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7 Practical Tips for DIY Wedding Invitations


If you are planning to make DIY wedding invitations, it is incredibly important that you set aside enough time. A DIY wedding is worth it only if you do not allow it to stress you out too much, and if the time you spend is worth the amount of money you save. Here are a few tips for DIY wedding invitations:

1. One of the best ways to sabotage an effort at DIY invitations is to miscalculate the amount of time they are going to take you. Most wedding experts recommend that you send out your invitations at least 6-8 weeks before your wedding, and you should probably set aside approximately two months to complete the entire task of designing, assembling, printing, and addressing your invitations. The time may also vary, depending on how large your wedding is (and how many invitations you will have to address!) It may also depend on how much help you have. The process can be tedious, so you will want to do it in increments so that you can actually enjoy it. If you are completely stressed and pressed for time, you will not have fun!

2. Decide on your envelopes before you begin designing your invitations. This is crucial, because there are very specific sizes out there. You do not want to finish designing and printing out your invitations and then realize that the size envelope you need is actually nonexistent! Choose your envelopes first; the paper size will follow.

3. When you choose your paper, make sure it is a bit smaller than your envelope to allow for wiggle room. Also, double check to make sure that any inserts you want to include will also fit within the envelope dimensions.

4. Before deciding on an invitation design, print it out to see what it will look like on actual paper. If you still love your design as much when looking at it in hard copy (not on a computer screen), then it is probably the right one!

5. If possible, take a calligraphy class, or recruit friends or family with beautiful handwriting. Taking a calligraphy class will come in handy not just for addressing your wedding invitations, but also for the many thank you notes you will be writing in the months to come. A tangible, handwritten note or letter has so much value, given that we live in an age of texts, twitters, RSS feeds, and emails. Knowing how to write beautifully will give you an unexpected edge, not just for your wedding season, but also professionally.

6. Have several people proofread your invitation before you send it. It is truly embarrassing to send out an invitation with typos; like your wedding, your invitations should be elegant, classy and as flawless as possible.

7. Weigh everything before you buy postage to buy the right amount.

Remember: if DIY wedding trends are not for you, or if the amount of time you would spend simply is not worth it, do not despair. Some people really enjoy the process of making wedding invitations, centerpieces, etc.; others do not. If you are in the “do not” category, simply sit back and enjoy the process of choosing your invitation design and having them professionally addressed!

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Designing Your Wedding Invitation List


When it comes time to begin your wedding guest list, there are three questions that you need to answer:

Do I want a large, medium, or small wedding reception?
A small wedding reception can be intimate and lovely, but for people with very large families, they are sometimes not possible. Do your best to blend what you want with what is practical for your situation.

When you picture yourself getting married, who are you unable to imagine not being there?
Even if there is someone who you do not see often (yet who perhaps played a very influential role in your life), you should invite him or her. This could be a high school English teacher who played an important role in your career. Inviting people like that says a lot to them, even if they are unable to attend your wedding.

Who do you not want at the wedding?
This could include a number of people, but more than likely, it’s not people you necessarily “dislike.” For personal reasons, you may decide that you do not want children at the wedding, so no children are included in the guest list. You may not want to open the invitation to work colleagues, which is completely acceptable. The more consistent you are with your choices, the better you will be able to explain your wedding invitation list to people who didn’t get invited.

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Contemporary Wedding Invitation Designs


Contemporary wedding invitations feature the most unique and modern designs that include interesting color combinations, eye-catching fonts, photographs, and textures. If you’re a modern bride who wants to make sure your wedding invitation designs stand out from the pack, then take your time when choosing a design that fits your personality and your zest for only the hottest design trends.

Fortunately for you, there are numerous designs to choose from. The fact that they tend to be grouped in categories makes it easy for you to narrow it down. Explore the following wedding invitations and see if any of them tickle your fancy.

Modern Wedding Invitations
Modern wedding invitations are fresh as well as fashionable. If the tone of your wedding is just that, then it’s imperative you choose invitations that represent that style and vibe. Open your mind and your pocketbook to modern designs and interesting shapes and textures, and you’ll be well on your way to having the modern day wedding of your dreams. Popular modern wedding invitation themes include the following:

  • Stripes: Stripes placed on any part of your invitation will make it pop.
  • Multiple Photos: Your possibilities with photos are endless. An ultra-modern choice would be to take photos at a photo booth and have them printed on your invitations. (Also ideal for your “save the date” cards.) Have fun with this idea, and experiment with various photo configurations on different areas of the invitations.
  • Dots: Dots are like stripes in that they turn a rather ordinary invitation into extraordinary by making it pop.
  • Motif: Choose a meaningful emblem or symbol and either enlarge it or make it smaller, color it and put it anywhere you choose on your invitation.
  • Quotes/Verses: Pick your favorite poet or philosopher and explore various quotes. Choose the one that best represents this joyous occasion and have it printed on your invites. Also, play around with the size and type of font. For example, you could choose a light color that works well for the background and have the quote written in cursive, which will give the invitation a more romantic style.
  • Bold: Bold designs have something extra special that makes them stand out, for example, multiple folds. If your invitation is fun to open because of the interesting folds, then your guests will know right off the bat they’re in for a treat.

