20+ DIY Wedding Invitations, Wedding Card Ideas, and Handmade Anniversary Cards
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13 Steps for Printing DIY Wedding Invitations at Home
Consider the Cost
Even if you are printing at home, the cost of ink and paper will still set you back a bit, especially if you spring for high-quality paper stock or heavily saturated inks. Be sure to factor in details such as the size of your invitations, your paper type, whether your invitations will be flat or folded, and other embellishments such as a belly band or wrap. And don’t forget postage and envelopes. All of these elements will help you determine if the cost savings outweigh ordering from a pro.
Identify Your Style
Before you dive in too far, spending hours searching online, consider the style you want for your invitation. Do you want elegant and simple? Bold and colorful? A watercolor look? Take some time to look at styles before searching through designers' profiles. "It's helpful to create a Pinterest board as a mood board to identify your style," says Weber. "Pin everything you love, and then go back to look at what you're pinning a lot of." Weber suggests that if you find a trend in certain fonts being used or similarities in colors, you should consider starting with designers who utilize those design elements.
Designer and DIY lifestyle expert Lia Griffith advises to keep in mind that some designs are better suited for at-home printing than others. “Designs with more white space and lighter color backgrounds will look better on home printers—and save on your printer ink bill,” she says.
Schedule and Plan Ahead
Printing your own invitations may be more affordable than having them printed by a pro, but it doesn't always mean it will be faster. Be sure to give yourself time, grace, and patience when printing at home, because it can get a little complicated. “Invitations should be mailed eight weeks before your wedding date,” says Amy Gonzales, a designer at Smitten on Paper, a custom wedding invitation company. Be sure to count back from your wedding date and plan your printing time accordingly. “Make sure you have about 10 percent more supplies than you actually need (like ribbon, paper, ink, and envelopes) in case of mistakes or the need to reprint something,” Gonzales adds.
Choose Your Vendor and Consider a Print Shop
Online options such as Minted, Shutterfly, and Zazzle offer gorgeous invitation templates at affordable prices (and discount codes, too!). And typically, you’re able to find a design complete with everything you’ll need for a full suite from invitations and menu cards to thank you cards. Etsy also offers a great opportunity to discover talented designers, and many offer the option to customize one of their templates.
For printing, take into consideration the print-at-home option, along with the option of sending your completed file to a larger printer such as Costco or Office Depot or work with your neighborhood printing shop. “A print shop will be able to help select the best paper for your design, trim the cards to the perfect size, and provide that professional touch your wedding invitations deserve,” says Griffith.
Plan Your Customization
According to Weber, you'll typically have the option of either doing the customization on a template yourself, or you can opt for the designer to do it for you. "If you're going to do it yourself, it does limit the ability to change things such as fonts or colors," she says. The most inexpensive option is to download the template and change the details on your own, but if you want any of the design elements changed, the designer is typically able to accommodate and send the ready-to-print file back to you. As you're editing the wording and finalizing your design, be sure to run it past multiple sets of eyes before you hit the print button to avoid any mistakes.
Find the Right Fit
Even though you’re choosing the DIY route, you still want your invitations to look hot off the professional press. Susy Fontaine, the co-owner of Invys, an online wedding invitation design tool, advises using a design that “bleeds” for the most professional look. “The trick is having a design that reaches the edge of the paper, with no white margins,” she says. “This effect, called a full-bleed in the printing industry, is achieved by creating a design slightly larger than the final cut size. The extra will be trimmed off and discarded. For example, a 5x7-inch standard invitation design would actually be 5.25x7.25 inches, and an eighth of an inch will be trimmed from each side to ensure it goes right to the edge.”
Your best bet is to center the design on larger paper, giving you space for margins and plenty of room to trim neatly. "Most home printers can’t print all the way to the edge, which can make it look like your design was cut off,” Fontaine adds.
Choose Your Paper
When it comes to paper, you definitely want something other than that regular thin printer paper. "Generally, the thicker you go with the paper, the more luxurious it will feel," says Weber. According to Weber, a 120 lb. uncoated cardstock will offer a gorgeous look and feel. "Consider using something with a bit of texture to it as well, such as a linen or felt texture," she says.
Weber suggests heading to a specialty stationery store or a print shop to choose your paper. Feel the paper before you commit to buying a whole ream, and test several options on your printer at home to be sure it will be a good fit.
