DIY: Paper Love

When I started planning my wedding, I was overwhelmed with the amount of paper goods that would be needed. It felt as if every time I turned around, I needed to add another item to my list. Save the Dates, Invitations, Programs… and since this was a Disney destination wedding, I felt I needed to also include some sort of planning items to that list.

If you have, even just one ounce of, a creative hand, you can save a lot of money by doing your own wedding stationary and other paper projects. Not to mention, being able to create them just the way you envision them. That may be even more rewarding than the cash saved.

Below are a collection of paper goods photos from my own wedding, held at Disney’s Boardwalk Inn with, of course, a Boardwalk theme. Created by me, in nothing more than Microsoft Word. With the help of the internet for free font and clipart downloads, I was able to style my paper to suit my taste and event theme. For fonts, I love The majority of their fonts are free for personal use. And they have the beloved Disney font, “Waltograph”. Looking for some Disney clipart? and has some really cute designs for the taking. Remember, to use these only for your own personal use.

For the invitation supplies, I used Cards and Pockets. I would highly recommend them to anyone looking to do their own invitations. They have a wonderful selection of colors and styles. You can download the templates directly from their website, for free, to get started, which can help greatly to decide which style invitation before you order. Afraid to print them yourself, in fear of tossing the printer off your balcony? Cards and Pockets now offers printing for you. You email them a PDF of your work and they will quote you a price. Their website is really chock full of great tools to help you create your dream stationary.

Next up, I needed to work on programs. Making sure to use the same fonts and colors I used in the invitations, to keep it cohesive. Michael’s Arts & Crafts has a selection of cardstock that would make anyone’s head spin and always have a coupon on their website or on their smart phone app. I went with classic white for mine (4.5 x 6.5).

I scoured the internet to find program inspiration. We are not a serious couple by any means, and this was a very lighthearted event, so the program needed to be fun. I found a great one on Style Me Pretty’s blog and created mine in that same writing style.

On to the guest book. I had decided to do a guest mat so it could be framed and hung in a place of importance in our home. Again, wanting something unique and going with our theme, I chose to create a postcard of our locations instead of a photo. Using a couple of photos I had from previous visits to the Boardwalk, text boxes and Microsoft Word, this design was born. It was mounted onto a colored cardstock and set inside of a guest mat, that can be found at most craft supply stores in their framing department.

We used the existing marble cocktail tables at Disney’s Atlantic Dance Hall so we went with open seating. However, we did want to make sure the wedding party would have tables on the dance floor close to us. Our planner, Carol, told me to make enough “Reserved” signs for the tables we wanted held. These were created using the same paper as the programs.

Since this was a destination wedding, and I have a Disney trip planning addiction, I created a few items to send out to our guests about a month before the wedding. Each guest was sent a packet that included park maps, a “Confirmations” worksheet (to keep their trip itinerary organized) and a “Park Hours” sheet covering the week of our wedding. I also included an “Event Guidemap”. This map included the transportation schedule for our wedding day, a list of important dates, times and locations, and a special message from the bride and groom. I will admit that the map took a little more love and attention with some Photoshop help to get it the way I wanted. This project had the help of Office Max. I printed a master of each and headed straight to the store where they may copies on a nicer heavyweight paper, trimmed down, and even folded the maps for me (which was worth the cost all on its own!).

The whole process was a labor of love but, I enjoyed every minute of it. And each project went through several drafts before going to print. I DIYed most of my wedding but, this was one of my favorite projects.

Important things to remember when using Microsoft Word-

  • Set your page sizes correctly.
  • Always set for borderless printing.
  • Use text boxes and break up your text so you can get the placement you want.
  • Format images and text boxes to “in front of text” so you can layer and place.
  • Have fun! Play around with the settings, word art, fonts, and filters until you find what you’re in love with. You may be surprised at what you can do in Microsoft Word.

My Disneymooner Planning Journal has all my DIY trials and tribulations so, if you’re a Disney bride to be, make sure to join the forums and read all about them.


Trends We Love: Ombre

From the french word meaning “shading” or “gradient”. And it is a hot trend right now. We can’t say we blame them. It’s a fabulous way to bring lots of color to a wedding.

Starting with the most important part of a wedding… the dress! As usual, singer Gwen Stefani was years ahead of this trend when she wore this gorgeous gown at her wedding.

Gwen Stefani

Now there are many different ombre gown options for brides going the flashy route.

Finish off the look, or maybe you’d like to simply dress up a classic wedding gown, with a bright ombre bouquet.

Imagine your reception filled with these colorful centerpieces. The combination of colors are sure to bring life to any venue you choose.

Not to mention, the sweet guest of honor.

And of course, you must start the theme rolling with an amazing custom wedding invitation.

Invitation from Cricket Printing on Etsy

Hungry for more ombre inspiration? Check this out on Pinterest!

Momental Designs: A Disney Bride’s Review

By Justine


I am a practical person. I know that wedding invitations get thrown away. Normally my practical side would kick in and say “Justine, you don’t need fancy, customized invitations, just get that print at home kit from Wally World and get on with your life.” But it turns out that invitations were something that was really important to me. I saw them almost like advertisements for our wedding. The cooler they were, the more people would want to make the long haul to the “Most Magical Place on Earth” to see us get married.
So, I started poking around the internet looking for custom invitations. I wanted something that really depicted “us” as a family—myself, Adam and our furkids (3 dogs, 1 cat). I found one company but they were really slow getting back to me and even with being comfortable spending a higher amount; they were still pushing my budget. So, I googled some more (key words: custom hand drawn invitations) and combed Etsy and one day I stumbled across Momental Designs. I loved the way their website was laid out. It has lots of example of their works and I really clicked with their “Sketched” collection. I also appreciated that they provided a price range for each collection. There’s nothing worse than finding the perfect item only to find out later it is out of your price range.
I sent an email and within a day I had a phone conference set up with their main designer/artist, Kristy Rice. She asked me some basic questions about what I was envisioning and I told her about our wedding vibe. At this point we paid a deposit fee of $200 for their time in creating our invitation artwork. This is a flat fee and does not go towards your purchase. We also signed a basic contract and I sent her a link to an online photo album that had a few pictures of myself, Adam and the furkids. She said she would work on a first draft and have it posted on the blog in about a week. At this point we were a little under a year out, so although I wasn’t in a hurry, I appreciated their promptness. After the initial contact with Kristy, the rest of my communication was with Kelley her assistant. I always received a reply to my emails within 24 hours unless it was the weekend.
We received our first draft on time along with a brief questionnaire about what we liked and what we didn’t. There were a few things that needed to be fixed (Adam look like Zack Morris and not himself) and I wanted more color on the outside folder and darker purple flowers on the inside. Other than that we were happy. They made those changes quickly and then we were kind of in a holding pattern until after our planning session. Once we were back from the PS and we had all of our events finalized, we worked with Momental to do our enclosures. They were really great about making sure all of the pertinent info was included. When we were finally ready to order, we paid an extra fee to have them ship us a hardcopy. They offer a digital proof option for free. We had three different people read over it; we initialed each page and then it back to Momental. They had to receive this back before they would move forward on our printing. We paid the rest of our balance; they printed out all the pieces and shipped them to us. They arrived all nicely packaged and waiting for us. They do offer addressing services, but Adam has really nice handwriting so he did that himself.




Overall I had an excellent experience with Momental Designs. I loved how prompt they were and their prices, while somewhat high, were worth it to me because they provided everything I wanted: an invitation that was all about us.