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Things to Consider when DIYing Invitations

DIYing your wedding invitations can be as simple or as complicated as you want. Here are some things to consider when choosing to DIY your wedding invitations.

Romantic Heart Invitation
Photo by Daniel Mckay, Attribution License, Flickr.

So you’ve looked through a bunch of invitation options and can’t find one that fits your style? Or maybe you just want to get your craft on? DIYing your wedding invitations can be as simple or as complicated as you want. However, DIY may not always be the easiest and most inexpensive option. Here are some things to consider when choosing to DIY your wedding invitations.

 

Printing

Before you start buying paper or ink, you need to think about how you want your final invitation to look.

Letterpress: Letterpress is lovely and is probably what comes to mind when you think of wedding invitations. However, it tends to be quite expensive and most of your guests won’t notice (or care) that your invitation is letter pressed.

Printing at home: This option is super accessible and may be the easiest. Make sure you test different paper types before buying a ton of it for your invitations. Printers can be difficult, especially when you’re in a rush or stressed out. Do a test run of your product before you print out a hundred; you wouldn’t want to waste all that paper if you don’t like it.

Printing locally: While local print shops may not be able to match the price of some online vendors, you get to have more of a hand in the process and a little more control over the end result. Even places like Office Depot may be a good choice!

Gadatirgus „Made in Riga 2014” Vērmanes dārzāPhoto by Kārlis Dambrāns, Flickr.

 

Designing

Designing your own: If you’re choosing to design your invitations, you probably have a good idea of what you want them to look like. The Internet is full of tutorials and videos about design, so pick one and get crafting!

Buying a design: If you don’t have design experience or the thought of designing your own invitations makes you want to be sick, you’re going to need someone to design it. Thanks to the Internet (and Etsy), there are tons of places to get an invitation design. The difficult thing would be giving up control. Hand over all of your visions and ideas and let them make what they think is best!

 

Paper Choices

There’s enough variety in paper types, weights, and finishes to make your head explode. Here are the basics.

Finish: Your paper finish will affect how you’re able to print and how much ink your invitation will take. Glossy papers take longer to dry and require a lot more ink. A matte card stock is an easy, relatively foolproof option that will probably work for the printer you have at home.

Weight: Weight means the thickness of the paper. The higher the number, the thicker your paper will be. Some printers can’t keep up with thick paper, while others can. Find out which weight of paper is best for your printer before you start.

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