Consider File Types
Be sure to let the designer know ahead of time what type of file you'll need for printing to alleviate too much back and forth. "Printing as a PDF will be higher quality than a JPEG will," says Weber. "But each option for printing, whether it's online or a local print shop, will have a different file type requirement."
Plan Your Ink Usage
You’ve thought about how much the paper will cost, but ink costs money too. “If you have a colored background, you’ll use a lot of ink, which can really affect the cost of your invitations," says Fontaine. "Also, a less-than-brand-new printer can show imperfections in large fields of color." Letting the paper show through, while including colorful touches in the design, may be the best way to go when printing at home.
If you have your eye on white font on your invitations, consider having a print shop tackle the project. Often, invitations shown with white fonts actually utilize a colored background, and the parts of the design showing white are unprinted. To alleviate going through an excess of ink, and the stress it will put on an at-home printer, it's best to ship off the design and pick up the prints.
Check Your Computer and Printer
If you’re printing at home, it’s important to make sure all of your equipment is working properly. “Your computer screen may not give you a great depiction of how the design will actually print," says Weber. Home printers tend to be a shade or two darker, while cost-effective web or local printers are usually a bit lighter.”
Spend time printing tests and adjusting the settings on your printer to get the colors you want, and invest in a sample or two if you’re having your print shop do the heavy lifting so you can get the color balance to come through perfectly. Once you're all set, it's time to hit the print button.
Choose Your Envelopes
Of course, you'll need envelopes to put those beautiful invitations in once all of that printing is said and done. "Find envelopes that will fit and match your invitation," says Weber. "It's important to get envelopes that aren't the exact same size as your invitation, giving it a bit of room, and don't forget about envelopes for RSVP cards."
If you want to add a pop of color to your invitation suite, be sure to choose an envelope color light enough so the address will still show. Envelope liners are also a great way to dress up your invitations, whether you use metallic paper or a patterned option.
Plan for Easy Assembly
The quickest way to get clean cuts for your invitations at home is to use a paper cutter with a new, sharp blade. “This is a great job to delegate to a bridesmaid who is offering to help,” says Griffith. Assembling layers or adding envelope liners? Griffith suggests glue dots or double-stick tape instead of glue—and she suggests the same to seal envelopes too.
Head to the Post Office
Once you have an invitation completely put together (with all the embellishments and inserts), stick it in an envelope, and go to the post office to have your postmaster weigh it. Remember that the shape of the envelope will also impact the cost. Hoping for hand canceling to avoid any potential ripping or damage? Mention that to your postal worker while you’re calculating postage in case there are extra accommodations that need to be made (such as printing “Hand Cancel, Please” on each envelope).
40 AWESOME DIY WEDDING INVITATION CARDS – A Collection of Handmade Wedding Invitations
One of the most important elements of your big and unforgettable day is your wedding invitation. Every young couple puts emphasis on this, since this is the first impression for your guests, hinting what the wedding will be like. Moreover, this is something that the guests will keep as a memory. It can be quite difficult to decide on what the perfect wedding invitation should look like and how to make it truly unique, but elegant at the same time. To help you out, we have collected a few great handmade wedding invitations for you. You’ll not only be able to find classic and sophisticated wedding ideas, but also modern and extravagant ones. Naturally, you can get creative and play around with the colour schemes according to your own taste. Now, let’s see which DIY wedding invitation cards you like the best!
1. Snow White Elegance – Simple yet Classic
Invitations usually give us a peep into what the wedding’s theme and decor will look like. A simple white, sprayed with a bit of beige or pale champagne pink will go well with any other colour. It’s a real classic with an essence of elegance, and it also matches any sort of decoration. This is just one of many gorgeous DIY wedding invitation cards.
2. Elegant Bows – Cute Little Bows
If your wedding is going to be decorated with bows, small or large, try using them in the wedding invitations as well. You will be able to create a greater effect, especially if your guests discover that the bows were not only included in the invitations but also used as a form of decoration at the wedding itself. They’re really easy to make and are guaranteed to lend your elegant wedding invitations a charming appearance.
3. A Classic Envelope – Simple Wedding Invitations
Most wedding invitations arrive in the post in a standard envelope. Here’s a great tip if you would like to send out invitations via post, but with a tiny twist. The colour of your envelope can match the wedding decor or the colour of the flowers used on the big day. You can also seal the envelope with a smaller wax seal, to make it elegant and extraordinary. A wax seal can also represent your celebration of love, especially if you press your and your significant other’s initials into it. These are beautiful DIY wedding invitation cards.
