If you buy 100 invitations at $1.50 each, you’re going to spend $150 on wedding invitations (and this doesn’t include shipping costs from the wedding invitation company to you and post office costs from you to your guests). Instead of spending over a hundred dollars on wedding invitations, you can spend $50 or less to make your own wedding invitations. You not only save money, but you also have fun mixing and matching colors and designs. (In fact, you will probably waste hours and hours away just looking at all the beautiful paper available to you.)
When making your own wedding invitations, here are some things to consider:
Colors. It is important that you have your colors chosen before you embark on this journey of making your DIY wedding cards. You have just about a million choices when it comes to choosing colors. There are monochromatic color schemes in which your colors are shades of the same color. You can have complementary color schemes in which your colors are opposite of each other on the color wheel, such as yellow and blue or red and green. You can also have analogous color schemes where your colors are next to each other on the color wheel, such as blue and red or blue and green. In this case, you can use one color as the main color and another as an assisting color. When choosing colors for your wedding cards, you might also want to consider the season in which you will have your wedding. Will it be warm or cold? Warm colors are yellows, reds, and oranges. Cold colors are blues and greens.
Textures. You may not think so, but texture is an important aspect of your wedding invitations. Remember, texture is anything you can feel with your skin, and in this case, with your hands. If you can, use embossed or textured paper as a backing. This can add so much dimension and beauty to your wedding invitation.
Balance. In art, balance refers to how “heavy” one side of the artwork is to the other. You should use the same concept in your DIY wedding cards.
As you make your wedding invitations, stop and look. Are your graphics and decorations taking over one side while leaving the other side blank? If so, then your invitation is off-balance. You don’t have to put the same things on each side, but you can make sure that each side has the same “heaviness.”
Shape and size. Wedding invitations come in all shapes and sizes. Invitations can be long, squared, circle, wide, top fold, side fold, accordion fold, booklet and many more. When making your own wedding cards, you may not want to choose a difficult size and shape. Otherwise, you and whomever you’ve asked to help you make your invitations are going to spend days just cutting, gluing and folding. Instead, choose simple shapes and sizes that you can add texture, balance, color and decorations to. This will lessen the anxiety and frustration.
Embellishments. Every little detail on your DIY wedding invitation counts. That’s why when you are making your own wedding invitations, you should consider adding embellishments. Embellishments that have been used in DIY wedding invitations are feathers (tucked behind a ribbon), paper flowers (you can find these premade in craft stores), fabric and ribbons. If you want, you can also add paper butterflies, rhinestones, confetti, buttons, or dried and pressed leaves and flowers. You can find all of these items in your local craft stores.
There is one big tip to making your own wedding cards: layer, layer, layer.
Use a sturdy cardstock as a backing. This backing should be strong enough to hold a couple more layers of regular paper and the embellishments you want to add later. You don’t want a thin cardstock because your invitation may turn out limp. The backing should also be as big as you want your finished invitation to be. Next is an optional lining-and this is where you can play with complementary colors and paper design. Cut the lining piece about half an inch smaller than the backing on each side. Glue the lining on top of the backing. Then add the piece of paper with the message. If you are including a ribbon that is “wrapped” around your invitation, you can use tape and tape the edges to the back of the piece of paper with the message. That way you don’t have to have huge blotches of moisture from the glue you used for the ribbon, and tape doesn’t have to dry. Once you have taped the ribbon back, you can go ahead and glue the last piece to your invitation. If you can see the ribbon through the piece of paper with the message, then try gluing the lining and the paper with the message first, tape the ribbon around both, and then gluing that whole piece onto the backing.
Your wedding should be something exciting, fun and unforgettable. If you are planning your wedding, it may become extremely stressful, so don’t stress out when making your own wedding invitations. Consider this as a time to play around with colors, textures, and shapes and sizes. Have a wedding-invitation-making party with your bridal party. Pull out the champagne (although you have to make sure you keep this away from the invitations) and have a fun time with your friends while making invitations that are personalized and inexpensive.