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DIY Library-Themed Invites: Diana & Scott

Came across this via Joanna at Smitten and had been meaning to share it since.  Diana and Scott, both librarians, had this totally ingenious and totally DIY invitations for their library-themed wedding.

The (checkout card style) Main Invite


Reception Rules card


RSVP card


The Map (with a sweet library quote)


From the library date stamps, embossed seal, realistic (and free!) typewriter font and the 365.49 Dewey system reference…down to the reception rules and “LIBRARY IS NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR LOST OF DAMAGED INVITATIONS” blurb— you can tell that Diana and Scott put a ton of thought into making the invitations truly their own.

The completed ensemble


Excerpts from Diana and Scott:

Instead of a regular RSVP, we made our guests fill out an “application form” as if they were applying for a library card. Scott found a cool font online to download and used it for our invites. We used thick paper, and printed everything ourselves from his printer.

It really wasn’t too hard; we got the actual slips from a library supply company (I think it was Demco) and used card stock, custom made rubber stamps, and a paper cutter as are only other supplies. Scott used Word to create the cards themselves…it’s nothing more then a Text Box with lines…

The envelopes were basic tan colored business envelopes and we used the font we found to address them. We also embossed the front of the cards and envelopes with our first initials to give it a more dated look. My parents made us a custom embosser and help from friends and family to emboss each pocket. we also had a stamp made that said “the library of scott and diana”.

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1 Domestic Princess { 07.22.09 at 10:55 am }

What a cute idea! Love it, Thanks for sharing

2 denise { 07.22.09 at 12:20 pm }

beyond cute!

3 fresh365 { 07.22.09 at 3:13 pm }

This is TOO cute!

4 Diana { 07.22.09 at 8:13 pm }

thanks for the feature!

5 The Thirty-Something Bride { 07.22.09 at 9:56 pm }

I went to a wedding reception that was held in a library. The seating cards were typed on card catalog cards and filed in old draws by last name letter! It was awesome! The table decor centerpieces were all old stacked books.

6 Amanda Waltman { 07.23.09 at 12:10 am }

I love this! What an awesome idea!

7 Jenny Collier { 07.23.09 at 12:13 am }

I have been married nearly 3 years but find such inspiration in your blog for parties of all kinds. Keep up the good work!

8 Oceanside Bride { 07.23.09 at 11:02 am }

Wow- Incredibly unique! Such a great idea!

9 nicole { 07.24.09 at 1:21 pm }

So cute and so fitting!

10 Kat { 07.26.09 at 7:38 pm }

AMAZING! I am a librarian and I am SO doing this. Thanks for sharing this awesome idea!!!

11 supa { 07.28.09 at 1:27 am }

That is killer. I Love the little bit on the RSVP that said For Staff Use Only.

12 Magchunk { 07.31.09 at 2:24 pm }

Cute. I work in a library (but in admin). Many of my coworkers would adore this!

13 Nicole { 08.06.09 at 11:51 am }

i absolutely LOVE this! i passed it on to my mom and MOH so they could do it for my shower :)

14 Library & Book Details For A Wedding { 11.06.10 at 10:45 pm }

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15 Kim { 06.27.13 at 1:27 pm }

We are having a book inspired wedding and I am creating little return slips as rsvp’s for our invitations. I have been searching for a font to use on them and this one would be perfect. However, I am having trouble finding it. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!