Custom invitations can get super expensive, especially for weddings. I love letterpress but by the time I added up all the options I wanted- multiple colors, custom art, etc.. it was way over my budget. Thankfully there are a ton of other great options out there these days and I found an invite on minted that I loved for a fraction of the price. I was a little hesitant to buy a stock invite but I thought of some easy ways to personalize the invites to make them uniquely mine. Here are 5 things you can do to customize stock invites!
1. Customize your colors: Most sites let you take the base design and then change the colors and fonts. Your invites are the first things your guests see so set the tone with the color palette and fonts you chose. Be sure to use the RGB or CMYK for the exact colors you want to avoid any mishaps. Most online sites only do digital proofs, and even if it looks good on your monitor, it can look totally different in person! Our palette was sage green, blush and gold, so we customized the invites to include those colors.
2. Put it in your own words: change the wording on the invites to reflect your event. Don’t be afraid to steer away from the example verbiage, this is your wedding and it should reflect your style and tone. The reply card is a great spot to have a little creativity. Instead of checking yes or no, put something more personal. I have also seen people have an “Other” spot where people could put their own response!
3. Step up your stamp game: Envelopes are the first things your guests see, so make it something to get excited about! There are so many amazing stamp options out there. You can create your own on sites like zazzle or buy vintage stamps. Our wedding was in the desert so I picked out some fun retro desert stamps that I tracked down on etsy. Yes, it’s slightly more expensive than regular stamps but so worth it!
4. Add a photo: I’m a picture person, and loved the idea of adding a photo without having the whole invite be a photograph. We made 4 x 6 prints of one of our engagement photos and used two sided photo tape to attach one to the inside flap of each envelope. It was a quick and fun way to personalize our envelopes. You could totally do this for Christmas cards or any other occasion too!
5. Seal it with love- and wax: There is something about a wax seal that seems so special, probably because they are so hardly used anymore. I found a ton of people selling them on etsy, and they weren’t very expensive- you can get one for about 10 bucks. I found a shop that lets you upload your own design so I used our wedding font to get a custom “K” made and then wax sealed the envelopes shut. It takes a little while to get the hang of the wax seal so make sure you practice on other paper first so you don’t put your envelopes at risk!
I’m super happy with the way they turned out! Hopefully you picked up a couple of ideas of how to personalize your invites without breaking the bank.
love and candy,