Something Fabulous V’s DIY Wedding Invitations

Beach DL Wedding Invitations by Something Fabulous

Beach DL Wedding Invitations

How many times have you thought ‘I can do that myself for so much cheaper’, sometimes without even looking into the cost? I’m guilty… so is one of my family members who mentioned that she was going to do her friends wedding invitations for her to save some money!!
Well this got us intrigued as to how much money she
thought she was going to save. So we did some research
and you will be surprised at what we found.

We went to our local craft store and hunted for supplies for one of our most popular invitations, Coastal Chic DL Invitation. Here’s what we found based on 50 invitations:

A4 Shimmer Card – 2 packs $21.98
Pebble Paper (online) – $9.00
10mm Satin Ribbon – $9.03
Starfish (online) – $9.00
DL Envelopes – 5 packs $44.95
Total – $174.96

To sum up our shopping trip in one word – Frustrating! It took professional stationers 20 minutes just to find cardstock at the end of an aisle, and to decipher the prices on the ribbon chart was a nightmare. Plus some of the items were not available in-store so we had to search online.

If you went shopping on our website you would have added 50 Coastal Chic DL Invitations to your shopping cart and paid a 50% deposit. We would require you to send us your guest list in Excel format, font choice and wording for your invitation (which we will provide and have plenty of suggestions to show you). Then the best part… we take care of the rest!! All this for $197.50. This means that you are only paying approximately $22.50 for supreme quality products, personalised printing, oh – and a lot less stress.

Needless to say, we are doing to the friends invitations now, because my family member realised the time and cost involved.

Here’s a sneaky peek :)

Custom Beach Invitation

Custom Beach Invitation


Fabulous Foil

Minc foil colours

Have you seen our fabulous new foil place cards?

They come printed and foiled on your choice of high quality smooth crisp white or warm cream card and are cut, scored and ready for guest tables. The price includes merging of guest first names only to ensure the lettering is large enough for the foil to be applied to.

There are 10 foil colours to choose from including holographic! We stock silver, gold, rose gold or let us know your colour theme and we will try to match it.

When using the heat foil transfer process it is common for small black pin dot areas to be left after foil has been applied. This is a characteristic of the foil, no two foil transfers are the same.

Click here to see our competitive pricing.



Showroom at Bateau Bay


While we offer a comprehensive online store we also feel that’s important to have a physical presence, this is why we have our lovely Something Fabulous showroom at Bateau Bay.

We can see our customers face to face and help them design their perfect wedding invitations and reception stationery – which we love.

We have lots of paper, ribbon and embellishment samples to choose from so you can see your ideas come to life!

We are available by appointment and are flexible with day and times. Please email or call us on 02 4385 3215.

Something Fabulous Showroom Address

Something Fabulous Showroom Address


Simply Elegant Invitation

Custom – Square Pouch Bouquet

Another Fabulous Product

Here is a custom version of our Simply Elegant Square Pouch invitation recently coming off our production line.
“Elegant” being the operative word!
Beautifully designed, crafted and put together by our production team. This invitation consists of a champagne two toned theme and was well received by our clients.

We hope James and Jasmine had a memorable day and we are proud to have been associated with their special day!
Have a happy life together, from all of us here at Something Fabulous.

Happy New Year!


We hope you had a wonderful Christmas with your families and that 2015 will bring you good health and prosperity in every which way.

Our year has been fantastic and very busy. We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our customers for their support throughout 2014.

The Brides & Grooms have given us lots of positive feed back about the Invitations, Place Cards, Menus etc, they received.

We are stoked about that because ultimately that is where we strive for. We are aiming to go even better in 2015.

They have entrusted us with their stationery, and like all the other arrangements they have made, they want it to be perfect leading up to the big day!

We are looking forward to another year of happy Brides & Grooms!

Please keep a look out for more inspiration and new ideas in this blog throughout the new year.

Even better come and say “hello” at one of the Bridal Expos coming up soon on the Central Coast.

