Post # 1
I’m really interested in making my own invitations, however I’m unsure where to begin. I remember using programs like Quark and PageMaker back in high school but am wondering if there is something better that I might learn to use (before I go re-teach myself either of those). Also, for the design, would I draw it in real life and scan it, or draw it in a program? I’ve got the better part of a year to figure this all out, but I know I’m pretty much starting from scratch here. Any suggestions would be SO appreciated.
Post # 3
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)!
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
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
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 # 7
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
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
I used MS Publisher. It was pretty easy for someone who has no experience with design software.
Post # 10
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
Are there any free programs for Mac Users? I used to have publisher, but now I have a new computer.
Post # 12
- 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
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
@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
It´s going to take a bit of learning but using Adobe Photoshop really makes a difference!
Post # 16
I used Scribus. It was great! Thanks for the advice.