How to Make Your Invitations Look Elegant on a Budget

DIY wedding invitation materials with flowers and several cardstock choices

Why do we love DIY? Because it’s a great way to make things yourself without spending a lot of money. This DIY spirit can apply to almost anything to do with your wedding, and invitations are no exception. You may think that you don’t want the look of handmade invitations for your wedding because they won’t look as good as professionally printed wedding invites, but you’d be wrong.

The greatest thing about making your own invitations is that there are simple ways save money on supplies while easily making them look elegant and classy.

With a combination of good supplies, creative help from others, and a can-do DIY spirit, you too can make the fancy invitations of your dreams on a budget. Have I convinced you to make your own invitations yet? If so, read on. If not, read on anyway because these ideas are great enough to change your mind.

Handwrite Your Wedding Invitations

Printing invitations can become expensive quickly. If you’re looking for a fancy style, but don’t want to pay the printing fees, writing your invites out yourself might be a good option for you. True, this option will be tedious and take up a large amount of time. But if the money saved is worth it to you, writing them out becomes a great option. You could even find a calligraphy pen and try out some nice fonts or find a friend with nice handwriting you can convince to do them for you.

Examples of calligraphy for a DIY wedding invitation

Use the Right Equipment and Supplies

A great way to make any quality paper look more elegant is to use fancy paper cutting equipment. There are a few high-quality paper cutters on the market, but it might be worth thinking about purchasing one. At the very least, you can grab some nice, small-scale paper cutters of differing designs from a craft store near you. These tools make working with paper easier and the cuts will be close to that of a machine paper cutter with a little practice.

Just Add Lace to Your Invitations

Accessories are important if you want your invites to look elegant. Lace is a great way to class up an invitation if it is only a plain piece of paper with some writing on it. There are many ways you can build your invitations with lace. You can paste some lace to the bottom or background of your invites. You can also attach paper lace doilies cut in half to each side of the invite so that the lace opens like a door to the invitation. I’ve seen this done on several invitations where they tied off the invitation with a piece of ribbon so that it opens like a gift. It is a classy look with a creative use of lace.

Paper accessories on a DIY wedding invite

Use Flowers in Your Invitation Design

Flowers are classy and romantic. You know what’s even classier? Flowers on your wedding invitations. Flowers make everything look more delicate. They are another great design accessory you should use in your invitation design. Find a beautiful picture of flowers you like and use it for your invitation background. Here’s another thought: You could also use real pressed flowers and attach them to your invites. You could probably find these pressed flowers wholesale online or you can also start early and press wildflowers yourself.

Find a Invitation Template

There are a lot of places online selling wedding invitation templates. Most shops will charge a small fee for the rights to the design. You can then print them out or use the template design however you choose. You can even find free templates online. Spend some time searching the internet for those great template deals and find the perfect invite design.

DIY wedding invitation supplies

Use Stamps to Add Design Elements

You can do a lot with stamps. If you’re a no fuss kind of person, or not to good at DIY, stamps could be the perfect solution for you. After you’ve printed the template or written your invitation, if you feel it just needs a little something more, find a beautiful stamp to class it up. Stamps are inexpensive, and you’ll likely only have to buy one ink pad for the whole lot! Stamps are a really inexpensive design element that can turn out looking great.

Go Wholesale for Your Supplies

If you can, try to find your supplies wholesale. If you can find a quality cardstock for a wholesale price, you have hit the wedding invitation jackpot. It’s likely your supplies will be your biggest expense when it comes to the invitations. Any way you can cut down on the cost for cardstock will help your overall budget for the invitations. The best way to make sure your invitations are elegant yet inexpensive is to gather good quality supplies from low-priced sources. Put the invitations together in a way that looks really great. You can save money and you won’t have sacrificed on the design appeal of your invites.

When it comes to DIY, most people either love it or hate it. You can make these invitations yourself, or find some creatively inclined friends who are willing to help. Use the supplies and designs that are easily accessible to you. If you use the accessories in the right way, even the cheapest invites can turn out looking elegant and beautiful.

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