How to Design Your Own Wedding Invitations From Home

Weddings are pricy affairs. And once you’ve booked the venue, found your dress, and started to put down deposits for caterers, florists, photographers, and more, you could find even a carefully planned budget dwindling. The good news is that there are plenty of ways to save money when planning your wedding if you have the time to tackle some DIY projects. Many couples elect, for example, to make their own wedding favors by tying up candy in tulle bags to place on every plate at the reception. Some crafty brides have even started making their own paper flowers with die cutters to decorate. And you can definitely design your own wedding invitations at home for a lot less than ordering them from a professional. Here are just a few tips to get you started.

First, you might want to consider hitting up a store like Michaels, Party City, or even Staples to find wedding invitation kits (or simply peruse options online). You’ll find that there is no shortage of kits that contain everything you’ll need to create a custom wedding invitation at home, including card stock and envelopes in both large and small sizes (for the invitations and the RSVP cards). Kits may include anywhere from 25 up to 200 invitations and often, you can find options that feature embossed or printed patterns that are wedding appropriate so you can get the professional look you crave with a lot less work.

Don’t forget, you can also spice up a simple invitation with a little creativity. Stamps and stickers are an easy way to add some flair to your design. Or you can add elements like translucent paper, bows, and other embellishments. If you’re looking for ideas, Pinterest is a great place to start. And you’ll find that many of the beautiful and seemingly complex invitations you find are easy enough to make at home (albeit time consuming). The devil is in the details!

Next it’s time to create the content of your invitations. You should start by looking for templates online that will offer insight into appropriate text. Generally speaking, you need to include the names of the bride and groom (and potentially parents), the date, time, and location of the ceremony and reception, and possibly information about where you’re registered (although this last usually goes on a separate piece of paper to be slipped in with the invitation). You might want to include a simple map for out-of-town guests. And don’t forget the RSVP card, which should provide a space to list the number of guests attending, as well as check boxes for food options (if applicable). Often, your average word processing software will do the trick when it comes to printing up invitations, but you could also look for free downloads (or trials) of layout and design software specifically used to create invitations.

Of course, in this digital era, you could save a lot more money (and some trees) by skipping traditional paper invitations entirely. Many couples are now opting to use services like Evite to craft beautiful, digital invitations and then easily track responses. Or if you find Evite a little too casual for this special event, you could try a site like My Digital Wedding that offers all the invitations you’ll need for the wedding and related events (shower, bachelor/bachelorette parties, rehearsal dinner, etc.), as well as a way to manage all your information and provide everything guests will need (maps, registry information, and even a weather chart). You’ll even get a secure URL, themes for your pages, and places to post your story and photos. It’s a whole new era and if you want to save time and money, going digital with your invitations is definitely worth considering.

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