Another way to make your custom wedding invitations stand out is by choosing a fun and modern theme.

  • Animals
  • Beach
  • Damask
  • Las Vegas
  • Vintage
  • Winter
  • Artists
  • Bamboo
  • Beach
  • Butterflies
  • Celtic/Irish
  • Fairy-tale
  • Fleur de Lis
  • Hawaii
  • Hibiscus
  • Lighthouses
  • Nautical
  • New Year’s Eve
  • Sunsets
  • Vintage
  • Wine/Vineyard

Choosing the right wedding invitations is much like choosing your wedding gown, engagement ring, or even your flower arrangements. You want your invitations to reflect your own unique style, while still leaving an impression on your guests.

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Winter Wedding Invitation Ideas


The convenient aspect of having a winter wedding is it makes the planning process easier because you can steal ideas from the holidays and the winter elements. Not only do you have Hanukah and Christmas to gather ideas from, but snowflakes, snowmen, mistletoe, tasty winter treats, and a gorgeous pallet of winter colors. Use the following ideas when exploring wedding invitation designs.

  • Christmas: Adding some Christmas cheer to your custom wedding invitations is a great idea, just make sure to do so in a tasteful manner. For example, an all white and silver invitation with a Christmas tree adorned with ornaments and lights would be more tasteful than one with a multitude of colors. The reason being because too many designs and colors typically appear tacky.
  • Hanukah: Pull from the various Hanukah symbols for your invitation such as the Star of David, a dreidel, or a menorah. The Hanukah colors of white and blue are nothing less than perfect for a simple, classic, yet festive wedding invitation.
  • Color: You might think you’re limited to only winter colors but you aren’t, just make sure that if you use summer or spring colors that they are over a base winter color such as silver, blue, or chocolate brown. The exception to that rule: You can use whatever colors you’d like as long as the invitations have some winter elements such as snowflakes or white capped pine trees.


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Ideas for DIY Wedding Favors


DIY wedding favors serve two purposes: they act as both wedding table decorations and as complimentary gifts to your guests. Not only that, but favors also give you a chance to be creative and individualize your wedding! Here are a few ideas for wedding favors:

  1. Customized Jones Soda bottles featuring a picture of the bride and groom. Jones Soda bottles have a naturally retro look, and pictures of the happy couple add a personal touch. Place different flavors at place settings so guests can trade for their favorite flavors.
  2. CDs with music that is meaningful to the bride and groom. CDs make great DIY wedding favors because they are something that your guests can use after your wedding!
  3. Seeds to plant your favorite herb or flower. You probably never thought that lavender seeds could make excellent wedding reception supplies! Guests can go home and plant their seeds, and they will be reminded of your momentous occasion as the plant grows, .
  4. Edible Arrangements. When in doubt, send home some delicious chocolate! You can purchase luxurious ribbon (that fits in with your reception's color scheme) and silky satchels to package the chocolate or candy. Guests will be delighted.

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Wording for DIY Wedding Invitations


If you are the type of bride to take on the task of making DIY wedding invitations, then chances are you are also the type to forgo the formal and conventional wording often found in traditional wedding invitations. Traditionally, an invitation will read: "(parents of the bride) together with (parents of the groom), request the honor of your presence…" If the bride and groom are hosting, the invitation will read something like: “Please join us at a celebration of…”

However, many brides opt for more casual wedding invitation wording, such as “With joyous hearts, we invite you to attend…” Another example of unique wedding invitation wording used to describe the reception is: “Buffet, music, and merriment to follow.” This is lighthearted, fun, and tells your guests the most important thing—that your reception is going to be a blast!

Just remember not to get too fancy with DIY wedding invitations, because many people tend to just peruse it and you want to avoid confusion. Make sure to include the basics: the date, time, who is hosting the occasion, whether there will be a meal, appetizers, or dancing, and any additional information that is helpful. For example, if you are getting married on the Sunday after people set their clocks forward or back, you may want to note that on your invitation, to avoid guests arriving an hour late or an hour early.

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Proper Wording on Reception Invitations


These days there are no rules when it comes to wording your invitations to your wedding rehearsal dinner, ceremony, or reception. The only requirements for your wedding reception invitations are that all of the necessary information be included. So relax and choose the wording that best fits you and your fiancé’s personalities.

If this is your second wedding, it is best to choose a less formal reception invitation, perhaps an adults-only appetizer and cocktail party following the ceremony.

Your wedding invitations could include both the ceremony information and reception information all on one invite. However, if you choose to have two separate invites in one envelope—or you are having a private ceremony and only sending out reception invites—refer to the wedding reception invitation wording below.

Traditional Reception Invite

  • We (you and your fiancé’s names) invite you to join us
  • for dinner and dancing at the reception.
  • Date
  • Time
  • Location

Adults Only

  • Adult-only dinner and cocktail reception
  • following the ceremony
  • Location

Dessert Only Reception

  • We (you and your fiancé's names) request
  • the pleasure of your company for dessert directly
  • following the wedding ceremony at (location)

Ultra Formal Reception

  • Join us for a black tie reception and dinner on
  • (date), (time)
  • Location

Brunch Reception

  • Wedding brunch will immediately follow ceremony at (location)


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Invitation Designs That Fit Your Wedding Theme


When your wedding fits your personality and your theme, it becomes so much more memorable and unique. There are plenty of opportunities to put your personal stamp on your big day, including your wedding invitation designs.

