There are so many ways to work within a budget when it comes to wedding invitations. Purchasing a DIY invitation allows you to have a beautiful, professional design and save money on printing. But how do you print a DIY Invitation?
Printing at home:
You can print at home with pre cut paper cards or buy a lovely paper stock and trim the cards to size. Make sure to buy extra cards/paper and ink as you will inevitably make some mistakes or run out. Do a test print and check that everything lines up. Sit by the printer and feed paper manually. Trim cards to size with a paper cutter or take them to your local copy shop and have them professionally trimmed. Assemble invitations and insert into envelopes. Voila DIY Invitations completed!
Printing at a copy shop or online printer:
If you want to make your own invitations, but don’t want to take on the printing you should consider having your invitations printed for you and doing the assembly at home. Inquire with your local copy shop about printing your DIY Invitation, or use an online printing service. Some printers will even let you supply your own paper.
Handy tips for printing your own invitations:
– Invest in lovely paper. Quality, textured paper will immediately take your invitations to the next level and is not that expensive. Visit your local art or craft store to choose your paper or order online from a per supplier.
– Think about the pieces you need…most people generally want an Invitation, a Response Card and perhaps a Reception Card. Make sure you order enough paper for mess-ups as printing each piece can often result in a few wasted pieces.
– To really take the invitation suite to the next level…think details. Layer your invitation on another piece of card to add luxury and weight. Tie with ribbon or twine. Glue crystals or buttons. Add an solid or patterned envelope line for a surprise effect.
– Making DIY invitations is much easier when you have the right tools at your disposal. If you plan to have help from bridesmaids or friends, make sure you have enough supplies so everyone can be working at once. Useful tools include, Paper Cutter/Stanley Knife/Scalpel, Scissors, Ruler, Bone Folder and Adhesive/double sided tape.
Although printing your own invitations can take a serious time commitment and can often be frustrating, if you give yourself room for error and enough time to practice, this is a GREAT way to infuse your invitation with personality and that handmade touch.
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