. Love the brown paper theme- my Christmas presents were all wrapped in brown paper with raffia and luggage labels this year! Would really appreciate the rest of the tips if possible to get me started, as not sure how to convert the image in my head into reality!! Thanks so much!
Hayley

Charlie

CharlieB on 22. January, 2013

Hi Hayley, thanks for your lovely message about our wedding stationery :) Your wedding plans sound lovely and I love that you are a fan of brown paper and raffia. I’ll email you the details of my other ‘how to’ guides xXx

Karen on 22. January, 2013

Hi Charlie,
Love, love, love the creative way you went about creating your invites! Trying to help my sister in law to be create something similar. Please could you send me the other parts, I’d be very grateful x

Charlie

CharlieB on 23. January, 2013

Hi Karen, lovely to hear you’re helping your sister-in-law to make her invitations and of course I can email you the other ‘how to’ parts xXx

Jen on 3. February, 2013

Hi Charlie,

I love your unique invitations! Like many others, I too am interested in parts 2-4 of your guide. Could you please email them to me as well?

Thank you so much!

Jen

Charlie

CharlieB on 3. February, 2013

Hi Jen, thanks for your message and it’s lovely to hear you like my invitations :) I’ll email you details about the other parts xXx

Polly on 14. February, 2013

Hi
Absolutely love these! Please could you email me the other parts too?

Thanks x

Charlie

CharlieB on 15. February, 2013

Hi Polly, I’m so pleased you like our wedding invitations and I’ll be in touch by email about the other ‘how to’ guides xXx

Sarah on 15. February, 2013

I just stumbled across your blog and found my perfect site.
No longer am I trawling the internet, I just need to come here.
I love your invitations and I’ve been working on something similar for my own wedding. I wonder could you send me details of the other parts, I think it could be really useful.
Thanks, Sarah

Charlie

CharlieB on 15. February, 2013

Hi Sarah, thanks so much for your really lovely words about my website and blog! It’s so nice to hear that :) I’ll be in touch by email about the other ‘how to’ guides for my invitations xXx

Louise on 21. March, 2013

Hi I came across this site today and am addicted! I saw your invites and thought they were lovely – I’m planning to make my own and I know you’ve taken the other guides down from reading through, but would be really grateful if you could email me parts 2-4? Thank you Louise xx

Charlie

CharlieB on 22. March, 2013

Hi Louise, thanks for getting in touch and I’m so pleased to hear you like my website :) I will be in touch by email about the other ‘how to’ guides for my stationery xXx

Natalie on 22. March, 2013

Hi, I am absolutly in ore of your handmade country wedding you should feel very proud of yourself! I am getting married next year and would really love to re-create my version of your wedding stationary. Would it be possible to send me the tutorials for part 2,3 & 4. As I myself have been looking for what seems like forever now, getting quite overwhelmed but nothing compares to yours! Thank you Natalie x

Charlie

CharlieB on 24. March, 2013

Hi Natalie, thanks for your lovely message and kind words about our wedding :) I will email you details of the rest of my stationery ‘how to’ xXx

Sarah B on 23. March, 2013

Hello,

I echo the words of so many here but any chance of the other golden nuggets of knowledge for parts 2,3 and 4? planning something similar with Wild flowers and love your use of hairy brown cards.

Sarah B x

Charlie

CharlieB on 24. March, 2013

Hi Sarah B, I will email you the other ‘how to’ guides for my stationery – your wild flower idea sounds lovely :)

Grace Allen on 24. March, 2013

Hi we also really love your wedding invitations, are you also please able to send the word template too please? Again we can make the payment via Paypal, look forward to hearing from you!
Grace x

Charlie

CharlieB on 25. March, 2013

Hi Grace, unfortunately I don’t have a template for my invitations, just ‘how to’ guides on how I made them xXx

Laura on 29. March, 2013

Hi Charlie, I too really love your handmade invitations and want to try and create some myself! Would you be able to email parts 2,3 & 4 to me also please? Thanks! Laura x