4. Openable Invitations – Personalised Wedding Invitations
If you don’t want a typical wedding invitation then this just might be the one for you. These elegant wedding invitations don’t need to be put in separate envelopes, because the front of the card is already so breath-taking in itself. It’s classy with an edge. A good idea on how to design the middle of the card is to write the important information about the wedding on one side, and on the other side, you can attach the response card with an envelope. This way, if replying via post, it will be easier for your guests to respond whether they can make it or not.
5. Refined and Modern – Elegant Wedding Invitations
A classic white card with significant information highlighted in gold. The perfect font will provide your wedding invitation with elegance and refinement. Less is more!
6. Laser Cut Envelopes for the Invitations – A Beautiful Way to Invite Guests to Your Wedding
Laser cut invitations are becoming more and more popular. They create a modern, fashionable and dazzling atmosphere. With this technique, you can make an envelope, in which you can slide in your wedding invitation kits, as well as the response card.
7. A Puzzling Invitation – A Fun Game for Your Guests
If you’re looking for something more modern and more unique, then you will certainly love this idea. It’s creative and fun. Take out two pieces of the puzzle, placing them together, representing the union of the bride and groom. On the part of the wedding invitation, where the puzzle pieces were taken out, write down the happy couples’ names. We recommend these funny wedding invitations for couples who are up for a bit of fun and are young at heart.
8. Design Your Own Wedding Invitations – A Personalised Wedding Invitation
Wedding invitations play a huge role in giving guests their first impression of the soon-to-be-married couple as well as what the wedding will be like. With this wedding invitation idea, you can literally smuggle yourself into the card by putting in a few adorable or funny pictures of you and your fiancée. A photo series is a great idea because you already present your guests with a bubbly and loving vibe. These are sure to put a smile on your guests’ faces when they open your handmade wedding invitations!
9. A Calendar on the Invitation – Creative DIY Wedding Invitation Cards
One of the most essential things, that an invitation needs to contain, is the location and the precise date and time of the wedding. If you want your guests to save the date automatically, you can place a calendar on the invitation and mark the big day with a heart. It will be easy to spot and it will be easy to memorise. You can see a great example of this idea in the picture above. Calendar cards are great handmade wedding invitations not to mention save the date cards as well.
10. Passport or Invitation – Handmade Wedding Invitations
If you’re planning on hosting your wedding overseas, then check out this super creative and original passport invitation! It looks exactly like a passport, but instead of containing personal details, it includes the most important information, that your guests need to know about your wedding. For example the date and location. This is one of many great DIY wedding invitation cards.
11. A Floral Invitation – Classic Wedding Invitations
When asking people about what pops into their mind when they hear the word “wedding”, decor and flowers will most definitely be amongst the answers. Flowers give any event an enchanted feeling, and at weddings, they are a necessity! So if you decide to give your classic wedding invitations a floral card, it will be no surprise. You can also try giving the guests a small glance at what sort of wedding decor and theme to expect!
12. A Laser Cut Style – An Exquisite Card for Your Guests
As mentioned before, a laser-cut envelope is a beautiful and elegant way to send out invitations. Another great mode of using the laser cut technique is by using it on the invitation cards. It will look fabulous when opening the card. The front page of the invitation can be cut out with the laser technique, while the inside of the card can contain the details of the wedding. If you would like to make it even more gorgeous, you can tie a slip of paper around it, which has the initials of the betrothed couple written on it.
13. A One-paged Invitation – Simple DIY Wedding Invitation Cards
If you would like a simple, one-paged invitation without an envelope, but you still want all the magic that comes with a wedding invitation, then this is a great idea. Try adding a sparkly border to the card and instead of using an envelope, tie a ribbon or bow around it.
14. Simple, Natural and Elegant – Paper and Lavender
If you love Mother Nature, then a great idea for decorating your wedding invitations is with flowers that don’t wilt quickly. Lavenders are perfect for this. Flowers not only give a vintage and earthy vibe but they are guaranteed to please your invited guests when they open the card and get a whiff of lavender. Cards like these make beautiful handmade wedding invitations.
15. A Combination of Green and Gold – Tropical Vibes
Design your wedding invitations by combining green with gold is a sophisticated and modern look. If you’re not a huge fan of pink, beige or pastel colours, you can bring a bold look to your wedding with these more natural and earthy colours.
