DIY Wedding Invitations: Tips, Tricks and Inspiration

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For DIY savvy brides there's no question about buying wedding invitations. You know you're going to make them and you know they are going to be gorgeous.

To help bring your vision to life check out our must read tips, tricks and inspiration to guide you in creating beautiful and elegant DIY wedding invitations that your guests will never forget.

10 Top Tips & Tricks for Incredible Invites

Making your own wedding invites doesn't have to be costly or stressful, and yes they are perfectly doable without any fancy machinery.

Follow these simple tips and tricks to start you off on the right foot:

1. Consider Your Vision

Before doing anything take a moment to envision your big day. Get a feel for the theme and colors, then use these to start putting together the design. Your invites set the tone for the entire event, giving guests a glimpse at what to expect, so make sure they represent the atmosphere you want to create.

2. Don't Skimp On These 4 Things

DIY wedding invitations are not all about cutting costs (although that's always a nice bonus!) Yes you can easily make invites for as little as a $1 each but there are some things you just never want to skimp on including:

1. Envelopes and cardstock

2. Great quality printer

3. Paper trimmer

4. Embellishments and adhesive

3. Always Order Extra

Before placing your order for your card stock and envelopes think carefully about the pieces you'll be making such as invitations, response cards and reception cards. Be sure to order more than you need in case you mess up or make a mistake. An extra 25 is a good guesstimate, and it means you'll have extras on hand in case of any last minute additions.

4. Get Shapely

Square or rectangle? Folded or flat? When figuring out what shape and size you want your invites to be don't be afraid to think outside the box. 5x7 is the traditional size but this is your wedding and you have the freedom to create any style of invite you want. Perhaps you want your invites in the shape of love hearts, or maybe you fancy honking your own horn and celebrating your vintage theme with a classic car cutout?

5. Choose Your Fonts Carefully 

The general rule is to try and stick to two fonts for your invitation design - a script and a block. By contrasting a bold font with a fancy one, you'll create the perfect marriage. Find great free fonts to use for your stationary at and

6. Embrace Embellishments

Beautiful embellishments are what truly makes DIY wedding invites stand out from the crowd. From fabric for making pretty ruffles to beads and buttons to add a touch of glitz and glamour, these little touches make a world of difference. Other embellishments to consider include punches for adding detail to corners and edges, notions and lace, organza ribbons, and stamps.

7. Play With the Wording

Finding the right words for your wedding invites is one of the scariest parts of the process. Don't slip into overwhelm, instead check out our guide on "How to Word Your Wedding Invitations" for everything you could ever need to know.

8. Use Clip Art

If you aren't an artist or graphic designer then use clip art for all your decor needs. Clip art is an inexpensive yet elegant way to dress up your invites. Florals, foliage, vintage icons and more, the options are endless and you can use them again and again for your invites, table settings, RSVP cards or whatever else you need.

9. Wrap It Up

Wrapping your invites up with a pretty ribbon is the perfect way to complete the look. You don't need a fancy bow to impress (they usually get crushed in the mail anyway) just a single wrap secured at the back using a scotch tape gun. Simple and chic!

10. Mailing Them Out 

Once everything is done it's time to mail your invites out to all the lucky recipients. The envelopes you choose are very important so make sure to opt for something sturdy that won't fall apart in the mail. Ideally you'll want to send them out at least 2 months in advance or earlier depending on whether you already sent out save the dates.

5 Seriously Beautiful Tutorials to Inspire You

To get you inspired we've rounded up 5 of the most beautiful DIY wedding invitation tutorials for you to lust over:

1. Stunning Paperwork Wedding Invitations

This amazing step by step tutorial shows you exactly how to make these stunning paper cut peony invites, from what supplies you'll need to get started to mastering the art of calligraphy. Ideal for a small intimate wedding.

Discover how to make your own over at Craft Tuts+


2. Classic Silhouette Wedding Invitations

Armed with a silhouette cameo, how creative you can get with your wedding invitations is only limited by your imagination. This tutorial shows you how to make classic invites with a touch of pretty for those wanting a simple minimalist design that is perfect for a modern wedding.

Discover how to make your own over at Create & Babble


3. Neon and Kraft Paper Wedding Invitations

Neon is back and it's a fun way to add bright hues to your wedding stationary while tying in the color palette of your special day. Mixing the rustic feel of Kraft paper with vibrant colorful pops, this tutorial utilizes embossing and monogramming techniques for a totally original style.

Discover how to make your own over at Oh So Beautiful Paper

Neon and Kraft Paper Wedding Invitations

4. Savannah Inspired Floral Wedding Invitations

Soft and elegant with floral accents, traditional is the order of the day with this wedding invitation tutorial. With the addition of a single printed letterpress element to elevate the entire suite, the special DIY details help to complete the look making it feel completely unique.

Discover how to make your own over at Oh So Beautiful Paper

Savannah Inspired Floral Wedding Invitations

5. Wax Paper Wedding Invitations

This beautiful wax paper wedding invitation tutorial is a great way to add a little something extra to your invites. Hammer in one hand and candle in the other, in seven simple steps this mind blowing design will look gorgeous for any style of event.

Discover how to make your own over at Once Wed

Wax Paper Wedding Invitations

Your Turn...

Do you have any DIY wedding invitation tips or tricks to share with our other readers? If so then let us know in the comments below...