If you and your hubby-to-be are headed to an exotic location for your wedding, then take advantage of invitation designs that feature a beach theme. Pick a beach scene you love and use it as the invitation background.

For those of you having an eco-friendly wedding, of course you’ll want to use all recycled materials for your invitation. Highlight your theme by sending out green invitations decorated with leaves and flowers.

If you’re having a winter wonderland wedding, consider adding snowflakes to your shimmery and sparkly invitations. For spring weddings, dried spring flowers can add a bit of flair to your elegant wedding invitations. For fall, pick a classic fall color for your wedding invitation stationary such as a deep maroon, or an eye-catching orange.

Indie invitations have grown in popularity with the rise in Indie weddings, which combine eclectic themes and exude a unique quality that’s different for everyone. Create a modern invitation that exemplifies you and your fiancé’s style by choosing something that you both love. For example, if you are lovers of the 50s era then you could have a 50s-style photo shoot and use one of the photos as the background for your invitations.

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Printed or Handmade? Choosing the Right DIY Wedding Invitations


There are many reasons that more and more brides are turning to DIY wedding invitations instead of ordering from the large books at bridal shops. Whether you're looking to save money or flex your creative muscles, there are as many types of DIY wedding invitations as there are wedding gowns. Use this handy primer to help you narrow down your options.

Types of DIY Wedding Invitations

  • Printable Wedding Invitations:
    This is certainly one of the simplest types of invitations and can be very inexpensive. Printable wedding invitations are a great option for someone who likes traditional invitations but wants to save a little money. You can purchase a variety of wedding stationary and download free or premium templates from the Internet. Customize your templates and print your invitations on the paper stock of your choice. Your cost will vary depending on the type of paper you use with heavier stocks or specialty papers generally being more expensive.
  • Handmade Wedding Invitations:
    Although handmade wedding invitations can be less expensive than store-bought, they can also be very time consuming. Some brides add ribbons, decals, specialty borders and cuts to their invitations. If you're interested in an invitation that is unique and creative, DIY wedding invitations can let you standout from the crowd without breaking your wedding budget.
  • Themed Wedding Invitations:
    f you're having a themed wedding, a handmade invitation can set the tone for your guests. You might bypass traditional card stock and head to your local craft store for more creative ideas that reflect your theme. Having an outdoor wedding? Look for paper embedded with dried leaves or flowers.

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How to Create Custom Wedding Invitation Designs


Custom wedding invitations are a great way to make your special day unique to you and your husband-to-be. Before choosing wedding invitation designs, decide exactly what you're willing to spend. Regardless of your budget, it's possible to choose a unique and modern wedding invitation that reflects you and your overall wedding theme.

Typically, the most cost-effective wedding invitations are found online when ordered in bulk along with envelopes and other accessories. You can also create your own wedding invitations, but that too can get expensive, depending on the tools, paper, and materials you choose for your look.

Decide on Your Theme
There are some gorgeous wedding invitation designs available at affordable prices both online and at stationery stores. Most experts recommend choosing your dress and your venue before choosing an invitation, as those two major decisions dictate the theme of your wedding.

Season also influences your choice both stylistically and practically. If you are having a winter wedding in Montana, for example, you may want to incorporate snowflakes into your theme. A summer wedding at a vintage, Spanish-style home in California may call for an invitation that mimics the architectural nuances of your venue, such as incorporating the building’s curves and columns into your wedding invitation.

Custom Wedding Invitation Designs
Custom wedding invitations can be the most expensive option, mainly because they involve commissioning a graphic designer. If you decide to go this route, you should ask around to get personal recommendations for graphic designers in your area. Because wedding invitations are fun and creative, designers are typically willing and excited to work with you.

When you meet with different designers, make sure that you have questions ready and written down to reference. Ask the designer whether she has worked on invitations before (not a necessity, though helpful), if she has a portfolio and references (and whether or not you can contact them), what type of paper is available, and whether she includes printing services in her total estimate. Also, if you don't have a tangible idea of what you want your invitation to look like, ask if your designer would be willing to brainstorm with you.

If you do have a good idea of what you want, ask your designer to draw up some rough sketches. Bring to your meeting any samples or color swatches that exemplify the tones and themes of your wedding, such as fabric strips (it's usually possible to order a fabric strip of your bridesmaids dresses where you purchased them); a photograph of your wedding venue; a photograph of your bridal gown; pictures of the flowers you plan to use; or cutouts from magazines of different colors, shapes, or textures that you like.

Remember that the more visual elements you bring to your meeting, the better your designer will be able to understand what you're looking for. It's important to feel comfortable with him or her, as this will allow for genuine communication about what you do or don't like. (The same rule goes for any vendors or people you work closely with during the planning process.) Make sure that you feel comfortable voicing your opinion before hiring a designer to create your custom wedding invitations.

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