Sunday, 20 April 2014

Making Your Own Wedding Invitations




I've been in a real quandary about sharing so much of my wedding preparations on here. Obviously this isn't a 'wedding blog' and you probably read my blog for other reasons rather than wedding posts. However I do love a good DIY and I know I trawled the internet for hours looking for hints on tips on so many wedding related things. After much soul searching over the issue I have decided to share some of the craftier element - I want to save some things until the big day - as a lot of them can be used in other areas. For example, don't just see this as how to design your wedding invites, see this as how to design any invitation! 

In this post I wanted to share with you some tips and ideas to think about before taking on making your invites. It will be a far bigger task than you anticipate. The pictures above are my invites (with key info blanked out) to give you an idea of what I came up with.

  • First and foremost before you even consider making your own wedding invitations. Consider it again. And then again. Honestly, it will be far more stressful than you first bargained for. The invites are the first sign of what your wedding theme is going to be, and is usually one of the things that many guests will keep.
  • Be realistic about what you can achieve. Unless you have a full photoshop suite at you fingertips, the chances are you are not going to be able to produce something to the standard of a professional stationer, If you are DIYing your invites than you the chances are that you are going for the handmade look anyway. 
  • KISS - Keep It Simple Stupid. No matter how simple you think your invite is, chances are after the first 4 or 5 you will begin to wish it was even simpler. Honestly. Don't forget as well as the day invites you have the evening ones to do as well. Make the evening invites even more simplified as you will have to do more of these than the day ones.
  • Get an idea of how you want your invite to look prior to going shopping. Even if your aren't very artistic its easy to sketch out a basic idea of what you want to achieve.
  • Start designing early. I changed my design 3 or 4 times.
  • Buy envelopes first. I bought a pack of cards and envelopes together, so I knew they would fit. The last thing you want is to spend all that time designing invites to not find any envelopes to fit them in.
  • Limit the amount of ink stamping/embossing etc. Unless you have got a very steady hand, this can be very time consuming to keep it from smudging. Always do any ink stamping, first, then you haven't wasted any time on doing the rest of the invite prior to smudging any ink.
  • Utilise your computer and the Internet. They are so many free fonts and images all over the 'net that are really easy to install, which will give your invite that individual edge. You can also easily design your invite within Word - you don't necessarily need a design package.
  • Decide whether you intend to include your gift list of not and how you intend to incorporate this.
  • Also think about how you want people to RSVP and whether you are going to include this within the invite.
  • Check out craft stores such as Hobbycraft and the internet for supplies. Ebay is really cheap for stationary supplies.They have lot of different card foldouts, which you may want to use.
  • Don't forget to factor in extras such as RSVP cards, glue, embellishments when working out your budget.Some elements will be dual purpose, such as a glue gun.
  • Buy a paper cutter. It will save you tons of time and will ensure your edges are super straight. This will come in useful for other DIY paper projects.
  • Invest in good quality paper. This will make the difference in the quality and overall look of your invites.
  • Have you included all the basic information? Venue, date time, space to say exactly who you have invited? What about  map or hotel information? I included the time the evening reception would start as well, in case people wanted to plan to go home for an hour prior to the evening reception. 
  • Proofread; proofread; proofread. After you have designed, written and read your invited 20 times you will think it says what it is meant to, but check this before printing hundreds of invites and wasting all that ink and paper. 
  • Once you've settled on your design, make a 'prototype'. If other people offer to help then you've got a reference idea for them. Print the first one off in draft, before printing off a final version.
I hope this is helpful in giving you some starting points to get designing your invites.  It's difficult to give step by step instructions as it is all dependant on your own design, but DIYing your invites is an opportunity to make your invites really individual.

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3 comments:

  1. Well they are looking amazing! I always take on tasks like this and then realise they're a lot bigger than I realised to begin with.

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  2. Those are utterly adorable... I might have to copy some of these ideas to design birthday invitations that I'm thinking about making :)

    Kelsey Dina <3

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