Anyone make/design their own wedding invitations in Word/Indesign/etc.?

posted 3 years ago in Paper
Post # 2
2182 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I designed all my stationary (invitations/signs for the reception/rsvp cards/menu cards/etc) on GIMP which is a free version of photoshop. I purchased some clip art from etsy to go with my nautical theme. I tried designing in Word but thought it was much too limited for what i wanted. It was a lot of work and time consuming but i was very happy with how they turned out. I printed using cat print. I know a lot of people swear by vista print. I used them for my shower invites (which i also designed) but i wanted something higher quality for our invites. I was pleased with them but we did have to get the RSVP cards re printed because the colors were off.  I will say, there was a big learning curve with GIMP.I have zero photo shop experience whatsoever so i was starting from scratch and teaching myself.  It was time consuming but saved quite a bit of $. I think I wouldve gone with etsy invites but for the fact that I wanted a bunch of other stationary for our reception and I wanted it all to match.

Post # 3
438 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2018

I designed mine. I have to say, I do NOT recommend using word or any microsoft program to do your wedding invites. I used Illustrator and InDesign, which both have pretty steep learning curves if you aren’t familiar with the programs. I recommend only designing them from scratch if you know what you are doing. I think there tends to be a huge quality difference between using professional programs compared to word. And I think guests notice. There’s just a lot that word can’t do. And it’s your wedding, so you want things to look nice. Plus you can frame them later and have a nice keepsake.

Plus you have to make sure you can set up the document right. Since they will need to be professionally printed, you’ll need bleeds and crop marks (most likely–assuming you want to print to the edge) and I don’t know if word can do that. You still have to send them off to print, which ends up being a pretty big pain since you have to find a printer you like and a lot of printers aren’t totally set up for smaller runs of things or for files made outside of their templates. I printed mine through Cards of Wood and printed my RSVPs through VistaPrint. I only needed a small number of invites, so it ended up costing about $75ish. 

If you want to save a few bucks, try Etsy or VistaPrint. There are a bunch of websites that have templates already created and you can just plug in your info and click a few buttons. All of the annoying design setup stuff is already done behind the scenes.

Post # 4
12 posts
  • Wedding: October 2018

So I originally designed mine in Photoshop. I loved them but when they printed they were a little pixelated, no matter what I did. So I redid them in Microsoft word. Printed them myself at home with an invitation kit that I bought on cards and pockets and ultimately saved a TON of money.  I have also gotten loads of compliments on them and unless I say something, no one realizes I designed and printed them myself.  

Post # 5
207 posts
Helper bee

I got a free template online, printed on 4×6 photo paper and bought envelopes to match. Found some rsvp size envelopes in a closing down sale which matched too. Printed envelopes in word and invitation from the template file. Cost around £10 to make 30 and I have materials left over. 

Post # 6
781 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

I used photoshop, free fonts from, some free photoshop brushes and cardstock from Cards and Pockets online. They turned out amazing and were super cheap. 

Post # 7
102 posts
Blushing bee

Are you deadset on designing your own? You could buy a digital file off of Etsy and print them yourself, and save a ton of money. I agree with pp. I would not recommend using Word, as it really is a word processing platform and not a design platform. Plus the adobe suite does have a learning curve. If you want to make your own maybe try a free design program online? You could check out Canva. 

Post # 8
391 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2019

I have done mine in photoshop. Word is a nightmare! I’d consider PowerPoint if you want Microsoft simplicity with the actual ability to move stuff about without ruining everything. Beware the low res though. I am not sure I’ve ever seen anything done in word that doesn’t look like it was done in word but there are some cool templates now! 

I love that we have done our own much more personal. Good luck xxx

Post # 9
302 posts
Helper bee

I have not yet designed my wedding invitations – but I did the ones for my sister’s wedding, her baby shower, and a variety of other big events (I will caveat this with the fact that I was a professional designer for three years). I recommend using Photoshop for designs just cause it’s relatively intuitive. If not PowerPoint can actually be a very easy way to get the look you want without needing the creative suite competnency. For my sister’s wedding we went to a local print shop and had them done – for smaller events (25-50 people) we printed ourselves

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