Wedding planning is an exhilarating time with so much to be done and thought of. You probably want to do everything yourself, and you can, especially if you have decided to be a DIY bride! You can easily start with DIY wedding invitations and stationery, and work your magic through to decor items such as unique backdrops, cute accents and much more. These elements can take after the theme you have set in your DIY wedding invites and stationery, but firstly, you will need to work on the items you will need to craft them! Let’s find out what you can use to make your life, as a DIY bride, easier when doing up the invites and other stationery.
Your handmade wedding invitations can fall into several categories, one being where you start from scratch by purchasing the paper and card stock and use various tools and techniques to make your DIY invites come alive, or you can purchase the likes of pre-cut, folded and hard cover wedding invitations and use accessories, embellishments and layers to add to the look you have envisioned. When trying to decide on which path to take, consider the time and effort that each one will take, and whether you have the tools and equipment with you to carry it out.
With pre-cut DIY wedding invitations, you are allowed the convenience of using cards that are already cut and scored to start on your creative process, with the shape, size and fold of your preference. This way, you have full control of how your beautiful DIY invitations will come about from that point onwards. It is the same with DIY hard cover wedding invitations, where you are provided with quality invitations made out of card stock that is sturdy and luxurious, which are folded to a certain sizing, and is available with a matching envelope. Some options even come with a little pocket on the inside to carry various wedding invitation accessories such as reply cards, directions and accommodation cards and so on.
Accessories that you might need to move forward with the envisioned look might include the likes of flat cards and inserts, die-cut shapes (if you want to keep things interesting and fun), stickers, embellishments, appliqués, trims, envelopes and not to mention tools such as paper cutters, scissors, rulers, bone folders, choice of adhesive, and even the likes of scoring/embossing tools too. With right tools and materials, you can make something beautiful happen with your DIY wedding invitations!
Are you excited about your wedding day and being a DIY bride? You can add so many personal and custom items to your big day, starting with DIY wedding invitations and working your way through to the big day with wedding stationery, and much more. Your invitees and guests will be amazed and touched at the time and effort you put into making your wedding a beautiful and memorable one, with keepsake & sentimental DIY wedding elements too. With DIY Invitation’s pre-cut DIY wedding invitations and accessories, you will find that the task is easier and you will be able to give more attention to detail on the design, styling and accessorising of your DIY wedding invitations.
With DIY Invitations Pre-Cut and Scored Wedding Invitations, you get quite a range of options to choose from. These uniquely designed stationery pieces are affordable and convenient, where you can easily make your wedding theme and vision come alive with a few clicks on your mouse and then do them up in style to your own liking. Make your way through the creative process once you select which DIY invitations or stationery items you will need, purchase them and have them delivered, and lastly, add on various appliqués and embellishments to enhance its look.
The range of pre-cut and scored DIY invitations and accessories for you to choose include the likes of the following, with various dimensions to cater to your design vision. Take your pick out of these to make your dream wedding come true with custom made and personal DIY wedding invitations and stationery!