Charlie

CharlieB on 30. March, 2013

Hi Laura, thanks for your message and I’m so pleased you like my invitations :) I’ll email you the other ‘how to’ guides shortly xXx

Suz on 6. April, 2013

Charlie, these are the best Diy invites I’ve seen so far! I only wish we’d seen your save the dates before we sent ours out. Thanks so much for the inspiration and forwhere to source the brown card… We spent ages trying to find some! our custom stamp arrived in the post today (v cutecute too image of us drawn by my lovely Dan!) so we’re about to start invite making! I’d be so grateful if you could send me the rest of the details of your invites… Thanks a million!

Charlie

CharlieB on 7. April, 2013

Hi Suz, it’s so lovely to hear from you and that you’ve been inspired by my invites :) I’ll be in touch by email about the rest of the details on how I made them xXx

Emily S on 9. April, 2013

Hi Charlie,
I came across your wonderful blog when I first got engaged in August and ‘pinned’ it all until the day came to research resources needed to make our ‘Save the Date’ cards. I’m also researching the actual invites and wondered whether you would please email parts 2-4? I am IN LOVE with your invites, they are just perfect for the wedding I have in my head and I am desperately trying to get out into brown recycled paper and making as much as we can! Many thanks in advance, and thank you for such a brilliant website!

Charlie

CharlieB on 10. April, 2013

Hi Emily S, thanks for your lovely message and so nice to hear that you’ve found so much inspiration on my blog :) I’ll email you the other ‘how to’ parts for my wedding invitations xXx

kathryn on 11. April, 2013

Hi Charlie

Your invites are beautiful, I would love to make my own but would also have to rely on word, if you would be happy to email me the other parts of your blog Id be really grateful :) thanks, Kathryn

Charlie

CharlieB on 11. April, 2013

Hi Kathryn, thanks for your kind words about my invitations :) I’ll email you the other ‘how to’ parts shortly xXx

Megan on 11. April, 2013

Hi,

Just found this site. It is perfect for what I want! If you could email me the other parts that would be amazing.

Charlie

CharlieB on 12. April, 2013

Hi Megan, lovely to hear from you and so pleased you like my wedding stationery – I’ll be in touch by email xXx

Gemma on 22. April, 2013

Hi

I would be really grateful if you could email me the latter parts of this how-to. I made my save the dates based on your idea, also incorporating the tie the knot idea from another blogger (found it on Pinterest so not sure who) and would love to share some photos! x

Charlie

CharlieB on 22. April, 2013

Hi Gemma, lovely to hear from you again – I’ll email details about my stationery and if you’d like to send me some photos of your save the dates that would be fab! Charlie xXx

Becky on 23. April, 2013

Hi Charlie,

I hope you don’t get this message twice, if you do it just shows how keen I am ;)

So, I too love your invitations- and if you could email me the extra parts I’d be very grateful.

Also, I loved so many of the ideas you had for your own wedding, it really made me want my own ice cream stand! :)

Thanks

Becky x

Charlie

CharlieB on 23. April, 2013

Hi Becky, thanks for your messages – I am so pleased you love my wedding invitations and you should definitely make your own ice cream stand, it was a big hit! I’ll be in touch by email about the other ‘how to’ guides xXx

Becky on 23. April, 2013

ooh, and if this isn’t too cheeky:

I saw your wedding featured on another website and there was a picture of your ‘wedding- the details’ stationary- I’d love to know where you got the rabbit image from because my fiance got me a pet rabbit for my birthday (which has been the source of much amusement and many stories since) and I think it would be a nice addition to our invites!

Guy on 30. April, 2013

Hi Charlie,

I really like your invites, can you please email me details of parts 2-4? I love the ideas in them.

