How to DIY your personal wedding invitation

Published: 10th January 2012
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Attractive cheap wedding invitations would be an ideal way of saving some money and you can utilize this money into buying some other important wedding related things.

A wedding ceremony is a crucial time in every couple's life and weddings normally do cost a lot because there are so many details and things to take care of - from food, décor, dresses and accessories to venue, invitations and thank you gifts.

There are situations where cutting down the budget seems quite difficult like when buying jewelry and dresses, but you can compensate for these buy cutting down your budget elsewhere, such as buying budget invitations.

Not only is it fun to make homemade invitations, but it is also cost-effective. Most of the time it is much less expensive to make your own rather than buy ready-made invitations or make your own online. Enlist the help of your family and make it a fun evening of invitation making.

Identifying whether the party is for a birthday, anniversary, shower or house-warming should obviously be the first step in not only designing the invitation, but also planning the party. This is by far the easiest step in creating an invitation, but a vital one. Not only does the theme mean what the party is for, but it also means what the overall design of the invitation will look like. You wouldn't want to design an invitation that looks like it's for a 1st birthday party when it's actually for a bridal shower.

Selecting a color scheme for your invitation is the next step in the design process. This also contributes to the style of your invitation. Color plays a big part in the overall look of your invitation, so getting it just right is very important. When choosing colors you need to first think about who or what the event is for. If the party is for a young woman turning 30, then design the invitation depending on her personality. Think about whether she is fun, out-going and full of spirit, or if she is more relaxed and simple. If she is more fun and out-going, then you would want to choose colors that portray that, such as a bright pink and black color scheme with maybe a zebra print paper. But if she is more relaxed and simple, then it would be a good idea to either choose a light floral scheme or maybe even a simple black and white scheme.

The same thing goes if you are planning a party for no particular person, such as a Super Bowl party or a summer get-together. You need to decide colors depending on the theme. For a Super Bowl party, obvious colors would be the playing team's colors. For a summer get-together, a fun red and white checkerboard design would fit perfectly with a picnic theme.

A style for an invitation basically means the overall layout and design of the invitation. Decide if you're going to use lots of layers or maybe a ribbon or even a translucent text sheet. Also decide if your layout is going to be vertical, horizontal or a folded card style. You can design some great invitations using any layout. For a vertical design, using a lot of layers works great. Adding a ribbon either at the top or through the middle looks beautiful too. For a horizontal design, try off-centering your text sheet to the right and adding a strip of printed paper to the left side. The offset text and the print sheet balance each other out and create a really great look. A card style invitation looks great for any party and there are a lot of design options. Layer the front of it with different papers and add a ribbon, or use some punches and create a beautiful eyelet trimmed edge. The possibilities are endless!

If you plan on using a patterned or print sheet of paper with your invitation, then choose that first. You can choose the other colors of cardstock for your invitation from within that pattern. Choose a couple different colored sheets because layers look great. Try lighter shades and darker shades and determine which looks best with your pattern and the style you've chosen for your faire part mariage original. Don't forget the text sheet, which is usually a white or cream cardstock, but can also be a light shade of a color that is readable when printed with black ink. You can also use a translucent paper on your invitation which works well as an overlay sheet or directly as the text sheet.

Once you have chosen your papers, decide if you want to add embellishments to your invitation. Embellishments can include metal brads, gemstones, ribbons, stickers and more. Sometimes an invitation looks great without using embellishments, but then again you may think there is just something missing. If you want to use a ribbon, chose a color that coordinates with the rest of the colors or pattern. If you are using a translucent sheet, consider using a ribbon or some metal brads to attach it to the rest of your papers.

When writing the text or wording for your invitation, it is helpful to use a computer program, which is quick and easy. Or, you can always hand-write each invitation using calligraphy which adds a beautiful touch, but is very time-consuming. If you are going to use a computer program then decide if you need to print in a landscape or portrait layout. Landscape means horizontal and portrait means vertical. You can either do a page set-up using different margins and columns to create equal text boxes or you can eyeball it and test print to see if it is right.

Once you have written the text, you need to test print it. Test print on inexpensive printer paper rather than your more expensive cardstock. Once you know it is correct, print all the text sheets at one time so they are complete.

A good discount wedding invitation supplier will also respond to your inquiries and requests promptly either through email or by phone. But your privacy must always be requested so make sure that any personal information you provide to them is used for the sole purpose of processing your order. Your order must be transmitted across a secure server, so your billing information is kept private.

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