DIY Wedding Invitations with Computer Software

Apr 16 08:01 2010 Kristie Lorette Print This Article

Designing your own wedding invitations can be a great option for personalizing a wedding. There is a range of excellent invitation software currently available that makes creating wedding invitations well within the reach of virtually every budget and design preference. For those who prefer to make invitations with a personal touch–or to save money by avoiding the cost of pre-printed invitations–DIY wedding invitation software is an excellent way to go. With a little time and a few supplies,Guest Posting you will be on your way to creating the perfect invitations for the wedding of your dreams.Step 1Select the brand of software that you would like to use for the wedding invitations. Several invitation software companies offer packages that include wedding invitation software. The packages offer templates that are appropriate for wedding (and even wedding shower) invitations. Additionally, there are wedding invitation templates available through free online software, so if you are looking to save money, the free templates can be a great option.Step 2Choose a template for the wedding invitation, or design your own from scratch. Any software that you select will provide a range of templates, from romantic and traditional to playful and unconventional. The template for the wedding invitation should suit the couple or the overall theme of the wedding.Step 3Purchase the paper that you plan to use for the invitations. Wedding invitation paper can range from basic card paper to the costlier vellum paper. The style of the invitation will help you choose the most appropriate paper. Bear in mind that a more traditional invitation will require a finer paper, such as vellum, while a more contemporary invitation might only need a simple card paper.Step 4Purchase any accessories that will go with the invitations. Standard invitation accessories include ribbon, raffia, and transparent overlay paper. Some wedding invitations have no accessories, of course. The accessories will depend largely on the template that is used and on the style of the invitation.Step 5Design the invitations, and print them out. A laser printer is usually the best option because there is less danger of the ink smudging, but a standard printer will do as long as you give the invitations time to dry. Print off a few trial-run invitations before printing the full number. The samples will give you the opportunity to make sure the invitations look the way you want and have no errors in them.TipsWedding invitations are typically white or ivory, but you are not limited to these shades. The invitation should reflect the couple and the event, so feel free to create an invitation in any color that is most appropriate. Just bear in mind that darker colors do not lend themselves to clear print, so consider a lighter overlay to ensure that guests can read the invitation details clearly.Don’t forget the envelopes. Envelopes are usually included with pre-printed invitation packages, but if you are printing your own, be sure to purchase the envelopes and to calculate them into the overall cost. Normal 0 false false false EN-US X-NONE X-NONE MicrosoftInternetExplorer4 /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:"Table Normal"; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-priority:99; mso-style-qformat:yes; mso-style-parent:""; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:11.0pt; font-family:"Calibri","sans-serif"; mso-ascii-font-family:Calibri; mso-ascii-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-fareast-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-fareast-theme-font:minor-fareast; mso-hansi-font-family:Calibri; mso-hansi-theme-font:minor-latin; mso-bidi-font-family:"Times New Roman"; mso-bidi-theme-font:minor-bidi;}

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Kristie Lorette is a freelance writer and marketing consultant that specializes in the wedding industry. As a former wedding and event planner, she also offers tips, tricks, and advice for planning weddings on her blog Weddings Diva. You can read Kristie’s blog at or learn more about her writing and marketing services at

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