DIY Wedding Invitations with Illustrations & Doodle Art

You’ve decided to be a DIY bride – congratulations! It will definitely be an exciting journey of discovery and fun. You’ll need supplies of course, and a committee of helpers (if you can rouse them up), and not to mention a vision. The first order of business would be with the likes of your DIY wedding invitations, Sometimes, the save the date cards are the first to be sent where brides prefer to send an image from the engagement shoot to announce their upcoming nuptials, which is pretty great DIY option too (as it ends up being a keepsake for your guests).

Regardless of whether you are sending photographic save the dates, DIY wedding invitations and their accessories, you can still tie the two together with a design element, such as with illustrations or doodle art, using pens in contrasting ink. a great and unique twist to the look you are going for, because it’s something different yet cohesive is to be able to use some form of design element which runs through the entire stationery suite. If you can get your hand on white ink pens for the photographic save the dates and a contrasting colour such as black for the DIY wedding invitations and include the same doodle/illustration element, or if you are using white or a light colour as a backdrop to your text and other design elements, these can definitely allow the theme to flow from one DIY wedding stationery item to another.

Doodle art and illustrations are fun to do when they are meaningful and quirky, especially if it goes well with the couples personalities. Quirky wedding invitations will definitely be memorable to your invitees, and they are such great keepsakes. You can use this style for your DIY wedding invitations in so many ways. Let’s find out how.

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First up, you have yourself either a plain DIY wedding invitation kit or a printable wedding invitation template (that comes with your desired invitation wording already printed). Some templates come with the names of the couple and the wedding date printed on the front, either right, left or centrally aligned. In such cases, you can easily work around the text as a border if it’s centrally aligned or if it’s either right or left aligned. Even add another piece of illustration to complement the border design too.

If you simply want to keep it simple, then you can and just have a doodle art or illustration as a focal design in your DIY wedding invitation. It can be anything you set your mind to. You could even have 3 or even 5 styles drawn up, and interchange them to feature in various DIY wedding invitations on rotation. You need to make sure that each of these doodles can easily be recognised and are cohesive to your illustrated theme.

If you are planning on using photography, opt for a high-contrast ink colour, such as a white Sharpie pen, and overlay your design on top. It’ll be a lovely way to further personalise your photographic DIY wedding invitation/stationery. For those who are more adventurous, you could feature an all-over design or pattern, so something mixed with typography, illustrations of the bride and groom, speech balloons and more.

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Hand Painted Wedding Invitations & Stationery

Your wedding day should be the most special day of your lives, and unique to the both of you, as this a union of love & personalities. When it comes to the design and planning of your wedding, you will want it to speak volumes of your personalities and spirit. The likes of hand painted wedding invitations and stationery, is a great way to go about creating something unique, especially if the artwork in mind is personal.

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Step one would be to first get your hands on some material, that is, the card stock paper or DIY wedding invitations and stationery kit which is what you will have the artwork of your choosing hand painted on. It’s important to have a vision at this point, and also ensure that you have the necessary skills, time and patience to go through it. If the latter is something you are unsure about, that is, in terms of skills, time, or even patience, it is a good idea to employ someone to do a beautiful job for you. It could be a friend, relative, or even an artist who is willing to make a beautiful creation to be hand painted onto your wedding invitations and stationery.

In terms of the wedding stationery, what you will be looking at would be the reply cards, order of service cards, directions & accommodations cards, wishing well & registry cards, place mats, napkin bands, menu cards, table numbers, bomboniere labels & cards, and not forgetting thank you cards. These are part of the DIY wedding invitation and stationery kits available, but you need not opt for all the options. Pick and choose which ones you want to go with and then have those ready for the magic to flow through.

There are many styles of art that you can use on these DIY wedding invitations, whether you are looking to great artists for inspiration and their styles, or you have something in mind already. From landscapes to portrait art, to illustrations, pop art, inspirations from street-art and graffiti and much more. If you have a style that you want to portray, from elegant to modern and even casual, then there is no stopping you from getting the most beautiful and unique wedding invites out there. Adding all these personal touches will truly make this a beautiful day, with all the stationery that has been done up personally for the wedding and more.

Take points and make your wedding day just as unique, with hand-painted wedding invitations and stationery.