Thanks,

Guy

Charlie

CharlieB on 30. April, 2013

Hi Guy, thanks for your message and I’ll be in touch about the other parts of my ‘how to’ guides xXx

pam on 5. June, 2013

hi charlie
Your invites have been a big inspiration to our woodland wedding , i would be very grateful if you could email me the other parts . pam x

Charlie

CharlieB on 5. June, 2013

Hi Pam – a woodland wedding, it sounds lovely! So pleased you’ve been inspired by my wedding invitations. I’ll email you details of the other how to guides xXx

Adam on 2. July, 2013

Hi Charlie
Fantastic and beautiful website with great ideas. Again, I’d also be grateful if I could see parts 2 to 4 of the guide if possible
cheers
Adam

Charlie

CharlieB on 5. July, 2013

Hi Adam, so pleased you like my website and my wedding stationery, I’ll be in touch by email about my stationery guides xXx

Bee on 8. July, 2013

Hi Charlie,

I absolutely love the website and it has been a great help when planning my September 2014 wedding!

Your wedding invitations have given me lots of inspiration! and to use them to create some personal wedding invites for me and my fiancé would be perfect! They would also go lovely with my country ‘wild flower’ wedding.

It would be lovely if you could send me parts 2 – 4 of your guide.

Bee x

Charlie

CharlieB on 8. July, 2013

Hi Bee, thank you so much for your lovely message – it’s so nice to hear that you have found my website helpful in planning your wedding (have you seen I’ve just put out a call for new TNWC Real Brides if you’re interested in applying? https://thenaturalweddingcompany.co.uk/blog/2013/07/would-you-like-to-be-one-of-our-next-tnwc-real-brides-wed-love-you-to-come-and-share-your-wedding-plans-with-our-readers/).

I’ll email you about the other parts to my ‘how to’ for the invitations I made xXx

Bee on 9. July, 2013

Hi Charlie,

I hadn’t noticed but I will absolutely be applying, I would love to have a go at blogging and sharing the ideas that I have for my wedding and my journey to our wedding day! Hopefully it would help other brides to be!

I look forward to the other parts as I think if I tried it myself, me and microsoft word would be having a few arguments.

Bee xx

ashley on 26. August, 2013

Wow Charlie! these are amazing have really enjoyed reading your blog and helping me to design and make my own invitations. I cant seem to find 2-4? are they on this website or another?

well done they are fab!! xx

Charlie

CharlieB on 1. September, 2013

Hi Ashley, lovely to hear from you and it’s so nice to hear you like the blog and have found it useful :) I’ve temporarily removed the other ‘how to’ parts but will drop you an email about them xXx

Monica on 27. August, 2013

Hello! I absolutely love the invitations! The style is exactly what I have been looking for. Would it be possible to email me the other parts of the instructions? Thanks a lot, Monica xx

Charlie

CharlieB on 1. September, 2013

Hi Monica, it’s lovely to hear from you and yes I’ll be in touch by email xXx

LouiseE on 3. September, 2013

Hi Charlie, these invitations are absolutely perfect and just what we are after.

I wonder if you would be kind enough to email me with parts 2-4?

Louise xx

Charlie

CharlieB on 6. September, 2013

Hi LouiseE, thanks for your message and I’m delighted to hear you’d like to make something similar for your own wedding. I’ll be in touch about the other parts of my ‘how to’ guide xXx

Eileen on 17. November, 2013

Hi Charlie, I’ve been a longtime lurker on here sourcing tips ahead of my barn wedding on 17th May 2014. I love your invites and am keen to do similar myself so wondered if you might be able to email me more of the steps? Keep up the good work on the website, I think it’s totally inspiring and refreshing from most corporate-feeling wedding sites. x

Charlie

CharlieB on 19. November, 2013

Hi Eileen, it’s lovely to hear from you and I’m so pleased you’ve found the website and blog helpful in planning your wedding :) I’ll be in touch by email about the rest of my how to guides xXx

Nicole on 2. January, 2014

Hello Charlie! I stumbled upon your invites and fell head over heels in love! Would it be too much to ask for the other parts of the how-to. I can’t wait to start working on these and get them in the mail. Thanks for the blog and all the wonderful ideas. It’s so nice to have your site as a resource!
Thanks again,
Nicole

