Post # 1
Hey Bees I need your help!
I would love to make my own invitations but I have no clue on where to start. Well besides card stock, but for the design, font wording and all the other stuff I don’t even know where to begin to look.
If it helps I am having a autumn fall wedding. I would love to have maybe a tree with the leaves falling or even some damask wedding invites. My colors are red, burnt orange with hints of purple.
I would like it for my save the dates, invitations, rsvp, menu, table number and place cards.
Post # 3
I would start with google! and vistaprint! Use photoshop or illustrator to do the designing, then print with vista for cheap! Look for inspiration using google, pinterest, magazines, etc. find the perfect font with dafont.com – just download and use! cruise the DIY section on here for great ideas…..
Post # 4
You could also start out with invitations from Michael’s or some other craft store and build on that. There are a few sites, such as downloadandprint.com that has invites with matching stationery (I think I paid $25, and I have access for a full year).
Post # 5
I don’t know whether you were planning to make the invitations totally from scratch or make them using a template from a website like Vistaprint. Because I made ours without a template,, I’ll give you some tips on how to do that.
First, I would recommend browsing Etsy and other stationery sites and seeing what style you like (although I assume you have been doing some of this already). When you find something you like, start sketching or bouncing ideas off of your fiancé. They may have ideas and input that help make the design even better than what you had imagined on your own.
I would recommend using a graphic design program to come up with a few rough ideas of what you like. For ours I used GIMP, which is a free download. You can get some really great, high-resolution art at several websites. We got our tree design from freshstock.com for five bucks and modified it for our purposes (it was originally a branch with a few birds on it, but we turned that single branch into two entire trees and changed the color and number of the birds). Download about a million fonts and try them out to determine which ones best reflect the style of your wedding.
Post # 6
@sarasouth: Um, that’s gorgeous by the way.
OP, start here really. Check out the DIY section, browse through what other bees have done. There are a ton of tutorials which you are clearly able to change to suit your purposes too.
Post # 7
Look at everything you and your fiance could even possibly like. I did this and ended up with a completely different design than what I started with.
Then, decide exactly how much of it you want to do yourself. Do you want to make your own pocketfolds (There are tutorials online for this) or do you just want a flat invitation with envelope?
Decide what components you want for your invitation. Are you going to have a response card or are you just going to have your guests call you and let you know? Registry card? More info card?
Do you want to make your own wording or use something you find online?
The possibilities are endless. Once you figure out what you like, you can start narrowing it down,
Post # 8
shutterstock.com is another website i found for graphic art!
Post # 9
Also, there are alot of people on etsy who sell digital files or will design them for you.
Hope This Helps