Did you know that the average cost of wedding invitations is $659? Yikes! That’s the price of a brand-new laptop! Paying that much for invitations was probably justifiable in the olden days when computers and the Internet were unknown and mysterious, but it’s pretty much a frivolous expense today. You don’t have to be a professional graphic designer to create nice and pretty invitations. Heck, you don’t even have to possess an ounce of design skills. With many design programs (some even free) and professional-looking templates floating around the Internet, you have an endless amount of resources at your fingertips in order to wow your invitees for pennies on the dollar.
Of course, you’ll still have to pay for craft materials, but you’ll end up saving so much money that you’ll be kicking yourself for even entertaining the thought of hiring a company to crank out invitations for you!
Grab some wine, a B movie, and craft supplies and invite your friends over to help you make invitations. It’ll be fun!
If you need help coming up with a type of invitation to make, look no further than the following list:
When you hire a company to create invitations for you, you’re basically having them come up with a design on their computer and then print it out. What they don’t really want you to know is that you can do the exact same thing at home… for free! Of course, you’ll need a good printer to pull this off, but there are many programs you can use to come up with a design exactly the way you want it. Some of them, such as Photoshop or InDesign, cost money, but there are great programs out there that don’t cost a cent! If you’re skilled at graphic design, you can look into downloading Gimp, a free program that’s similar to Photoshop. If you’re a bit of a design novice, you can search around for free software you can download to make invitations. The Internet is chock full of them.
Handmade invitations take forever to make, but the end result is usually stunning and totally worth it. If you choose to make handmade invitations, the possibilities are endless. You can use a whole slew of materials, including ribbons, stickers, leaves, feathers, and even those little plastic engagement rings. Seriously. The possibilities are endless. You can make anything in any color, shape, and design.
- Order a design that isn’t super ink heavy.
- Buy pre-cut card stock from and envelopes from Paper Source in the appropriate size.
- Get extra card stock because your printer will inevitably eat some of the cards
- Buy extra printer ink.
Whether you’re on a tight budget or you hate wasting paper, you can look into sending out electronic invitations (which are invitations sent via email). This can be tricky, because not everyone has an email account. If you feel that this is the best choice for you, then we have good news: there are so many different options you can consider, most of them being completely free. You can find a website that will let you make and send out personalized electronic invitations. If you prefer more control over your invitations, you can create one in Photoshop and then send it out as an attachment. That, or you can create a website with all the information on it and then send out the link.
Most people who have organized a party will agree that creating DIY invitations is one of the best parts of throwing a party. Don’t rob yourself of this fun experience!
About the Author: This is an article by Lizzie Wale, freelance writer and guest blogger choice of many. She also works for Higher Click and Macy’s. She is interested in everything connected to fashion and weddings.