Petunia Watercolor Invitation Suite via Wedding Chicks, Free
Take your envelopes from ‘plain ole’ to ‘pretty wow” with a personalised embosser. It’s a really subtle and elegant touch that won’t escape your guests. Looks super expensive, but only you will know your secret! You can pick up custom monogram ones from Paper Source and Etsy.
Leaves A7 Embossed Printable Party Invitations via Paper Source, $18.50 per 20 invitations
Packaging And Embellishments: If you’re adding embellishments, or you’re mailing more than just an invite plus an RSVP card (we opted to mail more info, because of the destination aspect), keep track of the weight of your invitation suite once it’s all packed up. Depending on its size, you may be facing more postage fees than a simple stamp will cover. You can get a postage estimate using a kitchen scale and checking on the USPS website. Through the USPS website I also learned that square invites and envelopes cost more in postage, by a significant amount. It’s not worth it.
Nothing says olde worlde luxe more than a wax seal on the envelope of the wedding invitation. You can pick these up in specialist paper or craft stores as well as on Etsy. Before you embark on doing 100 of them at once, conveyor belt style, take a few minutes to practise – too much wax can look like a mess. Take the time to get it right and then you’ll fly through them.
ADDRESSES: You can choose to address your invitations by hand, or you can decide to print labels. Don’t let the WIC bully you into thinking your own handwriting isn’t good enough, or that the convenience of labels is tacky. As for the actual addresses, here are a few tips on how to address invitations formally, accounting for a whole host of last name conventions.
POSTAGE and Quantities: The number one tip you need when it comes to sending out your invites, is that your guest list number does not equal the number of invites your sending. Do the math on how many couples you have ahead of time, and you won’t make the common mistake of ordering about double the invites you need.
RSVPS: Whether you choose to include a card for your guests to drop in the mail, a phone number to call, an email address to reply to, or a website to visit in order to collect your RSVPs, prepare yourself to have to hunt down more than a few people, regardless of your chosen method. We saved paper by only sending physical RSVP cards to our older guests (i.e., those who do not, and never will, own a computer or a smart phone) because we knew we’d have to chase down responses anyway. So we saved a little bit of money where we felt it might be thrown away otherwise. Here are a few more tips for collecting RSVPs.
Letterpress: The designer and paper lover’s dream, letterpress is visually lovely and highly coveted all over Pinterest. However, it is expensive because it is a fine art that requires some heavy machinery. Letterpress is the option to use when you want to support the artists making it, not because you think you should. Thomas Printers is a great option for people looking for letterpress invites on a reasonable budget. The other option to letterpress is to build your own, but you better have a serious love for the actual craft. The majority of your guests, sadly, won’t know or won’t care that your invites are letterpressed.
The key to creating a wow wedding is to focus on the little details and how they fit with the vibe of your celebration, starting with your wedding invitations. Adding a few simple touches in order to customize and personalise your wedding invites will wow your guests and get them set for the celebration to come. The best wedding invites are those that that stand out and often it’s the simple little elements that make the difference. But don’t worry, it doesn’t have to break the bank. Today we’ve rounded up 10 simple and inexpensive ideas for taking a plain invitation, doing a little DIY to make it amazing.
Perfect if you are a fan of the rustic wedding look, adding some twine and a custom kraft paper tag gives your invite the perfect personalised touch. Just like the ribbon it also serves the purpose of keeping all the other elements together inside the envelope.
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Buying/Finding A Design: If you don’t have design experience, and you’re not fond of pushing images and text around on pages (aka, does the idea of designing a flyer for a Bake Sale or some other event excite you, or does it make you hide under your desk?), you’re going to need to find someone to design your DIY wedding invitations for you. Fear not! Thanks to the Internet (and Etsy, bless), there are tons of places to get an invitation design. Some are even our sponsors! Here’s a short list of places to check out.
Make fancy corners or edges on your wedding invitations with a special punch or stamp cutter. They’re available in a variety of different sizes and designs from craft stores and online. It’s really easy to use, just give yourself a bit of time and make sure you have a good table and a steady hand (don’t do it while tired or you’ll end up with patterns that are off.)
