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Modern Chocolate Wedding Invitation

9 Tips and Guide for DYI Wedding Invitations that look professional

Often we find that couples s looking to get married tend to get discouraged by the task of selecting and ordering their personalised wedding invitations. This can be for a number of reasons.

They turn out be too expensive

They may find it difficult to find a design they like

Delivery time is too long

They would like to put their personal touch, and so on.


So, at that point, a thought emerges “wait a minute! Why don’t we make our own wedding invitations?! How hard can it be?”Sounds familiar?

In this post we will share with you what are the obstacles you will face when you decide to make your own diy wedding invitations  and give you the tips to overcome those.


Here is the Summary:

Making your own wedding invitations is difficult, but not impossible

You will probably need to invest quite a bit of time and effort in pulling it off

Unless you have at least some of the equipment available you will probably not save too much money

There are ways to have a professional personalised wedding invitation at a fraction of the cost



1.The Wedding Invitation Design


If you will decide the make your own wedding invitations, first of all you will need to come up with a design for them. However, this is not a trivial task. In order to go to a print shop and be able to achieve a high-quality printing project you will most likely need to have a design in a vectorial format.

This means that the design must be produced in special design software like Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Corel, or others like that.

Just by using your basic computer suite (MS Paint, PowerPoint, Word, etc.) you will not be able to produce a design that can be printed in high quality.


Tip 1: There is no significant workaround here. You can either buy an existing design from the sites that offer them and do the modifications that you need or have someone build your personalised wedding invitation design from scratch.


2.The paper support


Ok, so you have your design ready and it looks brilliant. It is now the time to print is and see how it looks like in real life.

Finding the card (paper) support that best fits the selected design (and printing technique, but we will cover that a bit later) needs to be carefully thought out.

There are three main things you need to know about paper:

  • The “thickness”
  • The texture
  • The components.


Let me explain.

The thickness of the paper is usually measured by a unit called gsm (it’s an acronym  that stands from grams per square meter) at this is exactly what it measures, how many grams does a square meter of a particular material weighs.

Just for illustration the paper that you use most likely in your office for printouts it is probably 80 gsm.


A quality personalised wedding invitation will likely require minimum 250 gsm, but even that can be on the flimsy side sometimes.  For our digital wedding invitations we generally use 300 – 400 gsm cards.


Paper Thickness


The texture of the paper is the general look and feel of it. It ca be smooth, opaque, velvety, sparkly, tweed style, well…you get the idea. There are really a lot of possibilities.


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When it comes to components what you need to know that paper cards are…not necessarily made of paper alone. Either in order to achieve a certain texture, colour or thickness the wedding invitation cards are usually a blend of paper and other materials, such as plastics or natural fibers like cotton.  Some even have some metallic insertions.


Tip 2. The bottom line is that in order to have a decent wedding invitation you will need to select a card that is at least 300 gsm and a suitable texture / material for your project.  


Tip 3. Try to find a good quality print shop in advance. Most stationary shops have multifunctional printing and copying machines that are able to print on cards that are 300 gsm at most!


Tip 4. Finding a stationary shop that has a large amount to paper types in stock for you to use is not easy. Most people do not need specialty paper anyway.  Try to find a paper shop that deals mostly in the business to business market. Maybe you will get lucky and accommodate your paper request, even if your volume will be very small.


Tip 5. Be extra-careful  at the paper that has plastic components. Most digital printers heat the paper during the printing process and this will cause the paper to grip and curve. If you find a good print shop they will be able to give you further advice on this.


Tip 6. If you consider using your home printer, please keep in mind that they are not usually made for high quality (resolution) printing. The cost of printing is not too high anyway (especially if you already produced your desired paper) so it is not worth losing the quality a  professional printer will provide.



3.Producing the invitation


This is a process that most overlook , but it is usually the most time consuming a difficult part to get right, as is required the most amount of experienced manual labour.


So you are back from the print shop with your lovely wedding invitations and they look great. Most likely you will have a stack of A4 papers like this with 2 or 3 cards on each page, that you need to cut, put in an envelope, seal and hand it to your future guests or prepare for expeditions.



