DIY Wedding Invitations, Announcements and Cards

Couples can easily save money by making their wedding invitations, announcements, and cards themselves. Thanks to advances in technology, you no longer need to be a professional graphic designer or an expert card maker to pull off this task.

Customize and Print Yourself

The easiest way to create your own wedding invitations is to simply customize and print one of the professionally produced designs from The Printable Wedding. Click on the teal "Personalize Now" button at the top of the design you like, such as the Formal Wedding Invitation , then enter your text into the desired spots. When you're finished, save your work and download the document as a PDF file to be printed on the paper of your choice. Using specialty papers such as textured cardstock or iridescent vellum to customize the look of your invitation even further.

Mix and Match

If you're feeling a little more adventurous, mixing and matching different templates helps create a more personal feel for your wedding stationery.

Depending upon the size of your wedding, you may require:

  • Save the Date Cards
  • Invitations
  • Response Cards
  • Programs
  • Menus
  • Thank You Cards

Many designs, such as the Autumn Tree Wedding Set , have been pre-coordinated to make the planning process easier for the bride to be. However, it's easy to create your own set if you so desire. Simply browse through the set and use the "Add to Favorites" button in the upper right hand corner to add each item you like to your account. When you're done, access your chosen designs through the "Favorites" tab under the "My Account" option. Personalize, save, and print as desired.

If you're mixing and matching different templates, it's helpful to look for a common color scheme and/or a design motif such as flowers or hearts. For example, consider this set assembled using templates featuring various shades of purple:

3 Easy Ways to Manipulate Wedding Clip Art

If you want to use clip art to create your own wedding stationery, it's easy to customize images to find the exact look you desire. All you need is image editing software such as Adobe Photoshop. Download The Printable Wedding clip art of your choice as an .EPS, .PNG, or .JPG file, then customize as desired.

Here are three easy ways to customize your clip art:

  • Adjust the saturation of your clip art to create a more muted effect.

  • Adjust the hue and saturation of your clip art to make it match your wedding colors, such as turning a red heart into a lavender one.

  • Use the paint bucket tool to add color to a black and white wedding monogram .

DIY Wedding Invitations

If you're a "from scratch" kind of bride, here's how you can create your own custom invite for your big day:

  • Choose a background from the Wedding Backgrounds category. Remember to select a design that will allow your text to show up clearly. Backgrounds can be downloaded as .EPS, .PNG, or .JPG files. You can also download backgrounds as Microsoft Word documents if you would prefer to create your invitation without the use of image editing software.
  • Choose any desired embellishments, such as a flourish, border, or flower. Download the image, then add to the desired location in your document.
  • Add your text. If you don't already have a font in mind, Snippet and Ink has a list of 50 fonts that are perfect for wedding invitations. In most cases, a wedding invitation uses a script font for the bride and groom's names and a simple serif or sans serif font for the rest of the text. You want to avoid mixing two distinctive script fonts, as they will tend to overpower each other.
  • Proofread carefully. You don't want to be embarrassed by typos on your big day! If spelling and grammar aren't your strong point, ask a friend to double check your work.
  • Save your document. If your software gives you an option to save as low, medium, or high quality, save as the highest quality file possible.
  • Print at home on the desired paper, making sure you have a fresh ink cartridge in your printer before you begin.

A Word on Wedding Etiquette

If you're planning to save money by creating your own wedding stationery, it's important to plan ahead. You want to allow yourself plenty of time to prepare and print your documents before they are needed.

Traditionally, save the date cards are sent four to six months before the wedding. Wedding invitations are sent six to eight weeks before the wedding, although three months is the recommended timeframe if you're having a destination wedding that requires extensive travel plans or if you expect many out-of- town guests. After the wedding, it's customary to send thank you cards within three months of when the gift was received.

Written by: The Printable Wedding Team