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, but also frustrating and disastrous if not planned well. So to make sure your special day avoid that same fate, we've listed some tips to help you with your invitations creation.  




1. Choose a Theme: Every successful event starts with choosing the right theme. This will be the foundation of your entire party planning. Your invitations serve as your event teaser, and should convey what guests can expect from the affair. So it is important that your print materials compliment your theme. If you're doing a garden party, incorporate colors and designs that can be associated with it. You can use green, white and brown color combinations. Or go floral with your images and graphics. Just remember that your invitations should complement your theme and not the other way around.   

2. Consider your Budget: Don't forget to allot a separate budget for your invitations. You can consider sending out electronic invitations so as to save time and money, but handing out your printed invitations adds interaction and gives more excitement to your recipients. If you choose to go with the traditional way of giving inviting your guests, you need to look for a good printing service after choosing your theme and design. You should canvas prices. Check the cost of paper, color printing and miscellaneous fees.

3. Choose the Right Colors: Like mentioned above, your invitation colors should complement your theme. But don't use too many colors for your invitations. Choose from two to three combinations to create a unified color palette. Use the color wheel as a guide. 


4. Pay Attention to Detail. 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 try different approaches for different occasions and events. Remember that an interesting and fun invitation wording should come with fancy or classy yet readable fonts to make your invitations more appealing.


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








Sans Serif:


Choose a typeface which suits the mood of the occasion. For example, for weddings, script typefaces are perfect. But of course you can also try other styles like display typefaces, as long as it goes with your theme.




Display fonts can convert a classic and typical invitation into a more sophisticated and stylish one.


Mixing typefaces is also a good way to add to your invitation design. It gives your print materials a fun and whimsical feeling. These are especially effective for birthday parties. Just make sure to mix typefaces that work well together. The two fonts should have balance and harmony.  




Avoid creating invitations that will become useless after the event. Create something that guests would want to keep as souvenirs. That way, you and your recipients can look back to that event with fond memories.


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There are many invitation templates and printable invitations readily available online which can make your life easier so as you don’t need to start your invitations from scratch. Here are some information about invitation printing that you might need to know:


Paper Folds

 Flat –This is the most common paper type used for different occasions.

 Folded – Looks more sophisticated compared to flat cards. You can separate details between the folds for a more organized reading.

Paper Sizes

Standard – These are the common sizes for invitations.  Available dimensions are as follows: 3.5” x 5”, 4” x 6”, 4.25” x 5.5”, 4.25” x  6”, 5” x 7”.

Folded Counterparts – Available sizes for folded invitations: 7” x 5” (folds to 3.5” x 5”), 8” x 6” (folds to 4” x 6”), 8.5” x 5.5” (folds to 4.25” x 5.5”), 8.5” x 6” (folds to 4.25” x 6”) and 10” x 7” (folds to 5” x 7”).


Print Guide Lines


    1. 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.

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

    3. Safe Zone – the area where you place your text, images and other important elements to avoid getting trimmed off.


Paper Stock/ Type


    1. 14 pt. Cardstock Gloss Front, Uncoated Back – this is medium weight cardstock with a glossy finish. The uncoated side is ideal for writing with pen or pencil.


    2. 14 pt. Cardstock, Uncoated Paper – light weight; uncoated card stock has excellent writability. Acid free and archival quality


    3. 14 pt. Cardstock, Gloss AQ Coated – stiff, thick cardstock with a gloss finish. This is best for invitations with vibrant colors. Its aqueous coating helps the card be scratch resistant. Use permanent markers or pens with oil-based inks for writing.


    4. 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.


    We hope this guide can help you make your own invitations without too much trouble. For more information on invitation printing call us at 1.888.888.4211.


Article Sources:

Types of Typefaces via SkillCrush

Image Sources:

Color Harmony via 99 Designs

Typefaces via Fontsquirrel

Sarah Parrott via photopin cc

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