DIY wedding invitations: our how-to guide

If you’re looking to add a personal flourish to your big day, DIY wedding invitations could be the answer. From couples who want to create their own wedding decorations to budget-savvy bride and grooms-to-be, DIY wedding invitations offer a creative and hands-on project. However, designing and printing your own wedding stationery can be difficult. Not to mention time-consuming!

So, before you get started, have a read of our how-to guide. If you want to DIY your wedding invites from scratch or just add some DIY finishing touches, our useful tips will provide all the advice you’ll need.

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Planning ahead

Crafting your own DIY wedding invitations is no walk in the park. In fact, making wedding stationery yourself requires some serious pre-planning. From paper thickness to envelope printing, below we have listed some of the main considerations before you start.

Time

If wedding planning isn’t stressful enough, add on top a large chunk of time spent planning, designing, printing, checking and finishing your wedding invitations. This isn’t something that can be achieved in a day. Moreover, you will need to source a good quality printing company, paper stock, finishing touches and envelopes.

Also bear in mind that you’ll need to put time aside for your other half’s opinion, spell-checking, proofreading and packing.

Budget

If you want to create your own DIY wedding invitations to save money, have a firm budget before you start designing. Try to mock up the costings beforehand to see if you’ll be able to create your ideas within your budget. Remember that elaborate designs and specialist print finishes (such as embossing, foil or letterpress) will significantly add to the final cost.

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Other printing options

Before committing to DIY wedding invitations, also consider some of your other options. With a vast range of wedding stationery suppliers online, don’t think that everyone will be out of your budget. Lots of online companies offer really affordable wedding invitations. What’s more, some also offer template designs for you to personalise yourself.

You could also go for an e-invite. If you love the idea of designing your own invitation but want to save some money, send your wedding invitations via email. Alternatively, there are a whole host of online e-invite wedding stationers. Using these companies, you can choose a design online (or, indeed, upload your own). You can then send out to your guests often with beautiful animations to really make your invites stand out.

Furthermore, you don’t have to create DIY wedding invitations from scratch. How about choosing a wedding stationery supplier design and then adding a personalised finish? Hand-tied ribbons and hand-addressed envelopes are both easy ways to add a DIY touch to your wedding invites.

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Designing from scratch

There are thousands of beautiful wedding stationery designs to inspire your creativity. Before diving into the designing, think about your wedding theme, colours and style. You want your DIY wedding invitations to perfectly compliment your celebrations. Try to use the same colour palette and consider what style your font choices evoke. As a result, your guests will have a beautiful snapshot of what to expect on your wedding day.

Also make sure you include all the relevant information. Our wedding invitation wording guide includes everything you need to know. In addition, write out any additional information you’d like to share with guests. This may include the address of your reception or accommodation arrangements.

Another consideration when designing from scratch is the complexity of your DIY wedding invitations. Do you want a simple and elegant single page invite? Or do you want to create a tri-fold invitation so that you can include more information? Also think about how your guests will RSVP. On one hand, it may be easier to just include a phone number or email address. Equally, it’s more traditional to have a separate RSVP card.

Design tips

We would advise choosing a template for your DIY wedding invitations so that you can visualise exactly where all the information needs to sit on the paper. It’s also a good idea to use high resolution imagery. If you are hand illustrating your DIY design, use a good quality scanner to add your images into your design file.

For inspiration, Pinterest is a fabulous resource for creating a mood board. Firstly, find similar design styles that you would like to replicate. Next, choose colours and fonts to add depth and coherence to your mood board.

Paper and envelopes

Finally, choose your paper and envelopes carefully. You will most likely want around 250-350gsm paper so that your DIY wedding invitations feel quality. Secondly, do you want textured paper, smooth or uncoated? Smooth works well for modern invitations whereas textured or uncoated paper stock match more rustic or vintage styles.

Also, paper and envelopes are often coloured. We would advise not going for a really bright hue as this can sometimes look a little garish. However, a tinted paper or a pale pastel shade can often make your handmade designs look stunning.

Top tip: If printing from home, first of all, check what paper thickness your printer can print onto.

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Adding DIY wedding invitation finishes

Alternatively, if you want a DIY element to your wedding invitations, consider the finishing touches. If you just don’t have the time or simply don’t want the hassle of designing an invitation completely from scratch, this option is ideal.

You can choose from the wealth of pre-designed wedding stationery from your favourite supplier but save on costs by adding a unique finish. Consequently, you won’t have to check, proof and design yourself but you can still have personalised DIY wedding invitations.

Handwritten addresses

A straightforward solution to adding a personal touch to your DIY wedding invitations is to write your guest names and addresses by hand. You can even add a personal message on the back of your printed wedding invitations for an individual touch.

However, writing address labels by hand can be time-consuming. This may not be the best DIY addition if you have a long guest list or don’t have very legible handwriting!

Fixing embellishments

To add a DIY finish, why not tie your wedding invitations with twine or thin ribbon for an elegant touch. In particular, this is a good option for DIY wedding invitations with an additional information card or separate RSVP.

You could incorporate a lace band for vintage or traditional weddings. On the other hand, for modern occasions, close your envelopes with a metallic wax seal. These can be bought online and really give your DIY wedding invitations a luxurious finish.

Finally, for fixing your wedding invitations with a DIY embellishment, try a quirky gold foil sticker seal. These look stunning on grey envelopes for an opulent edge.

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Unique DIY wedding invitation finishing touches

Lastly, to really add a DIY addition to your printed wedding invitations, consider incorporating an extra surprise. Think of a small object to attach for extra personal DIY wedding invitations. Either highlight your wedding theme or reflect your personality as a couple.

Dried flowers are really simple to DIY and add a delicate touch to your wedding invitations. Attach these beneath your ribbon or twine to hold in place. You could even tie your invitations together using dried palm fronds for earthy charm.

Another idea is to tie a themed charm onto your DIY wedding invitations. Perhaps a ship anchor for nautical themes or a bicycle charm for vintage celebrations. Try to select a charm that reflects something special about your wedding day.

DIY wedding invitations don’t have to be complicated and a simple individual touch can be enough to highlight your wedding day. Though there is lots of inspiration for creating DIY wedding invitations from scratch, we would advise to use a wedding stationer and add a personal finish. For the perfect DIY wedding invitations, personal, elegant and simple designs are a must. And remember to match them up with your wedding colours and style to really accentuate your wedding theme.