(Closed) Best software for DIY invites/STDs & programs?

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

Well, I’m no tech wiz but I made these yesterday on powerpoint with fonts I downloaded for free from dafont.com

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

My little sister then made some for me as well and made these…I’ll probably use hers. My point is you can definately make invites on powerpoint yourself for free 🙂

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Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2016 - Old Lake County Courthouse

I made my save the dates on Microsoft PowerPoint then used Microsoft publisher to format 4 to a sheet in the dimensions I wanted and hit print. A $300 job only cost me $69.00 (metallic gold paper, invisible labels, and color ink fur printer)

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

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tiffany7:  Honestly, I did mine completely in Microsoft Word.  I used Avery templates for some things, chose my paper size for things like the invites and programs before I made them, that kind of thing.  Text boxes allow for a lot of creativity, and you can put pictures inside the text box, which allow you to move it around freely without fighting the formatting.  Having gridlines and rulers turned on helps a lot as well.  Here are screenshots of my programs (names blurred out):

These are being printed on white cardstock with dimensions of 5.5″x7.5″, same as my invitations.

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I used gimp, which is a free version/similiar to Photoshop. I purchased my fonts from Creative Market and the graphics from etsy. I’ll try to find a pic

 

Edited to add – I had no photoshop experience and used a couple of tutorials to teach myself the basics. I spent a long time tinkering with it, but saved so much money! I ended up using it to make all my paper signs, thank you, etc, so they all matched and got SO many compliments on it!

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Post # 7
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2016

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tiffany7:  you could get a free trial for Adobe Photoshop or illustrator!  Or maybe see if there’s a design template on etsy you like- then you could just pay for the template and the cost of printing. Partial diy!

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Screen Shot 2015-11-18 at 9.57.23 PM

 

We had a nautical theme. *Names changed to protect the innocent

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Busy bee

If you’re having them custom created (as I believe the ones that you want are custom) then I’d maybe start with a graphic that you purchase (you’ll want to ask for a vector format) and ask them to alter their design to use that graphic. Then you could use that one graphic on everything else for consistency. Most designers would probably just do the the invites too, it really depends on where you’re getting them sourced. When in doubt, just send an email. In terms of designing them yourself and adding in the water colour, I think it depends on how artistic you are, how much time you have and how elaborate you want them. The deisgns below are fairly simple and would be easy to get printed through say Vistaprint, your original post would require more steps. 

invite2 Invite

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Busy bee

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tiffany7:  Oh, they sound so perfect, I absolutely adore water colours and think your bunny addition is fantastic. We’re huge into cycling and stamped road bikes on the outside of ours. Personal touches always melt my heart 🙂 Something simple like the left hand side will be really easy to do and the additional ones should be just as simple. Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator are probably best for doing a design like that and if you’re going to tackle it yourself, be sure to as for the line art EPS files from the vendor, you’ll want these if you decide to have someone design the front anyways. You can open them in illustrator and made adjustments (such as creating the boarder), then copy and paste into Photoshop to add text and erase the ear. Keep in mind that if you have a PC you can’t view EPS files on your desktop so don’t panic when you can’t view it. All you have to do is drag and drop the file into word or indesign or open it with photoshop or illustrator. Photoshop will flatten the image so it’s a picture. There are also lots of free fonts online that you can download for personal use, to add them either double click and press install or right click install. Be sure to post the final product!

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

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speciallittlecritter:  Crazy! I have this exact same template that I will be using or my ceremony programs. 

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

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alyssaash1:  The actual template irritated me, so I heavily borrowed the layout and redid the entire thing myself.  It was easier to customize how I wanted doing it that way.  🙂  My Future Mother-In-Law hates my invitations and programs because she thinks they’re too casual.  Oh well, not her wedding.

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