Hurrah! So the date is set and you can’t wait to be a beautiful spring bride. Your big day may be a year away, but you’re chomping at the bit to get planning, organising, making and doing! There is so much to do, from booking a venue and picking a dress to deciding on a menu and planning the honeymoon.
One of the best ways to get started ticking items off your wedding checklist is to think about who you want to share your special day with and how you’re going to let them know. Wedding invitations are traditionally sent out six to eight weeks before the event. This may seem miles away, but any former bride will tell you how much there is to do when organising a wedding and how quickly the big day rolls around. If you’re keen to create your own DIY invitations to add that personal touch, you need to allow plenty of time to brainstorm design ideas, source the perfect materials and start making your wedding stationery. 20th March marks the first day of spring, so now is the perfect time to get inspired by the season and start brainstorming some fabulous wedding invitation ideas!
We’ve put together our top five homemade wedding invitation ideas to get you started:
- Add Spring Flowers to Your Design
Nothing says spring like flowers in full bloom. Adding floral decorations to your invitations is a great way to set the spring theme. To be truly authentic, do your research and be sure to incorporate flowers that bloom in spring, such as hyacinth, bluebells, lilacs and freesias. There are so many varieties to choose from — you’re sure to find a flower that suits your taste and reflects your personality. For beautiful pastels in shades of purple, pink and cream, go for hyacinth. Looking for something a bit bolder? Freesias come in bright shades of yellow, red, purple, pink and orange. Alternatively, pick a flower with a meaning that resonates with you. The primrose symbolises youth and love — it’s especially the perfect flower if you’re tying the knot with your childhood sweetheart!
Not sure how to add flowers to your design? Using watercolour has been a popular trend in wedding invitations for years and this shows no sign of changing. You can create a wide range of effects, from saturated to subtle, allowing you to make a set of beautifully unique wedding invitations.
Not feeling brave enough to let yourself go with a paintbrush? Why not check out some of the gorgeous decorative items for weddings available online. Decorative flowers come in all styles, sizes and colours. They’re simple to apply and create an impressive effect.
- Choose a Woodland Theme
If you want to achieve that outdoor springtime feel but aren’t fond of florals, opting for a woodland theme could be the ideal wedding invitation idea for you. With the rising popularity of “rustic” weddings, woodland settings, especially for the warmer months of spring and summer, have become the theme of choice for many brides.
Opt for woodland colours such as pastel greens and muted pinks. You might not want an invitation covered in floral print, but a hint of horticulture would work well with this theme. Try adding some woodland wildlife to your design. Birds are as much a symbol of spring as blossom and these can make a pretty addition to your design. Add the finishing touches to your woodland wedding invitations with some decorative twine, hemp cord or flax cord.
- Use Patterns in Your Design
So you’re not a huge fan of florals and the woodland theme just isn’t doing it for you? You’re a modern bride, seeking bright and bold wedding invitation ideas. Patterns add a contemporary twist to any wedding invitation. From geometric shapes to polka dots and stripes, the possibilities are endless. Rather than sticking with tradition and making a set of identical invitations, why not create a set of mixed patterns — your guests will love receiving an invitation made just for them!
There are thousands of ready-made patterned cards and papers for wedding stationery available online. Look for high-quality materials and remember to always order more than you need. If you find the perfect pattern, it’s unlikely that your local shops will be able to match that distinctive pattern at short notice. What happens if Uncle Bob suddenly announces that he’ll be flying over for the wedding and you need some extra invitations? Or you “lose” a few cards in the process of making your invitations (a slip with the scissors or a spilt glass of wine, perhaps)?
- Choose a Spring Colour Palette
You’ve probably already started thinking about colour themes for your wedding. The super organised bride (or groom) will be keen to make sure every aspect of her wedding is in keeping with the theme, including the invitations. Although these are made long before the happy event, your wedding invitations set the tone for the day ahead and it’s a great idea to use a complementary colour palette.
Spring couples often choose muted or pastel shades inspired by nature and blossom, but the brighter yellows and purples of the more vibrant spring flowers can create a striking effect. But with so much choice, are you not sure where to begin? Checking out the latest wedding colour trends can be a good way to start developing wedding invitation ideas. Blush pink is a popular trend at the moment and fits well with the spring theme. Pink also has long-held associations with love and romance — perfect for a wedding invitation.
Whatever your chosen colour palette, try to incorporate it in your invitations. Select a patterned card that uses your colours, and add ribbons or bows in complementary shades or pick a matching palette of watercolours.
- Write in a Pretty Font
Creating beautiful DIY wedding invitations is not all about the design and imagery. The most important element of your wedding stationery is the wording inside. Consider extending the spring theme to the font you use.
Writing in calligraphy or selecting a calligraphy font, allows for a whimsical look that says spring much more than Times New Roman. Designing fonts is an art form all in itself and there are hundreds of options for you to choose from. If you’re confident enough, why not select some high-quality card and write your invitations old school with a calligraphy pen? Every piece of your wedding stationery will be unique and you will have the freedom to create beautiful floral strokes and flourishes. Don’t forget your chosen colour palette. Type doesn’t have to always be black. Weave in your favourite spring colours with shaded underlines or swirls, or go all out and write in colour.
We hope you are feeling inspired by our homemade wedding invitation ideas. Every bride has her own vision of the perfect day. Making your own invitations could be the first step to creating a wedding that is uniquely you. Seek inspiration from the season and start getting creative today!