diy rehearsal dinner invite

The concept is based on our own rehearsal dinner of make your own tacos at the Ace Hotel’s pool patio but it’s pretty easily translated into any Mexican fiesta themed event.  Papel picado is the traditional Mexican art of cutting tissue paper into elaborate designs and the thin, lace-like designs are a beautiful fit for any invitation suite. Click “read more” below to learn more about how to create this festive invite from Denise

banner rehearsal dinner invitation

papel picado wedding invitation


– 4-Bar flat note cards with your invitation information printed on them (My printer at home didn’t print smaller than letter sized, so i simply cut 4-bar sized cards out of the letter sheets)
– Scissors
– Glue stick
Mini papel picado banners The mini banners typically have 10 sheets; I used 5 banners per invitation, meaning each banner makes 2 invitation. Another more economical option is to simply use one banner per invite card.
– 4-Bar vellum envelopes

diy papel picado banner invite
After you’ve printed your note cards, you can begin assembling these invitations.  Because each banner makes two invitations, cut the banners in half, allowing for 5 tissue sheets for each invitation.  Next, place a small line of glue on the same area as the string on the first piece of tissue on the papel picado banner.  Center this piece on the notecards and glue into place.  Repeat for the last piece of your cut banner.

banner invitation

The invitations can then be assembled but be careful as the tissue is quite delicate.  Place the invitations in the vellum envelope with the banner facing out.  Mail to friends and prepare the margaritas!

Project by Denise Mieko Cherry


Comments (29)

Leslee Mitchell | Reply

Oh my goodness. This is incredible. I LOVE IT!!! Thanks for posting. LOVE LOVE LOVE

postcards and pretties | Reply

que bueno indeed… love it!

Bailey@peppermintbliss | Reply

Ok. This might be my most favoritest invitation idea I have ever seen.

annie @ marry you me | Reply

Gah! this would have been my dream invite for our rehearsal dinner…

davina | Reply

so cute! and we’re getting married in mexico so this is definitely going to my inspiration folder!

Jenna Sais Quois | Reply

This is amazing! I am going to use this invitation idea for a non-wedding-related backyard fiesta this Summer. But I also LOVE it for a rehearsal dinner.

Melanie | Reply

So cute. I just made something similar for my birthday party using those exact mini banners.

tokketok | Reply

Cute, sweet…just perfect!

Sara - | Reply

This is a great idea – I haven’t even thought of the invitations for the rehearsal dinner! Here’s an interesting concept for the wedding invites – I’ve never seen any like this!

Emilia | Reply

We are having a Mexican food rehearsal dinner and I was trying to figure out how to incorporate Mexican banners! I totally want to borrow this idea!!!

Marija | Reply

So beautiful!! Thanks for posting the pics from the process. It looks easy enough to create. . . and again, so very beautiful… Lovely wedding!

jennifer young | Reply

this is brilliant!

Life is delicious | Reply

que bueno and »wunderbar«

Jenn | Reply

These turned out so well and what a creative concept. Thanks for sharing!

Dognbird | Reply

Oh my word this is adorable!!

Hi-Fi Weddings | Reply

she is BEYOND talented! :)

Nancy | Reply

LOVE these! I’ve been looking for an idea for my engagement party. Does anyone have any suggestions on the best printers for craft printing? Specifically something that can take different sizes and different weights of paper/card stock. Thank you!

denise | Reply

wow, thanks, everyone!

@nancy: i printed mine off a standard epson workforce…i think it cost about $70 at office depot!

Liz | Reply

this is genius.

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Michelle | Reply

This just made my day as I was preparing ideas for my mexican fiesta themed rehearsal dinner. What an amazing idea. I think I just found my invite idea! So fab!

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samantha | Reply

thee absolute best invites (for anything) i’ve seen!!! i love it! no words can describe how amazingly awesome this is! we will definitely be copying this…

Jennifer | Reply

AAAAAAAMAZING! thank you so much for the step by step and link to the flags. you rule.

Kimberly Ternan | Reply

OMG!!!! TOO cute!!! Love it!!!’

ashley | Reply

I would love to do this for my wedding invites! any idea what font this is?

Sarah Montgomery | Reply

Hi I saw your beautiful invites on this blog:

Where did you have the other invitations printed, not the ones your feature here, but the ones with the picado actually printed on the paper? thanks.