DIY Translucent Wedding Invitation with Vintage Charm

DIY vintage translucent wedding invitation | Download & Print

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Wow. Do I have a doozy of a DIY for you today. It's unique, sophisticated, so so pretty, and really easy to put together.

Sometimes in life you just nail it. That's today's DIY. I want to shout from the top of a mountain, "Look at this!".

I know, I know... it's "just" a wedding invitation. Well I like to celebrate successes big and small, and this translucent invitation is most definitely a success.

The invitation is printed on gorgeous, shimmering vellum paper. A beautiful rose peeks through the translucent vellum, it's almost ethereal.

I found the rose image on Unsplash, an amazing resource of free (do whatever you want) high-resolution photos. If roses are not your vibe, find awe inspiring landscapes, architecture and botanical images to use with this project, and create an entirely unique look for your stationery. The rose image I fell in love with is from Russian photographer Daria Shevtsova.

If DIY's typically aren't your thing, this is the time to break out of your comfort zone and take a peek at the tutorial below. On a scale of 1 to 10 the crafting skills required are a 1, it's really that easy. And I think you'll agree the resulting invitation is truly breathtaking.

I've paired the rose background with our Ornate Vintage invitation in navy. It's got vintage charm and plenty of white space to let the background shine through.

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Step 1: Download & Print

Printable vintage wedding invitation | Download & Print

Download the Ornate Vintage invitation in navy and save the file to your computer.

If you love the fonts I've used download the free fonts EcuyerDax and Aerolite CP and install them on your computer. This must be done prior to opening the template in Word.

Open the invitation in MS Word or Mac Pages. Some open source software will also open the files, check your program's compatibility with .docx files.

Type over the placeholder text with your wedding information.

Check and double check your spelling, dates and formatting. I recommend printing one copy, get another set of eyes on your invitation to check again for errors before committing to print them all.

Print the invitations on vellum paper.

If your printer has trouble with the vellum, try folding a thin piece of tape along the lead edge of the paper. Your printer may be able to better pick up the tape than the slippery paper. If your printer still proves fickle try taping a regular sheet of paper behind the vellum, again placing the tape along the lead edge of the paper. You can remove the tape and regular paper once the vellum is printed.

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Step 2: Print Rose Background

Vintage Rose wedding invitation | Download & Print

Download the free rose printable background and print on 8.5 x 11" card stock. Choose a heavy card stock to give your invitations form. Just make sure the paper isn't so thick that it jams your printer. Your printer should be good with any paper between 65 lbs and 90 lbs.

PRO TIP: You can also print the templates on A4 paper.

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Step 3: Trim

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Trim the vellum invitation and rose background along the dotted lines. The finished invitation size is 5 x 7".

I find this step goes quicker with a paper trimmer and I get straight cuts, however you can use scissors or an X-acto knife and ruler.

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Step 4: Assemble

DIY translucent wedding invitation with vintage rose background | Download & Print

Layer a vellum invitation over the rose background. *Gasp* It's so pretty!

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With template love,

Anna Skye | Download & Print

(Although all the products listed in this tutorial are products I personally use, I will be compensated just a tiny bit if you make a purchase through some of the links provided. Thanks for supporting small biz!)

57 thoughts on “DIY Translucent Wedding Invitation with Vintage Charm

  1. Julie says:

    Hi Anna, I have done the Vintage Gold of these invites and was wondering if there was any chance you could change the wording ‘Wedding Ceremony’ to Evening Celebration as there are no invitations for evenings guests x

    Many Thanks Julie

  2. Julie says:

    Ps. Love the Rose Background as well, it will make great confetti cones xxx

    what you create is amazing for us DIY Brides xxx

    • Lisa Fenstermacher says:

      Hi Milly, we haven’t adhered the paper together. They are just sitting on top of each other. However, if you would like to attach them you could punch two small holes near the top, thread a ribbon through and tie a bow.

  3. Nora says:

    Oh, that is *so* awesome! Is there a way to get all the wording editable (for purchase, if necessary)? I would love to do my entire wedding papeterie in this way, but it needs to be in German. *laughs*

    • Lisa Fenstermacher says:

      We are happy to create a version in German for you! When you purchase the invitation template, or bundle if you want all the templates, also add on the customization service:

      In the notes type the exact wording that you would like on the invitation. We will change the heading text and send you a custom template that you can add your remaining wedding details to.

      Unfortunately the design capabilities in Word are very limited and it’s just not possible to recreate this text in Word. Customizations are $7 per template.

