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So what I have done is done the entire process of designing, printing and distributing wedding invitations, and your process can be any two, or one or all of these things. Keep in mind you are you, and your couple will decide for yourself what colors, style, and the small details, like whether you want to hold a... Halloween themed wedding.

Whatever floats your boat, man.

A very loose sketch of what you need in materials is:

For the SAVE THE DATE cards
" Cardstock, I used 3-1/2" in by 4-7/8" in cards (to fit)
" 4 Bar envelopes (4" by 5" envelopes see, they fit the cards!)

For the ACTUAL INVITATION
" Color-theme matching Paper (your safest bet is good 'ole cardstock. See photos)

This will include:
" Flat Cards (Smaller cards for your directions and whatnot)
" 8.5 by 11 (Letter) Paper, for putting the most of your directions, information & whatnot

" Envelopes (depending on the size of your largest piece of paper folded to your liking)
  • This is where I used petal envelopes which I put into another envelope see pictures.
" Stickers? For sealing envelopes, and printing an insignia of your liking.

NOTE: Avoid glossy papers, they look nice... sometimes, but are easily scratched, guffed... as a photographer, they're nice to use but not for graphics. Most things look good on matte and luster paper. Also if you can, try semi-clear vellum papers, they serve as good covers for invitations... We will get into that later.

If it isn't obvious enough, I used paper source at www.paper-source.com as my major supply of paper. But there are tons of other ways too. The major benefit of working with a well established paper provider is that they have consistency in colors, thicknesses, and also a good variety of cuts besides standard rectangles.

But if you're fine with average colors (that is, colors that are close to what you are envisioning) go ahead and find paper off of.. ebay, or just paper you can find wherever you find most convenient. Just if you do, try and get all your paper (of the one color you get) specifically from one place, as not to accidentally get a purple from one place, and then get a puce-purple from another. That would not be good.

My photos also have been adjusted as not to give away the full names of the people I made these for (my sister and now brother-in-law) so the areas in which the names should be in, are a little blurry and crappy looking.
Lets continue.
 
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ParidhanI3 months ago

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whitemarcy95 months ago

This is a great option! But you should also check out Lucid Press. They have great options for making wedding invitations.

hmalik35 months ago

Recently i had my engagement ceremony and i made my own design due to these instructions

MorganGardiner11 months ago

Very slick.

smarttouch1 year ago
Thank you for these tips, choosing your wedding invitation is Similar to choosing the perfect wedding dress, it has to be simple, creative and elegant and stay away from adding photos of the couple to the wedding invitations.
Best Regards,

Josh William
http://www.smarttouch.me/en
I wish I were getting married; this would be so much fun. I like doing paper crafts, and it's a good idea to save money. Maybe some day ..
NealKipper1 year ago
Sweet. I wish I had seen this before my brother's wedding!
fougabaloop2 years ago
What a great guide! Thank you.
silkstream2 years ago
The list of questions to ask yourself is very helpful for organizing your wedding. Directions to the wedding venue is also a good idea, as many of your guests may be travelling from further afield. Its important to remember the small details like this.
maanne4 years ago
Thanks for your tips, it is very informative and I must say that I like your sense of creativity. I would surely include these wordings in my Wedding Reception Invitations
which will be held on the first month of the next year. Thanks for sharing your creative minds to your readers.
I had my save the dates match my invitations and I went to a site called savethedatemagic.com so I was able to make my own at home as well.  Thanks for the great ideas!
New Bride5 years ago
Really Pretty, I love the color combo. I ran this site that has some cool fonts and flourishes for cheap. Only $7 bucks. http://www.csaimages.com
azulejos5 years ago
I checked paper-source.com and the Petal Beet Envelopes alone costs $45 for a pack of 150.
nescartel5 years ago
thank you so much for sharing your wisdom and ideas!
really appreciate it! (_),v
now, hopefully i have the expertise and the time to do something like this
for my wedding... :P
jaevairny5 years ago
These are really beautiful and classy invitations, love 'em. I wanted to mention, however, that I have sent letters with wax seals through the mail before and they tend to disagree with the digestive equipment of the U.S. Postal Service. Even when I wrote "please hand stamp" in great big humongous letters on the fronts of the envelopes, they still ran them through the machines for sorting or something -- I don't really know how all that works. At any rate, the seals ended up getting nibbled, flattened, and scuffed, totally ruining the effect. So if you use wax seals (and they're too cool not to at least consider) learn from my mistake and make sure you put your wax-sealed envelopes inside an outer traditionally-sealed envelope, the way the purple petal envelopes sealed with stickers were placed inside the white addressed envelopes, and hopefully that will let you have your wax and eat it too... or something.
flio191 (author)  jaevairny5 years ago
yikes, never thought of that, but i'll include that too. one of those bubbly wrapped thicker envelopes would probably do the job... damn machines!!! thanks!
gemgh5 years ago
These are simply beautiful. I just did two different sets from prebought kits and boy were they printer unfriendly. Had to tweek almost every aspect of them. Wish I had seen this site first, would have chucked the ones I had and gone for these. Nothing is ever as simple as it seems when it comes to kits. They don't give you all the information. Thanks for writing this wonderful useful paper. Glenda
Kementari5 years ago
This is wonderful! Your instructions and photography are clear, and you've provided some beautiful examples. It's giving me ideas for Christmas letters too. Go-kekkon omedetou gozaimasu!
flio191 (author)  Kementari5 years ago
thank you! by the way, I didn't get married, it was my sister :P
Kathy30 flio1915 years ago
I really love that...My daughter is Graduating this June and I can't afford Invitation cards(Schools) I have looked&looked online and cant find any really good ones,(Ones like you'd find in Stores)Can you help me,I'm really new at this and I could use some help..Thank You Very Much,Kathy(luvnptcruzer@verizon.net)
flatcurve5 years ago
They look very nice. One thing I would like to add, since I didn't see anything about it, was in regards to the paper and the specific printing process used. I've worked in printing for about 10 years, and I've seen all kinds of stock. My experience with Paper Source paper has been that it is not very laser printer friendly, especially the "Vellum" or slightly translucent stocks. The dry ink toner that is laid down on the paper never properly fuses, and will actually rub off very easily. This usually happens after it's stuffed in the envelope too. What's particularly irritating about this brand of paper is that it all says that you can use it in a laser printer when in reality you can't. Plus, there is sometimes a wax content to these stocks that can actually damage your printer. My advice is to avoid Paper Source paper if you're going to use a laser printer or have the invitations photocopied.
flio191 (author)  flatcurve5 years ago
Thats good info, I didn't really know that since I used inkjet, also my background image was screenprinted so that didn't have much problems. I'll try and research paper for a bit and then add a step later. Thanks!
tchiseen5 years ago
No offense, but I would have used a more interesting font.
flio191 (author)  tchiseen5 years ago
You're right, I don't disagree. I was like... 14 or 15 when I designed these and didn't really have any thoughts on typography and fonts besides New York Times, Didot and Gill Sans didn't really exist to me. Bleh. :P
isacco5 years ago
Very nice work, your invitations are beautiful and very well made, even the smallest details. This Instructable will be motivating and helpful for people who think "too hard to be done at home!". My wife and I did the same when we married two years ago. Our style was different, but everything was designed and hand-made from scratch. Finally, congratulations for your weddings.