Making your own wedding invitations gives you unlimited imagination when it comes to bringing good news into your life. It's also a fun way to ask friends over for a party, excited. And let's not forget, when you do it yourself, you can save quite a bit of money. Here is a simple and practical guide to creating homemade invitations.
Method 1 of 3: The first decisions to make
Step 1. Think carefully about the colors
The colors you choose for your wedding invitations are often determined by the occasion itself. For example, an invitation to a birthday party can be made in the favorite colors of the person in question or be linked to the chosen theme (we will choose bright colors for a "Mexican Fiesta" theme, red and blue for a Spiderman theme, black and white for a classic wedding). If you are sending invitations on behalf of someone else, be sure to consult that person on these color preferences.
The number of colors you use can affect the final cost of your invitations. There is an infinite variety of colors, formats and textures. Buying paper in several colors or with different patterns or printing your invitations in color (compared to black) will significantly inflate the bill, be aware of this
Step 2. Decide on the text
Basic information should appear on your invitations, so that everyone arrives on the right time, on the right day, and in the right place. Make sure you've confirmed your event, including time, date, and location, before you start making your invitations.
- Think about the additional information in the text. You could mention a contact name or phone number for confirmations, instructions on dress or gifts, a map to arrive at the ceremony venue with directions and possibly the website address (if you have created one). one for the occasion).
- Some events, such as weddings, often include more than one event: ceremony, reception, dinner, brunch the next day, and more. Make sure that all details regarding these events have been decided and confirmed.
Step 3. Decide on the size of the invitations
The two details to be aware of when it comes to invitation size are: envelopes and postage. Take a trip to a stationery store and explore the different options. Visit the store's website and check rates with the delivery service in your area.
- Envelopes. The most used formats for sending announcements are square envelopes, sleeves and envelopes size 162 x 229 mm. Their shutters can sometimes vary, more or less deep, pointed or square. They are available in a wide range of shapes and sizes: the large rectangle envelope: 162 x 229 mm, passing through the medium 135 x 210 mm and the small 75 x 100 mm. In the United States, the envelopes have designations that look like our paper sizes, but don't match: This ranges from the A1 envelope, the smallest, which measures 594 x 841 mm to the large A8 envelope which measures 52 × 74 mm.
You can do some research on the Internet to find out about the envelope sizes available for your event. Be sure to note the dimensions of the invitation so that it fits easily into the envelope you choose
- Shipping costs. Standards vary from country to country, so you want to check with the La Poste service. For example, La Poste requires that the letters do not exceed 20 grams and informs that the minimum dimensions are 14 X 9 cm and the maximum are "length + width + height" equal to 100 cm, with a length less than 60 cm.
In France, you should not pay extra if the envelope is square or if it has an unusual size. Your envelope must only fit within the dimensions mentioned above. There are special rates in some countries, as it can be difficult to process “non-standard” envelopes with mail sorting machines. Before getting original, find out about the standards for the position of the address, which usually should be written parallel to the left edge of your envelope. On an envelope, you should know that the current standards are dictated by the machines that sort the mail
Method 2 of 3: Make multi-slip invitations
Step 1. Choose the paper
You need a piece of paper that will act as a backing and be the main part on which you can write the text of your invitation, as well as other papers. The use of several sheets of paper gives depth to your invitation, it would become more interesting and allow you to emphasize colors or the chosen theme.
- Choose a relatively thick piece of card stock for the first part of your invitation. This will give your invitation some weight and firmness. This type of paper is often available in one color.
- Choose one or more papers that combine with the main paper. They will be glued or attached to the backing paper. Choose papers with different patterns, in the same tones or different textures to make it even more original.
- Invitations that are made up of multiple sheets of paper are not foldable to fit into an envelope, so don't worry about the size of the papers, or if there are multiple layers of paper.
Step 2. Print your invitation text
To get the correct size of text, the perfect position of your text, do one or more tests. Once you know the length and width of the text box, you can logically define the size of the papers to be printed.
Step 3. Cut out your papers
You will need to decide on the size of the different sheets of paper, relative to each other. You can cut your papers so that each paper protrudes an inch or two from the previous one evenly or irregularly.
- Measure your papers accurately and cut them out using a guillotine or paper cutter or a pair of scissors. A guillotine letter opener will ensure you get perfectly straight cuts, even on small papers, but if you take your time and are careful, you may as well do a nice job with a pair of scissors.
