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. Here’s our easy guide on how to make your own wedding invitations as unique as you are.
We asked the experts at Toner Giant for their tips on producing the perfect invitations.
Where to Start With Making Your Own Invitations
Before you even start to think about finishing touches, 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 the invitation, so the design, materials and typography should address the following points:
- Colours are arguably the most important part of the invitation. It’s a good idea to match the colours of the invitation 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.
- Consider if you want pictures on the invitation. Some couples love an idea of including a classic and romantic picture of themselves, while others prefer a funny caricature. 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.
- Consider the font you would like to use – bold fonts draw attention, while fancy italic style fonts add elegance to your invitation.
- Think about which orientation you would like, landscape or portrait.
- Make sure you include the relevant information. It’s all well and good that they look pretty and professional, but guests need to know who, what, where, when at the very least.
- Think about the contents of the envelope – some couples may choose to have a simple folded invitation 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 even some glitter thrown in for good measure.
- Make sure you choose an envelope colour that fits and ideally compliments the invitation. The general trend is to use opposites – if your invitation is very light in colour use a darker envelope, and likewise if the invite is dark, use a lighter envelope.
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Once you 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.
- 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 they will look.
- Remember to buy extra paper and extra ink, just in case; this will also come in handy for any last-minute guest list changes where you may need to print a few extra.
Creating Your Invitations
Depending on what you’re used to, Microsoft Word is 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.
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 best results, we 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 but an original cartridge from your printer’s manufacturer will give the best quality of colour and sharpness within your printer’s capabilities.
And finally, don’t forget to only print one copy first, and then inspect the results including design colour, consistency, layout and spelling for any typos or spaces that need closing. Have a second person check it over too, just to make sure.
Have fun making your wedding invitations as unique as you are. Find more Wedding Stationery, Wedding DIY ideas, further practical advice in our Wedding Planning pages and inspiration of all kinds in our ever-changing Wedding Blog.