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DIY Wedding Invitations with the Couples Portrait

Once you have set the date of the wedding, you will need to start planning the rest, starting with the wedding invitations. If you once had an idea of what your wedding invites would be but are somewhat outdated now, there are newer ways in which you can go about making it personal and customised. A two in one effort would be to opt for DIY wedding invitations with the couple’s portrait featured in it.

A few main ways are available to you in which you can fit the couple’s portraits into the DIY wedding invitations. Essentially, with a DIY wedding invitations kit, you have yourself a blank front facing in which various things can be applied to it. Therefore, you can incorporate various styles, methods and techniques to go about adding the couple’s portraits to the design of the DIY wedding invite. These methods include using photographs, illustrations, silhouettes, and watercolour paint portraits.


When working with photographs to be used for your DIY wedding invitations, you can opt for a full cover of the entire front facing, to selected areas of the layout or even positioning of the photograph(s) as to your liking. However, when it comes to the content of these photographs and how the couple’s portraits will be represented, it ties in with the style and theme of the intended look for your invites, stationery, and the look you want for your special day. Your options can range from the likes of candid photography, styled and posed photo shoots from the engagement or even a pre-wedding photo shoot, a montage or collage of the couple’s pictures, montage or collage of couple’s photographs with their parent’s wedding photographs and so much more. The styling, design, layout and positioning as well as colour play a big role in how the DIY wedding invitations come to look in the end.


A more personal and somewhat modern trend, depending on the style and look you are opting for, illustrations are truly lovely and great inclusions of elements for your DIY wedding invitations. They can be anything from comic book inspired illustrations to retro style couple’s portraits, caricatures, hand drawn art, Parisian styled to even vintage Victorian. Watercolour portraits are also quite lovely when they come and are soft and easy on the eyes, and romantic in tone.

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Silhouette elements are limited but that does not mean that it does not leave a lasting impression. There are many ways in which you can ensure that the silhouettes of the bride and groom look personal. This is does by means of attaining the look by carefully selecting an image that looks like them the most, and then tracing the silhouette of their features. This can be done with a mock bridal garb, in order to make it more relevant, that is, with the bride wearing a tiara or veil and the groom wearing the likes of a top hat or even his signature hairstyle.

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Take a pick out of these options for your invitations for your big day!

Pencil Art DIY Wedding Invitations

Art in itself is a varied and diverse topic altogether, but here, we are talking about pencil art in the sense of how it can help in your wedding designs and using it on your wedding invitations. Illustrations are quite the rave with wedding themes and stationery, but this is one style is one that is still very sentimental and rare.

There are many types of pencil art out there, from charcoal to chalk, lead art, doodles and even colour pencil art, which are beautiful when the final output comes out.  When it comes down to what the art is all about, there are many items you can feature on your wedding invitation. From a pencil art portrait of the couple, to details of the couple’s attire, such as the wedding dress sketch, or even illustrations of the wedding venue and various decor elements, that is the focal element of your special day. Usually, you find your wedding theme around a colour or an inspiration from a certain element. It could be the altar you plan on getting married at and the details around it, to the wedding cake topper, which can be anything from the traditional bride and groom, to lovebirds, these elements can be found all across your wedding design, and therefore also featured on your wedding invitations and other wedding stationery.

When you are planning on doing up DIY wedding invitations, all you will need to acquire from your wedding invitations vendor would be the DIY wedding invite kits, and from thereon, put artistry to the test. If you are artist in question, then it is up to you to do up some great sketches and designs. If not you can also hire someone who is gifted with creative skill of pencil art, and have them create a masterpiece for you. If that artist in question is also gifted in calligraphy, then you are crossing out two items on your to-do list, the illustrations and design, as well as the text that needs to be done on your DIY wedding invitations.

For those couples who are getting married at great landmarks in Australia, your DIY wedding invitations can feature them so that everyone will know where you are getting married from the moment they have your wedding invite in hand. If you are planning to have your ceremony at the Sydney Harbour, then by all means, feature the beauty of architecture of this great landmark as your focal element on your wedding invite using pencil art. Like so, there are so many ways you can do up your DIY wedding invitations and stationery. Think of the great possibilities, and try them out through samples before committing to it and clear all doubt.