For some couples, planning your wedding stationery is almost as exciting as getting married! The opportunity to create stunning, personalised DIY wedding invitations has never been greater. You don't need to be a crafting expert or a designer by trade, all the help you want or need is out there waiting to be discovered. You can save a lot of money and have a lot of fun!
If you want to make your invitations, but fear it will be hard or they will look amateurish, have faith and don't worry! Talk to people who've been in the same situation and listen to their advice. Join forums and chat online about how to get started, read wedding blogs on the subject, like this one!
You can get so much inspiration from searching online, Google and Pinterest, for example, also wedding magazines and wedding fairs and shows. Explore these first, and you'll begin to recognise styles and designs that keep catching your eye.
At this point don't forget to think about your choice of wedding venue. If you make your wedding invitations, why not make your day stationery too! If the style and theme of stationery remain the same, you'll probably want your day stationery to suit the venue. Perhaps wax seals and vellums for a wedding at a castle and floral themes and pretty twine at a garden party reception.
You may only know that you want the colour rose gold to feature and that you like/don't like sparkle, that ok, a great starting point. Printing DIY invitations can seem a little daunting, but again, don't worry. If you have a desktop printer you can make your invitations. If not, a high street or online printer will be able to print and cut inserts or printed mounts for you, leaving all the design details to you!
You can make invitations with very few products and tools so, if crafting hasn't been a hobby before, don't be put off. If you have a style in mind then phone wedding craft suppliers and let them guide you. They will want to help, great customer service, product knowledge and experience in the trade is good for their business and results in an empowering and positive shopping experience for you!
If you can buy everything you need, under one roof, all the better, saving you multiple postage costs and time. Some companies like wowvow.co.uk specialise in wedding crafting, supplying all the card, paper, ribbon, envelopes and embellishments you might need as well as the tools!
When making your invitations, the best bit of advice ever is, 'start with the envelope'. The envelope is probably the last thing you think about but, if your carefully made invitations don't fit nicely in their envelopes, you'll be so disappointed. There are many sizes to choose from but, if you want lots of options for the invitation that goes inside consider 130mm square, 155mm square, DL or the classic 5 x 7'' envelope.
You can make the envelope the start of the show with a glitter envelope liner. You can buy these pre-cut, or make yourself a template, all you have to do is stick them in for instant glamour! Decorative papers like pebble paper or geometric prints would look fabulous too.
Pretty laser cut pockets
Pocket cards, pocketfolds and wallets are a brilliant idea for anyone new to DIY crafting. You print flat pieces of card with your wedding information and stick or pop them inside! Of course, you can decorate the outers, adding ribbon, decorative papers, glitter papers or sparkling embellishments but the decoration can be as simple or elaborate as you want.
For detailed and incredibly delicate, lace-like invitations, consider wedding laser-cut invitations. They are made from incredibly detailed laser-cut card or glitter card and look so luxurious. They come in wallet, pocketfold and gatefold styles so are super easy!
While we're talking about invitations sending 'Save the Date' or 'Save the Day' cards to your guests is a thoughtful idea. If your 'big day' is in the middle of the summer or around Christmas and the New Year, announcing your wedding date well in advance will allow guests to plan holidays around your special day.
A 'Save the Date' card will also be the perfect opportunity to make your first DIY stationery and will give you confidence. Traditionally a 'Save the Date' card will be a smaller flat card in an envelope but you might decide to get printed magnets, scratch and reveal cards, all sorts of fun ideas! If you want to keep it simple and cost-effective, then a simple print with the promise of an invitation to follow is all it needs to be.
When it comes to decorating your invitations, there are lots of 'how-to' guides and videos you can watch if you want to try something you've not done before. You might like to make your own wax seals or learn to tie the perfect bow for your invitations. If you like a bit of sparkle, you can add beautiful diamante, pearl or diamante and pearl embellishments. These can be attached with ease with a suitable glue, like Gem-tac, or a hot glue gun for larger embellishments.
DIY sparkle is easy
If you want to keep things very simple, then stick to a classic printed card and quality envelope. There are some fabulous free fonts that you can download, including script and calligraphic ones that will look so professional, almost hand done! A good rule of thumb is to use cardstock that is, ideally, 250-300gsm. A good supplier will show the 'weight' of the card.
For a simple, printed card, choose a nice quality card, it might be coloured or slightly textured. Heavily embossed board stocks look fabulous, but you may not get a crisp print so think 'less is more' when printing. You can always mount a printed card onto a larger piece of embossed card to give a decorative border.
You can buy pre-cut card pieces, designed to stick together in decreasing sizes to give a layered invitation; you could replace one with a glitter layer! If sticking card to glitter use zip-dry, it's the best one we've tested! Alternatively, you can bundle together a layered stack of cards and tie them up with decorative twine, string, wool, anything! These look so lovely, like little presents just waiting to be opened and there's almost no effort at all!
Always test your design out before buying everything you need so you feel confident about making your invitations. Don't be afraid to change your idea at this stage, that what practice runs are for!
Invite your family members or friends to get involved! Set up a production line, so each person has a single job to repeat.
If you're making your invitations on your own follow this principle too. Write down each stage, make sure it all works and you've got the order correct then create a production line. You can concentrate on one stage at a time rather than go through several stages and different tools or materials with each, individual invitation.
The more organised you are, the easier it will be to make your own DIY stationery and you, plus any of your helpers, can enjoy a great, exciting shared experience.
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