You can also get notched scissors, which have a decorative blade to cut your papers in an original way
Step 4. Attach the different sheets of paper
Use a glue stick to glue the slips to each other. Place the backing sheet, the last, the largest, on the table and glue the next sheet on it and so on. Some people have an eye and can drop papers where they need to be. Others need to measure and make small dots in pencil to line up the paper exactly when layering the different sheets.
- Press the papers firmly and allow them to dry completely before gluing the next sheet to ensure that the different sheets do not move, when you press the next sheet.
- The invitation text should be the last slip pasted, the one on top.
- If one of the sheets of paper is particularly delicate, use double-sided tape rather than glue to avoid destroying it.
Step 5. Add the decorations
After all of your layers are glued and completely dry, you can add a few decorative elements, if you wish. If you've used more than three leaves (remember, your invitation text is considered one layer) or your papers are particularly thick, you can't really add new embossed elements just yet. That would be too much. However, if you want to add additional decorations to polish up the invitation, go ahead, don’t hesitate and secure them securely. Here are some examples.
- Make 2 holes in the top of the invitation, thread a pretty ribbon through the 2 holes and tie a nice little bow.
- Glue three buttons, stickers or paper decorations (called "die-cuts" for scrapbooking) in one corner of your invitation.
- Take out your sewing machine and make beautiful zigzags around one or more papers for a touch of originality.
- Thanks to large stamps and a colorful ink pad, you can add a large image on the back of your invitation, much like a nice surprise for those who return the invitation.
Method 3 of 3: Invitation in sleeve format
Step 1. Measure your pouch
Place the piece of paper that will make up the envelope flat (a weight of 80 to 100 g / m² is recommended and this sheet must be at least 31 cm wide. It will be folded in 3 in total, like a triptych) on the table in front of you horizontally. With a ruler, from the lower left corner, draw a horizontal rectangle that is 4 cm high and 18 cm long.
Step 2. Cut out
Use scissors or a craft knife to cut out this rectangle you just drew. Throw away that piece of paper. It is no longer useful.
The piece of paper that remains on the right side folds back to become the flap of your pocket square
Step 3. Fold the shutter
Put your paper in front of you on the table, the shutter at the bottom right. You will now fold vertically from left to right twice. Measure 5cm from the left vertical edge and fold in a vertical line. Then measure 13cm from this fold (or 18cm from the left edge of the page) and fold in a second vertical line.
Use an instrument or your fingernails to press down firmly on the folds of the paper
Step 4. Fold everything in order
First, fold the flap 4 cm from the bottom edge and then fold the right side and finally the left side to create your pocket. Glue the flap with a dot of glue on the right and on the left, leaving the flap open to be able to insert the text card (s).
Step 5. Create the invitation text
From your computer, print the text of your invitation on printable paper. The final size of your box with the text should be approximately 10cm wide and approximately 16cm high.
- To help you, you can print a frame around your text box to be sure of the exact dimensions. You will eliminate this frame by cutting it out later.
- Take your glue stick to glue the invitation text on printable paper (without the frame) directly onto the pretty card stock backing in the desired color, which will go in your pocket.
Step 6. Make your center card stock
Print the text on a paper to be printed, stick it on the cut cardboard which will go to lodge in the pocket. You are free to cut the cardboard as you see fit. The important thing is to make the cardboard box smaller than the sleeve. In the case of our pouch and its dimensions mentioned, the cardboard box must be a maximum of 10 cm wide and a little less than 16 in height.
- Insert cards could include the address of the event or a road map. If it is a wedding invitation, know that the modern, original or personalized style manifests itself in several aspects which may include: the wedding list, the cocktail party, the access map, the list of hotels near the place of reception, the invitation card at the reception, the reply card and the envelope.
- Check the height of your boxes to insert. You can imagine what you want. It all depends on your personal taste, but be aware that you should see at least 4 cm of the sleeve above the inserted cards.
Whatever height you decide on which cards to insert, be sure to put a title on each that will be visible when you open the invitation. Place each cardboard box so that it fits snugly over the previous one. If so, your invitation will be clean and elegant, and those who receive it can easily remove each card from the sleeve to read the information inside
Step 7. Now assemble your invitation
Place cardboard boxes in the sleeve, the largest one first and so on, with the smaller one placed in the front of the sleeve, until the sleeve is full.
Step 8. Fold the two invitation flaps forward and tie a knot
Fold down the right side of your invitation pocket, then fold down the left flap. Tie a pretty decorative ribbon around the invitation to close it elegantly.