DIY Wedding Stationery for Beginners
October, 8th 2010
If you are just starting to think about making your own wedding invitations and other stationery, but are unsure about where to start, here is our simple guide to the basics.
The base for most wedding stationery is card which can be folded (like a greetings card), unfolded or made into a special shape like a pocketfold. Plain folded or shaped cards are often referred to as card blanks.
Cards may have one fold (singlefold) which is usually on the left hand side but can also be across the top (tentfold). Or they can have 2 folds where each side folds in to meet in the centre - called a gatefold.
The actual invitation wording is generally printed onto a separate piece of paper (or card) called an insert. This is then attached to the main card. This gives a more professional look than printing directly onto the card.
More information about inserts.
Before you make a final decision on the card you are going to use, make sure you can find the envelopes you want in that size. Although you should be able to find white and cream envelopes to fit most sizes, coloured and pearlescent envelopes may only come in a limited range. Cards can usually be cut to fit envelopes but not the other way round!
Wording on the outside of your card
If you would like text such as "Wedding Invitation" on the outside of your card there are several options. You can purchase cards which have the text foil printed, you can use stickers (known as peel-offs) or you can print using a home printer. If you plan to use your home printer, it's a good idea to test a sample.
Decoration and Embellishments
There are lots of possibilities for decorating your invitations: decorative papers, flowers, hearts or butterflies, ribbon are just a few of the options. Browse our gallery for inspiration and check out our project pages.
Assembling your invites
Using the correct adhesive will ensure that your invites survive the postal system and look professional. Read more about the different adhesives.