(Closed) Invitations for Dummies…

posted 7 years ago in Paper
Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

If you buy the invitation kit from Michaels or somewhere like that all you have to do is just add the wording, that would be pretty simple. I don’t have any other suggestions because unfrorunately I am not good at tha stuff at all. Luckily my dad is a genius at this stuff & is doing it all for me.

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I did mine myself and I am not a DIYer by any means.  I heard about InDesign and Photoshop but that’s about it! I bought my card stock from Paper Source and I wanted some pattern/print to it, so I used stamps.  It was a lot of work, but I think it came out really nice.

Also, Paper Source has wedding invitation workshops.

These are mine:

Post # 7
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609 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

You can download GIMP for free and you can use that to try & design the invites. My dad uses that for the life of me I couldn’t really catch the hang of it though. Do you have illustrator or any other programs like that?

Post # 9
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Worker bee

You wont need GIMP if you have Photoshop, but you should use InDesign. 

Photoshop is meant for image editing. For layout, if you have InDesign, use it. I think a lot of people actually just use Word. With InDesign, you can rotate and position things easily. Should be fun. 

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

For other Bees who are curious about GIMP:

GIMP is a free software you can use to create and manipulate images.  I think of it as a fancy paint application.  I downloaded it because I didn’t want to buy Photoshop.  For the basic stuff, it’s pretty easy to use.  You can add text.  For anything a bit more complicated, they have an extensive help manual online.  I used GIMP to design my Save the Dates and stickers for the favors.

As for invitations, I’m using Word because I know how to use it pretty well ๐Ÿ™‚  I’m also using stamps and embossing to embellish the invites and pocket folds.  For ideas, how-to’s and tutorials, I did lots of searching on WeddingBee.  There are some great posts out there.

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Well I priced invitations at Michaels and found that it was cheaper to buy them from Vistaprint.com – and they turned out great! I got 80 invitations, including envelopes for less than $30! Then I ordered the RSVP postcards from them and they were free, I only had to pay shipping! I would recommend them – less hassle and they looked great! Good luck!! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 15
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Worker bee

There’s a book called Visual Quickstart for InDesign, but it might be more than you need. If you just play around in InDesign, I think it will come back to you.

Otherwise, maybe just look at martha stewart’s website for inspiration. 

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