Anyone who has ever planned or been involved in a wedding knows how crazy expensive they are to organise. It is so easy for your budget to get out of control really quickly, as the multitude of growing needs for your dream wedding escalates. So when it came to my own wedding planning I really needed to look at where we could cut costs, that wouldn’t affect our magical day. Here’s how I made my own wedding invites and saved.
Wedding invites are surprisingly expensive (but most anything you add the word “wedding” to is)! Plus wedding invites seem to vary from the simple to the crazy elaborate with lace and folds and confetti. I am however about to throw a truth bomb at you that you might not like – No one really “truly” cares about what your wedding invites looks like except you. Granted people will receive it in the mail and have a ‘Nawwww’ moment, but a good percentage pop it on the fridge as a date reminder or lose it. So needless to say wedding invites was where I made my budget cut. Cutting your budget doesn’t necessarily mean cutting back on quality, I loved my wedding invites, it is more about simplifying them into to needs versus wants.
DIY: How I made my own wedding invites and saved
What you will need:
- Your own home colour printer
- Paper Trimmer/Guillotine (optional – scissors)
- Cristina Re Luxury Linen Paper (AU Spotlight) or White Linen Textured Finish Cardstock (US Amazon)
- Invitation Artwork
- Accessories with ribbons, lace or stickers to match
- … and a touch of creative inspiration
Creating your own invites opens up so many opportunities to make it very personal and special to you. My wedding invitations had a Harry Potter theme to tie in with my super nerdy engagement, and it made the invitations very special and personal to me. I decided to concentrate my theme on the Golden Snitch, which was the ring that my now Husband presented me with on our engagement day. I designed my invitations using Adobe Photoshop and a graphic I found online of a sketched Golden Snitch. There are however some amazing sites out there to either design your own artwork such as Canva, or you can purchase printable designs customised to your liking from Etsy and simply print them yourself.
The paper I used was Cristina Re Luxury Linen Paper which I sourced from Spotlight (or White Linen Textured Finish Cardstock), and it worked perfectly with my design. This premium matt Linen card stock really added that something special to the wedding invitations, making them look elegant and sophisticated as opposed to normal card paper. The Luxury Linen Paper is a soft pearl white with a subtly textured surface – The website states: perfect for printing purposes. Laser and inkjet printer compatible. Acid-free. For my wedding invitations, I designed them A5 as my size and I merely printed two side-by-side versions of my own invitation design onto an A4 page and cut them in half (again saving cost with less paper to purchase). *US readers: Letter paper can be used also and cut in half for the same result.
Lastly those finishing touches, I was also able to easily source white envelopes in A5 from eBay and I highlighted the theme with gold embellishments. I used gold ribbon to tie together the wedding invitation, RSVP card, and gift registry card before placing them into the envelope, then sealed the envelope with a gold sequinned seal sticker and addressed the envelopes with a gold pen. This all worked beautifully together with the Golden Snitch theme I had used for the invitation design. Below is another beautiful example I found on Etsy, super affordable, and eye-catching.
I would definitely recommend if you are currently planning your wedding, do look into making your own wedding invites, and try not to get caught up in the hype. All materials for my wedding invites cost me around $50, which was a massive saving and I still got great compliments about the creative design and the quality of the beautiful paper. Choosing to create my own wedding invites really allowed me to make them something special for us both. The money we saved also allowed us to use this for other areas of the wedding that make a bigger impact (in my opinion).