Aztec Tribal Wedding Suite via Tennessee Weddings on Etsy, $15
If you’re buying your own paper, you can find a good selection at local office shops when it comes to card stocks and glossy photo paper. However, if you’re looking for linens or specialty papers, you may have to go online. Always get a sample before buying a huge stack of paper, and do a test print, to make sure that whoever or where ever you’re printing from can actually use the paper you’ve selected with your design and medium. Here are a few other places to buy paper from.
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Looking for more inspiration? Check out our favorite Wedding Invitation Templates and our tips for wedding invitation wording.
Colorful Wedding Invitation Suite via Sweet Ink Paper Co on Etsy, $30+
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You can’t help but smile when opening an envelope that has a pretty liner hidden inside. There are lots of DIY tutorials online on how to do your own but our favourites include these ones from Snippet and Ink, Evermine and Apartment Therapy
A very easy way to recreate those beautiful watercolour invitations you see on pinterest – create simple wedding invites and print them on watercolour paper. Give them a beautiful watercolour wash for an expensive arty effect! Don’t overdo the watercolour or the paper will be misshapen. As always practise makes perfect. Find great DIY watercolour ideas on Minted.com, Something Turquoise and The Pretty Blog.
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Crafty DIY brides, this project is for you! From creating your wedding invitations from scratch (major props!), or starting with a printable template (still, totally admirable), we’re all about taking this project into your own hands. If you’re thinking about DIY wedding invitations, we suggest leaving plenty of time for the process and starting several months before the wedding invitations are set to be mailed. Though this little project of yours may require more time than ordering traditional invitations, there is a surplus of inspirational resources that will make it just a little bit easier. From step-by-step tutorials on how to create watercolor invitations, to intricate envelope liners and options for tying it all together (note: yarn), there is no shortage of creativity. So if you’re looking to save a few dollars or just put your own spin on your wedding invites, look no further. We’ve rounded up 25 DIY wedding invitations and accent ideas that are anything but an art project gone awry. Just remember to have a meticulous hand. While each invitation may not look the same, it’s important they all have the same TLC from #1 to #201. After all, this is the first impression of your wedding! Make it great. 🙂
Tribal Wedding Invitation Set via Digart Designs on Etsy, $14+
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As a graphic designer and someone who pulled out all the stops designing her own wedding invitations, believe me when I say you can make DIY wedding invitations as simple or as complicated as you want. A lot of people go into making their own invitations hoping to save money, but I’ll tell you up front: there are plenty of affordable places to get nice invites with less work than it will take you to DIY wedding invitations. However, if you have specific reasons to go DIY on your paper (like, you want to bring your specific idea to life, or you want to get creative) read on. (Fun fact: Every APW editor DIYed their wedding invitations, so we’ve got your back here.)
Beach Wedding Invitation Set via Baby Starfish Designs on Etsy, $12+
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There’s enough variety in paper types, weights, and finishes to make your head spin and keep you busy for weeks. Here’s the basics on what you need to know for choosing what paper you’ll print your DIY wedding invitations on.
It’s been a while since handwriting classes in primary school, but if you want to make an impact with your invitations, start with addressing them perfectly (not in your own day-to-day scrawl!) Up your calligraphy game with one of the many calligraphy classes or DIY tutorials you can find online. Use your new skills to write your invites or do beautiful addresses on the envelope. Check out some amazing tutorials on Style Me Pretty, LCI Paper and tips from Bridal Musings.
Mountain Wedding Invitation Suite via Splash of Silver on Etsy, $30+
Now that you’ve covered how you’ll be printing or creating your invite, let’s talk about how you’ll put your information together in a pretty way.
Floral Watercolor Wedding Invitation Template via Bethany Eden Art on Etsy, $55+
There’s huge variety when it comes to the execution of DIY wedding invitations these days, so before you start buying paper or ink, you need to think about the final form of your invite: how will it look, and what process do you want to use to make it? Here are just a few options, and their pros and cons.
