(Closed) InDesign

posted 12 years ago in Beehive
Post # 3
536 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2019 - The Desmond Hotel in Malvern, PA

I am a graphic designer and I use InDesign as well as the rest of the Adobe Creative Suite…. depending on what kind of images you’re planning to use, Illustrator is better for creating vector-art or manipulating vector clip art that you find/buy.  InDesign is better for multiple page layouts (like books, magazines, brochures, etc.) but has a lot of the same attributes as Illustrator.  For wedding related items (other then a multiple-page program), I’d stick with Illustrator.

Hope that helps! 

Post # 4
1061 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

i agree with cupcake. though i’m not a graphic designer, i’m designing all of my wedding stationery myself, and couldn’t have done it without illustrator. it’s not hard to pick up, and there are lots of guides online on how to do specific things. but i use photoshop for our website too. so i’m a proponent of macs in general (yay for crossing over!) and the entire creative suite.

Post # 5
134 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2008

InDesign can be purchased alone or with other complementary programs (Photoshop, Illustrator, Acrobat, etc).  Your best bet if you would use those others is to purchase them because together they are cheaper than alone {and by cheaper I still mean ridiculously expensive}.

However, it is the best program for designing In My Humble Opinion.  I’m a graphic designer so I am biased.  Illustrator would work for your purposes, too, if you could get a copy of the program from a friend (not that I am condoning this, but….)

Post # 6
1061 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

oh and if you’re a student or know one, you can get expensive programs like this for cheap at http://www.campustech.com. i saved about $350 for the entire creative suite.

Post # 7
81 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2004

I mostly used adobe illustrator when illustrating my designs.  However so far I’ve been using photoshop to Gocco my invitations for my clients. 


Here’s are some samples of it that was done from Photoshop laying it out then gocco’ing it:




All my design progarms that I brought are real software programs. If you have a friend who is still in school you can try to get a discount for it at some school discount online sites. 



Post # 8
21 posts
  • Wedding: July 2009

i recently just bought my mac and the adobe creative suite—and i agree that you should just buy them in a pack but if money is a little tight def. go for InDesign. I use it all the time.

Post # 9
267 posts
Helper bee

I have PhotoShop and InDesign, and I think InDesign is really best for when you need to make page layouts with photos and text columns, etc. Otherwise Photoshop or Illustrator (more the latter) would work just fine for stationery. Then again, I use PhotoShop for tons of stuff other than wedding stationery (I take lots of digital photos), so if you had to pick one and you’re a shutterbug, pick Photoshop over Illustrator. You probably won’t need all of the Illustrator functions just for your stationery.

If you’re going to be designing your own wedding album, go with InDesign, though.

Post # 10
291 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2007

I’m not a pro designer, but I dabble, and I work in the printing/publishing industry.  Before/during the wedding, I had a crappy PC and a copy of Illustrator and Photoshop.  I did all our paper goods — StDs, invites, programs, etc. — using mostly Illustrator (and PS to fix up some stuff).

We just got a new Mac, and the whole Creative Suite package (which does include AI, PS and InDesign). I’m learning InD as I go along (working on our album) and I definitely concur w/ those who say that it’s very powerful and a great tool. It’s definitely what you need if you are doing book-type things. You can absolutely get by w/ just AI, though, IMO.  (There are also some OpenSource programs out there, like GIMP(?), that can do stuff similar to PS, etc., but I’m not sure how they work.)  The catch, of course, is that the Adobe suite is mondo expensive… 

Post # 11
311 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

I really wanted illustrator to play with vector images.  I was too cheap to get it though (even though I work at a school and can get the educator discount).  So, I talked to a friend who recommended Inkscape.  It’s open source (ie FREE) vector software that works very similarly to illustrator.  Of course, downloaded vector images only work on illustrator, but you can use the software Miss Flamingo posted about (also free open source) that can turn any image into a vector image and then you can play with it in Inkscape.


Post # 12
416 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2008 - Imperia Hotel (modern chic hotel)

I’m a graphic designer and like cupcake I have the whole adobe suite. I love Indesign, it works so well (much better than quark) but honestly, Illustrator might be better for you. Illustrator is my second love… you can vector logos, etc.

The whole suite I think is about 900$. Its alot but its worth it, well if you plan on using it other than for your wedding invites.

Best of luck to you. If you have any questions with the program I can help you out. Just PM me 


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