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What Are the Best Tips for Making DIY Wedding Invitations?

Dan Cavallari
Dan Cavallari

DIY wedding invitations can help the bride and groom save money, and the couple can also add a personal touch to the invitations by creating their own designs, text, and even envelopes. Finding out where to start making DIY wedding invitations can be the hardest part, but plenty of resources exist for getting the project underway. Start by obtaining the cardstock or paper that will be used for making the invitations. Visit an office supply store, a stationary store, and even an arts and crafts store for the best selection. Consider cardstock, which is thicker and sometimes textured, over paper.

Once the cardstock has been chosen, consider the envelopes that will be used for sending out the DIY wedding invitations. If possible, choose the cardstock and envelopes at the same time to ensure they are the same size. The envelope can be as simple as a plain white mailing envelope, or it can be a more elaborate envelope that is thick, textured, and designed. The latter will be more expensive than the former, though for aesthetics, it is a good choice. The envelope can be slightly larger than the invitation itself, but it cannot be smaller; the invitation will not fit in an envelope that is too small.

A simple, elegant wedding invitation may be well-suited to a formal ceremony and reception.
A simple, elegant wedding invitation may be well-suited to a formal ceremony and reception.

The design of your DIY wedding invitations can vary according to your tastes. Many people choose to put a simple border around the invitation, while others opt for more elaborate designs. This design phase can be done on the computer, though for a personal touch, making each design unique is a good idea if you have some artistic talent. This can be time-consuming, however, especially if you have many guests to invite, as most brides and grooms do. The cardstock itself may be attractive enough that no design is necessary at all. This is entirely up to your preference.

The most important part of any DIY wedding invitations is the text. Before writing any text on the invitations, practice writing what you want to say and in what font you want to write it on scrap paper. You can do this on the computer or by hand — if you have a friend who knows how to write calligraphy, see if they would be willing to do a bit of writing for you. Otherwise, several computer fonts can make an attractive text for the invitations. Be sure to check your spelling carefully, and make sure all relevant information is included on the invitation, including the date, time, and location of the event, as well as contact information and other relevant information.

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I have a friend who used wax paper to press dried flowers in her DIY wedding invitations. She got so many compliments on these unique invites that she has taught several friends and relatives how to do their invitations this way.

All you need is parchment paper, wax paper, glue, and flowers. Allow your flowers to dry for several weeks before making the invitations. When they are dried, cut the parchment and wax paper to the size you want, and place glue around the edges. Put your flowers on the parchment paper, and glue the wax paper around them, pressing hard to flatten them so the glue will dry. You will have unique DIY wedding invitations, each one original and unlike all of the others.


I think that is a nice touch when artistic people make wedding invitations by hand. If you have these talents and the time, you can send your invitations along with your artistic abilities to all of your invited wedding guests.


To save money, you can use basic publishing software to make easy wedding invitations. Special paper that has a nice finish is available to give these DIY wedding invitations a designer look and feel.

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    • A simple, elegant wedding invitation may be well-suited to a formal ceremony and reception.
      By: Andre van der Veen
      A simple, elegant wedding invitation may be well-suited to a formal ceremony and reception.