Free Template: Vintage Wedding Invitation with Art Deco Band

Free Vintage Art Deco Wedding Invitation template | Download & Print

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Today is a big day in the life of Download & Print, my baby that I've put my heart, soul, and tears into for the last five years. I'm over here sitting at my desk anxiously tap tap tapping my fingers by my keyboard. Excited, nervous, proud, relieved, nervous, happy, expectant, nervous. Did I mention nervous?

Today we take the first public step as we transform DIY wedding invitations for the good of all crafty and non-crafty brides and hostesses! There has been many private steps to get us to this point, along with long days, sleepless nights, unexpected hurdles, self-doubt, silent cursing, and very vocal cursing. But I couldn't be more proud of the direction we are headed and what we have managed to achieve since I had this crazy little idea a couple of months ago. For all the juicy details on how we are streamlining, simplifying, and putting a designer in your back pocket view my post here.

But for now, let's get stuck into some free template goodness. Our Ornate Vintage set has become the #1 download on Download & Print, so I thought hey, why not make it even more special and give it away for free. So that's exactly what I've done. I changed the color palette into a two tone black and gold theme, for an opulent vintage feel that it oh so modern. I'm giving you the 5 x 7" invitation, RSVP and envelope liner in the free download below. The show stopper however is the gold art deco band that wraps around the invitation set. It's simply made with gold paper and a few folds. The video tutorial shows you exactly how to make the band and diamond badge, as well as the steps to put together the rest of the invitation set. Or read on for the picture tutorial. Additional pieces in this Ornate Vintage design can be found here.

Supplies

  • Printable templates
  • Printer
  • White or cream card stock
  • Paper cutter and/or scissors
  • Double sided tape
  • Black euro flap A7 envelope
  • Black 4-bar envelope
  • Gold star dream paper
  • Bone folder
  • Scoring tool
  • Ruler

Step 1: Download & Print

DIY Vintage Wedding Invitation with Art Deco Band | Download & Print

Download the template file and open in MS Word or Mac Pages. Add your wedding details to the invitation and RSVP. The fonts used are Ecuyer DAX and Aerolite CP. Download the free fonts to your computer, then open Word and the template.

Only the dark text in the picture above can be changed. The heading text that is grayed out cannot be changed. Print the file.

TIP: Print one copy and check for accuracy. Have someone else check the file for correct spelling and dates. There is nothing worse than printing 100 copies to find you’ve entered the wrong date!

When choosing paper I recommend paper that is between 65 lbs and 90 lbs. This is a heavier weight than standard copy paper to give a luxurious feel, but not so heavy that it will jam your printer. You can also take the file and print at FedEx Office or your local copy shop. They will have a paper cutter on hand also to save you time on the next step.

Download the FREE Vintage Templates (.doc & .PDF) >

Step 2: Trim

DIY Vintage Wedding Invitation in Black and Gold | Download & Print

Use a paper cutter or scissors to trim along the cut lines. A paper cutter will produce straighter cuts and you can trim more than one sheet at once, speeding up the process. Plain old scissors will work just fine too though.

Step 3: Envelope Liner

Free Gold Ornate Vintage Wedding Envelope Liner | Download & Print

Download and print the envelope liner and trim around the edge. You can use a paper cutter on the three straight edges, then scissors for the curved flap. The trick to cutting a neat curve around the point is to hold your scissors still and rotate the paper.

Free Gold Vintage Wedding Envelope Liner | Download & Print

Insert the liner into an A7 euro flap envelope, lining up the top of the flap just below the envelope adhesive.

DIY Art Deco Wedding Invitation Envelope Liner | Download & Print

Score the liner along the same crease as on the envelope. You want the liner and envelope flap to fold together. If you don’t have a scoring tool, a closed mechanical pencil or back of a utility knife will create a crease. Just don’t use something that is sharp enough to cut the paper!

Free Gold Art Deco Envelope Liner | Download & Print

Fold the flap down and stick two pieces of double sided tape to the back. Fold the envelope flap over and push down to stick the liner and envelope together.

Free Ornate Vintage Envelope Liner | Download & Print

Step 4: Art Deco Band

And now for my favorite element to this set: The Art Deco Band! There’s no template for the band so you can change the sizes to fit your style and make the design your own. The dimensions listed below are what I used and what you see in the pictures.

DIY Art Deco Wedding Invitation Belly Band | Download & Print

Cut 1” wide strips along the long edge of the gold paper. This forms the band that will wrap around your invitation set. I used a lighter weight paper that was easily folded around the invitation set. Cut 3” square pieces from the gold paper. We’ll fold this into the art deco badge.

DIY Art Deco Wedding Invitation Belly Band | Download & Print

For some extra interest I used a scoring tool and created three lines along the strips of gold. This is entirely up to you though if you like the look or not, or have the time and patience to add in this step! I ran the tool along the band at random intervals, I had two lines closer together at the top, and another line near the bottom. Don’t cut the band! The scoring tool just creates an ever so slight indentation that adds interest when the band catches the light.

