From finding the perfect wedding dress, to picking a great wedding reception venue and deciding what kind of food and drink to lay on for your wedding guests, weddings are full of huge expenses. And, when it comes to wedding invitations, even the simplest custom-printed designs can cost more than you might be willing to pay. However, help is at hand with our fun and fabulous guide to creating your very own wedding invitations. Chic, yet incredibly cheap, you’ll love these budget-friendly options and ideas for inviting your guests to your big day.
For personalization perfection, start by choosing your wording. Not sure how you want to word your invitations? Traditional or more informal, a template will help and can be found online. You can even download free wedding invitation layouts that will help you and also prompt you to include everything from dress code, to rsvp information. Next comes your text and with the help of a home computer and a printer, you can create your printed text. No need for complicated computer design programs, you can even produce a great looking wording by choosing a font in a word document. Then, for the final product, head to your local printing store and have them copy your chosen text onto some colorful cardstock. Better yet, if you’re also worried about cutting and sizing your cardstock, your print shop can often help too – and all at the fraction of the cost bespoke invitations would cost.
Now you have your basic wording and your guests will know the location of your wedding, it’s time to set the tone with some stylish decorative twists. This is where you can let your imagination run wild. A few of our favorite homemade invitation ideas? Pick some standout special paper on which to back your cardstock. Handmade paper is sure to bring some extra unique flavor to your invitations and getting your text printed onto transparent vellum is always simply stunning. Or, try some lovely embellishments. A carefully glued ribbon trim or some pressed flowers can play to the theme of your wedding. If you’re having a beach wedding, you could even opt to include a seashell motif. Simply head to your local scrapbooking supply store and you’ll find hundreds of beautiful embellishment options including mini rhinestones, ribbons, trims and flowers.
Alternatively, if it’s simple that you would prefer, why not invest in a beautiful rubber stamp or embosser? For a minimal cost you can purchase a wonderful monogram stamp that can be used on your wedding invitations and then again and again on everything from wedding thank you notes, to place cards and much more. Embossers are another stylish option and can be custom ordered to feature your address, a pair of intertwined names or a special design. Whichever you choose, you’re sure to have a wonderful keepsake of your wedding, not to mention a useful stationery accessory.
Finally, comes time to assemble your invitations. Ideally, you want to make sure that your invitations are sent out six to eight weeks before your big day. For formal-style invitations, slip your finished invitation into a crisp inner envelope that will sit inside the outer addressed envelope. Include your rsvp or reply cards with a pre-stamped and addressed return envelope and then head to the post office to send. The ultimate finishing touch to your handmade invitations? Customized postage stamps! Sure, USPS provides great wedding-themed stamps that make for a wonderful invitation option, but you can also create your own personalized photo postage stamps too. Talk about memorable and inexpensive way to create a great impact.