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  • Writer's pictureAlyssa Napier

DIY Wedding Invitation Mistakes to Avoid

Updated: Jul 17, 2023

Your wedding day is a once-in-a-lifetime celebration, and one of the first glimpses your guests will have of this special occasion is through your wedding invitations! Making your own wedding invitations can add a personal touch to your big day while also saving you money. However, tackling this task without proper preparation and mindfulness of potential pitfalls can result in costly mistakes.

In this blog post, we will share some common DIY wedding invitation mistakes and provide you with invaluable tips and insights to help you avoid them. Whether you're a natural DIY bride or a newbie to creating your own invitations, learning about these mistakes ahead of time will ensure that your wedding invitations will shine with style and professionalism. So let's dive in and discover how to steer clear of these blunders and create picture-perfect wedding invitations that will set the tone for your special day.

beautiful bohemian floral terracotta wedding invitation suite

1. Not Proofreading

While we like to think we'll get it right the first time, it is definitely essential to proofread your invitations for spelling mistakes, grammar, correct spacing, etc. You'll want to check that all of the links or QR codes you included work, your visuals don't look grainy, and you've used the correct wedding etiquette. For a step-by-step guide on how to proofread your wedding invitations, read our blog, How to Proofread Your Wedding Invitations.

2. Ordering Too Many Invitations

Did you know that you only need to order enough invitations for each household, not for each guest on your list? Many brides make this mistake, which is why we're mentioning it! Organize your guest list into households so you know how many actual invitations you need to mail. This will save you some time and money spent on postage and printing!

a beautiful display or orange, beige, yellow, white, and plum wedding envelopes with wax seals and florals

3. Not Purchasing Enough Postage

An important factor to consider is how much postage you'll need per invitation suite. Be sure to check your local post office guidelines for envelope weights and postage costs. The more embellishments you include (belly bands, wax seals, insert cards, etc.), the heavier your invitation suite will be and the more expensive it will be to mail them.

a beautiful wedding invitation with a watercolor rustic white barn and green trees and elegant fonts

4. Crowded Invitations

Do not clutter your invitations with too much information. This will overwhelm your guests and look very inelegant. If you have a lot of information to provide your guests, include an insert card for those details or list your wedding website and include the information there.

a retro wedding invitation suite with orange, yellow, and red colors

5. Not Staying on Theme

It's important that your invitation suite matches your overall wedding theme. Your invitations and save the dates are the first little hint of your wedding that your guests will see. You can give them an idea of what to expect at your wedding by choosing invitations that match your wedding theme.

pink envelopes and green stamps

6. Bad Timing

The last mistake we'll mention is having bad timing with ordering and mailing your wedding invitations. Waiting too long to order invitations can create problems with your overall wedding timeline, especially if they don't arrive early enough for you mail them to your guests. If you're not sure when you need to mail your wedding stationery items, read our blog, When to Mail Your Wedding Invitations (And Everything Else).

We hope these tips help you prepare for DIYing your wedding invitations! Are you ready to get started? Visit our template shop to start customizing your own invitations instantly!

*A portion of this blog content was generated with the assistance of artificial intelligence*


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