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Making wedding invitations, DIY wedding stationery

Speciality paper shops, a sense of design, and the advent of home printers let you produce quality invitations or ones with an intentional hand-made look. You'll need both time and patience - it always takes longer than expected, can challenge your dexterity, and beware of typos that can easily sneak in! But it can help the budget, be highly enjoyable, and allows you to create an invitation that reflects your personality and the style of your wedding.

HOW TO APPROACH MAKING YOUR OWN INVITATIONS:

  1. Look around at invitations - in magazines, speciality shops and online. Specialty paper shops often have excellent examples of hand-made invitations and everything you need to make them.
  2. By the time you are making your invitations you will probably already have a theme or style for your wedding day. Look at how you could combine this style into the invitation.
  3. While looking at examples of invitations keep a list of invitation texts. Spend an evening with your partner establishing the text for the invitation, and discuss the information you need to convey to your guests - venue direction and maps, website address, parking and local area accommodation, gift list arrangements. Don't be afraid to have several pieces of paper in the invitation envelope - it may be that your invitation is made up of 3 or 4 different pieces of paper stylishly bound or interleaved together.
  4. Make one invitation completely and show someone before you buy all the different papers and tools you need.
  5. Make a list of all the tools, paper, and ribbon or other bits you will need, and always allow for quite a few extra invitations, to cover late invitations and errors in handwriting the names or addresses.
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  • If you are including a map have it enclosed but on a separate piece of paper from the invitation as people may want to carry it separately.
  • Always get at least one other person to check the spelling and layout of the invitation text. And double check it yourself before you do your print run.
  • Keep the construction of the invitations simple. Elegance can be achieved through simplicity, and making simple invitations will be far easier and less time consuming.
    For a step-by-step guide to making these invitations visit www.idoinvites.co.nz. Suddenly, making your own invitations won't seem so daunting!
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