Post # 1
So I’m DIYing invitations and am close to putting together a sample set to mail off. Problem is I can’t get anywhere with the map card. My invitations and envelopes are 4×9 (slim card) and I was shooting for 4×6 for the map card. I don’t think there is a feasible way to put a map drawin on this card. Can I just write out the instructions? I don’t have a ton of out of town guests, and the ceremony, reception, and hotel are with in a 3 block radius.
Do you think this is a problem? I just keep finding examples of these beautiful maps, but they look bigger than what I think would look good in the set.
The only other idea I can come up with is printing the map on the back of the same piece of paper. But that seems really hard as I’m printing on 8.5×11 and cutting so it would havve to be lined up just right (so far everything is just in word as I don’t have any publishing type programs). Has anyone tried this printing on both sides from a home printer?
Post # 3
If it doesn’t have a map, its called a direction card! Its just fine. And you might go to etsy and search on custom wedding maps, you will see lots of them printed on 4 by 6 – it is a standard enclosure size. Obviously you can’t put a map of your whole city, but if you show the major highways and only the streets to your venue that is sufficient. Clearly to do this you will have to draw your own map, or have the wonderful folks on etsy do it for you. The price for a custom map design that you can print at home seems to range from $15 to $50.
Unless the directions are tremendously complicated though, most people should be fine with those. And they can mapquest your venue if they are not. Most of the online invitations shops offer a double-sided card with directions on one side and map on the other, so this seems to be a popular option as well.
Post # 4
i designed our invites myself and put the directions and the map on the same side of a 4.25×5.5" (a2-sized) card. i only highlighted major roads and the roads that people would need to use to get to the venue from the hotel. i used illustrator to do it (took a screenshot from mapquest, resized it, and traced over the roads i needed). it’s about 2.5×4" in size — small, but still a reference for the directions alongside.
feel free to pm me if you’d like to see mine!
Post # 5
Did you give the wedding ampper a try? I’ve been messing with it lately. Theres a link to the left for it but if that doens’t work click here:
Seems to be a lot of options for DIY and professional printing on there. Give it a shot! I am.
Post # 6
Thanks girls – I think I might search etsy and see what they offer. I looked at wedding mapper and it was a lot of fun to play with. But mine looks a little silly because everything is so close together.
Post # 7
I looked at wedding mapper and didn’t find it all that helpful – looks to me like its a way to add icons to a mapquest map, and that’s about all. Although I may have found it better if I played with it more – but for my map what I really need is a custom drawing that doesn’t show most of the streets, as my venue is at the edge of a residential area. I am going with a vendor on etsy to design mine.
Post # 8
no, a directions card is totally fine unless you have a super hard to find venue or a lot of out of town guests. if you have a wedding website, you can always include the map as an image on there instead?