(Closed) DIY invitations – which computer program is best?

posted 9 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2010

Well I am not going to go as far as that with my DIY and gonna go the “semi-homemade” route but can tell you about two sites that let you print your own with their templates (one also provides the lovely papers)!

http://www.whiteaisle.com

and

http://www.uniquityinvitations.com

Maybe that can help?  I sure wish I were a computer graphic designer or a whiz at that kinda stuff, but I’m trying to learn how to DIY as much as I can b/c it’s FUN!

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I used MS publisher for our Save-The-Date Cards and they turned out great! I think I will just use word for my invites though.  I dont want anything fancy…I know it is sad to think about, but most people will read it and then it will end up in the trash in the near future.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I prefer Adobe Creative Suite… particular InDesign. Unfortunately I lost the program when my computer crashed. Now I only have Photoshop which is what I used to design our save the dates.

Post # 6
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2010 - Ceremony - First United Methodist Church; Reception - My parents' house!

Illustrator CS4.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

If you don’t have any graphic design programs, you can probably do them in PowerPoint.  You can import any graphics you want and drag stuff all around.  Just change the page size to what size paper you are going to use. 

If you go the semi-DIY, like I am, with invitation style all ready, just import words, those companies (I am using Wilton, but there are a ton) have Word templates you can download.  I did that and making the invitations were a breeze.

Post # 8
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Newbee

Do you know anyone who does any sort of graphic design?  My best friend did mine (she made my fonts better, played with colors, etc) and then she uploaded the image for me on http://www.vistaprint.com .   I got 100 invitations for $55!!!  I got lots of compliments on them!

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I used MS Publisher. It was pretty easy for someone who has no experience with design software.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I did the map portion and all of the wording in Word.  It just took some time to figure out where/how to lay it all out.  Now, with that being said, I made our Save the Dates using Adobe Photoshop, just happened to already have it. 

Adobe was harder to use, but that could just be because although I had owned it for almost a year, I’d never used it before!  LOL

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Are there any free programs for Mac Users?  I used to have publisher, but now I have a new computer.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009 - Eastside Catholic Chapel and Lake Union Cafe

I did everything in InDesign.  I don’t think we could have had this wedding without it.

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

joey – DITTO!  InDesign was/is my best friend these days, for my wedding and for others’.  Place cards, programs, posters, invitations, newsletters, you name it.  I create projects to do in InDesign.

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@ColoradoBride – I googled ‘free design program mac’ and this website came up, which recommends a free app called Scribus. It says it’s a professional page layout app. I can’t vouch for it because I’ve never heard of it or used it, but it might be worth researching. 

InDesign is amazing if you have it, but if you don’t, the Adobe CreativeSuite costs hundreds of dollars. Boo.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

It´s going to take a bit of learning but using Adobe Photoshop really makes a difference!

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I used Scribus.  It was great!  Thanks for the advice.

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