Trends in DIY Wedding Invitations
It’s no secret that weddings are very expensive. In fact, the average American wedding cost nearly $30,000! Even crazier, couples looking to tie the knot in Manhattan can expect to spend more than $88K, not including a honeymoon. All that being said, there are a lot of ways paper crafting can help you save money on and leading up to your special day and add your personal touches.
One great way to save some money is by making your wedding invitations. Making your wedding invitations can save you more than 80% off of having them made for you. It also makes for a great afternoon of crafting with your family or wedding party! Why not have your wedding be an accurate reflection of you?
Want some inspiration? Here are some great ideas for DIY save-the-dates and wedding invitations. Just remember to start making your wedding stationery early. As the wedding day approaches so do stress levels. Give yourself enough time to have fun making your cards so that you will enjoy the process.
Elegant Envelopes: While the invitation is the star of the show, your guests’ first impression of your wedding might be the envelope in which they receive invitations. Over at The Sweetest Occasion, Cyd Converse has a great tutorial for making DIY envelope liners to add a pop of color or a pattern to inexpensive solid colored envelopes.
A cute variation can be found at Style Me Pretty using your engagement photos as envelope liners. Another great idea is to use stencils to customize envelopes: Shey B has a tutorial using doilies as a unique and elegant stencil, but you can use any kind of premade stencil to embellish your envelopes and invites.
Rustic Romance: Rustic-themed weddings are a very popular trend, and there are so many ways to reflect it in your invitation! Your best bet for a rustic invitation is to turn to your materials. Using Kraft paper will definitely give you a rustic effect, as will incorporating burlap and other more natural materials. For a shabby-chic and rustic invitation, check out this rustic floral invitation at Easy Papercrafts. Mixing these elements with more traditional wedding invitation features such as calligraphy and ribbon can make for a stunning and memorable contrast.
Love and Lace: While we usually associate lace with wedding veils or dresses, it can give your invitations a very classic and romantic look. Mrs. Fancee has a great tutorial that uses paper doilies to make an inexpensive (and durable) lace effect. Another traditional approach is to use lace to embellish the corners or border of your invitations.
Cutest Cutouts: Die-cutters are excellent tools for making wedding invitations. Using these tools will allow you to cut paper to any shape you want, opening up opportunities to go outside the usual rectangular invitation shape and let your creativity shine! Many wedding invitations are made using Cricut designs—you can make beautiful cut-outs in any shape you’d like and add beautiful and intricate details that will definitely wow your guests!
Metal isn’t just for rings: Gold, silver, and other metallic accents on wedding invitations are a popular option. You can make your own foil-stamped invitations at home using a laser printer, deco foil, and an inexpensive laminator to create a luxurious look! Other options including using a paint pen, liquid gold leaf paint, or even using something as simple as metallic spray paint on the edges of your invitations. While the gilded edges will look like a million bucks, they won’t cost you much at all!
Bright and Fun: Nowadays, many couples like to let their personalities shine and let their inner children out as they make their wedding invitations. A tutorial for one of the cutest and most unique wedding invitation/save-the-dates I’ve seen is available at Something Turquoise, a great resource for DIY brides: this project involves making a balloon that your guests can blow up to get all the information about your wedding—talk about fun!
Another fun idea is to add polka dot accents to your invitation—confetti doesn’t just have to be for the party! To create something truly personal, try out these invitations that feature a heart made of the couple’s fingerprints. Another unique idea is this scratch off wedding invitation from Kat at Rock ‘n Roll Bride--- show how lucky you feel by inviting your guests with a lottery-style scratchcard!
These are just some of the many ideas you can incorporate into your DIY wedding invitations. Whether you decide to make your invitations by hand or embellish store-bought invitations, you can use some of these ideas to help reflect you and your fiancée’s style and personality into wonderful wedding invitations