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Well, to start off with, I am getting married. This is my (and his) second time. I have been divorced for 17 years, so I wanted it to be special without spending much. I looked over numerous types of invitations and they were very costly, even to buy software and make your own. So, I thought I would not only make my own, but also make my own paper.
I started by finding different ways to make paper, I have never done so. I looked at many internet ideas and than came up with my own. I used mostly junk mail to make the paper pulp. I then got this idea from an online paper supplier to make "plantable" paper. This is where you add flower seeds to the mix.
The end product, through trial and error, was just what I wanted. I was able to create my own design the way I wanted, and my guests will be able to plant the invitation in the Spring and grow some special flowers.
By Katryn from Chester, VT
I have submitted several articles with tips on projects to save money on a wedding. Sure, it's more convenient to hire things done for your wedding, but the money saved can be applied towards a nice honeymoon or the living expenses that come after this day is over.
One way we saved money was to print our own invitations as well as the wedding programs. We purchased card stock paper from Walmart for the programs, and the invitation paper I just happened to come up on at a yard sale. They were even textured with cala lillies. I used a hole punch at the top and tied on a tiny white satin bow. The only drawback I would say,is the ink used,but we were able to do both projects for probably half the price of professionally printed invitations alone.
It gives you a real sense of pride knowing that you did-it-yourself!
By Sharon from KY
These are my calla lilies. I used this photo to make my wedding invitations. They were lovely! I used the picture in black and white.
By Karen from Bolivar, TN
You can make your own wedding invitations look stunning (just as stunning as some letterpress stationery) by using carefully selected fonts and dingbat illustrations.
Dingbats are like fonts, you just download them like fonts and then type. The illustrations just appear like letters and best of all is that you can pick up loads of different types of illustrations for free. A search for 'free dingbats' will uncover loads of illustrations.
You'll find borders, frames, animals, snowflakes, motifs, ornamental decorations, plants, flowers, the list goes on! All are perfect for your wedding invitations.
So all you need to do is set up the layout in Word and use a little dingbat as a monogram or part of your design and you'll have stunning homemade wedding invitations that you can print out for next to nothing on your home printer.
Including an old family wedding photo on your homemade wedding invitation leads an air off rustic or vintage charm. This guide gives instructions for making a rustic country wedding invitation.
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My fiance and I are trying to find ways to cut down the cost of our wedding and are thinking about printing our own invitations. I was wondering if anyone has done this for their own wedding and how the invitations turned out? I don't really want to spend the money on the do-it-yourself kit if it's not worth it.
I printed both my wedding invitations as well as my programs, and bought a kit for each. I recommend this option because you can tweak the wording and font to your liking and personalize with ribbon, colored paper, etc. You could save even more by tracking down/buying the materials yourself and foregoing a kit, but I was only engaged for about 2.5 months and I didn't have time for all that!
I printed my own--didn't have time to go to printer-they came out completely professional. I just wished I had thought through a theme first because I couldn't find similar place cards or thank you notes and had to change the colors. Also I purchased a second package of invitations product which had downgraded and I went all over trying to find the same package I bought the first time. The paper stock had been a higher quality. If I were doing it again, I would get the larger qty in one box so it would run consecutive.
How do you make single gatefold cards for wedding invitations?
More ideas for making wedding invitations: http://www.chea invitations.html
Get out your ribbon, glitter pens and coloured pencils because making your own wedding invitations is easy!
Good luck with your gatefolds.
I try to keep things simple. I create a 4"x6" flat card invitation; get wedding coordinating color 12"x12" card stock or scrap book paper, cut it in half & then each half into 8" long strip; measure in from each end 4" & fold (or center the flat card on the 6"x8" strip and fold in the sides) so they meet in the middle to create your gate.
Once you have your folds glue or double stick tape flat card into position in your folder; wrap ribbon around card and tie in front (ribbon can be secured in back w/dbl stick tape or glue). Alternative closures: Coordinating sticker; punch hole in 1/4" from edge of paper in the center, insert ribbon & tie; or cut folder paper 1/2" to 1" longer (9"-10") so they overlap and use self-adhesive velcro dots. Any other imbellishments is up to you.
Hope I didn't forget anything.
I would like to know how to make your own wedding invitations out of colored envelopes, with little to no cost?