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20 Ideas & Tips for Your DIY Wedding Invitations

Nail your DIY wedding invitations with these ideas and tips that are so simple, even the most novice crafters can have a go

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diy wedding invitations in white with a floral pattern and a vellum sleeve wrapped each one. there are also copper wax seals scattered around

diy wedding invitations in white with a floral pattern and a vellum sleeve wrapped each one. there are also copper wax seals scattered around

Are you considering crafting your own DIY wedding invitations for your special day? 

If so, you've come to the right place. Whether you're dead set on DIY wedding invites, or are still umming and ahhing on whether or not to tackle these yourselves, this guide has something that'll help you. 

Here, you'll find information on the types of DIY wedding invitations (there's different levels of 'do it yourself', obviously!), ideas for DIY invite designs you could tackle at home, and tips on everything you need to consider before you decide to take this task on. 

DIY Wedding Invitations: Ideas & Tips for Crafty Couples

Wedding stationery suppliers are masters and experts at what they do, so unless you're a crafting whizz yourself, it's unlikely your DIY wedding invitations will look as finessed as the pros, however don't let anyone tell you you can't create your own wedding invitations that look perfectly pretty, because you can, and this guide is here to help you do just that!

Types of DIY Wedding Invitations

'DIY wedding invitations' is a blanket term for anything made by you, but there are levels when it comes to how much you actually have to do yourself. Here are a few different types of ways you can approach do it yourself wedding invitations. 

1. Editable Wedding Invitation Templates

diy wedding invitation template with a picture of two brides to be and simple font below

The least labour-intensive way to have DIY wedding invitations is to find an editable digital template online, with a company who will print the invitations for you. 

For example, Papier offer a selection of beautiful wedding invitations which you can personalise, edit and then order to your door. Some even allow you to add a photograph of you and your partner to personalise it even further. 

The beauty of these DIY invitations is that you get to personalise the design yourself, but don't then have to worry about printing them at home or paying someone else to do so. 

Papier even have an option to upload your own design to a blank wedding invitation template. Here, you can add your own text, image and even a personalised QR code. 

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2. Printable Wedding Templates

a rainbow painted background with black diy wedding invitation templates on top

If you like the idea of printing your wedding invitations yourself (either at home or with a printing shop), online marketplaces like Etsy have hundreds of wedding stationery suppliers who can help you with this. 

There, you will find wedding invitation templates which you can personalise with your name and other details. The seller will then send you your own version to print at home. The cost of this is often much less, as you are mainly paying for the copyright of the design, but you will then have to pay for printing. 

You may be wondering, why print it yourself when you could pay a business to do it for you? But for DIY-ers, the ability to print your own personalised wedding invitations means you can choose your own paper, perhaps one with a luxurious texture, and you can also add finishing DIY touches like a wedding stamp, additional stationery or yours and your partner's hand-written signature. 

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3. From Scratch Wedding Invites

a laptop with a canva screen up showing a diy wedding invitation template

If the idea of creating your own digital wedding invitation (to print, or not to print!) sounds much more appealing, platforms like Canva are the way forward. They have options to buy certain templates and designs, but there are hundreds, maybe even thousands of free templates and design tools for you to use. 

The platform is really easy to use and even if you're not planning to use templates, it has thousands to look to for inspiration and ideas. 

Once you've designed your DIY wedding invitation, you can then print them at home or in a printers, or even keep them as digital wedding invitations and send them via email or WhatsApp. 

Not a computer whizz or just much prefer to craft things by hand? If so, choosing to make your wedding invitations completely from scratch is the best option for you. 

For crafting, Etsy, Hobbycraft, The Works, The Range and Baker Ross are all great places to source materials. 

But where do you start? Well, below, we have some amazing inspiration ideas and guides on DIY wedding invitations that are bound to spark some creativity, as well as tips underneath that include everything you should consider before, and throughout the process. 

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Ideas for DIY Wedding Invites

Now you understand the types, here are some DIY wedding invitation ideas you can steal. Whether you're adding a few DIY details yourself, or crafting the entire thing from scratch, these ideas are sure to catch your eye. 

4. Gold Foil Details

black gold foil wedding invitations with a translucent vellum save the date

Gold foil is really cheap to buy and adds such an elegant and luxurious feel to any wedding invitation. This stationer has added foiling to the border of their insert card which looks amazing, but you could add gold foil anywhere to an invitation and it'd look brilliant. 

The beauty about using gold foil on DIY wedding invitations is that they don't have to match! Gold foil looks its best when it's sparse and scattered everywhere, so there's no pressure to get everyone looking the same. 

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5. Watercolour Backgrounds

white diy wedding invitations with pink blue and purple watercolours painted on the background

If you're a dab-hand with a paint brush, why not paint the background of your DIY wedding invitations with watercolours? Much like the gold foil idea, the beauty of watercolour paintings is how different and unique each one looks. As long as you use a similar placement and the same colours on each, they will look amazing as a set whether they look identical or not. 

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6. Painting on Textured Paper

textured wedding invitations with botanical water colour decorations

Nearlyweds who have an eye for pretty details should consider printing, drawing, writing or painting their DIY wedding invitations on textured paper. Whether you use watercolours to paint greenery like the design above, or simply hand write your invites, doing so on beautifully textured paper makes all the difference and leaves you with a seriously elevated handmade feel. 