For the steps to create the origami art deco badge please watch the video. It’s much easier to follow along with the video than for me to try to explain all the folds here. Don’t worry though, it’s not hard to make. Just a few folds and you’re done. The instructions for making the band and badge start at 5:45 in the video.

Step 5: Assemble the Set

Free Ornate Vintage Wedding Invitation & RSVP | Download & Print

Line the bottom point of the art deco diamond with the center scroll on the invitation and wrap the band around the invitation. Make sharp folds at the invitation edge and pull the band so that it’s snug against the invitation. Use double sided tape to adhere the band arms to each other at the back, without sticking the band to the invitation. It needs to be able to slide off easily. Slide in the RSVP with 4-bar envelope and sit them on top of the invitation. The set is now ready to stuff in the A7 envelope and mail.

Download the FREE Vintage Templates (.doc & .PDF) >

Anna Skye

Anna Skye designs and shares invitation templates on her blog Download & Print. Her invitation templates can be used by DIY Brides and Hostesses can make their own invitations at home and save money.

27 thoughts on “Free Template: Vintage Wedding Invitation with Art Deco Band

  1. Roxana says:

    Hi Anna,

    I really like your art deco wedding invitations. However, could you please correct the spelling of the word “sadley” in the free template RSVP cards?

    Thanks,

    Roxana

  2. Crystal R says:

    Hello, What type of printer would be needed in order to make the invitations and RSVP. I plan on going to my local staples and buy a printer specifically to make my wedding invitations.

  3. beth says:

    Hello-I love these, is there anyway I can change the word ceremony to say celebration or reception so I can use them for both day and evening invites?? Thank you

  4. Alejandra Gonzalez says:

    Hello I’m in love with these but one problem if you can change “you are invited to the wedding ceremony” to ” Estas invitado a la ceremonia civil ” I would appreciated! Thank you I’m hispanic hehe 🙂

  5. Luz Jimenez says:

    I love your Invitations. I wanted to see if you can change the Wedding Ceremony to Sweet 16. I plan on ordering the entire set if you can change it to Sweet 16. Art Deco is the Theme and we found the perfect invite with your Invitation.

  6. Luz says:

    Hi. I love, love your free temple!! However, is there any way you can change the Wedding Ceremony to say Sweet 16? We are having an Art Deco Sweet 16 and this is the perfect invitation. I also plan on ordering the entire custom set if it’s possible to do. Thank you! ?

    • Lisa Fenstermacher says:

      Hi Luz, I’m so glad you found the perfect template! I think this will be so cool as a Sweet 16. We would love to change the wording for you. You can order just the invitation, the entire 15 piece bundle, or a smaller bundle plus the customization. Scroll to the bottom of the page and look under ‘need a custom color’. This will give you the bundle options. Instead of changing the color you’ll be requesting we change the wording, just specify in the notes that you’d like to use the black and gold version. If you have questions you can email me at lisa@downloadandprint.com.

      Here’s the link to place your order: http://www.downloadandprint.com/ornate-vintage/

  7. Michelle Kaltenbach says:

    Hi Ana,
    Love your templates! I have a wedding coming up really soon and would like to start the process of creating my cards, however, I am not able to find the envelopes you show in your pictures. Most envelopes have square flaps. Any suggestions?
    Michelle

  8. Michelle says:

    Thanks Lisa! I really appreciate it. Also, I noticed that when I download the template the font for the location and date and also the RSVP card (all editable areas) do not match the version shown. Can you tell me which font you used? Is this a free font?

    Thank you again!
    Michelle

  9. Michelle says:

    Hi Lisa,
    Thanks again for your quick response! I noticed when I downloaded the template that the date, event location, and RSVP text does not match the pictures. Can you tell me which font you used and whether this is a free or purchased font?- Thanks! Michelle

  10. Brooke says:

    First of all, I want to say thank you for making this template free! I love it, but when I go to print the gold border is more of a dark brown. Any suggestions on how I can change the color back to gold?

    • Lisa Fenstermacher says:

      I’m so glad you love the template! Does the printed color resemble the color you see on your screen? The gold in the invitation will be faded on your screen, but the envelope liner is a fairly good representation of what the gold should look like. Does the invitation and envelope liner print the same color?

  11. Jo says:

    Hi Lisa

    I love this design and was so pleased that you had made it a free template. But when I downloaded the file and tried to open it it kept telling me that the content didn’t exist. Please help as I would really like to try this out before I commit to buying the bundle package.

    Many thanks

  12. gerrie says:

    Hi, I have been looking at the bundle (I will be purchasing very soon hopefully) and I was wondering if the rsvp card is fully customizable (is that a word) and if it is centrally aligned on the paper to allow me to print double sided so that we can ask guests to request a song for the DJ.
    Thanks

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