Your wedding is a one-time event that is why you’d want to invite the most important people in your lives to witness it. Here come the wedding invitations that you need to send out to your guests weeks before the wedding.
Should You Buy Invites or DIY?
First, you need to decide whether to buy the wedding invitations or make them yourself. Think about the following things so you can come up with a good decision:
- Think about your creativity. Are you confident that you can come up with good designs that will not only please the guests but also show your personalities as a couple?
- Are you fond of hand crafting?
- Do you have people who can help you out in making the invites?
- Can you design the invites yourself?
- Do you have a very limited budget for the invitations?
- Do you want to save money for the wedding?
If you answered yes to all the questions above, then it would be better if you make your own wedding invitations. If not, then it would be a mess and may be a cause of arguments if you continue with DIY. It wouldn’t help your wedding if your relationship gets shaken up by making the wedding invites alone. However, a DIY wedding invitation project that is carried out successfully would save you 30% to 40% of your invites budget.
Moreover, the invitations might cost you a lot due to the rising prices of stationery. You can save more money if you just have the right computer software and colored printer. Wedding invitation designs can be found online. You can download them along with the appropriate fonts and then print them into some special paper. There are even DIY kits from various wedding shops. A little creativity, time and effort would help you finish your personalized wedding invitations.
Tips on Handling Your DIY Wedding Invitations
Making wedding invitations is time consuming, especially if you have a lot of people in your guest list. You might be overwhelmed by the task, but the following tips can help:
- Allot a lot of time from designing to mailing the invitations. It can be a very time consuming task so you have to give an allowance of about two months, or at least one more month added to your estimated time frame. This is enough time for you to make up for your mistakes in the early part of creating the invites. Don’t forget that they should be mailed six to eight weeks before the big day, enough time for the guests to send their response as to whether they are attending your wedding or not.
- Consider the reply date carefully. Kindly ask your guests to reply to the invites two to three weeks before the wedding. This can provide you the time you need to put the seating arrangement in order, if you have one.
- Choose a card size depending on the envelopes that are readily available. It is a common mistake to start making invitations only to find out later that they wouldn’t fit into envelopes of your preferred size and color. Gather your materials first before starting on the project.
- Be careful with the dimensions. Make invitations that are at least a quarter or half an inch smaller than the envelopes. Make them even smaller if you plan to put inserts inside the envelope.
- Write the invitation properly. Don’t entrust everything to the fonts and colors to make your invites beautiful. Choose the right words as well. Instead of writing “two thousand and thirteen,” put in “two thousand thirteen” for the year. Stop abbreviating words so for “5th Avenue” write “Fifth Avenue.”
- Be polite and keep the registry information off the invitation. Your guests who lean towards being more traditional might not like it and might even say no to your invitation. Instead, let the information about registries be spread around through word-of-mouth with the help of your parents and friends more involved in the wedding. It’s more polite this way.
- Try the design on actual paper first. It’s a different thing to just look at the design on the computer than to have it printed as draft. This is how you’ll notice a font that is smaller or larger than how you want it to be or script that is not as readable as you think it is.
- Keep proofreading. Don’t be contented with a simple spell check. Get help from other people because they might notice mistakes that you didn’t see yourself.
- Weigh the invites first. This determines how much postage you should buy. Consider how square envelopes need higher postage than the rectangular ones.
- Engage in trial delivery of your invitation. Send one to yourself to see whether your invitations will still be received by your guests in a single decent piece.
These pointers should help you amass the courage that you need to finally send the wedding invitations. At least you’ll know where to start and how to deal with it with less stress.