  4. Lidzia Kozakiewicz says:

    I love this site and all the ideas, it perks my creative side and makes my mind race at million miles to one. I just wish I did not live in a country where the exchange rate kills us, so I have to make do with freebies and adapt – but in all, I have learnt so much and just want to say thank you so very much for sharing your ideas.

    • Lisa Fenstermacher says:

      Some printers will have trouble with the slippery vellum. I’ve found using tape and/or tape and a piece of regular paper help. Try folding a thin piece of tape along the lead edge of the paper. Your printer may be able to better pick up the tape than the slippery paper. If your printer still proves fickle try taping a regular sheet of paper behind the vellum, again placing the tape along the lead edge of the paper. You can remove the tape and regular paper once the vellum is printed.

  5. Cristina Sanchez says:

    LOVE! Do you think printing the invitation in Burgundy would show above this beautiful floral background? Also, do you offer HUGE signs in this format? I would love to add on a Welcome sign closer to the 24×36 size… Thanks in advance!!

    • Lisa Fenstermacher says:

      I think burgundy would work over the rose background, I think the colors would look lovely. The largest template we offer is 11 x 17″. Word has a document size limit of 22 x 22″ so you’d need a different format to get up to 36″.

  6. Stephanie Graham says:

    Is there any way to edit the free template if I only want the invitations. Like how your video was with two invitation per page.

  7. Alexandra Templeman says:

    Hi, I think I am being thick but I cannot find the free invitation file only the rose background?

    • Lisa Fenstermacher says:

      Hi, you haven’t overlooked it. Only the rose background is a free download. If you like the vintage invitation in navy you can purchase the bundle or individual template files here. We do offer this invitation as a freebie in black and gold. It has a more art deco feel and you can get the download here.

  8. Shannon says:

    Hello! I love this design!! But I’m confused about the envelopes. How do you get the liner to match the detail on the invite?

  9. CR says:

    Hi! These are beautiful but I’m having so much trouble printing on vellum! My printer does fine with the paper but the ink just won’t stick and rubs off if touched, no matter how long I let it dry. Have you had trouble with this? If so, how do you fix it? Thanks!!

    • Lisa Fenstermacher says:

      Oh no! It sounds like you are using incompatible paper for your printer. If you are using an ink jet printer you must buy vellum that works with your ink jet. If you are using a laser printer you must buy laser printer vellum. At the advice of an associate at my local office store I bought transparency paper that was supposed to be universally accepted by printers, it however rubbed off when I printed on my ink jet. I returned the paper and bought transparencies that specifically stated they were for ink jet printers and had no problems.

  10. Alie says:

    My fiance and I love this design. However, he’s not a fan of the flower backing. We are getting married in Colorado and want to do a mountain image. What image size should we use for that instead of the flowers? (And what paper should we use?) Thank you!

    • Lisa Fenstermacher says:

      Oooh… that sounds wonderful! The backing image is 5 x 7″. It’s best to make it slightly larger as this helps with cutting, your cut lines don’t need to be perfect if the image is a little larger than needed. Check out for high resolution images.

    • Lisa Fenstermacher says:

      The free rose background can be downloaded using the links in the tutorial. If you also like the vintage invitation in the tutorial it’s available to purchase individually or as a bundle. Or you can browse through our free templates on Pinterest and find something else to print on the vellum.

  11. Kelsey says:

    I’m very curious how the burgundy lettering turned out on these invitations! Do you have a sample, these invitations are gorgeous, just what I’ve been looking for in my months long search for the perfect diy invite! Please email me with options, details, ANYTHING!

    • Lisa Fenstermacher says:

      Hi Kelsey, I’m excited for you! Stumbling upon the perfect invite is a big step in the wedding planning process 🙂 You can print a sample of all the colors and this will show you exactly what the burgundy text looks like. Visit the Ornate Vintage Invitation page and click the blue ‘print sample’ box in the graphic at the top of the page. This will open a PDF that you can print. You can even try printing this on vellum paper so you’ll know exactly what the invitation will look like. The rose background is a free download and the link is found in this tutorial. Above all, if you purchase the invitation or the complete collection and you are not entirely happy, we want to work with to make sure you 100% love your invitations, so just let us know what’s on your mind. If we exhaust all options and you are still not satisfied we have a no questions asked refund policy. We are that sure you are going to love your DIY invitations 🙂

  12. Karen says:

    I cannot find the free printable wedding invitation that you show here. I see where I can order the products but no free download able template. Please help.

