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Fairy Tale Wedding Invitation
How to conceptualize and design the Fairy Tale Wedding Invitation
Coming Up with the Fairy Tale Invitation Concept
Every girl has envisioned herself as Cinderella or some sort of princess. She lives in a castle and falls forever in love with a handsome knight in shinning armor. She has beautiful diamonds and jewelry, magnificent gowns, and wonderful treasures. Fairies fly all around spreading their fairy dust and making all of her wildest dreams come true. There is a special golden key which unlocks the most magnificent door and the land of imagination. This fairy tale land is what I envisioned when I designed my Cinderella wedding set.

The Invitation
The invitation is elegant and has a certain charm to it. I used the word "love" in the upper left corner to carry the Cinderella theme. The fairy dust then leads your eye down thru the wedding information and then finally to the castle. The names of the bride and groom and their wedding date were put in purple text, while everything else was kept in dark gray to add emphasis. (I used gray instead of black to soften the text)

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Personalize and Print the Fairy Tale Wedding Invitation

Paper Suggestions
• 8.5" x 11"
• 30 to 60 pound card stock
• Bright White, a metallic gold paper, or transparent paper
NOTE: Be sure to check with your paper supplier that your paper is inkjet-compatible (or laser-compatible if that's what you're using!)

Final Cut Dimensions
5.5" x 7.75"

Ribbons and ties
Try using a nice blue ribbon or a brown tie material. No special bows or ties are needed. Cutting the ends of the ribbon on the diagonal or in a triangle shape adds a nice touch.

Colors Suggestions: Colors that work well with this design are purple, yellow, and silver (metallic gray). Purple conveys royalty, yellow reads as gold and wealth, and silver represents jewelry - which are all things a princess would have.

Font used: Parisian and Fine Hand

Now that you've decided on this layout, its time to personalize it!
Here's what you need to do:
  1. Download Fairy Tale Wedding Invitation Template
    Members of Wedding Clipart will find the template pictured in this set once they login. All templates are divided by theme, and it will be easy to locate the Fairy Tale theme and this exact template using the thumbnail image. Once you find it, simply download it to your hard drive.

  2. Open the Template
    All Wedding Clipart templates are in Microsoft Word format. Double click the template and it will open automatically in MS Word.

  3. Personalize the Text
    You'll see that all the text is in its own textbox, so you can edit the text and move it to where you want very easily. Try typing additional words and phrases and you'll get the hang of it immediately. You can also change the font, add bold or italicized text if you wish.

    Swap out or edit graphics used in the template. We've designed the template layout and graphics so that they are ready to print as-is. But perhaps you've found additional images in the Wedding Clipart collection that you'd like to include. Inside the website, along with all the templates, is a complete tutorial on adding and removing images to a document in Microsoft Word. Use this as your guide. Finally, if you are familiar with image-editing programs such as Illustrator or Corel, you have complete flexibility to modify any aspect of any image, from its color to its basic lines.

  5. Test Print
    Once you are happy with the way the invitation reads, try a test print on plain paper using the Manual Feed setting on your printer. We've tested all of our templates on inkjet and laser printers, so you shouldn't have any trouble printing with your standard home printer.

  6. Test Cut
    As you can see from the photo, this Butterfly Wedding Theme invitation is smaller than the 8.5" x 11" paper. You will need to practice cutting away the margins and folding the invitation in thirds so that it fits in your envelopes. Best to do this before you start your final prints on expensive paper.

  7. Final Fixes and Changes
    You can make as many test prints as you want, allowing you to test different wording, changes to the layout, and additions/subtractions of graphics, as mentioned above.

  8. Final Print
    Select the paper you have chosen for your final invitations. Before you start a large print run, test just one sheet. If the new paper causes any alignment or paper jamming issues, you'll need to troubleshoot the printer. Most printers allow adjustments to the manual paper feed tray. When you have a successful print out, you may still need to feed and print the invitations one at a time, depending on your printer.

  9. Final Cut
    Once you have a stack of final prints, you can always do the cutting at home, especially if you have a paper cutter. But you'll probably save a lot of energy and mistakes by taking the stack to your local copy store and having them cut the entire stack at once. Be sure to have a prototype of a final cut with you for them to follow.
Your Invitations are Done!
Here is a little background on the other pieces you see in this Fairy Tale Wedding Stationary Set.

The Save the Date - The save the date has a lot of character to it. The miniature calendar is a great way to show guests exactly when the wedding is scheduled to take place. The ring at the bottom represents the fairy tale theme and follows the same curves as the rounded layout. The invitation is cut circular to add personality and imagination to the layout and to follow the curves of the ring and the circled date.

The RSVP is kept simple and too fancy with only one color and the fairy dust image. There was no real reason to over design the RSVP when everything else is so imaginative.

The seating card
The seating card is very creative and imaginative. It not only reads as a seating card, but also tells a story and gives a special thank you to the guests. The folded card, on the front side has an image of a knight in the left hand corner (which is where your eye immediately goes to) then it travels to the table number and the family name. Finally, the fairy dust leads you to a small golden key. When you turn the card around, you are welcomed by a large wonderful key (the same one you discovered on the front side) and the wonderful treasure a love poem (which follows the theme of "love" from the invitation) and a special thank you from the bride and groom.

NOTE: Everything was printed on bright white cardstock paper so that the images would stand out. But I have also printed it on nice golden shimmering paper and translucent paper and they all look great.

This is such a magical wedding set and would add the special touches to any fairy tale wedding theme. It is very imaginative and creative, yet simple to make. I designed everything within a couple of hours from scratch and printed it from a 4-year-old HP OfficeJet G85 inkjet printer.

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