Wedding invitations can be really expensive.
One way you can save money on your wedding invitations is to make them yourself.
Actually, this can be a very fun project — especially if you’re creative.
Thanks to computers and color printers, it’s easier than ever to make your own wedding invitations at home.
Here are some ideas to get you started…
#1 Use a wedding invitation kit. These kits can significantly reduce the cost of having wedding invitations made and give you lots of room to be creative with your wedding invitations. The benefit of using such a kit is the basics are all there for you, you just personalize them to meet your needs!
#2 If you’re a scrapbooker, then use your scrapbooking skills to make your own wedding invitations. It will probably be a snap for you! Just choose which kind of paper you want and which sequins, buttons, ribbons, and colors etc. you’ll be using. Once you design the first card, it’s simply a matter of duplicating the process for the rest of them. Finally, print what you want for the inside on special paper and then glue it into each card.
#3 For a greener approach, you could make your wedding invitations on your computer — art and all — and then send them as an e-mail attachment (rather than as a paper invitation). With a simple graphics program (like Paint.net or GIMP) you can simulate different paper types. I got one of these from a friend a few years ago and was really surprised at how beautiful it was. You can also use stock photos and clipart to personalize and create your own wedding invitations.
#4 If you’re like me and can’t draw worth a lick but want to include fun artwork in your wedding invitations, then you might want to download the free 3D art software Daz Studio and use many of the free props and things available online to create the art for your wedding invitations. Daz Studio does have a bit of a learning curve, but since most people know several months ahead of time that they’re going to get married, chances are you will have time to learn the program. It isn’t difficult, it just takes a bit of time to learn. Once you understand how it works, you can use the models, props, and such to create a piece of art that is reflective of what you are looking for for your wedding. Then it’s just a matter of choosing the paper to print your invitations on and printing them. I’ve seen some very beautiful 3D art wedding invitations, and if you’re patient you can come up with something really stunning. This way definitely saves you money, and if you enjoy creating things then you’ll have that satisfaction as well.
These are just a few of the ways you can make your own wedding invitations. My personal favorite is to use my Poser program to create art for wedding invitations. If done right, the artwork can look very realistic.
I enjoy helping women find clever ways to plan their weddings on a budget. My goal is to help you stay creative and save money at the same time! When I'm not writing, I enjoy spending time with my husband, reading, and creating 3D artwork & Native American beadwork.