When you opt to make your own DIY wedding invitations, you commit to a lot of creativity, hard work and thinking time. But you also sign up for some very personal invites and potentially huge savings too. However, as with everything DIY, there can be pitfalls if you don’t do your research and take your time.
Here are some amazing DIY wedding invitation tips:
Consider Your Budget
DIY can be the cheaper option, however if you’re not careful you could end up spending more than you would getting the invites made by a professional company. If you are planning on creating the wedding invites completely yourself including purchasing the accessories, envelopes, card and so on, the costs can really add up if you’re not careful. However, if you work out how many cards you want to make, how many of each component you need and then create a budget and stick to it, you will still be able to make them cheaply.
Consider Your Time
It is important to remember that creating these invites will take time, no matter how creative you are. Be prepared to put a fair amount of time, and patience, aside in order to get the task done. And where possible, get some help with the task! This is the perfect job for you to enlist bridesmaids, friends and family to help with – just supply snacks, drinks and plenty of thank you’s so they feel appreciated!
Consider Your Approach
Are you planning on completely making the invites yourself or just part of them. If you’re not confident making them completely from scratch, you could get them printed by a company and then add your own personal touch to them. www.handyhippo.co.uk have full wedding stationary kits as well as beautiful accessories so you can pick and choose exactly how DIY you want to go.
Are You Ready To Be Creative?
Are you a naturally creative person who loves to spend an afternoon getting knee deep in Youtube craft tutorials and detailed projects, or are you more of a painting with fingers kinda person? Know your own skills and know your limits, you can have the best intentions in the world but if you’re not that creative, you may find you waste a lot of money on materials creating invites that look like they have been created by the kids. Knowing your limits doesn’t make you a failure, it just means you need to be resourceful. Who do you know that is creative enough to pull this project off? Enlist the help of those you know to be capable of the job and as above – provide snacks, drinks and plenty of thank you’s for the help you receive!
Consider Your Theme
DIY wedding invites can look flawless, as though a professional company has made them. However, more often than not you can tell they are homemade and they do have a somewhat ‘rustic’ feel to them. There is nothing wrong with that, as long as it suits your overall wedding theme. When you’ve decided that it does, make sure you match the invites to the theme. So if it is a rustic wedding, try to include natural details that match those included in your wedding. Or if it’s vintage, opt for writing or accessories that suit the era you’re replicating.
Take Your Time
Wedding invites will naturally be something you do long before the wedding day, however, sometimes they can drop down the list of priorities as post it notes, schedules and meetings build up. Make sure you have a deadline for your invites going out so you can plan your invite research and creation long before that date. This allows you time to create the ideal invites for your big day, buy the supplies for them and create them, and then create them again if the first attempt doesn’t work.
Know Where To Save And Where To Splurge
It is important you don’t skimp on certain necessary items, otherwise you’re destined for failure. Spend a decent amount of money on a paper trimmer or invites already cut to size (scissor cutting won’t do), good quality glue (so those expensive gems don’t fall off in the post), envelopes and printing. The essential elements of the DIY invites have to be right, otherwise the rest of your efforts will fall short.