See first hand how beautiful our invitations are put together. We will be there to give you advice and help you along in starting the invitation process.

I will let you know where they are as the dates draw closer.

Meanwhile, have a great and safe celebration from Old to New and we’ll see you next year!

from the Something Fabulous team

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Easy Wedding Feature Ebony & Carl

Hi Everyone,

The “Easy Wedding” directory featured one of our beautiful brides recently, Ebony.

Please, go and check it out here you’ll be in for a treat!

Thanks Ebony and Carl for sharing your memorable day with us.

You both looked fantastic on the day and the photos are there to prove it. We hope your future will be bright and prosperous.

The Something Fabulous team.

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Wedding Invitations – The Perfect Love Poem

Are you looking for the perfect love poem for your wedding invitations.  Here are some of our favourites, as well as some of images sent to us by our lovely customers.

Using love poems in your wedding invitations.

The best place to use a love poem when adding them to your wedding invitation wording is either on the front cover or front page of your invitations or at the top above your wording as a lead into the invitation details.

Real Wedding – A Black and White Fairy Tale Wedding

Shontel & Julian – 29th December 2013

This weeks real wedding comes from Easy Weddings!  We loved helping Shontel and Julian with their black and white wedding place cards, which they assembled themselves beautifully fitting perfectly with their fairy tale wedding!

See all the stunning images and read all the details at the Easy Weddings Blog


Wedding Invitations Sydney – Visit the Gindurra Park wedding centre

Wedding Invitations just north of Sydney!

If you are looking for wedding services in the Sydney, Central Coast or Newcastle region why not visit The Gindurra Park Wedding and Event Centre, just off the Freeway at Gosford. With many different services and businesses on display it is a wedding one stop shop only 45 minutes north of Sydney and it is well worth a trip to be able to tick more than one important task off your wedding to do list.

This centre is buzzing! Once you are here you can spend time planning your wedding and really see your vision come to life in one convenient location.

The list of wedding businesses is extensive, follow website links to learn more about each service.

  • The Party Hire Company – If you are planning a marquee wedding or need furniture hire The Party Hire Company is responsible for many of the upmarket marquee wedding that you see in the Hunter Valley Winery region and with lots of industry knowledge and contact they can also help you find the perfect wedding venue for your special day.
  • D’Vine Group Catering – These guys offer the best in food and beverage catering, they have won many industry awards, are passionate about what they do and are the preferred caterers for Central Coast Tourism, Glenworth Valley and many prestigious venues. They are also reasonably priced and after personally tasting their food I can say that their quality is second to none! YUM!
  • Brides to Be – Find your perfect wedding dress and bridesmaids dresses.  With brands such as Essence, Alfred Angelo and Nicolina on display and lovely friendly sales staff you will be able to try on some fabulous gowns. We love the fact that you can choose from many styles of bridesmaid dresses and then order from over 50 colours to find the perfect shade for your wedding day.
  • The Event Decorators - Wedding decoration at it’s best. Sarah and her team off the best in service, quality and creativity.
  • The Bridal Outlet - Designer gowns at outlet prices! If you are looking for a bargain and a stunning wedding dress then look no further.
  • Bridal Bargains – Bridal wear and bridesmaids dresses at great prices, why not see if you can find your dream dress for less!  Outlet store for Brides to Be.

As you can see, it is well worth a drive to visit all these wedding services in one place!


Wedding Invitations – Our top tips for proofing.

working from homeOne of the most important jobs you will need to do when you order your wedding invitations is to make sure that all the details are 100% correct before anything goes to print.  It can be a very expensive exercise to have wedding stationery reprinted if there is an error, and ultimately once your approval is given, any errors are your responsibility.  It is important to proof correctly and hopefully we can help with a few tips below.

At Something Fabulous we have a very comprehensive proofing process and do not print anything until we have the approval of our customers. We also ask our customers to check very specfic things so that everyone can be confident, when approval is given, that all is good to go.  While many companies ask customers to enter their own information and start proofing their own invitations we do this for our customers from start to finish.

