(Closed) Making a Map, Making me Crazy!

posted 9 years ago in DIY
Post # 4
2204 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I don’t know what kind of programs you havae access too, but if you’re totally design illiterate, like me…you can try this!

Print out a map on weddingmapper or google maps , and lay a thin piece of computer paper over and trace!  You can draw little bells or a church for the ceremony and champagne glasses or silverware for the reception venue.  The rest is just traced roads and handdrawn road names. 

or you can just trace the lines and use a scripty font to write the road signs.  then scan!

It’s going to be tedious and a lot of work unless you go with something like the standard google map or wedding mapper map, but if you want the hand drawn look, you can make it very authentic!

(p.s. weddingmapper has a good tool to make a hand drawn looking map if you want to go further.  I don’t know if it’ll be any better than your DIY instructions, but it’s worth a try!)

Post # 5
1032 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I bought the DIY Bride book and in it was a very easy map project with step my step instructions.


Post # 8
9 posts
  • Wedding: August 2009

I was just discussing this with my mother. How easy was it to print the maps after you used the weddingmapper.com ?

Post # 9
739 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009 - Red Fish Grill

I DIY’d my map and posted a little about it a few days ago.  Later this week (as soon as I finish assembling and mailing my invites), I plan to post the steps that I took in making mine.

I decided to use Paint Shop Pro to layer over a map from MapQuest.  If you go that route, one bit of advice that I have (from experience, unfortunately) is to first set up a blank new image with at least 300dpi (a good resolution for printing) in the dimensions of your final product.  Then paste the map from the internet into the new image as a layer.  Remember that whatever you copy/paste or print screen from a website will have a resolution of 72dpi.  While it looks great on the screen, it won’t be nearly as clear when you try to print it (especially if you enlarge it).

After the hours that I put into mine, I definitely printed those babies in color!  :o)


Post # 10
473 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

For weddingmapper.com, I uploaded the map into a word document (Hit print screen and paste it into word). Then you draw over it, and I used clipart images for the map and my own font.  Then when you’re finished with it in word, save it as a PDF. Then you can save it as a JPEG.  Now you have a great map you can use anywhere!

Post # 12
193 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I just ordered my wedding invitations this weekend and I had a huge discussion about maps with the sales lady. I thought it was important to include one along with written directions… Then after going back and forth on the subject, the sales lady and my fiance both agreed, who is going to look at this map?? Truth is, I don’t when I get them… It’s the directions and the address that I care about.


Don’t fret about a map… that most likely is going to be an after thought to all your guests.  🙂

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