Post # 1
I’m really wanting to do DIY invites to save money. I’ve done some online price shopping for invites and with my family and my SO’s family combined we will need about 200 invites. The invites I have found online will be about $400+ and that’s just the invites and response cards!
Ive done some research on how to make DIY invites on Word but I don’t know how to get the pretty designs on there, the only thing I know how to do is put the words on it.
If anyone could give me step by step instructions on how to get the pretty designs on them, I’d appreciate it ssssooooooo much.
Ive looked at a lot of DIY invites on here in the DIY invites tab and ive seen where a lot of people use templates but how or where do you get templates from?
Post # 3
We haven’t done our invitations yet, but our plan is to buy a template through Etsy. My understanding is that you can buy a template, and it’s emailed to you as a JPEG. Then, you can take that image and have it printed in person at Costco or Staples, or have it done online through places like VistaPrint. I’m going to go the VistaPrint route. They constantly have Groupons available, and if you become a member, they will email you deals like craaaaazy!
Post # 4
I designed mine on VistaPrint and they were reasonably priced. You can also get invitation kits from Staples/OfficeMax/Target/Michael’s etc. if you have a really nice laser printer at home.
Post # 5
@cmoest: I would highly recommend using something other than word, it’s very limited when it comes to design unless you get some sort of template. I used InDesign and photoshop, and I believe Adobe does a 30 day free trail for their programs. I’ve heard other brides using illustrator, publisher and power point as well. I use photoshop to make my templates, this is one that I’m doing for my friend’s wedding (I have no graphic design training).
Here’s a picture of the mock-up invite I did for her
Post # 6
@cmoest: weddingchicks.com. They have different design templates, you choose your wording and colors and they plug it in for you. Best part? The template is free! I made mine using this website and then took the finished product to Staples to print for me.
Post # 7
@housebee: wow, those are beautiful
Post # 8
i designed my own in adobe illustrator. it is possible to do it in word, though.
or, you can purchase a printable template from etsy, and have your invitations printed at a local shop or vistaprint or through catprint or cards&pockets? here are a couple etsy shops i like:
Post # 9
@cmoest: Ive been trying to do RSVP on power point, you have a bit more freedome to move things around compaired to word, im no where nere computer savy so i dont know i want to DIY my invits if you figure something out please le me know
Post # 10
So does the free template download to your computer and you can do as you please with it?
Post # 11
Check that article out. They are free programs similar to the Adobe products. My FI & I are using inkscape to design our invitations with a swirl flourish. We have no training in design and have watched a few youtube videos to learn how to do it.
Post # 12
- Wedding: May 2014 - Madison, WI
I designed mine in publisher and had them printed through VistaPrint.
Here’s a little sneak peak of how they’ve turned out…I know it doesn’t show much, but I kept mine pretty basic and embellished more with the paper and accents. I will take better pictures eventually.
Post # 13
I’m having a similar problem. I purchased my invites/response cards from DB (since we just wanted something relateively cheap) and I am putting them in a pocketfold but I now have aboslutely no idea how to get my other inserts to line up right and match the original invite. 🙁 I feel dumb for having ordered my invites so early before I knew exactly what I wanted/needed.
Post # 14
- Wedding: March 2014 - Brazil Room
I’m doing all of mine in PowerPoint and have made my save the dates using it too. Lots of people said my save the dates looked pro. You just need a basic understanding of the program and how to size things and you’ll be fine.
Post # 15
I printed my own wedding invitations. I had to do them twice because the first invite I designed/printed wasn’t pretty enough.
I would suggest looking at the BRIDES Wedding Collection at Michael’s. The invites I bought came with an embossed design on them, so all I had to do was add text. They turned out great! I got lots of compliments.
Post # 16
I would suggest purchasing a design from etsy… they have gorgeous designs to choose from and for many you can buy the file for $25 and have it printed wherever you want, or even at home (I recommend http://www.catprint.com). i designed my own invitations in Illustrator but I am a graphic designer so it was easy for me to do. 🙂