I’m getting married!
And boy have I put a lot on myself in regards to the D I Y involved. But luckily for me it’s what I enjoy doing and I am personally looking forward to it all. Unlike my not so D I Y interested mother and bridesmaids. But because they are all so amazing I have a team of helpers anyway.
So, the first thing that was on my D I Y list was my wedding invites. Over the years and scrolling through Pinterest I’ve come across some very interesting ones and some incredibly beautiful ones. I wanted a happy medium, something simple, pretty (but not too pretty) and inexpensive.
Here are a few things that I found were very important when designing and sending out your own D I Y wedding invite and will work for any other type of invite design as well!
How are you going to get your information across to your guests? It is important to decide in what way you’re going to set up your invites. Are you going to have just the one card with all the details on it, including your RSVP details or are you going to have a set of cards? One main invite and then a couple of other cards for the RSVP, extra wedding details and gift registry.
I did a set of cards as my wedding is a destination wedding and I wanted to include accommodation information, dress code & a note to say that the guests presence was presents enough. Having a separate details card also allowed me to give them a little mud map showing the ceremony location, which I thought was a cute touch.
Saying all this, it is also really easy to put all your information on the one card.
The fonts you choose are very important in displaying the look you’re going for with your invite design. Are you wanting a casual wedding, or a rustic wedding or, like me, something a bit more elegant?
I went with just two different fonts and I highly recommend you do too. By just having the two you are keeping it simple and easy to read for the guests. Also, you need to make sure you carry these two fonts throughout your invite set.
If you feel restricted in your basic Microsoft Office font selection you can find loads of different font types online from sites like:
To add your new font to your computers just follow these simple steps:
- Download Font
- Extract file from compressed folder
- Copy the .ttf or .otf file
- Open Control Panel > Appearance & Personalisation > Fonts > Past Font File
- Now all you have to do is open word and find the font you just loaded in.
The above instruction are for a PC. If you have a Mac try giving this ago:
- Double click the font file > Fontbook will open a preview of the font > Click “install font” at the bottom of the preview.
I don’t have a mac so wasn’t able to test this method out but hopefully it works.
Now you need to decide if you’re going to have any graphics on your invite. This can make or break your design.
When it comes to adding graphics to your design you have several options:
- Simple styled clip art surrounding your main text,
- A full image (eg. a photograph) with text on it,
- A tightly cropped image surrounded by text,
- A feature print that you use to enhance a simple invite. Eg: This is what I did as you’ll see in the images. The printed image is only on the back of the invite, the envelope lid & as a sash holding all the cards together.
You need to be careful with what you choose. If you decide to use an image remember, the invite is always ever going to be as good as the photography. So be very careful with the image you choose. And just remember you don’t have to use your own photos you can lots of stunning images free on line from sites like Unsplash. Or you can spend a few dollars to get some great graphics from sites like Piddix or Creative Market
Once you’ve chosen your text and imagery you need to consider the scale of them. You need to work out how these elements work with each other and which one takes prominence. If you want big text, do BIG text.
Unapologetically large text makes your invite pop and tells people that this isn’t going to be an understated affair. But remember, if you’re mixing both a large image and big text you need to be very careful as it is easy for them to clash and for the invite to not read very well.
If you want a more formal styled invite, keeping your font & graphics in relative proportion to each other is a good way to communicate this.
Now for the most important part of all, your content and the wording of that content. How are you going to portray your celebration? Seriously, is it a formal religious wedding that requires a traditional procedure? Lightly, are you having a relaxed celebration on the beach with friends? Either way with the choice of your words you can portray the right or wrong impression.
Here are some basic things you should think about putting on your invite or within an invite set:
- Your names! Obvious, I know, but it had to be said.
- The time and date.
- The location of the event.
- RSVP time, date & contact. Include a separate card with this information as well as a return address and a place to put a stamp (your very own RSVP post card)
- A brief description of the program. “‘Please come join us afterwards for games, dinner, drinks & dancing”.
- The dress code.
- Whether gifts are necessary or not.
- Gift registry details.
- Accommodation. Mainly if you’re having a destination celebration or if somewhere near the reception has offered you a discount on rooms for your occasion.
- Some indication of the food that is going to be provided. Sit down meal, light canapes, substantial canapes? People can be very funny about food and this can seriously make or break your event. You don’t want people rocking up expecting a full course dinner when you were only ever supplying light canapes.
A Few Things To Remember
– You may be having 100 people at your wedding and you want to get a few extra invites printed for those that get invited at the last minute and what not, BUT, you don’t need to print 115 invites! Silly me worked this out way to late, I now have enough wedding invites for 2 weddings!
So before you order the invites work out exactly how many you need based on couples and singles not on the total number.
– Make sure your venues are booked with the deposit down before you get the invites all printed. There’d be nothing worse than having them all sent out and finding that the venue had to change your date or cancel all together.
– Don’t overload your invite with too many details. If it’s starting to look like you’re running out of room and if you make the text any smaller grandma won’t be able to read it, it’s time to consider creating an invite set. You want your invite to present beautifully and not be a pain to decipher.
– If you’re still having a hard time working out your invite design just remember simple is elegant, easy and reliable.
I hope some of the tips here have helped you create your ultimate invite! Please feel free to share your creations on Instagram with the hashtag #collectivelymeDIY.