When it comes to your big day, there are a lot of important things to think about. The food, the dress, the guest list – it’s no wonder weddings can be so stressful. For many people, the perfect wedding invitation is another hugely important part in the run-up to the big day, as it’s often the first glimpse your guests will have of what’s to come.

This guide offers advice and tips on how to create a wedding invitation that’s budget friendly and completely unique to you.

The Theme

You probably already have a theme in mind for your wedding and unless you’re trying to throw people off, it’s likely to be the basis for your invitations too. If your theme is minimalist and simple, then you shouldn’t have too much of a problem finding the right balance for your invites. However, if you’ve opted for a more intricate theme, things could start to get complicated.

Of course, you want your wedding invites to look beautiful but to avoid a chaotic and complicated design, choose no more than three colours from your wedding theme to use in your invites. Another good tip is to keep the beads and glitter to a minimum, both things can get messy and the more extras you have glued onto your invite, the more likely they are to fall off and ruin the look.

Want the best advice? Stick to the bare bones of your theme for the perfect invite.

The Design

Much like choosing your theme, choosing your design can end in chaos if you’re not careful. A classy design will showcase your theme but not take away from the most important part of your invite – the details.

Choose a font that is elegant but easy to read and avoid invites that are too large or small – A5 is a good middle ground when it comes to size. The details are an important part of the invite, so make sure they don’t get lost in the design because of unreadable fonts or too much bling.

Remember: It’s always useful to create a tick list of important details for your invite, so you don’t have any mishaps after they’ve gone to print.

The Company

Unless you plan on making your invites by hand, you’ll need to find a printing company that can fulfil your needs. Not all companies will be able to do everything you want, so it’s good to go into your invite planning with an open mind.

Nonetheless, don’t be afraid to ask for something a little bit different or special if it isn’t on the website. You never know what you might be able to get if you just ask.

The Price

Budgeting is a big part of any wedding and when designing and printing your invites, it pays to do your homework before you commit to buying. Different companies often suggest drastically different prices for the same thing, which could leave you out of pocket.

A good tip is to pick up free price quotes from every company that you like and compare the services they offer with the price they are asking. That way, you can negotiate with companies you prefer to get the best price.

An even better way to save money is to finish the invites by hand. If you or your friends have a creative streak, add any jewels, glitter or beads yourself, rather than paying out extra for a bespoke, hand finished service.

Most importantly…

Most importantly, when creating your wedding invites just remember to have fun. It’s one of many exciting preparation tasks for your special day, so don’t let it stress you out.