DIY Wedding Invitations

DIY invites red heartsThough cake testing might be more fun, designing and mailing your invitations is crucial to pulling off the wedding day of your dreams. After all, what good is a picture perfect wedding day without all your favorite people to share in your excitement? Thankfully, there are a lot of ways you can DIY your invitations. It’s a great way to add personality to the first impression your guests will receive, helping to set the tone for the entire day, and, done smartly, it can save some money as well.

Beautiful Designs Don’t Have to Break the Bank

Fine stationery stores can charge an arm and a leg for custom invites. Luckily, it’s not impossible to DIY your own designs. If you’re artistic, or have friends that are, consider creating your own invite. With a few key points in mind, it’s easy to come up with a design that fits your aesthetic.

Before you set pen to paper, or paintbrush to card, think about the overall feel of your ideal wedding. If you’re going for rustic, consider a kraft paper invite tied with twine. Having a fancy affair? Keep it simple, with classic with black and white, or a metallic. If you and your fiancé are whimsical, how about commissioning a custom sketch of the two of you? Add your pets to the picture for even more fun flair!

  • Watercolor, calligraphy and cartoons have all become popular starting points. But you could also go with pure text, to keep costs low and printing simple. Just be sure to pick really pretty and complimentary fonts, if you’re going text only. (Envelopes also make an easy and affordable way to add in color!)
  • You should also take into consideration the wording of the invite, when designing. Though modern couples can flex their creative muscles when it comes to the wording, especially on supplementary materials like RSVP cards, you should definitely mention, by name, anyone helping to pay for the wedding. That’s a tradition that is still considered good form.
  • If you need to include a lot of text, try to stick to one to three fonts, max, making sure the primary text is easily legible. On the other hand, if you don’t want a lot of text, consider an illustrated border.
  • If you like the idea of DIY invitations, but don’t consider yourself artistic, try sites like Etsy for downloadable designs you can easily customize with your own text then have printed at your convenience. This is often a very affordable way to get the benefits of custom design, without the added cost!

Know Your Printing Options

While printing your invites at home might seem convenient, it can come at great cost. Most home printers use a lot of ink, the cost of which adds up quickly, especially if you have a long guest list. You’ll also have to fix any mistakes in tone yourself, so make sure your computer is calibrated to give you an accurate portrayal of how your colors will print.

Most office supply stores offer printing services with very reasonable rates. Call around, and check online, before committing to one shop. Many run frequent promotions on these services, as well, which can really help your budget. Just be sure you get a test print before ordering in bulk. You’ll want to make sure the colors print true to your vision.