DIY Wedding Invitations: How to Design and Make Wedding Invites

With a computer and home printer, DIY wedding invitations are no longer time-consuming or difficult. DIY wedding invitation kits, as well as lots of ideas for making your own invitations from scratch, are available from a variety of sources.

Collect DIY Wedding Invitation Ideas

As with most other aspects of wedding planning, the first step is doing research and gathering ideas. Scour stationery stores, the greeting card section at the grocery store, online galleries, and cardmaking and scrapbooking magazines available at craft stores.

As brides look through these resources, it’s a good idea to keep a folder labeled “wedding invitation ideas” to collect favorite ideas. When the folder is full of ideas, lay them out and search for common themes, shapes, designs, or layouts.

How to Design Wedding Invitations

Once brides have collected possible wedding invitation designs and narrowed down what they like best, it’s time to plan the layout they will ultimately use. They of course must have their basic wedding colors and theme picked out, so that they can incorporate these into the wedding invitation design.

Always buy supplies to make just one invitation first and fully assemble it before buying all the supplies for hundreds of invitations. Once the first invitation is put together, brides may find adjustments they’d like to make. This can be costly if they’ve already bought the materials for hundreds of invitations that will go unused.

Buy Wedding Invitation Materials

Before obtaining all the materials for homemade wedding invitations, brides need to have their guest list nailed down. Always buy extra DIY wedding stationery, wedding invitation envelopes, vellum, ribbon, or any other embellishments required. Don’t forget stamps and extra printer ink!

Some brides prefer to gather all the supplies themselves for a completely handmade wedding invitation, and others like to simplify the process with printable wedding invitation kits. These kits often (but not always) come with additional ideas, templates, and supplies.

Assembling Do It Yourself Wedding Invitations

Print all computer-generated wording and graphics the night before assembling the invitations to avoid smudging, especially if printing on vellum.

DIY wedding invites are best made in assembly line style, so gather bridesmaids or family members and assign each a station of production. Show them the finished invitation so they are clear on exactly what they are doing. Every step of production should be handled by a different person down the line for the best results.

Brides can save money and personalize their message with a handmade wedding invitation assembled at home. DIY wedding invitations can be a great success with enough prior research, wedding invitation design work, and a methodical approach to buying materials and assembling the invitations.

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