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So, you’ve decided to make your own invitations and wedding accessories—congratulations! You’ll love being able to customize the look, tone, and feel to match your personality and wedding perfectly. Here are a few steps to help walk you through this fun and exciting process.

1. Select your colors.

Archiver’s has cards and envelopes available in lots of colors. When paired with thousands of patterned paper and embellishment choices, the possibilities are endless! Select the color or colors that best coordinate with the tone and theme of your big day.

2. Select the size and style of your invitation.

There are many different styles of invitations to choose from—select the one that best matches the tone and theme of your wedding. For inspiration, be sure to check out our in-store sample book or the samples here on our website. With over a hundred samples, there is something for everyone! Remember, larger invitations may require more postage.

3. Decide on other pieces you’d like to create.

Consider creating matching save-the-date cards, programs, place cards, favors, and more, for one cohesive look! If you do decide to create additional components, you’ll want to be sure to purchase all the supplies at once.

4. Decide what you want your invitations to say.

The wording you select for your invitation helps to set the tone of your entire wedding. If you are having a formal, elegant wedding, you might want to consider using traditional invitation wording. If your wedding is more casual, you can be more free with the wording you select. Remember, no matter what type of wedding you are having, all invitations should have at least the names of the bride and groom, plus the date, time, and place of the wedding.

5. Make a sample of each piece.

This is the fun part! Play around with different looks until you find the one that is perfect for you. Keep a mental note of approximately how long it takes you to create each sample, too. If your invitation takes a considerably long time to create, you may consider simplifying the design slightly. (Remember, the first invitation always takes the longest—once you’ve got it down, the subsequent ones will go slightly faster!) The unique thing about making invitations and other accessories yourself is that you can control the design to fit within your time and budget constraints!

6. Do the math.

With our wide range of ideas, there is something for every one and every budget, plus styles can be modified slightly if necessary to fit within your budget. Once you’ve chosen an invitation style, calculate the supplies you’ll need. Remember, it is only necessary to send one invitation per household. Also, you’ll want to purchase enough supplies to make 10% more invitations than you’ll need. Mistakes happen, and this way you won’t have to keep running back to the store for more supplies and risk something being out of stock. Plan ahead and save yourself the headache!

7. Gather your supplies and start creating!

When making a large quantity of invitations and accessories, it’s easy and efficient if you create an assembly line—so grab a group of friends and make a day of it! Plus, did you know you can reserve our workroom? We provide the space you need and will even clean up after you!

8. Make it memorable.

This is one of the most special times in your life, and you’ll want to cherish these memories for years to come. Remember to bring a camera along with you to document all the fun. Take photos of making your invitations, your wedding showers, bachelorette party, and all the other pre-wedding festivities. Slide the photos into a scrapbook you’ll treasure always. Also, don’t forget to save a copy of your invitation and all the other wedding components to include in your album, too!