16. Black and Pastel – Personalised Wedding Invitations with a Twist
If you want your wedding invitation’s background colour to be a darker shade, then black combined with a lighter pastel is a divine choice. As you can notice in the picture above, you can create a unique dynamic by using the laser cut technique on the lighter coloured page. You can also try using the laser cut page as an envelope to make your elegant wedding invitations even more brilliant.
17. Leafy Patterns – Creative DIY Wedding Invitation Cards
If you would like to make your own, completely unique, handmade wedding invitations, here’s a great idea. Leaf printing is not only super easy, but it looks remarkable. Try using gold coloured paint, because no matter what the base colour of your invitation is, gold will only help it look even more elegant and beautiful.
18. Fan Invitation – Extraordinary and Awesome
A truly spectacular and original idea is throwing a paper fan inside the invitation. This will give your already elegant wedding invitation that “wow” factor. Just think about it, you’re opening up an invitation and a fan also opens up inside. This can make your card special and interesting. If you decide on this invitation idea try getting an envelope which has a pattern or colour that matches the fan.
19. Glitters and Sparkles – A Fancy Look
If you are planning a fancy and glittery wedding, then this is the perfect idea for you. A wedding invitation with shiny stones will reflect the atmosphere of your big day. It’s simple yet truly magical.
20. Simple Elegance – These Handmade Wedding Invitations Speak for Themselves
Not a huge fan of sparkles? Then maybe these simpler and sophisticated ideas will be to your liking. A monocoloured envelope and a refined invitation card will give your guests a feeling of simplicity mixed with elegance.
21. An Invitation with a Response Card – Wedding Invitation Kits
Wedding invitations usually arrive with a response card attached, making it quicker and easier for guests to let the happy couple know, whether they will be able to make it or not. It’s easy to put your wedding invitation and response in a big envelope, but a more elegant way to present your guests with the cards is with this great idea. Tie the invitation and the response card together with a ribbon and attach a few flowers to it, before placing it in the envelope. With just a few simple steps this package becomes more graceful.
22. Natural and Modern – A Simple, yet Flawless Wedding Card
If you like simplicity and artistry, feel free to use Mother Nature’s gifts as patterns on your DIY wedding invitation cards. This can be a great choice, especially if you are thinking of a summer wedding since this wedding invitation provides an airy and simple atmosphere.
23. The Magic of Simplicity – Simple Wedding Invitations
If you are thinking of choosing a simple invitation card, you can spice it up with an interesting font. All you need to watch out for is, that while the font should be interesting and eye-catching, your guests should be able to read it. Naturally, you can write the invitations with your own hand. To complement the simplicity of the invitation card, we recommend picking an envelope which is more on the ornamental side.
24. Creative Invitations and Envelopes – Fold Your Own Wedding Invitations!
A super creative idea for wedding invitations is to fold your envelope into an interesting form. This is something you can create at home without any difficulties. If you want to make it even more special, you can fold your invitation card into a unique shape using origami techniques. If you’re planning on having an unusual wedding reception, for example hosting your wedding on a boat, you can try folding your invitation into a boat shape. This will get your guests into the mood for the ceremony.
25. Pale Colours – Handmade Wedding Invitations
Cream or pale pink look good in any form. Using paler colours as a base will make sure that your wedding invitations’ text is visible.
26. A Feeling of Provence – Earthy DIY Wedding Invitation Cards
Are you trying to bring the atmosphere of Provence to your wedding? Then this wedding invitation will hand you exactly that. You can use any sort of sackcloth to decorate the card and you can string a few flowers to it, preferably lavender. You can also try placing some lace on the card to make it look even more pretty.
27. Decorated with Lace – A Personalised Wedding Card
If you are searching for refinement, then lace can be a great option. Lace brings an elegant and romantic spark to everything. Choose the same colours for your invitation card that will be defining your wedding decor as well.
28. Pastel Colours – Classic Wedding Invitations
Pastel colours are becoming more and more fashionable at weddings. Light colours bring a warmness to your heart and accentuate the romantic vibe. Naturally, not everyone likes pastel shade and the soft style that it brings with itself, but we have to admit, it brings a harmonic feel to any wedding.
29. An Aesthetic, Flowery Wedding Invitation – Will Make your Guests Swoon
Floral patterns look good in any form of decoration. If you decide on choosing a floral pattern for your wedding invitation, make sure to match the flowers with those, that will be in your bridal bouquet.
