Post # 1
So, given that my lovely European FI has a penchant for the ritzy (but hates paying for it), and he knows I’m a little handy with graphic design: he wants me to design everything for the wedding.
On my onesies. He wants me to design the save-the-dates, the invitations, the thank-you cards. Everything!
I’m not even sure I should take this on, what with finishing up school and portfolio and all that. But I’ll at least give it a try.
At this point I’m looking for shortcuts. Does anyone have resources for DIY invitations and such?
Post # 3
check out this page…
good luck…i designed our programs and menus and had a lot of fun with it!
Post # 4
Just in case you’re too busy to DIY your invitations, check out all the invitations on etsy, vistaprint, weddingpaperdivas, etc. Designing your own may not save as much money as you would think – printing is the majority of the cost.
Post # 5
I have been a graphic designer for over a decade (ugh), and decided to design my invites myself, since we wanted something very outside of the norm.
Let me just say that, while they turned out to be exactly what we wanted, it was a huge time drain. You end up stressing over them way more than work designs since they are a “once in a lifetime” project.
If you can find a shortcut – do it. Most friends and family won’t even notice the custom design.
Plus, I agree with Rachels that printing can be very expensive.
Post # 6
what about buying some from michaels and just printing them out?
Post # 7
I good option might be “digital” invites from an online shop or Etsy seller. You work with the designer to customize everything about it, they send you a digital file which you can then take to a printer (or Kinkos) and have them printed out. You can find some deals, you can customize them to what you want, and you can hopefully avoid some of the stress of having to build an entire invitation suite up from a scary blank screen!
This Etsy seller is Weddingbee’s Mrs. Gloss! She designed her own invites that were definitely some of my favorites in WB history!
Post # 8
I would make sure that you have the time to do it. It sounds like you are really busy with finishing up school and you don’t need to put additional stress on yourself if it isn’t needed. I second looking into buying from Etsy and printing yourself.
Post # 9
As one who also designed & printed her own invites (albeit with a LOT of help from my FI), I ditto @Rachels, @alligatress, & @MissAsB: designing your own is time consuming & printing is PRICEY. It’s not that ritzy on a dime can’t be done, it’s that ritzy on a dime takes a LOT of time & that dime is probably more than you think it is. Additionally, as I’m sure you already know, such creativity needs some everyday support (like someone to cook/clean/fill gas/etc. so you don’t have to while you create)…don’t know if you have that or not.
But, if you’re still all for trying, I’d suggest:
- designing for sizes that are already pre-cut
- sticking with colors that are already pre-printed
- For these two suggestions, I second @jaylovesteez: check out a crafting or art store to see what they already have that you can build on
- designing embellishments that you can stick on or print on pre-cut & pre-colored invites
- go with a logo rather than various versions of a theme…printing the logo in different sizes, colors, or minor variations (like filled in/full color or outline or sillouette) will give that sense of customized without needing to come up with a whole new image
- Don’t worry about extraneous customized details (like stamps or labels)…stick with just customizing your paper goods, if FI wants the other details customized, he can do that