Since wedding invitations include pretty much everything that any other party invitation would have - who is hosting the party, the day, date, time, location, purpose and RSVP - wedding invitation templates make an excellent foundation for doing your own.
One of the first wedding ideas on a budget or any money-saving party planning ideas is how to do your own invitations, possibly because buying them done for you or having them professionally designed, printed and shipped to you can be a really costly part of the event.
Watch how Jan made her own wedding invitations.
In fact, this is a really cute do-it-yourself project for invitations for graduation parties, birthday parties, dinner parties, or any other event, whether casual or formal.
Does doing it yourself really save you money? Yes, it does, if you know where to shop.
As the women in these videos will show you, if you go to craft stores that offer coupons, you can get some great deals on bulk papers and other supplies you'll need.
What happens with the retailers and professional design shops is that while they may be cutting their overhead costs by buying the same materials in bulk at a dealer's discount, they'll mark up the price plus add the cost of labor.
When you buy the materials and do the job yourself, even if you pay a little bit more per piece than the professional shops will, you won't be adding labor costs on top of the final price because you're investing time, not money, into the project.
Aren't they more work? Yes, it is a lot more work than just going online and buying stock invitation designs and having the company do all of the personalization for you.
I won't kid you about that.
It's also more work than buying a DIY invitation kit, where all you're basically doing is adding the print and maybe assembling the pieces, but the design is already made for you.
Both of these options will probably save you some money and a lot of time over going to a professional designer or stationery store, and if you have more money than time, do it yourself invitations may not be an option you'd consider.
But if you're crafty and creative or you can learn fast and follow instructions, and you can make the time so, you can save a lot money by going the DIY route for any invitations you need.
Your Creation vs What Everyone Else Is Using Too Think about it.
If certain color schemes or patterns are "in" that season, you may be buying the most popular design of invitation and pretty much following the crowd of what everyone else is doing.
Why do that for your own wedding invitations or any other party invites you need? Especially for your wedding anyway, wouldn't you like to have a design that no one else has? Okay, so if black Damask pocketfold invitations are the 'in' thing, make your own and create a different Damask pattern for your own invitations.
If you know how to use PhotoShop, Paint.
NET or Gimp, you can download a variety of free images and then manipulate and edit them into your own creation.
Another idea for doing these yourself is you can create matching DIY favors, like personalized bookmarks, that will blend in with your wedding or party theme and your invitations.
And if you want to get a bit fancier, make your own lined envelopes instead of buying the more expensive pre-lined envelopes from stationery stores.
And if you know what kind of paper to use, you may not even add to the cost of the postage!