ONLINE PRINTING: There’s a pretty wide variety when it comes printing via online companies, so always make sure you can get a proof of your invitation. With some companies, that may cost extra, but it’s usually not very much. Much like with at-home printing, your paper options will usually be limited to whatever the company carries, and each company’s paper set is going to be slightly different. You can usually request paper samples for free. Here are a few companies I’ve used with good results:
LOCAL PRINTING: When it comes to short run printing, the local option is my favorite option. Local print shops may not be able to match the price of many online vendors, but you get to have more of a hand in the process, and therefore a little more control over the end result. Some will even let you bring in your own paper, and most will let you use their paper cutters for free (sometimes even if you haven’t printed anything through them). Unfortunately, not all local shops are created equal—some FedEx Office shops are great, others not so much. You’ll need to do your due diligence to find a good match. InkerLinker is also a good place to find amazing, non-FedEx print shops near you.
Finish: Your paper finish will affect how you’re able to print and how much ink your invitation will take. Glossy papers take a lot more ink and longer to dry. Linen papers and papers with more texture have a much higher tendency to bleed, and so they won’t work with some at-home printers where you can’t change your ink settings. If you’re not interested in researching finishes because you’re not a weird nerd (like myself) who likes to feel on paper, a matte card stock is an easy, relatively foolproof option that will more than likely work for the printer you’re using.
Adding ribbon to your wedding invite is a gorgeous little extra and also the perfect way to keep all the other elements you are including together such as travel information, RSVP cards etc. Add a little tag for an extra special touch.
Have you seen these? Yes, personalised stamps are a thing, and you can use them for both making your wedding invite or for adding a return address on the wedding invitation envelopes. You can find a huge variety of custom rubber stamps on Etsy or have a look at all the ones we found here.
GOCCO: Gocco printing is a pretty, small-scale version of screen printing, which is why the Internet loves it so much. However, gocco is also an almost entirely dead art at this point, so if you’re taking it up simply for your invitation printing… maybe step back from the Internet for a week, and then decide. (Editor’s note: Both Meg and Maddie did this and… uh… probably wouldn’t advise it to anyone.) You can look up screen printers in your area for a similar style of printing, but it’s a pricier option, much like letterpress.
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Rustic Boho Southwest Wedding Invitations Template via bdesignspaper on Etsy, $75
Designing Your Own: If you’re choosing to design your own DIY wedding invitations, you probably have a good idea of what you’re hoping it will look like. You might even have a grasp of some of the skills you’ll be bringing to the table to make that vision a reality. Or, you’re hoping to learn a little more about the process and designing in general. Or maybe you just want to get a little crafty. All of these reasons, and more, are good reasons to do your own invites. We’ve got a whole bunch of extra tutorials, in case you want to brush up on a few skills before you put proverbial pen to paper.
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Weight: Paper thickness is measured by weight. The higher number you see, in pounds, on the packaging label, the thicker your paper is. This doesn’t mean you have to find the thickest paper you can—most card stocks are a great weight for invitations and can hold up to being mailed.
AT-HOME PRINTING: By far the most accessible, this is easiest option for tackling the project in smaller chunks on weeknights rather than spending hours in a studio or waiting at a print shop. However, you should test paper before buying a ton of it, printers can be especially finicky, and your can’t exactly change the ink your printer uses. If your printer isn’t higher end, you may have very limited paper options. Here’s a little more on at-home printing.
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Paper cutting: The Internet loves to tell you that if you are doing your own DIY wedding invitations, you need to invest in a professional paper cutter, or at least a rotary cutter, along with a tape gun, and the list goes on. You can skip this by ordering paper that’s cut to size—always double check to make sure you can print said format of course—and skipping any taped on embellishments. I promise, a fancy invitation need not have three layers of cardstock and the ability to stand on its own.
Vintage Rustic Wedding Invitations via Paper Peach Shop on Etsy, $55
A nifty little trick that will make simple white invitations look very expensive is to add a touch of glam with a golden edge on either your invitations or envelopes. It’s actually incredibly easy to do – you can find out how to do your own over on Something Turquoise, Damask Love or 100 Layer Cake
However, if a paper cutter sounds like a useful thing that has a place in your office, buy it! You don’t need to shell out $100 for a good one. This $25 trimmer has been a great little workhorse for me for about four years now, through invitations, photo albums, and many, many other late night print jobs.