i taught myself how to use the adobe suite (illustrator and indesign) to do my invites and all my paper products for my wedding. it was a learning experience. after knowing what i now know, i can say that it is pretty easy for me to recreate the invitation you posted. not so easy when i was still learning.
1. create a document in a standard size in either adobe illustrator or indesign. indesign if i need more layout and typesetting options but more than likely indesign because i feel it’s more powerful. i would select the size based on the envelope size i wanted to use.
2. i would find the tree (or any other silhouette vector image that i liked) and edit it in adobe illustrator and change the color (in this case it’s white). then find bird silhouettes i like. (i happen to have a ton of bird silhouettes saved on my comp during my 10 day trial of deposit photos.
3. i would then find fonts i liked that worked well together. the fonts used on this invite do not require a lot of typesetting so adobe illustrator should work fine. for my invites and other paper products i used many pro fonts and it was easier to select glyphs in indesign vs illustrator (although possible).
4. i would then print these to a high quality pdf and take my files to be printed at a printshop or upload to an online printshop like smartpress.com. i actually invested in a pretty nice color laser printer with amazing print quality so i was able to print a lot myself but still i was limited to a certain thickness paper. i bought thick feltweave paper and it didn’t work in my printer so i had to go out and buy different cardstock.
5. i would then buy a really nice paper cutter (i have a $200+ dahle) but in the end, i took my invites plus the four different sized inserts to officemax and had them cut professionally to save time since i was working an insane number of hours during this time. i did cut my programs, menus, thank yous, and everything else myself.
6. then you’re done. hopefully you selected your envelope before having your invites designed and printed or you will prob spend time making your own custom size envelopes.
below is a baby shower invite i did. it was printed on my home printer so you can see that white text is possible on the right printer. for this invite, i did everything in illustrator because the fonts i used were pretty standard and did not require too much in terms of layout.
for my invites, i took a weddingchicks design that i fell in love with and edited the vector image from yellow to red. i then used the image to design all my inserts. this is what i received back from officemax after they cut them all.
and my assembled invites. i did them in indesigned because the script font is burgues script with alternate characters. it was easier to access the alternates using indesign. plus i needed exact sizing in order to to the layered inserts in the pockets.
and i’ve posted this before. i made a layered thank you booklet for my thank yous — complete with a page for a personal handwritten thank you note to all of our guests. this was printed on my home printer.
in the end i think i ended up spending more money on my invites than just ordering them. i bought a new imac because the macbook was getting annoying to work on for design. i bought adobe cs5, a new printer, 2 paper cutters, a scoring board, various bonding agents, several reams of paper (some that did not work because of thickness), plus numerous other items. i have all the equipment so i was able to make so many paper and stationery items that i probably would have skipped if i was ordering finished products from a stationery website.