    • Lisa Fenstermacher says:

      Hi Karen, please use the button at the top of the tutorial to download the free rose background. The invitation that we’ve printed on vellum can be purchased through the links provided. I hope this clears things up!

  13. Olivia says:

    Hello! We have purchased the Invitation Set package. When we downloaded the invitations, the template font for the sections that are editable changed to a generic font. We tried redownloading and had the same issue. How can we fix this?

    • Lisa Fenstermacher says:

      Thanks for choosing Download & Print Olivia! Sorry for the confusion with the fonts. You must first download and install the free fonts, then open Word and the templates. The fonts are Aerolite CPone and EcuyerDAX. When you have the fonts installed reopen the template and all the formatting should have fixed itself. Good luck!

  14. Emily says:

    Hello! I’m curious what your cost per invite would be for this? I love this DIY; it finally combines the old typography with florals, which has been surprisingly difficult to find (most have calligraphy-style fonts instead)! Have you designed any that are horizontal like this? My goal is to make it look like an old-fashioned ticket; my venue is a historical site that has a railroad.

    Also, If anyone else needed a way to add additional information with additional cards, an idea I had (and will probably attempt) was to put directions or venue information on the back of the rose sheet, as it will save paper and still look nice… Knowing myself, I always lose the little instructional cards added to wedding invitation suites!

    • Lisa Fenstermacher says:

      Hi Emily! Great ideas! The vellum and white card stock will cost about 20 cents per invitation using the paper choices we suggest here. We don’t have any horizontal vintage invitations unfortunately. You can use the vellum idea with any invitation design so I hope you find something that you love!

  15. Caycee says:

    Hello I want wondering if you could add a line at the bottom to say “Reception to follow”. Also, I absolutely love this package and plan to buy, but I was wanting to see if the invitation could be changed to a square layout?

    • Lisa Fenstermacher says:

      Hi Caycee! Thanks for stopping by. A square version of this invitation is included with the package. You can change all the text in MS Word, however the designs are locked in place. You can rework the reception address to a smaller font, or fit it on one line, or remove it completely and just include this information on the enclosure card. This will give you space to add ‘reception to follow’. You will also receive the Photoshop files with your downloads and with these you can change the text and the artwork to suit your needs. Good luck! We are here if you need help.

  16. Ashley Hardin says:

    Are there any other colors I could choose? I’d like the colors to be a champagne color or a pinkish color to match my colors rather than the navy blue and would also like a different color envelope to put them in

    • Lisa Fenstermacher says:

      Hi Ashley, the Ornate Vintage design comes in 10 colors. There is a pewter which is very pretty, you can see all the colors here. We can also customize the design into any color that you like for an additional fee. Pricing can be found here.

  17. Celina says:

    I purchased the package and I was wondering if I could also get a file of the invitation that says celebration instead of ceremony.

  18. Jessica Chavez says:

    I purchased the Ornate Village design collection and I was wondering if there was a way I could get a custom invitation where I can include the name and address of the reception since it is in a different location from the actual ceremony. I can’t seem to fit it in the portrait version of the invitation and that is the one I want to use.

    • Lisa Fenstermacher says:

      Hi Jessica,

      Thanks for choosing Download & Print! Yes, we would love to help with a custom version of the template. Use this link to place an order, Choose the single template for $7. Give us as much detail as possible in the notes about what you are wanting changed. Please also let us know which color from the Ornate Vintage set you are working with. We will contact you with any questions.


    • Lisa Fenstermacher says:

      Hi Brittany,

      We did not attached the vellum to the background picture. It would look great if you wanted to do this though. I think punching two small holes through both sheets and tying with ribbon would fit the style. Brads would also work.

      Have fun with the project!

  19. Sim says:

    Hi there!

    Love this invite! Can you tell me the printer you used to print on the vellum. I keep getting smudge marks when I print on my current printer.


    • Lisa Fenstermacher says:

      Hi Sim,

      I’m so happy to hear you have chosen our vellum invitation, but sad that you are getting smudge marks 🙁 We all use Epson printers, my personal printer is the cheaper Artisan 835 (Anna has a fancier one). I can confirm that I’ve printed on vellum and did not get smudge marks. In my experience it’s usually incompatible paper that causes printing problems. If you have an inkjet printer you need to buy vellum suitable for an inkjet, the same with a laser printer and so forth. Double check your paper and printer type first. If the paper is compatible I’d be returning it to the store for a refund as this isn’t right! Maybe try another brand of compatible paper?

      Let me know what happens!

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