Jennifer Morris from Bride&Groom is here today to give some tips on making your own wedding invitations. Bride&Groom has a wide selection of wedding stationery and accessories to fit any budget! Jennifer is filled with all sorts of wedding knowledge and writes about wedding planning for Bride & Groom and other wedding sites. We are thrilled she has agreed to share a few ideas that will not only make your invitations unique but also may make them more budget friendly.
Your wedding invitations are more than just an announcement of your wedding day. They’re an expression of your personal style and a cue for your guests about the kind of ceremony you’ll have. Make the message they bear much more than just the who, what, when and where of your wedding with wedding invitations you make yourself. A beautifully designed wedding invitation is a little gift of art from you to your guests. They’ll cherish the invitation itself as a memento of the occasion, so make your invitations special.
The days of dot-matrix printers and perforated paper are long gone. Modern kits let you make your own wedding invitations that match professional invitations in quality. Unlike professionally engraved invitations, you have your choice of something livelier than bells, birds and bows to decorate your invitations. Look for art, fonts and paper that says something special about you and your future spouse. If you’re both movie buffs, you might choose a film border for your invitations. Pay a whimsical homage to your mutual love of coffee or collies in your art choices.
Smaller weddings give you the chance to personalise each invitation. You don’t have to be an artist to create fanciful stamps or stencils to adorn your invitations. Craft stores sell stamps that give you a huge range of options. Of course, if you do happen to be an artist, painting landscapes or sketching portraits for individual invitations will make an unforgettable impact. Keep your time constraints in mind, though; it’s easy to become so wrapped up in hand-painting your DIY wedding invitations that you miss the deadline to send them.
Decorative papers make any wedding invitation look special. Try your hand at embossing your own thicker card stock or buy ready-made embossed paper to decorate part or all of the front of the invitation. Papers with flowers, glitter or leaves embedded in the fibers have a gorgeous handmade look to them. If you’re truly ambitious, you could make your own paper, embedding flowers from your garden or that match your bouquet in the paper. Trim invitations that include multiple types of paper with ribbon to hide the seams where papers join for a polished look.
Make your own wedding invitations shine with ribbons, beadwork or other decorative accents that add style without contributing costly bulk to the invitations. You’ll need to pay postage on everything in the envelope, so choose lightweight materials such as feathers or origami paper designs instead of metal ornaments or glass beads. One sweet idea: use items you collected together on your beach vacation or a romantic picnic as decorative elements on your invitations.
Don’t be afraid to move beyond folded rectangular invitations on light-hued paper. Round, square or triangular invitations have their own unusual charm. Silver and gold inks give you leeway to use any colour you like for the paper. The important thing is that you infuse your invitations with plenty of personal style. They can’t help but be a hit when you put a little of yourself into each handmade wedding invitation.
Tell us! Would you consider making your invitations yourself? If so, what little bits of your personalities would you want to infuse into your invites?
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