What can you do if you’re doing it yourself?  This post is full of DIY Wedding Invitation Advice and tips.  I might be a wedding stationer who does indeed need to sell stationery to earn a living.  But I also know that many people will be making their own and buying stationery isn’t really an option.  Or others who enjoy making things and wouldn’t want to lose an opportunity to have fun.

If it is due to price some of our invites start from £1 and maybe worth checking out if you get to the end of this series of articles and think this all sounds a nightmare to do yourself.  Read a bit more about one of our more affordable options here.  Or come over to the main site – this link goes straight to the prices and this page has all our designs for bespoke wedding stationery on.

I want everyone to have great stationery for their day and love stationery like I do.  So this post is tips for anyone looking on this blog more for resources than shopping.  It will probably be of most use to people who don’t at all or much or are pushing what they do.  It’s DIY Invitations or DIY Wedding Invitations advice– but these tips are of course valid for non-wedding cards to as well other wedding stationery like place cards.

DIY Wedding Invitation Advice

Part 1

General

  • For craft style invitations before finalising your design time yourself making it.  Lots of people have given themselves huge battles by making a stunning prototype but then really struggled to find the time to build them in quantity.
  • If you need to send invitations through the post be careful not to make anything that can get crushed.  Alternatively buy a posting box.
  • If you need 50 pieces of card cutting cut them all at the same time rather than when you make each invite.  It’s much quicker.
  • The same goes for processes.  If you have to measure and mark each card do this for each item at the same time.
  • Brown paper and string are very in at the moment!

Printing Yourself

  • Check the card stock you plan to use with your printer.  Firstly that it will go through and secondly that the ink doesn’t smudge or come off.
  • It can be really hard to print something and have it come out the dimensions that you designed for it.  All I can say is trial and error.  Some ways of printing the print program will adjust what it prints dependent on the file.  This means you could move something from the edge only for the program to enlarge the file you find it back on the edge.  I didn’t find a way around this until I used photoshop.  Which is not viable for everyone!  This can make problems if you’re trying to scale things precisely to match something to glue on.
  • Just because you have an image doesn’t mean it will print well.  For something to print nicely you need to remember that 300 dpi is the average print resolution.  This means that roughly you need 300 pixels on the screen on the screen to print an inch or 2.54 cm on paper.  Screens have typical dpi of 72.  So what looks good on the computer may not have enough detail to print.  If you have a photo or image divide it’s pixel height and width by 300 to get the maximum height and width it could print at in inches.  For centimetres multiply by 2.54.  On Windows 7 the dimensions in pixels will come up in the footer information when you select an image in a folder.
  • Google, google for ideas and google for resources to print.  There is tonnes of resources out there for private users.  I believe other search engines maybe available.

There are two further parts to this series.  Check back next Wednesday for the next part.  Topics still to come include embellishments, adhesives and tools.

String and Brown Paper are very in and could be used for wrapping larger invites or wedding favours.
String and Brown Paper are very in and could be used for wrapping larger invites or wedding favours.