Make Your Own Invitations for Different Occasions

A Beginner's Guide to Making Your Own Invitations

Making your own invitations can be fun and exciting. Choose a specific theme, mix colors and use patterns for your invitation design. Think and plan on how you will make your own invitations and how the final design will look like. Learn the different ways of creating and printing invitations through these ideas.



Design and make your own invitations just like how you choose the best party theme or the perfect wedding dress. Create invitations which would suit the mood and the feel of the event. Here are some tips to help you in making your own invitations.

  1. Consider your Budget. Don't forget to allot a separate budget for your invitations. Before you make your own invitation design, check the cost of all the items and services that you will get e.g. paper, invitation design and printing costs.

  2. Choose the Right Colors for Your Invitations. Don't use too many colors for your invitations. Choose from two to three color combinations to create a unified color palette. Use shades and hues to give variation to your design. Use the color wheel as basis in choosing colors for your invitations. Choose from these color harmonies to guide you in creating your invites. Consider the theme of the event. Don't use colors that are too far off from your chosen theme.
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  4. Pay Attention to Details. Check and double check the details that you will place on your cards. Inspect if you have the right information like the date and venue of the event.


Creative use of typography makes invitations more attractive and memorable. You can play with typefaces and choose different font styles. Try different approaches for different occasions and events like business announcements.

We can categorize typefaces into different types. Here are some typefaces you can use for invitations:







Sans Serif:


Here are some tips you can try for your invitations:  

  1. Choose a typeface which suits the mood of the occasion. You can divert from the traditional designs by experimenting on fonts. For example, for weddings, script typefaces are perfect. However, you can also try other styles like display typefaces if your theme goes with it.
  1. Use different display fonts to create unique and attractive invitations. Convert a classic/ typical invitation into a more sophisticated and stylish one by using display fonts.
  1. Try using more than one typeface for your invites. Try using serif/ sans serif and display fonts on your invitations. This mix of typefaces creates a balance of simplicity and complexity. You can also use script fonts with display fonts. This creates a balance of strength and softness to your invitations. 



Invitations leave a particular impression to anyone who receives them. Some general tips to keep in mind are: Avoid creating invitations that will become useless after the event. Create something that is worth keeping. Give people something that will remind them about your wonderful event.

Remember, invitation cards are not only created to be a tool for reminding people to come to your special day. They are created to store the memories that you want to keep even after the event.

If you want to make special and memorable cards, create them with artistic and unique designs. Here are some samples that you can get inspiration from:


Wedding Invitation



Baby Shower Invitation



Art Exhibit Invitation



Barbecue Party Invitation



Bachelorette Party Invitations



Here are some information about invitation printing that you might need to know:

  • Paper Folds
  • Flat –has standard sizes which are affordable and easy to find. This is the most common paper type used for different occasions.

    Folded – looks more personalized and more sophisticated compared to flat cards.

  • Paper Sizes

    Standard – common sizes for invitations. You can get high quality prints without spending too much for them.(3.5” x 5”, 4” x 6”, 4.25” x 6”, 5” x 7”)

    Folded Counterparts – You can create more personalized invitations with the following sizes:(7” x 5” (folds to 3.5” x 5”),8.5” x 6” (folds to 4.25 x 6&rdquo),10” x 7” (folds to 5” x 7”)

    Check invitation sizes and their corresponding applications for more details.

  • Print Guide Lines


    Trim/ Cut Line – a line placed on your invitation layout which denotes the exact region to be cut. This also represents the final dimension/ size/ measurement of your invitations after printing.

    Bleed – an area that extends after the cut line. The background/ color/ design of your invitations should extend up to the bleed area.

    Safe Zone – the area where your text, images and other important elements should be placed to avoid being trimmed off.

  • Paper Stock/ Type
  • 12 pt. Cardstock Gloss Front, Uncoated Back – this is medium weight cardstock with a glossy finish. The uncoated side is excellent for writing on with any kind of pen or pencil.

    13 pt. Cardstock, Uncoated Paper – light weight; uncoated card stock has excellent writability. However, natural fibers may be visible.

    14 pt. Cardstock, Gloss AQ Coated – stiff, thick cardstock with a gloss finish. This is best for invitations with vibrant colors. The aqueous coating helps the card be scratch resistant. Use permanent markers or pens with oil-based inks for writing.

    14 pt. Cardstock, Dull Matte Coated – stiff and thick cardstock with a matte finish. This is best for classic and elegant invitations. Also has AQ coating for more durability. Ballpoint pens and permanent markers works best for writing on this paper.

Article Sources:

Types of Typefaces via SkillCrush

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Color Harmony via 99 Designs

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