Post # 1
The other day I was playing around with some beautiful watercolour clipart I got online and some fonts I downloaded, and I made my own wedding programs (or a draft… my wedding is in 9 months).
After a few hours of working I liked the design so much that I wondered if it’s too ambitious to design my own wedding invitations? I love DIY stuff but certainly still want it to look professional. I originally planned on purchasing a design from etsy and getting it printed, so designing my own isn’t too far off what what I already wanted to do.
Have any brides here – who aren’t graphic designers! – designed your own invites? Was it hard? What did you use: Photoshop, Microsoft Word, paid fonts/clip art, photos, etc? How did you get them printed?
I think this would be a really unique, personal option but I don’t know if I’m getting myself in over my head!
Post # 2
I am working on my own invite suite! My Maid/Matron of Honor and I found a pinterest craft and did our own marbled paper. It turned out REALLY cool. (link: http://honestlywtf.com/diy/diy-paper-marbling/
)I picked my favorites and scanned them to my computer. I have been messing around with it in Microsoft Publisher, but I will use one of these (link: http://fieldguide.gizmodo.com/the-best-photoshop-alternatives-that-are-totally-free-5974500
) to complete my design.
I’m going to do my printing through my work, which has a full service print shop!! Yay work perks!
Good luck in designing, I’d love to see what you’ve come up with 🙂
Post # 3
I didn’t but my husband did. He’s an architect and used some of his own drawings for the design, purchased fonts and did the layout in Illustrator. We printed on his office’s production printer (with permission) and used their laser printer.
We looked at having it printed at a FedEx Kinkos and it wasn’t very expensive and you can bring your own paper, but the architect was worried about not being able to image shift on their printers to get a very precise layout.
Ours were not typical invitations, but they were goregous!
Post # 4
I have a background in graphic design, but have not actually done paid work in years. I did our invites in Illustrator with inspiration from an invote we saw online, but in our colors with things added. I got the paper at paperandmore.com and printed at FedEx. If you are not picky about paper, you can get it done cheaper too. I ended up also doing program fans, menus, a sign and favors all in the same font/similar design to pull everythign together, so you can do that to add a personal touch to your wedding. It’s absolutely possible, and really cool to say you designed your own stuff.
Post # 5
I designed ours! I did it in Word and used the Silhouette Studio for the shape of everything! I printed everything on our printer (we have a laser printer so it didn’t eat up a ton of ink)
Post # 6
I purched the invitation from etsy, but ended up altering it a lot and creating my own reception location cards and rsvp post cards using Microsoft Word. I thought my invitations came out stunning and they definitely look like a professional created them 😉 It is a little time consuming so I suggest you start now. I used Staples print center to print the invites because I bought very heavy paper that just wasn’t feeding into my printer.
Post # 7
Wow! Those are beautiful! I hope my engineer fiance will be so helpful….
Post # 8
You can absolutely do it! If you already have the Adobe Suite or can get a 1-month free access pass, I recommend using InDesign to create everything as it’ll feel similar to word but have more functionality. A basic hour tutorial is probably all that you need. Designing things in Photoshop drives me batty with all the layers. Also, you want to be careful with the free clip art that you’re using online – it’s probably worth the $15 to buy the image from a stock photography site and have it in high res. If you’re using water colour, chances are you’ll want to edit the water colour photo in Photoshop, save it and then insert it into InDesign. If you don’t and have MAC, you can use word and change the view into Publishing format, that setting will give you a nice platform for designing. If you’re trying to keep costs down and want different sizes and to print with bleed/edge to edge, I’d check out Vistaprint (they always have sales) or Clubcard (they do letter press on the cheap which a watercolour background and letter press font on ivory paper = drool) for printing. Vistaprint uses a digital printer and Clubcard has both digital and small run press. Digital will print similar to a colour laser but goes edge to edge (cutting down your paper or printing on a personal inkjet edge to edge is not worth your time for invites) and placing the files on press gives you more paper options and better print quality. Both will send you paper samples.
Post # 9
I used Illustrator and Photoshop to design my invitation suite and save the dates. I bought some graphics and a font I liked and just went from there. Honestly it was probably the thing I enjoyed the most about the entire wedding planning process.
I’m not a graphic designer, but I do have a studio art degree. I also don’t have an extensive background in Adobe CS products, but I think they are easy enough to use once you get the hang of it.
I don’t know how “professional” this looks, but I was happy with the way my invitations turned out:
Post # 10
Thanks! But if the stereotypes are true, you may not want your engineer husband to help with the invitations 😉
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I designed mine using Photoshop. I got the fonts from CreativeMarket.com – I didn’t use any art, but they also have stock files you could use. Then I had everything printed on linen paper from CatPrint.com – by designing it myself and printing through an online company I was able to get all of the pieces in the suite for less than I would have paid for one or two pieces on WeddingPaperDivas or Minted.