How to Make Your Own Wedding Invitations

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Making your own wedding invitations versus paying for a company to print them for you is a really great way to save money on your wedding. However, since most couples have never mad wedding invitations before, the process can be daunting. That is why I have taken the time to write this tutorial on how to make your own wedding invitations.

1 – Think of the Details

Since your wedding invitations will be the first impression that your potential guests receive, it’s crucial to think about the little details before you dive right in. You’ll need to gather certain information about your wedding such as location, time, and if it’s going to be a casual or formal affair. You will also want to have your guest list in order before you begin, which help with purchasing the right amount of supplies to make your own wedding invitations.

2 – Design Your Layout

Wedding InvitationsThe first thing you’ll want to do is decide on some type of layout for your wedding invitations. Some couples decide to just order premade wedding invitations that are blank and skip the design process, but I find that they turn out very generic looking and plain. I recommend doing them on your computer since there are literally thousands of free templates available online. Typically, the things included will be your names (obviously), your wedding date, the address and map to your ceremony location, details about the theme of your wedding, and an RSVP card so your guests can tell you if they’ll be attending or not. Some other key things to keep in mind when deciding how to make your own wedding invitations are:

  • – Are my invitations easy to read?
  • – Are the images I chose representative of the style of wedding I’m having?
  • – What size are my wedding invitation going to be?
  • – Am I going to fold my invitations?

3 – Print and Decorate Your Wedding Invitations

Once you have your layout designed and all the important information included, you’ll want to print them out and add some type of special touch to your wedding invitations.This can be as simple as tying them with some thin strips of ribbon, or as labor intensive as adhesive glitter or stickers. Many couples keep things simple and print them on recycled paper stock so their wedding invitations are as eco-friendly as possible, but many couples want to spend time including additional decorations to make them as beautiful as possible. Decorations are completely a matter of taste, but try to keep in mind the amount of work you will need to put into each invitation as you decide what to include. If you’re sending out 300 invites, you probably don’t want to invest 10 minutes into each one.

4 – Address and Mail Your Wedding Invitations

Now that you have your completed wedding invitations in hand, you’ll want to address them and mail them out. Completing this process by hand can take forever, so I recommend some type of computer template for addressing your envelopes. It’s also important to remember to put postage on your RSVP cards so that people are more inclined to send them back to you, even if they aren’t attending. The whole point of sending out wedding invitations is to get an accurate count of how many guests will be showing up so you can make sure there’s enough food and champagne for everyone.

Hopefully, the tips in this tutorial have helped to explain how to make your own wedding invitations. There’s really no wrong way to go as long as you include the proper information, but taking your time and thinking about the whole process before you begin can save you time, money and stress.

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