Weddings can be expensive, so if there is a chance to DIY some aspects of your big day you should definitely take them. There are so many online resources available these days to help you create beautiful bespoke invitations that suit your theme. And the great thing about creating your invitations online is the level of customisation available to help you come up with a design that’s perfect for you. Plus, you can put all of that extra money you’ll save towards something much more exciting like your wedding dress, flowers or honeymoon. Yay!
For today’s post, I thought I’d share one of my absolute favourite ways to create beautiful DIY wedding invitations online using a fantastic website called Canva. I’m guessing you’ll have heard of Canva before but if not then where have you been!? It’s without a doubt the blogger’s favourite when it comes to making beautiful templates for their sites, social media headers, Pinterest pins, and much more.
So, if you want to find out more, make sure you keep reading, as I’m going to share a step-by-step guide on exactly how I make mine. I hope you guys enjoy it.
HOW TO CREATE BEAUTIFUL DIY WEDDING INVITATIONS
First up you’ll need to create an account with Canva. Don’t worry – it’s free. There is an option to log in using your Facebook or Google details, but you can sign up with an e-mail address if you prefer. Then, once you’re in, you will see lots of template options under Create a design. These range from A4 documents and CVs to Facebook covers YouTube thumbnails, and much more. There is also a specific template for invitations. When you click on the invitation template option, you will be taken to a page where you can either use one of Canvas’ pre-made designs or create something unique to you with a blank white template.
Whichever option you go for, you’ll have to choose whether you want a square invitation or a rectangular one. The dimensions for a square invitation are usually 14cm x 14cm while the dimensions for a rectangular one tend to be 4.5 inches x 6.25 inches. I prefer to go for rectangular ones (as you’ll see in this tutorial) but it’s totally up to you which you pick. You could even try making one of each and then printing off your favourite at the end!
To the left of the page, you’ll find a range of options, including a selection of templates. If you want to, you can choose one of these templates and just input your own text and images to customise it. You can also change the colours to fit in with the colour scheme of your wedding. Alternatively, you can create your own unique design, which is what I like to do. This sounds much scarier than it is. So, without further ado, let me talk you through how I go about designing an invitation from scratch in Canva.
First of all, I upload an image or some clip art to Canva that’s relevant to my invitation. For example, if I’m designing an invitation for my son’s birthday party, I might use some images of superheroes. Or if I’m creating wedding invitations, I might use some floral elements. If you’re looking for images to use on your invitations, you can buy them super cheaply through Canva, which will save you a lot of time and money in the long run. But I also love using a site called Design Bundles, which has the most incredible selection of svgs that look fantastic on invitations.
Once you’ve chosen a relevant image, it’s time to place it. Most of the time I place it in the centre of the invitation, but you can put it wherever you like. Then it’s time to add some text! There are two great ways of doing this. The first one is to use the fonts in Canva as I did in the example above.
In the left-hand menu, you will see a text option, and under this, you can add plain text and headings, or you can add one of the ready-made combinations of fonts. You can change the size of these, but it’s really up to you. When I use this option, I like to have my text in several different boxes so I can edit individual words to make them different sizes, colours and fonts. My advice would be to have a play around with the different colours to see what combinations look best. I like to use plainer fonts for the most part, but I occasionally pair them with one or two words in a more italic and fancy font.
Alternatively, you can upload your own fonts to use on Canva. If I’m being honest, I much prefer to use fonts that I’ve uploaded myself so my pins don’t look the same as everyone else’s. As I mentioned before, I’m a big fan of script fonts, and often find myself buying bundles from Design Bundles to use on my invitations. They’re super affordable and always look fab!
It’s super easy to upload fonts to Canva too – just go to the ‘Brand Kit’ on your dashboard. On the right-hand side of the screen, you’ll see a ‘Brand Fonts’ heading with a button to upload a new font. When clicked, a new window should pop up. Click on the location of the Fonts folder you saved your new font(s) in and double click the font you would like to add. A new message will then pop up in Canva, asking if you have the right to use the font. Check yes, click the green button and wait for the new font to upload.
Once it has, you should be able to see it in Canva! If you want to make the font size larger or smaller, click on the icon again and change the size. PLEASE NOTE: You won’t be able to bold or italicise the font since you only uploaded the one style instead of the entire font family.
When you’re happy with your design, and you’re sure you’ve included all the information your guests need to know on your invitations, it’s time to save them ready to print off ahead of the big day. How exciting! You can print them off at home if you have a decent printer, but Canva also has the option to have the invitations printed and shipped to you (including envelopes if you need them). How awesome is that!?
So there you have it, my step-by-step guide to creating beautiful DIY wedding invitations.
It really is that easy!