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DIY Wedding Gift

one of my favorite decorations in our home is our wedding invitation. i framed it just after we got married because i found a left over invitation in the midst of opening all the wedding gifts when we got back from our honeymoon. over the last couple years i have received so many comments on it. people love it. they love the sweet memory and they love what it represents. i have also had so many people say that they wished they had saved an invitation themselves. 
so i thought that we could do it! we could save an invitation, put it in a frame, and add it to the wedding gift table. maybe they will love it or maybe they will replace the invitation with a photo from their wedding. but i think they will love it and love the memory because in the midst of sending out 300 wedding invitations you rarely think to save one for yourself and keep that memory close. 
it is a wonderful gift to whip up especially if you are traveling far to be at the wedding and cannot afford to buy a nice gift from the registry. this is pretty inexpensive and super thoughtful! 
it also happens to be remarkably easy. 
WHAT YOU NEED:
– fun frame. i love picking mine up from Hobby Lobby when they have their frames 50% off
– the wedding invitation (the one of your fridge that you are going to throw away next month)
– a matte. this is optional but i think that a larger frame with a nice matte makes a fun statement. you can chose a frame the size of the invitation if you want. 
HOW TO:
1. assemble
2. add bow, card, or decoration for the gift table. 
3. consider signing the back of the frame. maybe add a verse or some wedding wisdom! 
DO YOU HAVE A GO TO WEDDING GIFT?
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  • this is adorable. as someone who is getting married in 3 weeks (ah!) I'd definitely appreciate something like this from a guest. 🙂

  • So fun! Someone gave us our vows written in calligraphy, and framed them. They're over our bed! Such a great gift! I love the invite idea!

  • This is beautiful! I really don't love our wedding invitations, but I absolutely love what they represent. I know I have a few extra somewhere. I'll have to find one and do this!

    Also, my photographer is a Detwiler. Wonder if they're related??!

  • so simple but so clever! Love this! 🙂

  • their invite was so cute! this is a great wedding gift idea. and i LOVE that you have yours framed…it was a good one.

  • I love this! I have a wedding coming up and I may use this idea. Our go to wedding gift is a date night basket or something, maybe some kitchen utensils and something to cook or popcorn and card games.

  • Doing this for my best friends this weekend! Such a wonderful idea!!!

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  • These are super fun! I had a beach wedding and my friend put shells and our invitation in a shadow box and it now hangs on my wall! It's hard to remember to 'keep an invitation' for yourself so these gifts are just perfect.

  • Kendra Castillo

    What a cute idea! I made our invitations and I think I have one saved, this would be the perfect way to save it 🙂

  • This is great! Thank you! and in perfect time for wedding season! 🙂

  • I love this! I'm definitely going to do this for a second wedding or where they specify no gifts. A sweet reminder of the day.

  • That is the first thing I thought when I saw this. "I wish I would have saved my wedding invitation." I really love this idea and I think it's a great gift idea!

  • This is genius! AJ & I are heading to Massachusetts next weekend for a wedding and I just might have to do this for the couple!

  • This is a great idea! I'm always trying to think of creative gifts for weddings. Will definitely need to try this out!

  • Amy

    so cute!!!

  • Oh what a great idea!! I definitely would have loved it if someone did this for us!

  • tell me how it goes! I would love to see pictures!

  • I know 🙂 that is why I framed it 😉

  • I know it! I was lucky because my sister saved my invite for me!

  • yeah! and you can always add a gift card if you want!

  • thanks 🙂 I know! I was thankful I still had mine. and I think it is a great personal gift. you can always add a gift card if you wanted!

  • yeah! I think it is perfect for travel weddings so you are still giving a little somthing but you are not breaking the bank!

  • that is such a great idea!

  • yes! So true 🙂 It is a fun personal touch!

  • those are also great gift ideas!

  • That would be crazy! They currently live in South Carolina but he is from somewhere up north…?

  • I love that!

  • CONGRATS!!! happy wedding season!

  • yes! I think it is perfect for trips where you are traveling far OR you can add a little gift card to it also!

  • I love that!

  • 🙂 it is on our mantel and we get SO many compliments on it!

  • 🙂 let me know if you try it out!

  • Angela H

    I like this idea, my niece is getting married in August and this would be something nice I could do for her. Thanks for sharing – I stopped by from Jack of All Trades

  • thanks for stopping by! I hope that she loves it!

  • Wow, you're brilliant!

  • haha! thanks 🙂

  • Will do! — I had to find all the invites over the weekend. I was afraid they may have made their way into the trash for my big apartment move. Score one point for being a pack rat, I found all three!

  • hahah! That is perfect! now you will also have less stuff to pack rat when you start giving them all away!! 😉

  • Great idea and so sweet!! I wish I would have found your blog last week when I went to a friends wedding. I may still frame their invite and mail it to them, never too late!!

  • haha! It is never too late! And you can keep it in mind for future weddings!!