Charlie

CharlieB on 4. January, 2014

Hi Nicole, thanks for getting in touch and I’m so pleased you like my wedding stationery :) I’ll drop you an email about the other parts to my how-to xXx

Anna on 4. January, 2014

Hi Charlie, I would also love to see the other parts of the ‘how to’ for the wedding stationary. Have just spent a happy evening reading the blog :) Anna x

Charlie

CharlieB on 5. January, 2014

Hi Anna, it’s so lovely to hear that you’ve spent the evening reading the blog :) I hope you’ve found some ideas and inspiration, and I hope I can continue to provide more throughout the year! I’ll email you about the other how to guides xXx

Natasha Moir on 15. January, 2014

Hey Charlie,

Love your invites! In the process of making my own but having some printer difficulties. At first it printed onto 280 card no problem, but has decided it doesn’t want to feed the paper through anymore and I can’t find a function to let me tell it what thickness the card is. Can I ask what printer you used?

Thanks so much! Inspiring blog :)

Charlie

CharlieB on 16. January, 2014

Hi Natasha, lovely to hear from you and to hear that you’re making something similar. How frustrating with your printer! We have an HP printer. I’ve heard from a couple of people who had trouble printing them at home, so you could always get in touch with A Local Printer (http://www.alocalprinter.com/) who might be able to help you out, I think other couples have used them for the printing? Let me know how you get on, any other queries don’t hesitate to get in touch xXx

HelenG on 30. January, 2014

Hi Charlie,

I really love your invites and I would love to be able to make something similar. Would it be possible for you to e-mail me parts 2,3 and 4?

It won’t be a direct copy as I have found some vintage maps on e-bay – so it will be somewhere in between yours and this one
http://nothingbutbonfires.com/2009/08/labor-of-love

I would be happy to share the final photos if you are interested :)
Thanks!
Hx

PS I really love the website – you helped me find the awesome Chloe from Bare Blooms to do the flowers :)

Charlie

CharlieB on 1. February, 2014

Hi Helen, how wonderful that you have booked Chloe from BareBlooms for your wedding flowers! I will be in touch by email about the rest of my ‘how to’ guides and would absolutely love to see pictures of your final design :) xXx

Caitlin on 3. March, 2014

Hi Charlie! Thank you so much for this site :) It has given me so much inspiration for my upcoming wedding and helped me local a florist! I would love to see the rest of this tutorial if possible. I know it was posted awhile go. If you could would you mind emailing me parts 2-4? Thank so much! xxx

Charlie

CharlieB on 6. March, 2014

Hi Caitlin, thanks for your lovely message and it’s so great to hear you’ve found your wedding florist via the directory :) I’ll email you about the rest of my stationery guide xXx

Rebekah on 12. March, 2014

It seems a bit of a theme but would you mind sharing parts 2-4 with me as well? I love how beautiful the brown card looks and it fits into the rustic barn dance wedding I have in my head. However I’m not the least bit crafty and I need all the guidance I can get. My own save the date and invitations will be a mishmash of different idea’s gleaned from pins.

Charlie

CharlieB on 18. March, 2014

Hi Rebekah, thanks for getting in touch and it’s so nice to hear from someone else who likes my design:) Your wedding sounds lovely! I will be in touch by email xXx

Katie on 28. March, 2014

I have spent hours reading through your blog,I love it . Would it be possible for you to email me the rest of the details to make the invites xx

Charlie

CharlieB on 29. March, 2014

Hi Katie, how lovely that you’ve enjoyed my blog enough to spend so long looking through it, I do hope you have found inspirations and ideas :) I will email you about my stationery guides xXx

Kirstyn on 5. April, 2014

Hi

Can I ask what printer you used? I have very similar card for my save the date cards but our printer just wont take it :(

