You could buy yourself a lot of honeymoon for the money you save on your wedding by doing most things on your own, and the invitations are no exception. The average bride spends $659 on invitations alone. You, however, have a printer, and can get beautiful paper at any number of craft, office supply, or general merchandise stores. How hard could it be to create your own invitations?
Here are factors you should consider when deciding to DIY:
Your style: The first factor is deciding how you want your invitations to look. Browse online sites like WeddingPaperDivas.com, Minted.com, HipInk.com, or even Etsy.com to determine what your dream invitations look like. If you fall in love with design elements on those sites that you simply cannot recreate (such as letterpress), you may need to forego DIY invites and go pro.
Your crafty side: Do you enjoy paper crafts, and do you have a good graphic eye? If not, don’t let that stop you, just know your limitations and choose a design style that is simpler.
Your tech prowess : If you are going to create any of your design on your computer, you need to have a good grasp on the software you need to use (again, there is only so much you can do on MS Word, so know your limitations). You will also need to know how to use your printer to print on different sized paper and envelopes. You don’t need to consider this if you are handwriting your invitations, but you do need to consider the time that will take!
Your equipment: Make sure you have the right equipment for what you would like to create. Certain types of paper (like translucent vellum) will need a LaserJet printer, and certain printers don’t do well on thick paper. Make sure your software can create the look you are after. If you don’t think you have the right equipment, you can always order custom rubber stamps from Etsy instead.
Your budget: Make sure you know how much each component of the invitations you want to create will cost, and how many you will need. Don’t forget the envelopes, and don’t forget that you will need to make a few extra, just in case. You also may need to budget in things like hole punches and paper cutters.
Your personal touches: One of the benefits of creating your own invitations from scratch is that you can add small personal elements to your invitations. You can add vintage book pages, crystals, dried flowers, or just about anything that is small and relatively flat. Keep in mind that adding personal components to your invitations will increase the time and patience you will need to spend assembling them.
Your way with words: Make sure you are aware of the etiquette of wedding invitations before you decide on the wording. Certain phrasing is used to indicate who is paying for the wedding and whether it will be formal or casual. Double check invitation examples online to make sure you don’t leave out information your guests might need.
Alternatives: If making invitations completely from scratch seems daunting or expensive but you would still like to personalize your invitations, many office or general merchandise stores sell invitation kits that only require a printer. Also, using websites like Zazzle.com you can create invitations and save-the-dates with your own text and photo.
A successful wedding invitation is informative, reflects your style, and sets the tone for the big day. It is the first formal public expression of who you are as a couple, so have fun with it!