DIY Invitations??? How much DIY is too much???

17 Apr
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I’m looking at making DIY invitations. I’ve seen DIY Kits, I’ve seen tutorials about homemade invitations, and I’ve seen various other ideas in regard to invitations, such as invitation booklets. Since I don’t have Photoshop or anything like that I’ll have create my invitations completely by hand or via MS Word or PowerPoint. I don’t like the mass market invitations. I really like the homemade look, or the creative invites that don’t look like everyone else’s that are bland and boring. I really wish I had Photoshop and knew how to make things with it, but since I don’t I’ve been being creative with Paint and Word. I’m having fun with it, and that’s important because now that I’m not trying to make it into something that is “proper,” or “traditional,” or “like they are supposed to look,” I am no longer so stressed out.

I’m not exactly sure of what type of paper I’ll be getting, or if I’ll put in “bling” on them, but I’m definitely going to Michael’s this Saturday to check out what they have in regard to paper and other supplies. I’m excited. I’ll be posting more as I go.


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6 responses to “DIY Invitations??? How much DIY is too much???

  1. abuttercreamwedding

    April 17, 2012 at 7:25 pm

    Etsy also has some great DIY-esqu pdfs – you buy the digital file, and then print them on your home computer. I think that is a great semi-diy option :-). Also, when you get to the point of doing return addresses, I loved my address stamp – it was quick, easy, and much better looking than my handwriting.

    • Lissa

      April 17, 2012 at 7:55 pm

      I’ll take a look at those. I’ve been creating a personalized booklet for the wedding party and immediate family as a keepsake/gift, but printing an actual booklet invitation is just too much work considering I’m getting married September 8th. My daughter is an artist and has photoshop but is having a baby so doesn’t really have the time to create invitations for me right now, though she said she would be able to help me put them together and address them, etc.

  2. Sidra Trajcevska

    April 17, 2012 at 11:18 pm

    Hey there! Ok, I’m kind of freaking out about this post since I do design with PhotoShop for work– the issue with using PowerPoint or something like Word for your graphics is the resolution won’t be high enough for high quality printing. What I recommend is this: Find an Etsy person that might freelance a personalized design OR find any other freelance designer. I think that spending too much on invitations is wasteful so I can see where you’re going with this idea, but, be careful!!

    Michaels has super cute kits, too. They also have a ton of coupons online which is GREAT!

    I designed stuff for my wedding myself which was a great cost saver, but, I used Etsy too and I had a great experience. Good luck!! ❤

    • Lissa

      April 18, 2012 at 12:59 pm

      Thanks so much for your advice. I’m only using Word for the written part. If I had Photoshop and had the time to learn how to use it properly I would use it. I don’t have the money to purchase it right now, and refuse to pay hundreds of dollars for invitations that look generic. I’m probably going to get my aunt who is a calligrapher to hand write the invites. I saw some of the kits on Etsy and they were really pretty but none of it was what I wanted. We’re using sheet music for decor, and the wedding is sort of a music theme (my fiance is in a band, plays the guitar and is the lead singer). I looked up invites that were music theme and found one that looked just like one I actually had already created in Word. I think it depends on the quality of paper since the graphic I’m using is actually quite simple. I’m leaning more and more towards something I’ve created in Word but actually hand making them (drawing the graphic on each invite and then having my aunt do the calligraphy work).

      • Sidra Trajcevska

        April 18, 2012 at 4:39 pm

        That sounds so cute and I can’t wait to see what it looks like! I wish I hadn’t spend as much as I did on my invitations and mailing them out!!! Good luck! I love how you are really incorporating your own personal selves into the invites. 🙂

  3. Sidra Trajcevska

    April 17, 2012 at 11:20 pm

    I also don’t know why I read your “paint” as PowerPoint LOL! Sorry, my bad. Good luck! ❤


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