All in all, the whole thing cost me under £100. The main costs were to my sanity, and on printing the fridge magnets (yes, fridge magnets). My priorities are all wrong, as I haven’t even booked the registrar yet. Here’s a step by step guide to putting together your own invite…
Step 1: Create the Elements in Indesign and Mark the Fold Positions on an A5 Landscape Document. Print the Sections Separately, Putting the Actual Invite Onto a Separate A6 Card to Be Cropped Down Later.
Step 2: Delivered With Envelopes, Slightly Bent in the Post.
Step 3: Start Cropping. Ideally, Find the Bluntest Guillotine You Can So That You Can Only Cut One Card at a Time.
Step 4: Immediately Realise That You Could Have Saved Yourself Two Hours by Positioning the Design in the Bottom Corner of the A6 Card, So That You Would Only Have to Cut Two Corners Instead of Four!
Step 5: Get Some High Quality A6 Black Paper to Act As a Frame to the White Inner Invite.
But don’t buy separate sheets like a normal person. Buy them as a book so that you carefully have to tear each sheet individually from the glued spine, which will make you tear and waste about 30% of the paper. This also needs to be cropped in from A6 to leave a few mm around the white card, but be smaller than the folded outer. Again, make sure your guillotine is blunt so you can only cut two sheets at a time.