Bride on a Budget

Making Your Own Wedding Invitations

Various Invitation ComponentsAs I began conceptualizing my wedding invitations, I was at a loss. With a project this important, which you will be sending out to many friends and family members.  I created this post to give you tips, tricks and suggestions for making your own wedding invitations.

Finding Inspiration
Do not be afraid to look at what others have done. Peruse the web, search for DIY wedding invitations, look at Etsy and definitely search Pinterest. Even if you want to create something unique, other invitations can inspire you.

Deciding on Colors and Textures
Go to the hobby store. Look at what you have available to you. This is a great place to experiment with color and texture combinations, without having to buy a thing. And step outside of the scrapbooking and wedding sections.  There are a number of materials in the sewing, fabric and floral sections that you can use on your invitations.  Items like lace, ric rac, buttons and fabric are fun, unique and unexpected.

Deciding on Sizes
When making your own wedding invitations, this may seem like a trivial detail, but it is actually incredibly important. Your envelopes will determine the size of your invitations. Check out this envelope size chart for guidance. I love this chart because it gives you envelope size names and dimensions. It also tells you which envelopes are too small to mail. I highly recommend  deciding on an envelope size prior to doing anything else. This applies to invitations and RSVP cards.  I also recommend avoiding square envelopes. I love the way they look, but they are more expensive to mail.

Wording your Invitations, RSVPs and Accommodation Cards
For your wedding invitations you want everything to be just right, including the wording of the invitations themselves.  There are a ton of websites out there they provide recommendations as to how to word your Invitations, RSVPs and Accommodations Cards. A few of my favorites are:

Bella Figura: This site offers a number of ways in which to word your wedding invitations, depending on your setting, family situation and level of formality.
Martha Stewart Weddings: Who better to ask than Martha Stewart? Her website also gives tons of ideas and recommendations for all things wedding.
The Knot: Another go-to resource for wedding ideas and guidance, The Knot offers a number of wording options that can be tailored to your specific situation.

Another option? Simply do a Google image search for wedding invitations, RSVP response cards and accommodations cards.  See what others have used when wording their own invitations.


Great fonts for wedding invitationsSelecting Fonts

Choosing the right font is one of the more difficult aspects of making your own wedding invitations. There are so many beautiful, free fonts available for download. I recommend browsing both DaFont.com and Fonts.com for any fonts you may like. The best thing is, they are free. So even if you download a font you dislike, you didn’t waste any money. Throughout this process I have discovered a few of my own favorite fonts. I have included the links below:

Penelope Anne . Lavanderia . Cutie Patootie . Alex Brush . Always Forever . Champagne and Limousines

 

Creating Printable Templates
The latest version of Microsoft Office can actually do some awesome things. I prefer to work in publishing layout view, as this is much more design friendly.

I start by creating boxes on the page, which represent the boundaries of my actual invitations. I like using layers of cardstock, so I always make sure my printable is about 1/2″ shorter, and 1/2″ narrower than the base layer.  Don’t forget to consider margins as well. I try to integrate the margins into my overall measurements so that I don’t waste too much paper. Finally, be creative. Use text boxes to create text with unique alignments.  Once you are happy with your first box, select all of your items, group them and then copy and paste to fit many invitations onto one page. Print and cut to separate.  See my examples below (click to enlarge):

Formatting Specs for Invitations

Coupons
Do not be afraid to use coupons. Most craft stores offer weekly coupons. I highly recommend using them as much as possible, especially for larger purchases like punches, stamps and envelopes. Nobody needs to know how frugal you are!

Do you have questions, solutions or suggestions? Email me at amydenning@live.com.

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