How To Create Your Own Wedding Invitations

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Beautiful Invitations On A Budget

There’s no need for your invitations to cost the earth when you follow these top DIY tips.

British couples spend an average of £16,005 on their UK weddings according to the latest 2020 study published by Bridebook. At such a cost, it’s understandable that brides and grooms are looking for ways to save money, and bring a touch of DIY into their wedding plans. Amongst the most popular things to DIY are your wedding invitations. You certainly don’t need to hire a top designer to create a beautiful invitation to your wedding venue in Essex. With apps and software programs easily accessible to you, as well as top quality printing options, it’s astonishingly simple to create a sleek and sophisticated invitation when you know-how!

Creating Your Budget

The average couple spends between £3-10 per invitation. Those who create their own invites tend to spend nearer the bottom end of this scale. Start by working out how many people you’d like to invite, and how many invitations you’ll need. Remember that couples and families don’t need their own invitations if they live together, so this should reduce your bill somewhat. Remember to factor the cost of postage into your calculations, particularly if you’re planning a thick envelope with lots of information in it.

Selecting Your Design

Your invitation design will usually be in keeping with the colours and theme of your wedding. If you’ve chosen gold and white as your wedding colours, then using the same palette for your invitations is a lovely touch and gives your guests a taste of what’s to come. You should also consider the style of font and wording that you’ll be using. If you’re opting for a particularly traditional affair, then choose a classic font to reflect this. Alternatively, if you’d prefer a more laidback event, then you might even choose to include a caricature of each of you to create a more fun, relaxed vibe.

Software Programs

If you’re wondering where to start with designing your wedding invitations only, you can use programs such as Adobe, Vistaprint or Bride and Groom Direct who have thousands of templates to work with as well as RSVP cards, enclosures and envelope designs to select too. Providers such as these will usually handle the printing of your invitations as well as having a selection of card types for you to choose from.

Card Styles

If you’re on a budget, then choosing a flat, unfolded card is a great idea. There’s plenty of space for you to elegantly invite your guests to your big day, and you can always add embellishments to make the card a little fancier. If you want to splash out more on your DIY cards, then you can choose a card that opens out as well as details such as foil stamping to make a bit of a statement. Most wedding invitations opt for a neutral background whilst adding colour with your font. Ribbons are always a fantastic way to brighten up your invitations.

Once you’ve ordered and received all the ‘bits’ for your wedding invitations, it’s time to get creative. You may enjoy putting together the invitations by yourself, but if the volume of stationery looks a bit daunting, then try to enlist your other half or other willing friends and family members to join you in a crafting evening! Once you’ve sent them out, all you need to do is sit back and wait for the RSVPs to roll in.