Most people try to save money on their wedding invitations, whether this is by designing and printing your own at home, or having them designed for you, then printing them yourself.
It might seem easy to design your own wedding invitation, after all it's just a pretty picture with wording on nice paper or card. But depending on how comfortable you are with a computer or pencil if you're going to hand draw your art work, you might find it more difficult than you first thought.
There are loads of things to consider when designing your own, such as colours, font choices and invitation size. A great place to get colour inspiration if you're not sure what you want to use or don't know which colours to combine is a free site called colour lovers. It provides you with palettes of different colours created by other users for you to think about. There are also some wedding groups on there that focus on wedding scheme colours.
Another great place to find inspiration for your designs is Zazzle, again this is a place where designers put forward their own designs for you to buy, so don't go copying these designs, just use them to jump start your own creativeness.
One more place for wedding invitation design inspiration is a relatively new site called Pinterest. This site is by invitation only but if you leave me your email details in the comments section below, I'll send you an invite and you can then look through the invitations already pinned by other members and pin your own finds so you have a design board full of designs that inspire you.
If you find designing your own wedding invitation to much hard work or your worried that your own efforts don't look professional enough, you can still print your wedding invitation at home. There are many sellers on Etsy who provide customised wedding invitations ready for you to print yourself or take to your local printers. These customised wedding invitations are priced around £20, so are an affordable alternative if you're just not that creative.
Once your invitations have been designed they need to be printed. Many chose to print them on their home printer which is fine but ensure that the card stock isn't to thick to go through the paper feeder. Another thing to watch out for is that the ink doesn't smear on the paper.