Pretty invitations can be very expensive after custom artwork, calligraphers, multiple inserts and so on. You can save a lot of money by doing your invitations yourself. Based on your skill level and time available, there are several options for DIY invitations.
Buy a Kit: Craft stores, like Michaels, and online retailers such as weddingpaperdivas.com and paperdirect.com, sell pretty invitations in kits. Kits from Michael’s tend to cost less money, but require more prep work including printing the text and putting the invitations together. Kits from Paper Direct cost a similar amount as Michaels, but each item (invitation, RSVP, thank you cards, etc.) is sold individually allowing for greater customization. Kits from Wedding Paper Divas are more expensive, but come pre-printed and ready to assemble. Also, you can purchase extra items that aren’t always available in the craft store kits, like matching save the dates, enclosure and thank you cards.
Print Your Envelopes: Instead of paying for expensive calligraphy, print your envelopes at home. There are plenty of fonts available in Word that will create invitations and envelope templates make it easy to do yourself. Go to Tools in your Word program and you’ll see an “Envelopes…” option. You can adjust the font and position and use Page Setup to set the proper dimensions of your envelope. For some examples of fonts that are available in Word, check out these pretty invitations.
Personalize Your Postage: This won’t save you money, but it will add to the overall look of your invitation without costing you a lot. Assuming you want a 42 cent stamp, the cost will be about 80 or 90 cents per stamp. The cost per sheet decreases as your order increases. You can upload your own images or graphics or choose from a selection of pre-designed stamps. The USPS website has a section dedicated to stamp personalization and has 4 companies to choose from. Another option that won’t cost you any additional money is to purchase a stamp with a wedding theme from post office’s regular selection.
Make Your Own: If you are savvy with Photoshop, you can make your invitations from scratch. This allows you to create the exact invitation you want and it can save you money when compared to going to a professional. If you are purchasing fabric for your wedding reception tables, you can incorporate this into your invitation by taking a photo of it or finding one online. But after time spent and cost of paper, ink (or paying a printer) and envelopes, it is not always worth it when you can purchase a kit for so little money. If you are interested in letterpress, which is gorgeous but expensive…there are ways to do this yourself. Style Me Pretty provides some useful tips.