The DIY touch not only makes your wedding feel more personal, it can also save you money. There are plenty of unique and special options to announce your special day.
- Print Your Own
Printing your own invitations may be easier than you think. There are a number of templates online that let you to fill in your information if you don't feel up to creating the whole design yourself. Printing the invitation out on heavy card stock will give it that official wedding feeling. You can glue the invitation card to a larger piece of differently colored card stock to create an elegant frame.
- Leave Them a Trail
Consider printing a map invitation. Include places that are important to you as a couple, such as the location of your first date, where he proposed, or where your favorite romantic dinner spot is. Include the location of the ceremony and reception in extra large print. You can put more detailed information on a separate card or on the back of your map. Not only will this let them know about the wedding, it will also give them some ideas of things to do and see while they are in town before the ceremony.
- Seed Cards
Seed cards, paper with plantable seeds inside, can leave a long lasting impression. Order some seed paper, or create your own with blended recycled paper and seeds, and print out your invitations on them. Include a note for guests to plant the invitation card after they've got the details to create a lasting floral memory of your wedding.
- Dramatic Videos
Your invitation doesn't have to be a piece of paper in the mail. If you're more of a multimedia couple, consider making an invitation video. Some couples have created a invitation styled after a movie preview, while others may use a simpler and more straightforward greeting. You will need a video camera and a basic video editing program to create this style of invitation. Copy the video to blank discs and send them to your guests.
- Tell a Story in Pictures
You took your engagement photos for a reason, so why not use them in your wedding invitations? Whether it's a collection of pictures depicting your relationship from the beginning or an artful display of your creative engagement photos, your loved ones will be thrilled to get this kind of personal invitation.
Whatever invitation style you choose, make sure it represents you as a couple and gives your guests an idea of what kind of event to expect. Remember that at the end of the day, who comes to see your big day is more important than how you told them about it.