Do It Yourself Wedding Invitations
No, you're not crazy to want create do it yourself wedding invitations. Pre-made invitations are way too expensive and finding ones you like can be a near impossible task. Remember, it is just paper, after all! Do it yourself wedding invitations are actually very doable, and it doesn't matter if you are inviting 50 people or 500 people, you can do it!
There are so many options, from hand stamping and decorating to creating digital files that you'll have printed for you. There is a DIY invite project that will suit everyone. How "handmade" you go will depend on how much time you have and of course how many guests you are inviting. Hand writing 50 invites is possible...but hand writing 500? You'll want to figure out another way to acheive the look you're after.
Below you'll find some great ideas to get you started and even wording samples for the writing part of it.
Here are some excellent do it yourself invitation ideas and related articles:
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Stamps are a great way to decorate and create do it yourself wedding invitations. By simply printing your text on plain white cardstock, or a plain invitation kit, in black ink and then adding a colorful stamp to the invite and envelope, you can create a nice look with your invites & rsvp cards. There are thousands (millions?) of stamps to choose from, and you can even get a 9"x7" rectangles worth of your own stamps custom made with text or images to use on your do it yourself wedding invitations.
This means you could have a stamp made of your names, date and symbols that go with your wedding theme. Then you can buy colored stamp ink and go crazy decorating the wedding program paper, invites, envelopes, rsvp cards - and not to mention favor boxes, napkins and more!
Here is an invitation created using a copy of a champagne label. The vellum was printed at home & attached with ribbon to the card stock:
Ribbons can be used on invitations as decoration or to attach layers of paper. Ribbons are the easiest way to bind together the wedding program paper, too. A simple circle hole punch is the only tool you need to assemble vellum over your card stock, add layers of paper or bind your wedding programs into a booklet. The color of ribbon you choose can coordinate with the other elements of your invites and your wedding colors. I also learned (thanks to my mother-in-law) that the type of ribbon can give clues as to the formality of the wedding. A raffia ribbon suggests more casual, while satin is more formal. I don't know if guests will actually know this, but hey, something to think about!
Whatever you decide to do for your do it yourself wedding invitations or if you go the wedding invitation kit route, have fun! Your invites are the first way that many people hear about your upcoming wedding celebration; so let them represent you as a couple. If you plan on doing a lot of things yourself, what better way to start than by doing your own invites?
If you have a printer (or know someone that does and will let you use it) you are already 1/2 way there to doing it the cheapest and easiest way. Invitation and wedding program paper comes in many colors, styles, sizes, textures and patterns. My own blank invitation paper and envelopes were purchased from a craft store. You can even print on many types of vellum! I experimented with vellum printing (on my inkjet printer) for my own invites and found that if you let the page dry overnight it won't smudge or smear. If you like, you can choose a blank invitation kit that come pre-coordinated with invites, envelopes and rsvp cards. These may include invites, inner & outer envelopes, rsvp cards and rsvp card envelopes all coordinated and ready for printing.
If you have nice handwriting, do it yourself wedding invitations can also be handwritten which can give a casual, fun, quirky, friendly feel to them. I don't recommend handwriting unless your guest list is well under 50 though! Remember, one mistake and you have to start over.
Kinkos and other discount print shops are your friends. They have large selections of cardstock options and they can print quality invitations at a fraction of the cost of the invitation companies. Taking your design to a kinkos is a no stress way to get invitations done if your guest list is very large.
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