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As a graphic designer and someone who pulled out all the stops designing her own wedding invitations, believe me when I say you can make DIY wedding invitations as simple or as complicated as you want. A lot of people go into making their own invitations hoping to save money, but I’ll tell you up front: there are plenty of affordable places to get nice invites with less work than it will take you to DIY wedding invitations. However, if you have specific reasons to go DIY on your paper (like, you want to bring your specific idea to life, or you want to get creative) read on, according to Apracticalwedding.

The Benefits of DIY Wedding Invitations

There are plenty of talented stationers and graphic designers out there who are working creatively to deliver you downloaded files that can be customized and printed at home. For a fraction of the cost of a custom suite and printing services, you can get a semi-custom invitation that will fit your wedding to a T. "Cost is definitely the biggest benefit," says Kate Weber, owner and designer of W&P, a paper company focused on designing invitation templates for weddings and other special events. "This way you're not having to pay someone else to do the printing service."

According to Weber, printing your own invitations from a downloadable template gives you a great option to find an invitation design that suits your style, customize it to fit your specific wedding information, and then quickly print invitations on your own and ship them off. "You could easily do it in an afternoon with the right planning," she says in Brides.

Ideas for taking a plain invitation

Today we've rounded up 10 simple and inexpensive ideas for taking a plain invitation from Onefabday, doing a little DIY to make it amazing.

1. Get your Own Personalised Stamp

Have you seen these? Yes, personalised stamps are a thing, and you can use them for both making your wedding invite or for adding a return address on the wedding invitation envelopes. You can find a huge variety of custom rubber stamps on Etsy.

2. Put a Ribbon on it

Adding ribbon to your wedding invite is a gorgeous little extra and also the perfect way to keep all the other elements you are including together such as travel information, RSVP cards etc. Add a little tag for an extra special touch.

3. Creative Edging with Punches

Make fancy corners or edges on your wedding invitations with a special punch or stamp cutter. They're available in a variety of different sizes and designs from craft stores and online. It's really easy to use, just give yourself a bit of time and make sure you have a good table and a steady hand (don't do it while tired or you'll end up with patterns that are off.)

4. Address your Invitations beautifully with Calligraphy

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It's been a while since handwriting classes in primary school, but if you want to make an impact with your invitations, start with addressing them perfectly (not in your own day-to-day scrawl!) Up your calligraphy game with one of the many calligraphy classes or DIY tutorials you can find online. Use your new skills to write your invites or do beautiful addresses on the envelope.

5. Add a Wash of Watercolour

A very easy way to recreate those beautiful watercolour invitations you see on pinterest - create simple wedding invites and print them on watercolour paper. Give them a beautiful watercolour wash for an expensive arty effect! Don't overdo the watercolour or the paper will be misshapen. As always practise makes perfect.

6. Gild the Edges

A nifty little trick that will make simple white invitations look very expensive is to add a touch of glam with a golden edge on either your invitations or envelopes. It's actually incredibly easy to do - you can find out how to do on your own.

7. Tie with Twine and Tags

Perfect if you are a fan of the rustic wedding look, adding some twine and a custom kraft paper tag gives your invite the perfect personalised touch. Just like the ribbon it also serves the purpose of keeping all the other elements together inside the envelope.

8. Add an Envelope Liner

You can't help but smile when opening an envelope that has a pretty liner hidden inside. There are lots of DIY tutorials online on how to do your own but our favourites include these ones.

9. Use an Embosser

Take your envelopes from 'plain ole' to 'pretty wow" with a personalised embosser. It's a really subtle and elegant touch that won't escape your guests. Looks super expensive, but only you will know your secret!

10. Seal it with Wax

Nothing says olde worlde luxe more than a wax seal on the envelope of the wedding invitation. You can pick these up in specialist paper or craft stores as well as on Etsy. Before you embark on doing 100 of them at once, conveyor belt style, take a few minutes to practise - too much wax can look like a mess. Take the time to get it right and then you'll fly through them.

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The Final Step: Mailing Your Invitations

Next, it’s time to visit the post office to weigh your entire invitation and see how much postage it’ll require. When it comes time to finally — blissfully!!! — mail out your invites, it’s a good idea to physically bring them to the post office.

That way, you can ask the postal worker to “hand cancel” them (rather than put them through the machine and potentially damage the envelopes). Some post offices will do this for free, while others charge up to 20 cents per envelope, according to Thepennyhoarder.

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