Making Your Own Wedding Invitations

posted on 17 May 2012 by The Tie The Knot Team
posted to Wedding DIY


Wedding invites have come full circle. From the formal embossed affairs that made it to your front door via the postal service, to a simple sms or email without any of the squiggles, bows and sequinned stars, and back again to the hold-in-your-hand invite in your postbox.

Despite the loooong list ahead of the average bride when organising a wedding, it is surprisingly the little things, like sorting out a wedding invitation, that create stress. Here’s what an invitation entails:

  • Start with a list of guests
  • Make sure you’ve finalised a time with the venue(s) that won’t change
  • Check spelling of every name and address of everyone you’re inviting
  • Give a name of whom and where they should RSVP
  • Give them suggestions of where they can stay, if need be
  • Provide a map to the ceremony or reception venue

And that’s before you’ve even thought about how the invitation will look.

Of course you could simply outsource the whole process to someone who knows what they are doing, and contact one of our wedding invitation and stationery suppliers. But if you’re on a budget, then the invites are something you can do yourself.

The invitation unplugged:

  • Spend some time on the computer playing with ideas until you’ve created the design (if you’ve created it freehand, then you’ll scan it in)
  • Do a google search for ‘designing your own invitation’ for plenty of websites that will give you copious examples that you can simply copy, if your own idea eludes you
  • The printing challenge – assuming you’re doing it on your own printer – will involves hours of formatting, playing with fonts, indentations, page layouts, and, if you’re also posting and want labels for your envelopes, label templates
  • You’ll probably want to dress them up a little now, which will entail a trip to at least two hobbycraft or habberdashery shops for ribbons, bows, stars or other
  • Some good advice is to include a RSVP card, already with a stamp on it, so that all people need do, is pop in the closest postbox (expecting them to email you a reply is asking too much, take it from me)
  • And then the delicious problem of finding every guest’s postal address, which will involve numerous phone calls, texts and sleuth work on Facebook
  • And all of this with at least 2 months to spare, as people need to make a date in their diaries if you want them to attend

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