One of the best ways to save money on your wedding is to have as many parts of it done the DIY way. Luckily, the easiest thing that you can do yourself is the set of invitations.
When the wedding planning starts, one of the first things that you need to tackle is the invitations. Most couples will have their invitations made by a professional designer, but if you want to add a little bit of personal touch to these invites (and save money in the process), why not design and create them yourself?
If you don’t know where to start with your DIY wedding invitations, here are some tips that can help you out:
1. Choose a size
What size do you want your card to be? Are you going with the standard size of 5 x 7 inches? Or are you choosing something a little smaller or bigger? Once you select your size, you can make your design based on its shape and orientation.
2. Create drafts
Start drafting designs as early as you can. There are a lot of things to think about, such as typography, colors, theme, illustrations, and layout. Moreover, if there are distinctive design aspects that you want, you can get a head start by looking for resources and tools that can do it, such as a high-quality letterpress printer or a handcrafted paper maker.
3. Look for inspiration
Check out other designs on the Internet so you can get closer to finding your own visual style. Create a collection of typography, illustrations, color schemes, and layouts that you can try combining to create your unique style.
4. Play with templates
There are countless templates available on various designing sites and apps on the Internet. You can try using these templates for your wedding invitations and tweaking the things you don’t like, or use them as inspiration to create your own design from scratch.
5. Make sure your fonts match
In the designing world, the golden rule is to only use two to three fonts for one design. However, finding the perfect combination of fonts can be challenging. Most probably, you will have to do trial and error to find the perfect pair or trio. But in any case, make sure you only use up to three fonts that match.
6. Don’t overcrowd the design
One of the worst things you can do for a wedding invite or any invite is to crowd the card with too many texts or designs. Make sure you leave enough blank space between the design elements to make sure the focus is maintained on the important parts of the invite.
7. Maintain consistency
Apart from the wedding invite, there’s also the RSVP cards, thank you cards, menus, table place cards, and wedding favor tags to think about. To save time and maintain a consistent aesthetic appeal, use the same design elements for all of the printables.
Having the freedom to create your own invitations can be a fun and creative experience for you and your future spouse. Don’t worry about not having any design skills; with enough planning and creativity, both of you can come up with a wedding invitation that will wow your guests.