Do-it-yourself wedding invitations are a great way to save money and make invitations that are creative and match the theme of the wedding. Here is a step-by-step guide for creating unique wedding invitations.
Pick a Theme
Before creating the wedding invitation, the bride and groom should decide on the theme of the wedding. This information will help the couple create a concrete plan for their invitations. If they don’t have time to think of an entire theme before sending out the invitations, they should try to at least pick out the wedding’s colours. Then they’ll be able to use those shades as the basis for their invitation.
Choose the Placement of the Colours
Once the couple has decided what their main colours will be, they should decide how to use colour on the invitation. There are many different ways to do this. For example, the couple can decide to have plain black text, but incorporate a few different complementary colours into the background of the invitation. Or, the background can be a neutral colour that’s framed by a brighter colour for contrast. It’s best to use no more than three colours to keep the invitation from looking too busy.
Select Background Images
This part is optional, but having a background image or two can make the invitation unique. The couple can choose an image that matches their wedding theme, or they can opt for something more traditional, like wedding rings or a bridal veil. The couple can draw the image themselves, find it online, or commission an artist to draw it.
The typeface on the wedding invitation is very important selection, since text will cover most of the card, so it’s important to pick a typeface that’s easy to read. Even though intricate cursive letters may look nice, if the invitations are difficult to decipher, guests won’t know when or where the wedding will be held. The couple can also use varying fonts for different parts of the invitation and may choose to highlight their names in a distinctive font. The fonts should all work together without looking disjointed.
Format the Invitation
Once the couple has picked their colours, images, and typeface, it’s time to format the invitation. This can be done on a computer or by hand. The couple should work together to decide their final colour choices, the placement of the images, the wording of the invitation, and where they want their names to appear. Once they’ve done all this, they can make a final mock-up of the invitation on the computer and triple-check for any misspellings or misplaced images. Once everything is perfect, this part of the invitation will be complete.
Create the RSVP Card
The final step in creating an invitation is making an RSVP card. The RSVP card should use the same typography and colour scheme as the invitation. Keep the card simple with just a “Yes” or “No” option. That way, there won’t be any confusion, and the guests will be able to easily send the card back to the couple.
Choose the Paper and Envelope
Paper for wedding invitations can be found through eBay or in craft shops. Matte paper or card stock are more durable options than something like glossy photo paper. It’s a good idea to visit a few different stores and websites before choosing a paper. After the paper is selected, find envelopes in a matching colour that are large enough to hold the invitation.
Print the Invitation
If the couple has a printer that’s compatible with the paper they chose, they can print the invitation at home. If this is not the case, a local print shop can print the invitations. If there are a few different print shops in the area, get quotes from each of them before deciding which one to use.