Whether you are looking to save on your wedding budget or you want to send your guests something personalized, Do-It-Yourself (DIY) wedding Invites are the perfect solution for you. Just read ahead our tips for sending DIY invitation cards. Save-the-date Before sending your wedding invites, you can send your guests a save the date card. It is a heads-up sent about 6 to 9 months before the wedding informing your guests about the date and place of the event so they can save the date in their calendar, especially if they are living abroad and if the date coincides with a holiday. What it basically means is that you want to make sure these people will be able to make it to your wedding and that a proper invitation will follow. Since this is not the official invitation to the wedding, we suggest sending this by email. You can also add the web address to your wedding website if you decided to make one. To design the save the date cards, you can use a very easy and free application: www.canva.com. Here is one of the template you can find on the website. Wedding Invites Etiquette Whether you want to design and print the wedding invitations yourself or you want someone professional to do it for you, it is good to send out the invites 6-8 weeks prior to the wedding date, according to wedding etiquette which will leave your guests at least a month to RSVP. Write the entire name of your guests on the outer envelopes. Address married couples as “Mr. and Mrs.” Followed by the husband’s first name and last name but it is also fine to list both full names. To avoid confusion, if the couple has children and you would like to include them, write their name too. DIY Wedding Invites Guidelines If you are going to design and print the invites yourself, you need to make sure you have the right printer at home. This kind of machine tends to print a shade or two darker than the on-screen color while printing centers give lighter results. Also the color may vary according the type of papers used. So if you are printing at home, make sure you adjust the color balance before printing. Thick papers also require different machines. If your home printer can print photos, then you are good to go. Choose the highest quality settings and make sure to print at “actual size” and not “fit-to-page” and turn off “page scaling” for best results. If you don’t have a good printer at home, you can do the designs yourself and produce them at a local printing center. In both cases, print out a test before you launch the whole batch. DIY Wedding Invites Ideas Based on your wedding theme, you can decide what your wedding cards style would be. You can either make vintage-inspired invites, rustic, glamorous white invites or any other style you find suitable. You can also purchase very simple invitation sets and add patterns and a pop of color. These are very easy to make but you might need a sewing machine, pinking shears, corner pounder and a fabric of your choice depending on the results you want. Another idea is to design very simple elegant invites using free special fonts and pretty envelopes. Additionally, if you want to have a formal style of invitations, you can use different hues of purple for example and monogram stamps. It will be unique and traditional at the same time. Just purchase extra card stocks in case of ink smudges. These were our instructions and ideas for DIY wedding invitations. Do you have any other ideas you would like to share?About ESPOSA ESPOSA is a bridal boutique that is all about luxury brands offering every bride-to-be a one-stop store to find and shop her wedding look including her dream gown, the perfect wedding shoes and the accessories that she needs. Our stores are located in Lebanon (Dbayeh and Beirut downtown), Brazil (Sao Paulo) and UAE (Dubai and Abu Dhabi). Visit us online to find the most beautiful wedding dresses in Beirut, Sao Paulo, Dubai and Abu Dhabi.