Because I’ve been there, I want to provide other women with a few resources to save money on their wedding. When I got married two years ago, my family didn’t have a big budget for a wedding, and we couldn’t shave down the guest list either. Because I know what it’s like, I want to devote some of Savvy Wifey’s posts to wedding ideas and inspirations that help other women cut costs.
So without further ado, here’s an idea for simple, cost-saving handmade wedding invitations.
All you’ll need are the following materials:
- 2-3 sheet of white card stock or white printer paper
- 1 sheet colored card stock (like a color in your wedding) or colored printer paper
- Specialty scissors (only if you want to use them)
- Double-sided tape
- Colored pens, paint, or specialty ink
- Envelopes (#10 and #6 3/4)
- Computer and printer
Take the colored card stock. I used black paper for simplicity, and also that’s what I had. Fold it into thirds like you would a letter. You need the first two sides to be 3.75 inches long. Use a ruler and measure out the first two lengths if you need to. The third side will be smaller, but that’s okay.
Now you’re going to find a design for the front of the wedding invitation. If you’re artistic then feel free to freehand a design. Since I can barely draw stick figures I found a stencil in a craft book (Homemade Gifts by Katherine Sorrell) that happened to be the perfect size. If you choose to stencil, then you will want to use tracing paper or printer paper. Printer paper worked just fine for me.
Now here is the finished design:
You can add some color like, say, color in your wedding. And even change up the stenciled design to suit your tastes.
Next you can do one of two things. If the design will work within the 3.75″ X 8.5″ constraints, then you can simply make as many copies as you need at a FedEx or at home if you have that ability. Or if you need to resize it, you can scan the image to your computer and edit it there before printing.
Now on to the computer! Open up a New Document in Word. Change the left and right margins to 1″. Set up two columns, and in the width and spacing menu, change the width to 3″ and the spacing to 0.5″.
Start punching in your content. If you choose to keep the invitation design exactly like mine. You’ll want to make three columns: one for the wedding announcement, one for directions and accommodation information, and another for the registry (if you choose to include it) and any reception information you need to add. The registry and reception info won’t stay together; they’ll be included with the respective content below. But for cutting purposes you may find it easier to put them both on another column. Confusing? Yes. It should make sense later.
Click Enter a bunch of times and find yourself on a blank page. We’re about to create the RSVP so pay careful attention!
Add a text box about 2.75″ wide and around 7″ long. You should be able to see how big it is while you’re adjusting the size by way of a helpful pop-up box thingy by your cursor.
Add the correct text as seen below.
Once that’s done, rotate the box 90 degrees and move into the unused column in the page above. You don’t have to do this step, but you’ll find that it will save a lot of paper.
The font I went with was Matura MT Script with 14 and 20 font sizes. Before printing I change the font color to a pretty gray. You can go with any color you like. I promise, I won’t get on you if you change from black to magenta.
Print this baby! And to make it easier, you can download the template I created here: Wedding Invite Content. Just change the fake information and whatever else you want before printing.
Now the content took some time, but once you’ve created it, you can print out as many as you need. So now the time consuming part: cutting!
I’ve got these lovely cutting shears that create a charming design on any paper that crosses its path. If you don’t have any, you can pull out the paper cutter or regular scissors and make quick work of it. But the wonderful part about cutting shears (or decorative scissors as I like to call them) is that they really add something to the invitation…plus you don’t have to worry about cutting straight.
After I cut out the flower design, I thought I should try crumpling it up and seeing how the “worn look” turned out.
Now that the paper is all cut up. You need to paste it in. Ya can’t use elmer’s glue, ya can’t use a glue gun, so what can you use?
Any of these. But I would recommend the double-sided tape for a no-fuss project.
Then tape the suckers on and you got yourself an invite!
One more quick thing. To make it easier for your guests to tear off that third side and send it back to you, work the crease a couple times.
And if it helps to show the guests where to tear, you can add a little arrow.
This invite, along with a stamped and self-addressed #6 3/4 envelope for the RSVPs, will fit nicely into a #10 envelope.
To get an idea of how much money it would take to produce 100 handmade wedding invitations, I researched how much things would cost. I found everything on Walmart.com, but with a little more research, you could probably find some materials at even better prices.
- White card stock, 150 count: $5.48. Because you’ll need two, the final cost is around $12.00
- Colored cardstock. The Neenah brand comes in different colors, usually in packs of 250: $13.29
- Double-sided office tape (because it comes in 25 yds): $3.81
- #10 Business envelopes 100 count: $8.47
- #6 3/4 Business envelopes 100 count: $7.48 – envelopes can come in bulk and you can save money this way
- If you need ink cartridges, that can cost as low as $9.00 up to around $30.00
Total price for 100 invitations: $44-75 (depending on ink)
The lowest you’ll find for kits is $80.00 for 100 invitations and you’ll still need ink.
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