Thanks

Kirstyn

Charlie

CharlieB on 6. April, 2014

Hi Kirstyn, we have an HP Printer and it was ok with the 280g card (just!) – however, I’ve heard from a couple of people who had trouble printing them at home. You might have to get thinner card or look at getting them printed professionally (I think some people have used A Local Printer http://www.alocalprinter.com/ who are on my directory) xXx

Kirsten on 25. April, 2014

Hi CharlieB,

My fiance and I have decided to copy your ‘Save the date’ cards (work in progress, but just about done, apart from a few alignment problems which we just need to iron out), and now have decided to go all out and copy (or at least borrow heavily from!) your wedding invites too.
They’re so great – rustic, relaxed, very ‘chilled’ – exactly the vibe I’m going for with our wedding!

Could I be a pain and ask you to please email me your stationery guides?
Love your work!

Thanks,
Kirsten

Charlie

CharlieB on 4. May, 2014

Hi Kirsten, it’s so lovely to hear from you and I’m flattered that you like my ideas so much :) I’ll email you about my stationery guides xXx

Kate on 11. June, 2014

Hi Charlie,

I feel a bit cheeky posting on here just to ask if it’s poss to get the rest of this tutorial – but it’s just so gorgeous and exactly what we want – so I hope you don’t mind the request! We’re having a wedding in a rustic Italian villa and your invitations are exactly what I couldn’t find anywhere despite hours of trawling through Etsy and other wedding blogs.

Thanks so much,
Kate xx

Charlie

CharlieB on 11. June, 2014

Hi Kate, it’s not at all cheeky but just lovely to hear they are what you were looking for :) Your wedding sounds beautiful! I’ll email you with the details xXx

Lisa on 14. August, 2014

Hi Charlie

You’re invitations are beautiful. I have been going back and forth with the idea of making my own invites for our wedding next year but am not confident in what they may end up looking like. You have inspired me to give it a go as your invites are much more stunning then any I have seen and exactly what I have been looking for. I was wondering if at all possible you could email parts 2-4?

Thank you so much

Lisa xx

Rachel on 19. August, 2014

Hi Charlie,

I’ve just come across your blog and I’m addicted! I’m getting married next summer and want to make as much stuff myself as possible, so I love all the tutorials. Is it possible for you to send me the links to parts 2, 3 etc of the wedding stationary guide? I adore the brown card, and your beautiful designs. Thank you so much! x

Michelle on 28. October, 2014

Hello CharlieB,
After toying with the idea of making my own invites versus buying prepaid invitations, I now feel inspired to give it a go myself after seeing your blog – amazing!

Would it be at all possible for you to share with me the other parts to your DIY stationary guide?

Look forward to hearing from you

Michelle

Jodie on 30. October, 2014

Morning Charlie,

Stumbled upon your website yesterday and (as everyone seems to be saying…) I love the look of your invites. They are beautiful. I’m not sure if I want to design my own invites, but I have been inspired. Was just wondering if you could email the other parts? Would love to have a look. Many thanks, Jodie x

Carrie on 22. November, 2014

Hi Charlie, could you please email me the reat of them too? You’ve done such an amazing job!! Take care xx

Claire on 19. May, 2015

Hi absolutely love the invites, could you please send me parts 2-4 thanks so much xx

Laurenbythesea on 27. July, 2015

I love these! I cant find the other parts though. Could you possibly send them to me? I’d love to make some kraft orders of service.

Jennifer M on 15. December, 2015

Hi Charlie! I’ve gone back through hundreds of your posts to try and find more pictures or the blog information on your wedding booklets/invitations! If you’re up for sharing please email me! I’d love templates!

Jennifermager@hotmail.com

Thanks

Amy on 31. May, 2017

Morning Charlie,
I have just come across your blog and these invitations look incredible! I was wondering where I could find the other parts of the tutorial? I would love to make our own invites but struggling to find a way to include all the relevant detail in a pretty way. Yours look beautiful :)
Many thanks x

Charlie

Charlie on 1. June, 2017

Hi Amy, I’ve just emailed you :)

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