DIY Invitations for Parties and Weddings

Take a personal approach to creating invitations

Sending do-it-yourself invitations instead of store-bought versions is cost-efficient and personal. When you design your own invitations, you express who you are. Use these tips and resources to combine paper and computer for DIY invitations for parties and wedding invitations. You can also turn purchased preprinted paper or colorful card stock into first-class invitations. Get ready to party!

Parts of an Invitation

Wedding Invitation

You can make an invitation any way you like, but it helps if you familiarize yourself with the basics of invitations first.

Your invitation—whether for a party or a wedding—should contain the important information: 

  • Who: Tell your invitees who is throwing the party, hosting the event, or getting married.
  • What: Is it a wedding, a reception, a costume party, a potluck dinner, a sleepover, a fund-raising event, or something else? Describe the event so your invitees know what to expect.
  • Where: Give an address. Include a map or clear driving directions.
  • When: Don't forget the date and time.
  • Why: The Why might be implicit in the What, but for some events, you might want to include more detail such as a brief bio of a guest of honor or a history of an organization if the party is a fundraising event.
  • How: Tell guests how to contact you. Supply a phone number or email address. Ask for an RSVP. If children, pets, or plus-one guests are allowed—or discouraged—include this information.

Software for Invitations

Using a computer and software is fast, produces uniform invitations, and gets you started with professionally designed templates. Plus, you don't need a lot of craft supplies. You need a computer, printer that can print on heavy-weight paper or card stock, and one of the many software programs designed specifically for this purpose.

Software programs designed for invitations include ready-made templates, design wizards, clip art, fonts, and other extras to make it easy to design and print your own cards, announcements, or DIY invitations. Some do other print projects such as labels, fliers, and scrapbooks, while others are devoted primarily to greeting cards and invitations. These programs are reasonably priced and are available as Windows greeting card software and Mac invitation software programs.

Templates for Invitations and Envelopes

HP Creative Studio for Home Greeting Cards

If you don't want to buy a software program for just one party invitation, you can use Microsoft Word or any other word processing or desktop publishing software you already own; it works just as well, but the software does not include many of the fonts, clip art, and designs that dedicated invitation software has.

Those programs may have some templates for invitations, but chances are the selection is limited. Browse template collections online to find a suitable design that you can use as is or modify to suit your needs. And don't forget the envelopes.

DIY Party Letter

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Don't fret over finding the right clip art or the perfect card template. Use predesigned invitation paper or colored paper. Choose a design or color appropriate to the season or theme and use an attractive, readable font. Put your time and effort into writing an invitation letter and having a fun party.

Purchase a box of standard letter-size envelopes to send out your letters. Dress up the envelope with stickers or rubber stamps.

DIY Wedding Invitations

Wedding Invitation

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Beautiful wedding invitations can be crafted with care by following a few tips. You'll find elegant fonts, templates, and tutorials for creating wedding and anniversary announcements and related bridal and wedding materials in lots of places.

Use the best fonts for wedding invitations​. Wedding invitations are a good match for elaborate fonts. Just make sure the font is easily readable at the small size you'll be using on the invitation. If not, use the elaborate font for the largest elements of the invitation and assign a simple font for the small elements.

Use the best colors for wedding invitations. Traditional choices are black ink on white or cream paper. Gray ink, as long as it's dark enough to be legible, is also a good traditional choice. If you are going for a romantic invitation, lavender, pink, and other pastel shades can be used for the paper or the ink. 

No matter what you do, keep legibility at the forefront. If your guests can't read the date, time, or directions, they may not make the party.