DIY Invitations

Make Your Own Party Invitations and Wedding Invitations

Sending DIY invitations instead of store-bought versions is cost efficient and personal. By designing your own invites, you create an invitation that expresses who you are, fits a specific party theme or incorporates personal photos. Use these tips and resources to combine paper, computer and crafts for DIY invitations for parties or wedding invitations. You can also turn store-bought cards or colorful card stock into first class invitations. Get ready to party!

Parts of an Invitation

Wedding Invitation
A wedding invitation.

Greeting cards and invitations have basically the same parts. Of course, you can make an invitation any way you like, but familiarize yourself with the basic aspects of invitations first.

Make sure your invitation contains the vital information: 

  • Who: Tell your invitees who is throwing the party, hosting the event or who is getting married.
  • What: Is it a wedding, a reception, a costume party, a potluck dinner, a sleepover, a fund-raising event or something else? Describe the event.
  • Where: Give an address. Supply a map or give good driving directions.
  • When: Don't forget the date and time!
  • Why: The Why might be implicit in the What, but for some events you might want to include more details such as a mini-bio of the guest of honor or the history of the organization if it's a fund-raising event.
  • How: Tell guests how to contact you. Give a phone number or email address. Ask for an RSVP. If children or other guests are allowed (or discouraged), include this nformation.

Software for Invitations

Greeting Card Factory Deluxe 8 Image courtesy of PriceGrabber
Greeting Card Factory Deluxe 8. Image courtesy of PriceGrabber

You can make your invitations completely by hand; however, using a computer and software can be faster, allow for uniform cards, and you don't need a lot of craft supplies. Software programs feature ready-made templates, design wizards, clip art, fonts and other extras to make it easy to design and print your own cards, announcements or DIY invitations. Some do other print projects as well such as labels, fliers or scrapbooks, while others are devoted primarily just to greeting cards and invitations. They usually don't cost a lot of money.  Windows greeting card software and Mac invitation software programs are available.

Templates for Invitations and Envelopes

HP Creative Studio for Home Greeting Cards
HP Creative Studio for Home Greeting Cards.

You don't necessarily need special software for DIY invitations. If you have Microsoft Word or some desktop publishing software or even graphics software, it works just as well. Those programs may have some templates for invitations, but chances are the selection is limited. Browse template collections to find a suitable design that you can use as is or modify to suit your needs. And don't forget the envelopes.

DIY Party Letter

Don't fret over finding the right clip art or the perfect card template. Use pre-designed or colored papers. Choose colors appropriate to the season or theme and a nice, readable font. Put your time and effort into writing a nice invitation letter and having a fun party. Bonus: You can purchase a box of standard letter size envelopes for these invitations. Dress up the envelope with stickers or rubber stamps.

DIY Wedding Invitations

Wedding Invitation
Floral delight wrapped in a ribbon. Wedding invite by jewel4599

Here comes the bride full of pride in the beautiful wedding invitations crafted with care by following these tips and tricks. "I do" believe you'll find elegant fonts, templates and tutorials for creating wedding and anniversary announcements and related bridal and wedding materials with computer software and printing.

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Bear, Jacci Howard. "DIY Invitations." ThoughtCo, Oct. 29, 2016, Bear, Jacci Howard. (2016, October 29). DIY Invitations. Retrieved from Bear, Jacci Howard. "DIY Invitations." ThoughtCo. (accessed January 17, 2018).