I’m a huge advocate for designing your own invitations, especially after last week’s post where I discovered that people spend nearly $500 US (!!!!!) on these bad boys. There’s no shame in picking out a template from a print shop website, but there’s something nice about designing it yourself. Here’s a few things you need to know when designing your own invitations.
- You’ll need a knowledge of Photoshop (and InDesign if you have access to it), or a knowledge of someone who has a knowledge of Photoshop. Admit it if you don’t. Don’t use a free, web-based program, because it won’t turn out as nice.
- People don’t read the whole invitation. Make it very clear what you want to say and then say it. I suggest making a wedding website with all of your direction and registry information so that way you don’t have to make separate pieces for each. And also, you’ll save on printing and postage.
- Use your wedding colours, but make sure the background is either white or a light colour. Don’t print text on dark colours. It’ll run and be gross.
- Want to use one of those cool curly calligrapher fonts? Try Magnolia Sky. Want that cute handwritten all-caps font? Try DK Lemon Yellow Sun. I also really like The Salvador right now.
- Put a picture of yourselves on the back. Your grandparents will love it and might even frame it. It’s a nice way to give your relatives a printed engagement picture.
- Get inspiration. Google some cool wedding invitation ideas and then see if you can put your own spin on it.
- Have fun with it. It’s your wedding. If you want to make it a map of Middle Earth, then who’s stopping you?