If craft is your hobby then making your own wedding invitations will be time well spent, if not then be sure to have plenty of help at hand.

Making your own wedding stationery can be as simple or as involved as you like. It can save you money but it won't save you time so take into account your own skill and patience.

If you go the do-it-yourself way, then make a day or evening of it and organise a bridal party sweat shop. Allocate each person a task and depending on how many hands you have your wedding invitations could be finished in a matter of hours rather than weeks.

Embellishments for wedding invitations include all sorts or gorgeous adornments including jewels, charms, crystals, flowers, ribbon, lace, buckles, cameos, letters, tassels, skeleton leaves, wax seals and all kinds of motifs including shells, starfish, hearts and seahorses.

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If you plan to send an odd sized wedding invitation, make sure there is an envelope available that will fit it perfectly. Odd sized envelopes can be hard to source and expensive to buy and handmaking envelopes yourself is very time consuming. Not to mention the cost of sending them won't be a standard stamp.

Getting Started

Preparation is the key to making your own wedding invitations. Get started by playing around with different papers and adornments.

Trialing papers can be very expensive. Always check how print friendly your wedding invitation paper is before you buy reams of it. If a single piece of paper costs a few dollars you don't want to be throwing out sheets that have not printed clearly or have smudged.

Test print text in different colours to see what looks and prints best on your selected paper. Translucent papers such as vellum and metallic finish papers may bleed. Bleeding ink can mean that too much ink has been used so use less ink by setting the print to draft mode. If bleeding still occurs then the paper isn't suitable.

Leave the test paper for at least 24 hours and slide a dry finger over the print to test, do not rub the ink.

If you are happy with the result then you can print all the wedding invitations. Print in small batches to ensure the print is consistent. Before assembling leave the paper to dry for at least 24 hours.

Use clear glue to stick on adornments and ribbon. Test small pieces first to make sure the glue isn't visible. Glue is never invisible so consider other methods such as double sided tape, roll tape or camouflage, by hiding the glue with stick on decorative ribbon or adornments.

When gluing decorative adornments such as starfish and shells press firmly and be careful not to break it.

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Not all printing methods or calligraphy will work on all papers. If you are concerned about printing on your gorgeous and expensive papers then have them printed professionally and assemble the wedding invitations yourself....it still counts as DIY!

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Less is best. Don't get excited about all the different embellishments available and have them all, you don't want your wedding invitations looking like a school project. Choose one or two as the main feature.

Layering papers of different sizes looks elegant and will finish a wedding invitation beautifully. Produce neat borders by layering papers of slightly different sizes. Look for papers in different patters, stocks and colours that reflect your own wedding colours. Two or three layers is best with the base layer being the heaviest stock. Be sure to fit your envelope from the base layer.

If you want the type of your wedding invitations to be the same shade as your bridesmaids dresses or wedding flowers then pick up a PMS (Pantone Match System) colour chart from a printer. When matching a shade don't rely on what you see on your computer screen. The shade on your computer rarely matches the finished product.


Popular paper choices include cardstock, paper and vellums for elegant finishes and overlays.

Heavier cardstock and decorative cardstock works best for panel cards and as a backing for layering. Decorative cardstock such as embossed or flocked papers aren't always printer compatible.

Lighter papers including textured papers such as linen paper (a slight criss cross pattern, similar to what you would see in linen fabric), metallic papers, patterned printed papers or smooth papers are compatible with most printers and work well as second or third layers or as wedding invitation inserts such as maps.

Translucent or vellum papers are very popular choices for wedding invitations. Vellum is used mostly as an overlay and can be used as the insert to the invitation as it can be printed on. All translucent papers should be handled with care as it can crease easily leaving a white scar.

Specialty silks and handmade papers such as japanese Yusen (Chiyogami) paper, oragami paper and paper embedded with dried flowers are gorgeous and should be purely decorative. These papers can be very expensive so consider using a professional wedding stationery designer to assemble the wedding invitations for you and always a professional printer if you are printing on them.

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