How to: Turn the Invitation Into a Wedding Gift

When this charcoal, silver, and pink wedding invitation arrived in the mail, I admired its elegant look and immediately had the thought that the bride and groom's initials would be pretty as a quilled monogram. I've done many custom quilled framed wedding invitations for clients, but this one was for a special couple who are friends of our family.

framed wedding invitation with quilled gray and silver monogram

A visit to their wedding website cemented the idea when I noticed the logo on the homepage. A quillable design, it caused wheels to start turning in my head. Leafy vines could surround the on-edge letters.

wedding logo featuring leafy vines and a heart

The next step was to place an order with JJ Quilling Design [edit: 2022, the company has been sold] for a package of light gray quilling paper with a silver metallic edge. It was a stroke of luck that JJ stocks strips that perfectly matched the invitation with its shiny silver lettering, and they arrived quickly from England.

Detail of a quilled wedding invitation mat before it was framed

When the quilling was completed, I visited my local frame shop that always has just what I need. I selected a mat for the quilling that was the best match for the invitation paper... no easy task, you wouldn't believe the number of white options! When the gluing was done (I barely breathe the whole time, ha - Is it balanced? check. Level? check. No glue showing? check), I returned for a gray mat to place over the quilling and invitation. Small spacers lifted the gray mat to create a slight shadow box effect around the monogram. The custom metallic silver wood wall frame measures about 12 x 16 inches.

detail of a gray quilled wedding invitation mat in silver metallic smooth wood frame

I also made a quilled card and used gilded-edge white quilling paper for the flower that is mounted on a Martha Stewart frame-like sticker... I was sorry to see these have been discontinued as they were perfect for quilled cards.

quilled white flower on white rectangular card with gold trim

This was the same bride for whom I'd enjoyed making a quilled shower card a couple of months ago. The wedding, by the way, was beautiful! I hope the couple will enjoy having the invitation in their home for many years to come.

If you're feeling inspired to learn to make quilled gifts, I've posted many free quilling tutorials and give advice in this list of Quilling Frequently Asked Questions.

Ann Martin
Ann Martin

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  1. This is beautiful. I have done a lot of wedding invitations but never a monogram. Well done.

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    1. I'm glad you enjoyed the post, thanks for your comment!

  3. Absolutely amazing!! My sister is the bride (I was the maid of honor at this amazing wedding!), and I know how much this means to her. Thank you for giving her such a special gift!

    1. Karilyn, how nice of you to visit my blog. Thank you for your kind words!


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