Once a customer places their order with us, it is important to collect all the correct details from the beginning.  We understand that this will be the first time that our customers have ordered wedding invitations and strive to give as much help as possible to make the process seamless and stress free.

Wedding Wording

Our first step is the send our customer an email requesting their wedding wording.  This will include the following:

  • Names as they are to appear on the invitations. First names only, surnames, middle names?
  • Parents names (if they will be appearing on the invitations)
  • Ceremony details (time, venue and address)
  • Day and date of wedding.  Eg, Friday the 12th September.
  • Reception details (time, venue and address)
  • RSVP Date
  • RSVP details for acceptance card or invitation.
  • Dress code (if required)

The way this information is put together is also an important decision, it can be formal, casual or quirky.  We have many invitation wording samples and we always send these to our customers so that they can choose which suits their wedding style best. We also have a number of examples in the wedding wording section of this blog.

Remember that any wording you provide will be copied and pasted straight into your invitation as a starting point, so it is important that you make sure that all spelling and details are correct at this stage, remember that no one knows your wedding as well as you do!

Guest List

All Something Fabulous invitations include merging of guest names into each invitation, this gives a more professional finish and means that our customers do not have the hand write names onto their invitations.  We also print all matching envelopes as part of our price so both name and address details need to be collected. We do this by sending our customer a simple excel spreadsheet to fill in and of course full instructions are given.

It is important to remember that all information entered into the spreadsheet will be merged directly into the invitations and envelopes, so when filling out any spreadsheet it is important to think about the following,

  • Do you want to have guest surnames included?
  • Are all guest names are spelt correctly, this is a fabulous time to check if Matthew has 1 or 2 “t’s” or is it “Geoff or Jeff”.
  • Do you want shortened first names/nicknames or full names? Eg, Sue or Suzanne, Matt or Matthew, Nana & Pop or Helen & Doug. This decision will depend on how formal you wish your wedding to be, and how well you know your guests.
  • Are all address details up to date and correct? Make sure you have full names of guests partners?
  • Will you be hand delivering any invitations? Make a note of this and add only names in the envelope details.
  • Will you be inviting children by names or adding “& family”?
  • Remember to add capitals for all guest names and addresses.
  • Are all address details complete with state and postcode details?

While you will get a chance to check all details, including your envelopes, in the proofing process, it is great to have them mostly correct from the start. This will save time on your proofing and mean you will receive your wedding invitations sooner, as most of the legwork will have been done.  Before you send your guest list to your invitation company, have your fiance and your parents check it thoroughly, as some guest details may not be well known to you.

At Something Fabulous we do not put a limit on the amount of time taken or the number of proofs that you make on your wedding stationery but some companies will charge after 2/3 changes so making sure that the above information is correct is very important so you do not incur extra costs.

 Proofing Tips

Here are our top proofing tips!

Have all your details, brochures and booking forms and guest list on hand.  Fresh eyes are very important so ask someone else to proof your stationery as well as yourself.

Make sure you check the following:

  • Your names are spelt correctly and that of parents if they are on the invites.
  • The date, day and year are correct.  Is the Friday actually the 12th September?
  • Is the RSVP date correct? Check with your venue when they need their final numbers by, give yourself some added time here.
  • Are the times of your ceremony and reception correct? Look at your booking forms for your venues to make sure they are the same.
  • Is the spelling of your venue names and their addresses correct?
  • Read through the invitation from start to finish to detect the following, is basic spelling correct? Are there any excess spaces in the wording? Is the spacing the same throughout the invitation? Is it centred if applicable?
  • Flip through each invitation and check each one for correct spelling of guest names.
  • Do the same for your envelopes.

Write down all errors you see and send in one list to your stationery company in one email.  Wait for your changes to come back and go back to the top of the list and start over, until all details are correct and you can confidently give your approval, tick another task off your bridal list……and look forward to receiving your fabulous invitations!