Making your own wedding invitations can save you a significant amount of money, while allowing you more control over how the finished product will look. It's surprisingly easy to make gorgeous wedding invitations by yourself, and most people love handmade invites, which seem much more personal.
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Come up with a design. Draw out how you'd like the invitations to look and what information you want to include. Your wedding invitations need to include the names of the bride and groom; the date, time and location of the ceremony; and the date, time and location of the reception. You may want to include maps and directions to help guests find their way. Remember to consider your wedding colours and make sure your invitations coordinate with them.
Visit a local stationery store to get supplies. You'll need card stock in a colour and texture you like, card inserts, if you are using them, and any necessary decorations. Most supply stores will have a range of die-cuts to choose from. You may also want other decorations, such as wedding confetti or small rows of pearls. Don't forget to pick up envelopes!
Purchase a hot-glue gun. This is a professional crafter's item that allows you to glue embellishments with ease, and helps create a professional look. These can usually be bought from craft stores for around £6; they may also be able to be rented.
Run a test invitation. Consider what font and size you want for the text. Check that the colours look like you want them to, then finalise the design. This test invitation will be your prototype.
Copy the test invite when assembling the rest of the invitations. Do one copy at a time; rushing increases the likelihood of mistakes, which will then take more time to correct.
Allow the invitations to dry. Your hot gun packaging will give an estimate of how long the glue takes to set, but as a rule leave for at least 15 minutes. This ensures everything will be set in place, and the invitation can be written on.
Tips and warnings
- If you can't think of a wedding design, look at premade invites, either in stores or online.
- Once you've decided how many invitations you need, add five to your total to accommodate your test invite and any mistakes.
- Start making your invitations early. They are quite time-consuming, and you don't want to feel pressured.
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