(Closed) DIY invites?

posted 5 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
815 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Download gimp (it’s like Photoshop), download fonts from dafont.com and get them printed at kinko’s. Just make sure you make them a normal size so envelopes aren’t tough to find.

Post # 4
291 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I will be doing mine though photoshop and then using a friend who works in printing for the invite prints 🙂

Post # 5
2076 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - British Columbia

I am too cheap to pay for PhotoShop, so I used a vector-based open-sourced software called Inkscape. (Lots of great tutorials on how to crop; there’s a great DIY tutorial from Weddingbee as well on Inkscape) I pretty much enhanced and corrected saturation levels using MS Word. Used a text-box to add words.
Agreed with PP about dafont.com!

I used HamburgerHeaven and Jellyka Delicious fonts for my wedding invites. I paid $0.10 per sheet on champagne paper from Staples.

Here’s my Pinterest board, relating to anything paper. (in case anyone’s looking to use Inkscape or looking at potential Etsy vendors for invites)

I hand-painted the cherry blossoms. I’ve since changed the wording on this snapshot, but it will give you a decent idea. This is a post-card invite. I’m using Strathmore water-colour postcard pads, which I found from a local art supply store.

I visited a local wedding stationer. Their starting packages are $5 to $8 per invite. With the DIY route, it costed me less than 7 hours to paint/create/design a template, which I converted into PDF from Word. Postcards were less than $0.50 each. Got it printed at work. Sealed (I fit two invites per page)


Post # 6
1032 posts
Bumble bee

My fiance used Illustrator, and we used CardsAndPockets.com to print them out. I think the difficulty in designing them yourself, is that you run the risk of them coming out looking awful–like bad 90’s clip art.

You need to have a good eye for type face, layout, color, etc (I NEVER could have created my own invitations. I would have gotten frustrated along the way. However, my Fiance is a graphic designer so he does this every day.) 

So, if you have the art skills, patience, and understanding of how to use the programs, I’d definitely suggest designing your own.


Post # 7
193 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I made our invitations. I found a free invite template from google searching and did everything in Word. I designed my own pocketfolds, bought all the supplies and paper. They look like we had them done professionally and we paid in total 1/4 of what it would have cost us to have them done. I found Etsy sellers making them who wanted over $600 for 50 invites, no thanks! They took me two weeks to do but I like knowing they came out exactly how we wanted.

Post # 8
197 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I think it depends what you’re aiming for as to whether it’s bettter to DIY. We went that route as we couldn’t find anyone to make ours into the style of booklets we were imagining. They were a 10 page DL booklet with mostly font, some photos and a few pages of coloured card and vellum. No fancy design (as we didn’t have the skills). Definitely cheap to make but took an unbelievable amount of time. That said, they’ve gotten AMAZING feedback. We printed ourselves as well and the most time was taken in cutting all the components to the same size.

We downloaded free fonts from dafont.com and installed a free trial of InDesign. A great option if you can get it done within the 1 month trial. We had trouble with the fonts we chose not displaying properly through Word and needed a design program for them to work. Not sure if this is a common problem but something to keep in mind.

There’s some great templates in the DIY section. Very helpful if you can find something you like and don’t have the design skills.

Post # 9
93 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I am making our invites by hand this weekend, will post pics soon….my mother is a scrap booker/invitation whiz so she was pretty amped. Up for this project

i got my inspiration from pinterest and made it my own 🙂

Post # 10
26 posts

@tamikeren:  It depends on what you want and how much you are willing to spend. If you want something truly that speaks to you and your Fiance, then I would suggest to hire a designer or make it yourself because no body knows your love story more than both of you.  And like a fellow bride mentioned Inkscape is a good, free version of Illustrator to create your invites, but if you don’t have time and patience, fugetta-bout-it! LOL

But I have some other suggestions for you if you want to know more about DIY’ing your invites, inbox me and I can hook you up.

Post # 11
228 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@wifeyoneill21:  +1  Almost identical to what I did too!  I loved how mine turned out and got a lot of compliments on them but…..they were a LOT of work!

Post # 12
322 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Restaurant

I made my invites.  I got ideas from Etsy and Pinterest, and created the templates in MS Publisher.  Then I puchased the cardstock, enveoples, string, stamp, etc. from a craft store. 

I printed in black only because I could do it at work for free, vs. paying for ink!  I also used this corner punch to give them some more interest:


60 invitations = about $80 all included.

I will say that I am pretty crafty though so I was really looking forward to making them, saving money with just a secondary benefit.  It took a LOT of time.  That time might not be worth the $$ to some. 

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