Considering DIY Wedding Stationery? Here’s what to know.

If it’s time to organise your wedding stationery and design, paper and invites are just not your thing, there may be a simpler solution. Some people love the process and could spend hours choosing paper stock and foils (and are just as happy to invest in such textured luxuries). However, if that’s just not you (and you cringe at the thought), maybe DIY wedding stationery is more up your alley.

While hiring a designer or ordering designed invites online is a popular choice, opting to craft your own invitations, save-the-dates, place cards, and seating plans can bring a personal touch that money can't buy (and not to mention you can save loads in the process).

The benefits of DIY stationery

  • ✅ Significant cost-saving

    One of the biggest advantages of DIY wedding stationery is money saving. Depending on the theme and stationery set you choose, custom printed invitations can set you back anywhere between a couple of hundred dollars to thousands. If you want the full suite, you’re looking at even more.

    If you choose to DIY your wedding stationery, instead of paying a designer or a company, you can allocate your budget to other aspects of your special day that are important to you.

  • ✅ Personalisation

    DIY stationery allows you to inject your wedding theme and personality into every detail. From colours to fonts to crafty accessories you have complete control over the design, ensuring that it perfectly reflects the essence of your wedding.

  • ✅ Time saving

    With all the advancements in technology, creating DIY wedding stationery has never been easier. Platforms that offer print-ready templates (like Printle), streamline the process, saving you time and ensuring professional results. You don’t have to wait for any custom designs or work out how to do it yourself.

  • ✅ You can use epic paper stock

    Now if paper isn’t your thing, this might not get you going. However, when you create your own invites you can choose from some pretty fancy paper options (think textured, linen).

    If you are printing through your local printer you can request paper samples so you can get a feel before you make the call.

  • ✅ If you don’t tell them, most people won’t even know

    Unless you’ve got designer friends or your family are paper stock aficionados, most people wont notice what you didn’t get "professionally made stationery". If you’re on the crafty side and spice up your stationery with dried flowers or fancy papers, they may even think it looks better.

Getting crafty with DIY wedding stationery

Tips for Successful DIY Wedding Stationery:

If you're sold on the DIY route, here are some tips to make the process as smooth as possible.

  • ⏱️ Start Early

    You’ve got a lot to plan, so give yourself ample time to design and finalise your stationery. This will reduce stress and allow for any unforeseen challenges.

  • 🖨️ Decide whether to print at home or at a local printer

    With Printle, you have the option to select a print at home template or a template to take to your local printer (they can be set up slightly different).

    If you choose to print at home, you’ll need to check the specs of your printer (such as what thickness of paper it can handle, whether it’s black and white or colour) and the overall print quality it outputs. It might be worth doing some test prints first!

    If you choose to delegate to your local printer, you might want to look into getting some paper samples or hit them up for a chat and see what they can do.

  • 🗝️ Consistency is key

    Maintain a consistent theme across all your stationery items. This creates a cohesive look, tying together your invitations, save-the-dates, place cards, and seating plans. For example, if you use rose petals on one item... try not to use daffodils on another (unless of course this is part of your theme).

  • ✂️ Use quality materials

    Where you’ve saved money on design, you may have a little extra budget to spend on quality materials. Things that can really elevate your stationery are materials such as fancy paper stock, florals, wax seals, tracing paper, and even foils.

    Check out the blog post for DIY wedding stationery ideas.

  • 🔎 Read twice, print once

    Make sure you proof read! Before printing the final versions, double (and triple-check) all the details, including names, numbers, dates, and venue information. Typos are easy to overlook but can have a big impact. If you’re overwhelmed, delegate to a lucky friend or family member.