30. Wedding Invitations Decorated with Embossed Writing – Personalised Wedding Invitations
You have found the right wedding invitation idea if you are looking for a unique form of writing. With embossed writing, you can create a remarkable effect that will stun your guests. This is one of many great handmade wedding invitations.
31. Marsala on the Wedding Invitations – DIY Wedding Invitation Cards
Over the past few years, the colour marsala, a deep shade of burgundy, has become extremely popular at weddings. Not only does it look good as decor, but it is a stunning colour to use for invitations as well. It conveys an old-fashioned, elegant and mysterious atmosphere. Try using a wax seal to close your envelope to make your invitation seem even more mystical.
32. Jigsaws – Creative and Unique Handmade Wedding Invitations
If you are looking for something truly unique and interesting, that will definitely bring a smile to your guests’ faces, then look no further! These puzzle shaped DIY wedding invitation cards are a perfect choice. This wedding invitation will not only bring joy to your guests, that they have been invited to share the happiness of your wedding together with you, but they will also have a bit of fun piecing together to puzzle, to find out exactly when are where your wedding will take place.
33. White, Gold and Ocean Blue – A Fantastic Combination
Even though blue is not the warmest colour, it does bring a certain elegance with itself. Especially, if it’s paired with a warmer colour. As you can see from the picture, gold and blue are a match made in heaven. You may decide on using the same sort of pattern for your wedding thank you cards later on!
34. A Drop of Elegance – Handmade Wedding Invitations
Have you been dreaming of a refined, yet vibrant wedding invitation? Then this idea might just be the one for you. The stylised font creates elegance, while the surrounding leaves and flowers lend it a youthful atmosphere. These are truly beautiful handmade wedding invitations.
35. Refined Elegance – With a Wax Seal
The picture above speaks for itself, as it carries an aura of classic elegance. If you’re not the sort of person who likes glittery glamour, then these simple, yet beautiful handmade wedding invitations might be the perfect choice for you.
36. Ornaments Made out of Wood – Great DIY Wedding Invitation Cards
Initials made from wood is a rustic, yet elegant way to style your wedding invitations. If you like organic materials, earthy decor and you are also planning on using wedding decor with a natural vibe, then this wedding invitation idea is a great choice.
37. Different Sorts of Leaf Patterns – Design Your Own
If you want handmade wedding invitations then try out this awesome idea. Leaf printing has become exceedingly popular in our modern day. You can use any sorts and as many leaves as you want to create an invitation with a great atmosphere.
38. A Glasslike Invitation – Enchant your Guests
Another creative idea is making a glasslike invitation, which brings a newfound classiness to your wedding card. You can make this out of plexiglass or transparent foil. You can write, draw, paint and glue things on it. Of course, you can choose real glass instead, on which you can engrave information about the wedding. This is one of many great DIY wedding invitation cards.
39. A Rustic Impression on the Invitations – Handmade Wedding Invitations
Rustic style is becoming more and more fashionable at weddings. This style features natural ornaments and colours of the earth. So if you are planning a rustic wedding, then it’s quite easy to surround yourself in natural, yet simple elements. Your personalised wedding invitation should reflect this ambience. Try using earthy, warm colours as a base. You can even tie a few pressed flowers or leaves to the card with a string. Try this idea out for your DIY wedding invitation cards.
40. Simply Lace – Beautiful and Simplistic
If lace is going to be a dominant theme of your wedding, then use some as decoration on your wedding invitation. A great idea is using cake paper, something you can buy at practically any shop. You can use cake paper like an envelope. Cake paper comes in many colours, so you can choose the colour according to the theme and decor of your wedding. This is also a much cheaper option than laser cutting paper. This idea is truly a beacon of inspiration for DIY wedding invitation cards.
Wedding invitations can be designed in hundreds of ways. They can come in any shape, colour or form of your choice. You don’t always need to stick to the standard choice of simple wedding invitations in an envelope. It’s also a great feeling to design your wedding invitation! The main point is that your wedding invitation should create the same sort of atmosphere that you would like to see at your wedding. Remember that your wedding invitation is the first impression of the event. It’s the best way to get your guests into the mood, already months ahead of the ceremony. Take your time to look through these 40 DIY wedding invitation cards listed above and let your creativity come out to play! Check out our other wedding ideas, such as DIY wedding centrepieces or bridal bouquets!
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