A5 Folded Card (148mm x 210mm)
Boarding Pass with Perforation (195mm x 90mm)
DL Flat Invite (97mm x 180mm | 97mm x 210mm)
DL Invitation Folded (105mm x 210mm)
DL Invite Tri-fold (97mm x 180mm)
DL Invite Z-fold (99mm x 210mm)
DL Sticker (100mm x 210mm)
Flat Card (85mm x 135mm | 95mm x 145mm | 88mm x 132mm | 90mm x 50mm | 90mm x 200mm | 95mm x 135mm | 89mm x 139mm | 85mm x 125mm | 80mm x 185mm | 90mm x 180mm | 90mm x 195mm | 139mm x 200mm | 88mm x 132mm | 137mm x 200mm)
Flat Insert (100mm x 150mm | 147mm x 210mm)
Flat Invite (122mm x 173mm | 127mm x 178mm)
Flat Menu (95mm x 260mm)
Flat Paper (148mm x 210mm)
Folded Card (105mm x 150mm | 90mm x 134mm)
Folded Invite (127mm x 178mm)
Menu – Flat Card (105mm x 270mm)
Name Band (300mm x 30mm)
Note Paper (134mm x 178mm)
Passport Cover Folded (88mm x 125mm)
Place Card Folded (95mm x 70mm | 90mm x 65mm)
Place Card Layer (90mm x 55mm)
Square Flat Card (125mm x 125mm | 145mm x 145mm | 120mm x 120mm | 70mm x 70mm | 134mm x 134mm | 75mm x 75mm | 130mm x 130mm | 124mm x 124mm | 73mm x 73mm | 93mm x 93mm | 95mm x 95mm)
Square Invitation and Pocket folded (139mm x 139mm)
Square Invitation Folded (139mm x 139mm | 134mm x 134mm | 145mm x 145mm | 140mm x 140mm)
Square Invitation Vertical Tri-fold (145mm x 145mm)
Square Invite Insert Paper (135mm x 280mm)
Square Tri-Fold (134mm x 134mm)
Stacked Flat Insert (120mm x 90mm | 120mm x 105mm)
Weddings are beautiful affairs, and it takes careful planning to make it so, from the wedding attire to the invitations, decor and much more. When you’re opting for a handmade wedding, items such as DIY wedding invitations and stationery, the details that goes into the decorations, and even food and beverages plays a big role. You might want to stay on top things, while still being trendy and sophisticated. One such trend would be to use metallic and pearlescent accents in the right amounts with your wedding design, starting with the wedding invitations and taking cues for the theme from it.
The best way to add some glitz and glamour into your wedding would be to start off by using wedding invitations designed and created with pearlescent paper. What this essentially involves is that the paper or card stock being used for your DIY wedding invitations has a slight sheen to accompany your colour choices. At DIY Invitations, the following are some of the paper/card stock available to you to create your masterpiece wedding invitations with an elegant and sophisticated look.
- The Shimmer Collection
- Champagne Shimmer
- Silver Shimmer
- Ivory Shimmer
- The StarDream Collection
- StarDream Opal
- StarDream Quartz
- StarDream Crystal
- StarDream Silver
- The Sparkle Collection
These paper and card stock to be used for DIY wedding invitations and stationery are available as flat cards and inserts, folded wedding invites, pre-cut cards with and without layers, die-cut shapes as well as pre-cut wedding stationery accessories such as place cards and so on, in order for you to carry on the theme of class and finesse through the wedding stationery.
When it comes to adding accents, it’s a great idea to use some sparkle and glitz with the likes of metallic accessories. Anything that shimmers will do, from paper to cloth and even faux jewellery to gilded accessorises such as feathers and seashells, silver, gold or bronze ribbons and lace, embellishments such as sequins & rhinestones, metallic paint & dust, and more. You can use these accessories to add to the look you are striving for with your DIY wedding invitations and accessories.
Using Foil with DIY Invitations & Stationery
Another way to add a touch of shimmer to your DIY wedding invitation would be with using foil, whether as an accessory or embellishment, or even with foil printing put up to the task of creating a sophisticated look. You can even opt to keep your DIY invitations crisp and opt for foil envelopes, or vice versa.
If you can’t wait to put your creativity to use when planning your next big event, then why not start out with DIY invitations and stationery and create beautiful works of art on the likes of the invitations, gift boxes and bags and so much more, starting from the base all the way up to adding accents to make your DIY invitations and stationery creations pop!
Kick-Start Your Vision
First of foremost, apart from the materials, you will need a vision or a design draft (which would be a good idea to have before you make your purchases for materials, unless you plan on making samples first and figuring out the winner). A sketch draft of the design and a list of things you need would be a good place to start, and not forgetting the DIY invitations paper or card stock.
Get Your Materials in Order
There are many ways in which you can start on your creations, but you will need the fundamentals or basics, such as paper or card stock depending on the vision you have. Whether you purchase plain old paper, or opt for the fancy variety of textured or pearlescent paper or card, you cannot go wrong, because it’s your vision of creativity coming alive as you embark on making your DIY invitations and accessories a reality. Once you have this ready, why not make a few samples in various styles/forms and judge them for yourself or with family and close friends to decide which one is the best one for your event. Your DIY invitations should have a theme, depending on your requirement; it could be anything from a wedding, engagement, religious function, birthday, graduation and the list goes on and on.
