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Make Inexpensive Wedding Invitations

Easy to follow instructions to create inexpensive wedding invitations that are unique and look great. Do it yourself to save money and make them your own.

Easy to follow instructions to create inexpensive wedding invitations that are unique and look great. Do it yourself to save money and make them your own.

If you are looking for Do It Yourself wedding invitation instructions, you are most likely looking to save money or to make a unique invitation. These instructions will help you do both! When looking for ideas to reduce the costs for my wedding invitations I visited online ordering sites, bookstores, and craft stores to find the easiest and least expensive option that wouldn’t end up looking generic or cheap. I also found the best thing about making my own invitations (besides the obvious cost reduction) is that I had complete control over how they looked, which is one thing all brides will love. Just follow my simple instructions to make your own wedding (or other special event) invitations.

Pick Your Materials

Pick your paper

I chose a 5.5” x 8.5” white cardstock sheet that came in a pack of 50, including envelopes, from a local store. The cost was only $9.99 per pack of 50. For my 200 invitations the total cost came to $39.96 plus tax.

Choose an ink stamp and ink pad

I found a coupon my newspaper’s weekly advertisement for 50% off craft supplies at a local store. I went in and found a beautiful stamp of a bird with flowers trailing behind it. This fit our outdoor theme wedding very well, and also our personalities since my fiancé and I both love to fly. There were so many stamps to choose from that anybody could find one to fit their personal style. The total cost of the stamp was only $3.99. I then found an ink stamp to match the color scheme of my wedding. Total cost of the ink stamp was also $3.99.

Choose a ribbon accent

Since our wedding had an outdoor theme, I chose raffia in the color to match the ink stamp. This gave the invitation a very earthy feel. However, you can also choose to use satin ribbon, tulle, or any other fabric to accent your invitation. The raffia was less than $6.00 (I bought two packages at $2.67 each).

Print your Invitations

You have a few options for printing off your invitations. You can do it truly D-I-Y by using your home computer. This works well for printing off smaller numbers of invitations, but since I needed 200 made, I brought mine to a local copier so I wouldn’t have to buy any extra printer cartridges (which can add up fast). I got a great deal on the copies and only paid $25 thanks to a business connection with the printer and my mother’s employer. Don’t be afraid to ask around! This printer normally doesn’t do weddings invitations, but since my mother’s employer was such a large customer of them, they made an exception.


Now that you have all the materials needed and the invitations are printed, it is time to begin making your invitations! My invitations were made in three quick steps in assembly line fashion with help from my mother-in-law and sister-in-law. To make 200 invitations it took less than 2 hours.

Step One: Stamp (I think this is self explanatory)

Step Two: Punch holes using a standard whole punch (if you need to buy one, they are less than $3.00 at any office supply store). I created a template using a folded piece of paper the same width of the invitation so insure I punched the holes in the same place each time)

Step Three: Loop the ribbon/raffia/fabric etc. This was the trickiest part of the whole process and still very easy. I cut a piece of raffia to be approximately the width of the invitation. I then thread the raffia thru the holes from the front. Then cross the ends of the raffia across the back of the invitation and thread thru to the front. The ends will stick out and no tying or additional cutting is required.

Here is an example of my invitation:

Here is the total cost breakdown of my invitations:

Paper/Envelopes: $39.96

Stamp: $3.99

Ink Pad: $3.99

Hole Punch: $1.49

Raffia: $6.00

Printing: $25

Total cost to make 200 invitations: $80.43. That is about 40 cents per invitation. Try finding this type of quality and individuality at any discount invitation store. I triedScience Articles, and I can tell you the cheapest I could find was about 80 cents/invitation and they looked it!

So now you know how to make your own invitations without needing to be a crafting superstar. Anybody can make these. Enjoy the process and I hope you have as much fun making them as I did! 

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Raj Aryan is such Theme Parties planner and also wedding planner company with party organizer

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