How did you make your wedding invitations?

by DIY wedding planner on December 10, 2011


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Did you get ideas from a website? Where did you buy the materials?

Please don’t give me answers that just say “google DIY wedding invites” or “go to a craft store”. I’ve started to do those things already. I’m asking for answers from those who have done their own invitations.

Also, how did you do the response cards and everything else that goes with them.

Thank you.

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Stop the Stupidity December 10, 2011 at 6:14 am

The hard part is coming up with the correct wording.

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drip December 10, 2011 at 6:21 am

Try a scrapbooking store by you. (not a hobby store). Many are getting into wedding invitations.

See if there is an Archiver’s by you
check out their site for ideas

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Here. And Now. December 10, 2011 at 6:29 am

I got my invites from The Flower Factory. 25 invites were in a box, and we paid about $12 a box. So, we spent $36 on invites that would have cost us about $400 for the ones we liked in a catalog. I also got a hole punch and punched two holes on the top of the invite and tied a red ribbon through them. That was my own idea since our colors were black, white, and red.

The box came with about 10 different invite wordings to use. I just picked one of them.

And the response cards were in the packet, too. I just found a little icon from my computer with a champagne bottle on it and put it on the card with the normal “Please respond by such-and-such date” and had the information for them to fill out.

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Patty December 10, 2011 at 6:55 am

I made our invitations and it was easy, just time-consuming. I ordered paper from http://www.Lcipaper.com . I created the invitation on MS Word and just printed them. Wording is the hardest part (that and making sure everything fit and lined up perfectly), so do your research on that. There’s a lot of different wording styles that are appropriate these days. But there’s no “set” way you have to do your invitations, so just do whatever you like. Maybe take ideas from other invitations you’ve seen or received?

You can easily get a wedding invitation kit from craft stores (Michael’s or Jo-Ann or even WalMart). Those are easy to print off your computer and look nice, but a little plain. You could add your own touches with a colored ribbon or personalized seal.

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Meg December 10, 2011 at 7:45 am

I’m a graphic designer who works at a print shop, so I’m designing all my own wedding paraphernalia (save the date’s, invites, programs, etc.) and printing them at my work (big discount – whoo!).

Do you have a creative/crafty/artistic friend or family member? See if they’d be willing to go over a few ideas with you.

You could play with layering different textures/weights of paper (heavier colored cardstock, smaller colors tissue paper/vellum, smaller text weight paper with invite printed on it, can be glued together or all lined up at the top with a ribbon/twine tied through two holes punched at the top), different shapes/sizes. There’s millions of different things you can do!

Just be creative!

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Sekkennight December 10, 2011 at 8:00 am

I took a photo of a amine girl in a wedding dress. Then used print workshop 2007 and had the info written over the photo. Cheap and looked grate

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Reba December 10, 2011 at 8:15 am

I use Microsoft publisher for programs and invitations. There are a lot of free templates online. I buy the paper I need from office supply stores. They sell a variety of fancy invitation paper and envelopes, as well as multiple colors of cardstock and vellum. I use ribbon sometimes to tie the pages together or as an accent. You can also incorporate a picture in some of the templates. I then take the finished product to the office store or copy shop and they can print them on the paper you want right from a disk or flash drive.

Craft stores have invitation supplies and kits too.
You can just print the response cards from Microsoft word on cardstock using a business card template and cut them out.

You can do your placecards this way too.

Good luck!

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skye December 10, 2011 at 8:54 am

I didn’t make response cards because I wanted everyone to Rsvp by phone but I did make my own invitations. The hardest part was wording the invites themselves. I went to my local office supply store and bought 50 sheets of black card and 50 sheets of a champagne colour parchment type paper. (my wedding colours are black and champagne) I also invested in a guillotine which was good because in the end we got 3 invitations to one A4 sheet of paper! I got on the computer and found a nice font and typed them up using microsoft word and printed them in black ink onto the parchment (very simple).
Then I took the black card and cut them to size using them as backing paper. It created a black border around the parchment. I bought some nice champagne-gold ribbon, punched 2 holes in the top of each invitation and tied them together. I also bought black envelopes and handwrote all the addresses on in Gold pen. All up my invitations cost us $60 (including the guillotine). A printer had quoted us $400. Everyone has commented on how pretty they were and actually asked where we got them done lol. I was pleased. You could do something like this. It was a little time consuming but I would do it again. Hope this helps.

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Cassidy December 10, 2011 at 8:58 am

For my wedding invitations, my mom and I printed them off ourselves. I got my invitations and response cards from http://www.paperdirect.com and I thought that they were very reasonably priced and they were good quality. My mom had already done do it yourself invitations before so I got lucky there. She did all the measuring/templates on Microsoft Publisher to make sure they printed out right. Also a word of advice is to print out a test page before you print out on the inviation paper so you can make sure your measurements are correct. I found my wedding invitation and response card wording on http://www.verseit.com and I thought that was a lifesaver.

Good luck!

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ynra BTB 4-18-09 December 10, 2011 at 9:01 am

well I got my kit from this website

http://www.invitationpaper.com/flanfranco.html
I didn’t want to deal with cutting paper because i felt if i did that the invitations would look cheap and definitely homemade.
The kit came with the rsvp cards and i bought a second set for the reception info.

