How To Make Your Own Wedding Invitations – A Guide

Written by    Last updated: March 31, 2013

You can always pay a designer to create your wedding invitations, but will they be exactly how you imagined? If you’re not sure, then it makes perfect sense to create your own invites. A wedding invitation is the first glimpse of the theme and feel of your special day, and no one can introduce it better than you.

Handmade Wedding Invitations

We’ve already shown you how to create your own invitations and stationery with a number of tips on how to decorate your cards and how to communicate your theme, but we now want to show you in much more detail how to physically print your invitations for the best quality and most professional look!

We asked a local company Toner Giant for some expert tips on producing the perfect invitation you’ll be proud to send to your family and friends.

Where to start with making your own wedding invitations

Before you even start to think about glitter and tinsel, planning is essential. Write down all the information your guests will need – names, dates, RSVP info, map, optional menu options, etc. After all, informing your guests is the main purpose of an invite, so the design, materials and typography should address the following points:

  1. Colours are arguably the most important part of the invitation. It’s a good idea to match the colours of the invite with the colour scheme of your wedding. This will give the guests a ‘heads up’ as to what colour to wear so that they don’t clash or match the bridesmaids!
  2. Consider if you want pictures on the invite. Some couples love an idea of including a fun picture of themselves, while others think it takes away the subtlety of the invite. If you choose a picture, consider using transparency for a great effect. Transparency involves making the image slightly see through, giving softer edges and lighter colours to avoid taking attention away from the detail.
  3. Consider the font you would like to use – bold fonts draw attention, while fancy italic style fonts add elegance to your invite.
  4. Think about which orientation you would like. Most wedding invites are in landscape orientation, however don’t be afraid to be different, and if you have an idea in mind you can always test it!
  5. Make sure you include the relevant information! It’s all well and good your invites looking pretty and professional, but they need to serve their purpose! Guests need to know who, what, where, when at the very least.
  6. Think about the contents of the envelope – some couples may choose to have a simple folded invite with all the information on one sheet, whilst others may choose to have an outer envelope, an inner envelope, and inner envelope lining as well as tissue paper, RSVP cards, reception cards, RSVP envelopes, a map, directions and some glitter thrown in for good measure (this sounds like more of a small book than a invite, but each to their own!)
  7. Make sure you choose an envelope colour that compliments the invite itself; The general trend is to use opposites – if your invite is very light in colour use a darker envelope, and likewise if the invite is dark, use a lighter envelope.

DIY Wedding Stationery at the Confetti Shop

Above, clockwise from top left: eco chic wedding reception place cards | eco chic invitation inserts | pearl damask pocket wallet invitation kit in 10 pack | navy and pearl fleur de lys gatefold invitation kit – 10 pack

You should now have the basics and specifications of your invitations covered – now it’s all about design. The hand-made look is extremely popular right now, with the vintage theme as the top favourite. Such self-made invites are unique because you can use anything you fancy to make them look professional and modern yet personal – dried flowers, ribbon, embossed stamps, various paper textures and colours and much more – see our DIY wedding stationery section for all the useful bits and bobs!

  • Make sure you have good strong paper, consider the thickness and whether you would prefer it to be glossy or textured. This is very important in ensuring your invite looks professional.
  • Choose a good quality ink or preferably HP toner; don’t be afraid to splash out as the higher quality you get, the more professional the invite will look!
  • Remember to buy extra paper and extra ink just in case luck isn’t on your side that day! This also comes in handy for any last-minute guest list changes where you may need to print a few extra invites.

Creating the invite

Depending on what you’re used to, Microsoft Word is always a good option to design your invitation due to the ease of use and the limitless choice of fonts you can download online. Make sure you set the size of the invite first; A6 is generally enough space to demonstrate graphics and colours while keeping it petite and elegant.

A6 is also convenient as it fits twice onto A4 paper, so you can set it up to place two invites on one landscape A4. Do this by going to the page layout tab in word > set the size to A6 and when you’re going to print the document set page per sheet to two pages per sheet.

Stationery Printing Examples

When copying graphics into the document, make sure you wrap them as “tight”, so they can be positioned anywhere on the document, do this by right clicking the image > hover on wrap > and choose “tight”. Only then can you move the image at free will, if your using multiple graphics you may need to layer them, for example text over the image, this is also achieved by right clicking and selecting “bring to front” or “send to back”.

For a real professional standard, we do recommend using a high quality printer such as a HP LaserJet, but if you don’t have a top of the range HP, it’s not the end of the world. Just make sure you fork out the extra cash for an original cartridge (from your printer’s manufacturer) as they will give the best quality of colour and sharpness within your printer’s capabilities. We printed a quick example on a piece of A4 in the office to demonstrate what can be achieved with a home printer and quality cartridge.

Stationery Printing Examples

One more thing… don’t forget to only print one copy at first, and then inspect the results including design colour, consistency, layout and spelling. We’ve all done it – printed off a ton of papers and then realised there’s a problem, oops! So give it a go and make your wedding invites as unique as you are. When people comment on the invites and ask who or how ‘they’ made them you can say with a smile… “I did it all myself”!


Find a whole range of beautiful wedding stationery and accessories in the Confetti shop! And discuss this topic and more with hundreds of brides ad brides-to-be in our forums!

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