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7. Pinned Wedding Invitations

a diy save the date wedding invitation with a photograph of the couple

If your DIY wedding invitations consist of several sheets of paper, why not pin them together in the corner with a gold, silver or rose gold fasten? This way, the information is less likely to get lost, and guests can fan them out to see all of the pages. 

Not only is this practical, but it's easy to do at home and adds a professional finish to handmade wedding invitations. 

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8. Hand-Tied Wedding Invitations

seeded paper with hand painted wedding invitation design on it

Adding something as simple as a hand-tied piece of string or ribbon to your DIY wedding invitations can give it the handmade finishing it needs. This particular invitation has been tied with hessian string to match the rustic design, and the paper is actually seeded paper which guests can plant in their garden afterwards! 

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9. Using Real Flowers

a fan of rustic wedding invitations with flowers attached

Another idea for plantable wedding invitations is to include an actual dried flower (or one that isn't dried!) - this could be a lovely way to tease your colour scheme or include actual flowers you're planning to use on the wedding day.

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10. Floral Wax Seals 

a woman's hand holding one white wax seal with a small bud of flowers attached

DIY wedding invitation ideas go far beyond the invite itself - what about the sealing of the envelope? 

We love the idea of using dried blooms or botanical leaves to adorn the wax seals. These seals have a sticker which you peel off the back of the wax, making them super easy to use and stick onto your envelopes. 

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11. Personalised Wax Seals

gold wax seals for diy wedding invitations with the initials J and A on them

Another idea for DIY wax seals is to personalise them with your initials. This can be done with real wax and a rubber stamp, or you can order ones to stick on yourself. They look so luxurious and will add such finesse to your designs. 

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12. Vellum Invitation Jackets

a pile of wedding invitations wrapped in velum jackets with copper coloured wax seals on top

Another way to really elevate DIY wedding invitations is to have them wrapped in vellum cases. These translucent jackets are a great way to make homemade wedding invitations look professional and expensive, and these ones come pre-folded, saving you the job of doing it yourself. 

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13. DIY Envelope Inserts

a black wedding invitation envelope with a black and white picture of a couple inside

One of our favourite DIY wedding invitation ideas is to personalise your envelope inserts. You can download generic templates with the shape of an envelope insert already drawn out - then all you have to do is print and cut them out, before sliding them in and enjoying the finished product. 

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Tips on How to DIY Wedding Invitations

Now you have some ideas to play around with, here are our top tips on how to perfect your DIY wedding invitations.

14. Know Your Vision

The first step to successfully creating DIY wedding invitations is to know what your vision is. What kind of theme are you going for, what colours, materials and tools will you need and what do you want the finished product to look like. 

Take inspiration from professional wedding stationery designs, and think about what's possible with the time and skill you have. 

15. Be Realistic About Your Skill Set

Whilst taking inspiration from professional wedding invitations is good for getting lots of ideas, it's really important to remember that this is not your profession and that being realistic about what you can do yourself will really benefit you in the long run. 

If you are really quite skilled when it comes to DIY and crafting, you can set your sights higher in terms of design and intricacy, but if you're not, consider some of the alternative options, where you can half-DIY the invitations, instead of doing everything completely from scratch. 

16. Practise Makes Perfect

Before you set your sights on a final design, practise, practise and then practise again. It's vital that you are confident in your design before you commit to making 50 or 100 yourself. 

As  you practise, you may want to tweak parts of the design to make it easier so ensure you leave yourself time to have a go. 

17. Don't Assume It's Cheaper

A lot of people opt to DIY parts of their wedding because they assume it'll be cheaper than paying a wedding supplier to do it.

Sometimes, it can work out cheaper to do something yourself, but that's not always the case. By the time you have bought all of the materials, tools and supplies you need, and take into consideration the time it'll take to create them all, it may work out the same, if not more expensive than paying for them.

That's not to say don't do it - there are more reasons to DIY things other than money, but don't assume it's a cheaper option as this isn't always true. 

18. Set Aside Enough Time

Speaking of time, ensure you give yourself enough time to make all of the invitations. Making one may seem quick, but making DIY wedding invitations in bulk is a different story. Give yourself a deadline for when you want them sent out and then work backwards from there. 

It's also worth giving yourself a buffer of time in case anything goes wrong or you run out of materials and have to source more. It's better to have them ready earlier than later. 

19. Take Time to Proofread

When you hire a professional wedding stationery supplier, although you will always have final say over the wording, you have a second pair of eyes to help proofread for any mistakes. As you won't have this with DIY wedding invitations, enlist a second, third and maybe even fourth pair of eyes who can skim over the wording you choose. 

20. Think About How They Will Travel

You can have all the best ideas in the world, but if you are planning to post your wedding invitations out, consider how they will travel. Don't choose any crafts that could easily be squashed or broken in the post and you will be absolutely fine!

On that note, as you create your DIY wedding invitations, take a look at our guide on what to include in your wedding invitation wording to ensure nothing gets forgotten. 

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