Tips for Printing DIY Wedding Invitations

Last year, Australia’s wedding industry was facing an unmitigated disaster. Weddings were cancelled as lockdowns and other restrictions were introduced. This year, however, the same industry faces a different problem, perhaps too many weddings.

While things are still uncertain in some areas, many couples are still eagerly planning their big day, and crossing jobs to do from their list.

One of the tasks to complete for any wedding is to get the invites ready and sent out.

The thing you might want to ask yourself is, do you need to buy your invites from a shop, get an expensive printer to produce them, or could you make them yourself?

Reasons to Make Your Own Wedding Invites

One of the main reasons you might want to look more into making your own wedding invites is the cost involved.

Your wedding should be the best day you have ever experienced, and hopefully, the only one you have. However, that day can be mighty expensive.

According to Moneysmart, the average wedding in Australia costs $36,000. This means making withdrawals from savings accounts for many. For others, it can be loans from banks or families or putting some of it on credit cards.

Debt is no way to start married life, so any savings that can be made should be looked at. Also, you might want to make your own invites because you can add your personal touch to them.

How Can You Make the Designs?

When it comes to making wedding invites there are lots of helpful resources available. There are plenty of creative ideas for unique invites on the net, or you could consult with a local artist.

If you have a friend or know a graphic artist locally, then they may be able to help you design something that matches what you have in mind. Alternatively, you could use one of the many platforms online.

Adobe Spark and Canva, are just two platforms that let you edit templates or create new invite designs online to download.

What to Write in Your Wedding Invites

If you are making your own invites then you will want to put some thought into what is said. You will want to know how to write wedding invites and impress your guests at the same time.


While you may want to include some unique touches, and perhaps have the card designed around the theme of your wedding, some basics must be included.

Make sure you include the following and spell the invitees’ names correctly!

  • The name of the hosts
  • The bride’s and groom’s names
  • The date and time of the ceremony
  • The ceremony location and directions
  • The date and time of reception
  • Reception location
  • Dress code
  • RSVP card


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Make it clear on the invite whether the guest is invited to the reception only or to the wedding ceremony too. Also, you need to make clear who is invited, as in are they entitled to a plus-one?

Should You Print Your Own Invites?

Assuming that the design side of the invites has gone to plan, and you now have some stylish invites in digital form, you will need to print them.

Now, some online design platforms let you design the wedding invite and print it through them for delivery later, but is that what you want to do?

After all, you have so far had full control over the artistic side of the invite, why let them be printed by someone you cannot see in person?

Well, there are for’s and against’s for this. It may depend on whether you have access to a printer that can produce good quality images and text, or whether you want someone else to take control. After all, you want the invites to look professional.

How Can You Give Them a Professional Edge?

By using a professional artist or designer, you will have given your cards a unique style that you won’t have found at stationers.

Another way you can elevate them is to carefully consider what paper you will use, and the finish.

Whether you choose to print your invites at your home, or at a local printer where you can discuss what you require, you must consider the card and paper to be used.

There are many different types of paper finishes, and these will affect how your wedding invite looks once printed. Discussing this with a paper supplier and printer will give you a greater understanding of what you should look for.

For instance, there are more finishes than just matt and glossy these days. You can choose from specialty paper finishes, satin or lustre, digital fine art, and more.


Designing your own wedding invites is not as strange or unusual as you may think. Many couples are doing this today as a way to cut back on the cost of the big day, but also to take more control.

Making DIY wedding invites means that you can choose the wording, the typefaces, the design, and even the paper finishes.