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Do it Yourself (DIY) Wedding Invitations


Preparing for a wedding, whether for 50, 100, or 500 guests can really take a toll on your budget. With everything starting from scratch, you would have to purchase and pay for every single aspect of the wedding.

There are some things though that you can personally make – it can save you cost and at the same time, you get to give it a personal touch. Your wedding invitation, flowers, and wedding favors are some things you can prepare on your own. When making Do-It-Yourself wedding invitations, here’s what you will need.

– Printer and Paper – Get specialty paper from your paper supply shop and you can also choose between scented and unscented ones. A good quality printer is what you’ll need because apart from the paper, the print will give away if they were poorly done or they were professionally made. Always remember to buy a few extra sheets so you need not go back to the bookstore for replacements. Also have alternative designs for paper if the original design that you wanted will not work out. The type of paper and the thickness, called GSM, are some considerations whether they will truly be compatible with your printer or not.

– Packaging – Apart from the common paper envelope, there are other materials and designs that you can use as packaging such as cloth, mesh, bottle or even bamboo. While the paper envelope is the least expensive, you can still use cloth and the other materials provided you start out using raw materials and you simply make them into small envelopes or canisters by sewing or gluing the pieces together, as needed.

– Accessories and embellishments – You can put charms, ribbons or lace to accessorize your packaging and make it look more professionally done. You can check out bridal magazines for options and ideas on how you can accessorize and decorate your wedding invitations.

– Wordings – You can search online for templates that are normally used in wedding invitations. Apart from the detail that needs to be mentioned, love quotes or your vow to each other are sometimes included as well. The complete line-up for the entourage is also important so they would know who to expect. Check the names for spelling, and the other wordings for typos.

Compared to the cost charged by printing press, it will save you more than 50% of your cost if you create your own wedding invitations. Most importantly, make sure that you have ample time to finalize and then make them as formal invitations are normally sent a month before the wedding (apart from the save the date announcements of course).

Making your wedding invitations can be fun, and it can also be a good bonding moment with your fiancee, if he wants to help out too. Remember that even if you intend to save, what is important is that you do not get stressed or fuss over something like invitations. It can be as easy and as fun as you want it to be.

Criss White writes about bridal shower and wedding topics. For more ideas or to check out some wedding placecard holders or some candle wedding favors, visit Bridal and Wedding Favors.

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