In days gone
by couples were limited to flipping through an invitation samples
book and placing an order. Many of today’s couples choose to design
their invitation to distinctively represent both their wedding day
and their distinctiveness as a couple. Do it yourself wedding
invitations are a perfect way to create treasured mementos while
featuring your individual style! Paper Garden has provided a great
deal of information that will get you on the right track. We know
that making your own invitations can be a bit overwhelming but if
you do a bit of research and match your skill level to the
complexity of your invitation design the results will be incredibly
WHERE DO I START?
invitation is an essential piece of your wedding planning. Although
they may be one of the final pieces chosen for your wedding, they
provide your guests with the first impression of your celebration.
The invitation will supply friends and family with not only the
facts of place and time but also with a glimpse of what to expect
while also making a public statement about who you are as a couple.
In choosing to
create your own wedding invitations you have found an amazing way to
cut costs and personalize your special day! With a computer and a
printer your options are unlimited and you can achieve professional
looking results. If you’re making your own invitations why not also
create corresponding ceremony programs, menus and place cards? By
using the same papers and theme your wedding stationery will take on
a polished and unified look.
Begin to narrow
down your invitation selection by thinking about the level of
formality of your wedding. Will it be a very formal black-tie event
calling for a classic style of invitation in white or ivory or will
it be a casual garden ceremony that speaks to a more simple design
on softly coloured paper? And don’t’ forget to consider the look
and feel of the wedding venue. Your guests will decide what to wear
to your wedding based on the style of your invitation. Whatever
formality your wedding celebration takes, it should be reflected in
chosen a theme that runs through your wedding ceremony and
reception. You could carry the theme into all your wedding
stationery to create a consistent look and feel. Your theme may
centre around the season of your wedding, a particular type of
flower, a chosen colour scheme or a certain design element. The
theme could reflect something special about you as a couple; a
shared hobby or passion, a symbolic representation of how you met or
photos of you as children.
Composing the guest
list may be a difficult task but is necessary in determining the
number of invitations needed as well as many other important wedding
related decisions. The rule of thumb for number of invitations
required is half the number of guests you wish to invite plus 10 to
15 extra invitations for people accidentally left off the guest list
and for keepsakes.
If you have a
guest list that exceeds the maximum number of guests you’d like (or
banquet space dictates or budget allows) you might consider an ‘A
List’ (must-have guests) and a ‘B List’ (additional people you’d
love to have there but can live without if necessary) of guests. If
you ensure your RSVP request date is early enough to allow, you
could mail invitations to ‘B List’ guests as you receive
notification from ‘A List’ guests who are unable to attend.
important wedding budget may also determine certain aspects of your
invitations. The general guideline is to set aside 2 to 5% of your
total wedding budget for your invitations and related stationery.
If you’re creating your own invitations the bottom line will be
affected by the following:
The size of
your invitation will determine how many pieces you’ll cut from
one sheet of paper.
The shape may
influence costs. Mailing a square envelope costs considerably
Layering two or
three paper colours looks striking but will of course add to the
The type and
quality of paper you choose will affect your costs.
The number of
inserts will influence the total cost of your invitation and
possibly increase the postage cost.
The number and
type of envelopes will affect costs.
want to begin your invitation design, wording and materials ordering
at least four months before the big day. Usually it is suggested
that your guests receive their invitations 6 to 8 weeks before the
wedding. Allow yourself one week to address and prepare your
invitations for mailing and another week for them to reach their
destination. Taking this timing into account, beginning four months
prior to your wedding leaves only 7 weeks of actual preparation
The date you
choose to ask for replies on the RSVP Card should be at least two to
four weeks prior to the wedding date. This allows time to follow up
on non-responses, determine a final guest count and make a seating
chart if you choose to have one.
researching and collecting photos and samples of invitation designs
that you find appealing. Search online invitation companies and
visit local stationery stores and the public library to find
inspiration. You may also wish to visit a graphic designer or local
printer to investigate various options. Gather favourite paper
samples, graphics, embellishments, fonts, etc.
Click on the
links below for more information and DIY Wedding Invitations
CREATING YOUR OWN INVITATIONS
INVITATION ADDRESSING AND MAILING
ASSEMBLY (What Goes Where)
INVITATION FOLLOW UP
OTHER WEDDING STATIONERY ITEMS
WRITING THANK YOU NOTES