Styling the Fold
Once you’ve got materials for your DIY invitations, start adding design elements to it, like folding it to make it the style you want and find an easy way to get it done in as less time as possible. You may have free-standing, bi-folded, tri-folded, vertically or horizontally aligned cards, or even the ones of the pocket invitations variety.
You need to also figure out what you want written in your invitations, whether you want to write it in yourself, hire a calligrapher or run it through a printer. Figure this part out, because if you are opting to print it, you will need the proper dimensions to enter into your printer so the layout and alignment comes out properly. Make sure you do a few samples on normal paper before you print them in batches.
Adding the Final Accents
Once you’ve sorted out the invitation wording, the final step would be to add those personal touches with DIY accents that you feel would go well with the theme. Some trendy suggestions would include the likes of adding ruffles using fabric or textile accessories such as fabric pompom balls and lace trim, cutting out shapes such as hearts and flowers out of the card/paper itself for a 3D pop-up effect, stitching on various appliqués with the thread work on display, using tissues and papier-mâché techniques. These are few ways in which you can take your DIY invitation creations to the next level.
Many of us have a creative streak, and enjoy experimenting with design, starting with doodles and drafts and then moving onto actually carrying them out with the help of arts and crafts. When you are planning an event, the very same applies, where you decide on a theme and look, and if you are planning on doing most of the work yourself, then you even start designing DIY invitations to match the design theme that you have picked out.
This year, there are several delightful trends that have popped up which can definitely help you when you take to event planning, and in the stride, also designing the likes of DIY invitations and stationery, gift boxes and bags for favours, gifts and so forth. These include the likes of popular colour choices, styling and design, use of embellishments or treatments, and not forgetting colour palettes. Let’s look at some designs that you can definitely use on your DIY event items.
Popular Colour Choices for 2013
When it comes to colour there are some that stand out, and are in trend. This is usually determined by the fashion industry in partnership with Pantone. This year, the following colours have been chosen as the ones in trend, and can be used individually or can even be complemented with other colours.
- Dusk Blue
- Tender Shoots
- Grayed Jade
- Lemon Zest
- African Violet
- Monaco Blue
- Poppy Red
- Mykonos Blue
- Linden Green
- Deep Lichen Green
The above colour choices range from colours that are related to spring which are bright and colourful as well as to fall, that are darker and earthy. According to the season of the year, you can use these colours when doing up your DIY invitations, boxes and gift bags to match the theme of your event design.
Styling and Design
You may have your very own style that you are comfortable with, but if you are to be trendy, one style trend that is to go down ‘Chic and Elegant’, which essentially focused on soft touches, lace, intricate designs and flourishes complimented by soothing tones and colour pairing. You can utilise soft floral decals to patterns that are easy on the eyes. Lace DIY invitations are definitely quite intricate and gaining popularity for their intricateness, especially when trying to match the bride’s wedding dress.
Embellishments & Treatments
We all like to add a touch of glitz in our lives, and when you are planning a special event; you might want it to stand out than just another average day-to-day shindig, right? Why not add some treatments or embellishments to your DIY invitations, other stationery and accessories. Go with glitter appliqués or even metallic paper or foil printing for that effect. Choose from colour choices such as gold, silver, and champagne, bronze, copper and more to get the finish you are looking whilst still sticking to the theme and style you envisioned.
Soft Colour Palette, Shades and Hues
Apart from the trending colours in itself, you need to consider colour palettes to choose from that are ready made, where you are not required to pair up and decide whether they actually look good. One such colour palette that is trending would be pastel or sorbet shades of colour that are soothing on the eyes and are muted enough to be romantic and delightfully pleasing. Choose from muted colours such as zesty yellows, blush pinks, sandy taupe, ashen mint, soft peach, and even pastel aqua to bring some magic into your event, with DIY invitations and complement the rest of the event’s accessories such as gift boxes, bombonnieres, and more with it too.