Wednesday, January 7, 2015

For the DIY Wedding: Printable Invitations

Every wedding is different.

The easiest way to give your guests an idea of the feel for your wedding is the Save the Date and your Invitations. You can show your guests if you're wedding will be more rustic, whimsical, garden party, formal, or all out nerdy. Knowing your "theme" will help you pick your invitations.

Another thing to consider is color. Sometimes if you have a color in mind that you NEED to use, it will be easier (and cheaper) to make your own stationary. After you have your theme and color sorted, you can decide what shape you want your invitations to be. Rectangle cards are the easiest and cheapest option, square cards can cost more to post, circles will also cost more since they need square envelopes 90% of the time, there are fancy-cut rectangles, pocket invitations, and post cards. Postage is cheapest for postcards, and will go up based on size and thickness/weight.

If you decide to DIY your invites, there is always the possibility of them costing more than if you had paid someone else to make them. You may need to purchase special equipment/supplies for them, but you know that you will get exactly what you wanted. It could also me MUCH cheaper to do them yourself if you're not fussy and just need a basic printed invitation. It all depends on what you and your partner want. You can also design your own printable invitations if you're any good at photo/document editing and manipulation.

Fly Away With Me - Wedding Chicks
Now there are a few websites that I recommend for free printable invitation templates, and those are The Wedding Chicks and Love and Lavender. On Wedding Chicks you fill out your info in a form (they do not save any of your information) and it creates a PDF file for you. Love and Lavender allows you to download blank templates with borders and images so that you can create your stationary from scratch.

Wedding chicks has a really nice setup with 21 color choices to help customize most of their products, and many of the invitations have RSVP cards. Some even have table numbers, menu cards, escort cards, and favor tags! You might even get lucky and find some matching Save the Date cards! When you fill out your information it will even tell you on the top left of the form what size stationary and envelopes will work the best with printing.

Love and Lavender is a great starting point for creating your own invitations. All of the free printable wedding templates are blank, which allows you to add text boxes wherever you want on the card and use whatever wording and font you like. They will also show you where the fonts on the sample images came from so you can use those if you want. Some of the suites even come with multiple color options!

Hot Air Balloon Invitation
All you need to do with the Love and Lavender invitations is download the suite. No information is exchanged.

Follow Bargain Bridal Hunter's board Free Invitations on Pinterest.