Really?…. Well not quite…


You see, when you printed your wedding invitations digitally on a 300 gsm card there is a slight conundrum. When the digital printer picks each card from the tray, there is a small delay between the printing of each page.


Invitation out of digital printer


This means that, when you look carefully, your designed is not printed exactly in the same location of each page.


Because of this, you cannot ask your print shop to use a large trimmer (guillotine) to cut them all at once as some of them will be most likely significantly offset. So you will need to cut each A4 paper individually using a home trimmer. Assuming you just do not have one of those laying around from previous projects :), you will need to purchase one, bust this is going to likely set your budget back quite a bit. Do not think about using a cutter, it really does not work.


Going forward, if you would like to perform some other techniques,  like rounding the invitation corners, you will most likely need a special device for this. This you will find in most stationary / dyi shops and are usually quite inexpensive.  You need to pay attention to sizes though, because they usually come in three of those: S (small), M(medium) or L(large). Make sure you pick the right one for your project.


For envelope selection there are not main issues you will encounter. However, do keep in mind that if you have an unusual invitation format (size or shape) in can be increasingly difficult to find an on the shelf envelope that fits. As long as you do your research upfront and know what is available on the market (size and colour) you should be fine.


For the envelope seals you could just buy a few sheets of self-adhesive paper  that match the colour of your project and a round cutter from your local store and you should be just fine.


You could decide to go seal-less, but I would really recommend using one, as it comes with a relatively small cost/effort increment but provides an elegant and upmarket note to your wedding invitation.


White Navy Letterpress Invitation



Tip 7. The easiest way to avoid having print delay (or cutting) errors shown on your invitation is to use a design that does not have a frame. When a frame is printed to the or close to the invitation margins any small errors in printing or cutting will become much more obvious.


Tip 8. In order to avoid having to order custom made envelopes, have a look what is easily available on the market. Keep that in mind when you design your wedding invitation, so that in fits correctly in the envelope. In general, your wedding invitation should be 0.5-1cm smaller than the envelope size.


Tip 9. Make an effort and seal the envelope. It will look much better.



To sum up:

Making your own wedding invitations is difficult, but not impossible

You will probably need to invest quite a bit of time and effort in pulling it off

Unless you have at least some of the equipment available you will probably not save too much money


4. The Solution for a dyi wedding invitation

However, there is a way in which you can have a professional invitation, for a fraction of the cost if you find a design and a company that allows you to share the workload: they make your prints for you and operations (like cutting, rounding, etc.) and you do most of the assembly and have a chance to add your personal touch to it.


For this reason, we created a playful and  unique wedding invitation suitable for formal and informal events, for which you can find details here or here.


Yes, the chocolate wedding invitation is an unique project in which we (the designer) produce and ship all the materials and you assemble the invitation. The assembly will usually take just a few hours,  once you get the hang of it, and it could be a fun activity for you as a couple or maybe for the future bride and bridesmaids.


Modern Chocolate Wedding Invitation


How does that work?

Well it is really easy:

  • Find a chocolate that you really like (an you would like to give to you future guests as a wedding invitation/ sweet gift). Importat! Please make sure that the chocolate has a foil wrapper otherwise you will not be able to create the invitation!!
  • Send us an email with the chocolate dimensions, the color theme you would like and the text you want printed on both the surface (details here) and inside card (details here) as well as how many you would like us to produce.
  • Based on that we will send you a quote and payment details and if everything is ok we will produce all the materials for you
  • You will receive all the materials together with clear instructions / support on how to assemble the invitations. You will then need a few hours to finalize your personalised wedding invitations and start distribution among your future guests.



Why does that work

We already have access to quality paper and a professional digital typography, equipment, plus we have done many invitations so we are able to produce all the materials fast and efficient.

For this wedding invitation the paper is fairly light, so the shipping costs are low.

You get to control most of the cost, as you will select and purchase the chocolate you select for your invitation, as well as assemble all the invitations.

So, if you would like us to help you with your wedding invitation, please let us know! We’re happy to get in touch!

Also, if you would like to see our full range of design you can find them here

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