Like everybody else said the hardest part is trying to get the wording and aligning the wording into the paper so it could look perfect.I got my wording from this website even though what i did was combine a few of them together and it work perfectly
http://www.invitationconsultants.com/%5Csw-wedding.aspx

Trying to get the aligning is dificult and you do use alot of paper trying to finally find the perfect alignment.
But after is said and done they come out beautiful and you do it right nobody will now whether they were homemade or not.
good luck

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MissKnowItAll December 10, 2011 at 9:16 am

I was married so long ago that we didn’t have home computers… we bought blank ones at the store and filled them in.

I think Staples has some NICE easy to complete wedding invitation kits.

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Corey A December 10, 2011 at 9:45 am

I started with DIY wedding invitations from Target. I found the ones I liked at Target and then I searched for them on ebay and craigslist. I was able to get 150 blank invites/envelopes and 150 blank RSVP cards/envelopes for about $55. On the box, there’s a website you can go to that lets you create the invite online and print it out on your home computer.

http://sites.target.com/site/en/spot/page.jsp?title=mystationery

They also have them at Michaels – again, there’s a website on the box where you can use an online template to design the invite. http://www.gartnerstudios.com/

I took apart the plain envelopes from the DIY kit and lined them with a gorgeous deep red paper. Instead of paying to have our return address printed on the back – I went to ebay and found a vendor that personalizes stamps with the address. Then I just used the stamp to put our return address on the envelope and to put our address on the RSVP envelope that comes back to us.

Hope that helps!

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Miranda Braun December 10, 2011 at 10:02 am

http://www.americanwedlock.com has amazing invites, they send you all the items you need and you put them together yourself

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howdy December 10, 2011 at 10:14 am

I am gathering ideas now to make my own. I am planning on making a half page invite. Using a wedding color as the back sheet then printing the actual invitation information onto white paper.. cutting that out with different kinds of pinking shears, then attaching the 2 with ribbon.

You can get postcards that you can print on your computer. You can just throw them in with the invitation and don’t have to worry about another sized envelope. It will save you money on postage!

I am thinking about going to staples or Michael’s to get most of my supplies. The postcards you can even get at walmart and are inexpensive.

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choccas December 10, 2011 at 10:58 am

I googled, and found lots of sites that were helpful.

I decided that I wanted A4 paper in a tri fold, which can be mailed in standard size envelopes so there was no additional postage.

Like so https://factorycard.gartnerstudios.com/images/products/GSI_97.jpg

I researched how it should be worded, found a nice graphic to go with a wine country wedding, and found a quote that we liked.

My husband formatted it all, with my help and we tested it on a few different samples of paper. Once we had it right, we printed them off and posted them.

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kreesta December 10, 2011 at 11:56 am

Hey there. I designed my own invites and am still working on all 200 of them! =P Here is what I did: If you are creative enough to come up with an idea from scratch out of your head, good for you! But I needed a little “inspiration” because there are so, so many things you can do.

Once I found a picture of an invitation style that I liked (by using google image and searching through hundreds of invitations), I started working on modifying it to fit my own liking/personality. I changed a few things up, adding some things I knew I wanted in there, and then it was time to make a sample before I made a final decision on the invitation.

So I bought just enough materials to make one invitation, and got opinions on perfecting it from family and friends. I was glad I made a sample because I did end up changing a couple things, so it was nice to not have all that money wasted.

Then I bought the materials and I’ve been working on them since. Not sure how specific of an answer you were wanting, but I’ll give you mine: I did a background of black cardstock (Hobby Lobby), and added a smaller piece of white cardstock on top (Office Depot) using a scrapbook adhesive (Hobby Lobby). So before I attached and cut them, I just took the white cardstock and printed the invitations 2 to a page on the white. I used microsoft word to design what I wanted….I even added a picture! Then I have a polka dot scrapbook paper (HL) sitting across the middle of the cardstock attached with a small ribbon tied on using a hole punch. The picture was underneath the polka dot paper that is across the middle, so I got a circle paper shape punch from HL and punched a circle in the polka dot paper, so that our faces in the picture show out from the circle.

I hope this makes sense, and further, I hope it helps you any. I just got everything from Hobby Lobby craft store, except the bulk pack of white cardstock from Office Depot. If you want more specific info, I am very willing to help, so you can just email me.

Congrats on your wedding! And good luck making these invitations. I respect any DIY brides because I know first-hand all the work that it takes.

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Mark V December 10, 2011 at 12:31 pm

When I was getting married, I struggled with the wording for the wedding announcements. My future husband had some severe family issues that made the traditional wording out of the question. We finally decided to just include our names and the information on the wedding day so no ones feeling would get hurt. Happy that hurdle was over, I didn’t realize I was going to have the same issues with the wedding invitations until the time came to order them. We had picked out gorgeous white rose wedding invitations, but we were very limited in the wording we could choose from, which turned out to be a huge problem. I really loved those invitations but my fiancé was more important to me, so we continued looking.

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