This last couple of weeks have been all about DIY Weddings. Nowadays the cost of a wedding is spiraling out of control and many young couples want a magical wedding without the hefty price tag.

This has led to a huge increase in DIY Weddings – from invites and favours to flowers and cakes, everything can be done at home on a cheaper scale and still look fabulous!

To help with this changing trend Passionate About Paper has just launched the new ‘Ready to Print Designs’ service. This option encompasses our fully customised design service but gives you the opportunity to print, cut and assemble your own stationery. You can still have beautiful designer stationery for your big event but you get all of the fun and personal satisfaction of doing a large part of it yourself.

Ready to Print Designs

Ready to Print Designs

Whether you are going to use our ‘Ready to Print’ service or make your invites from scratch yourself, you will have to consider which type of card stock you would like to use. A few factors you must consider are the thickness, colour and texture of the paper. It is essential to consider all these things in order to make your invitations perfect for you.

Thickness
The first issue you will need to consider is the thickness of the card stock you are going to choose. Generally, people like to go for paper which is thicker as the invitation will usually look nicer and more professional. However since you are going for the idea of DIY wedding invitations, you will probably be printing the cards yourself. It is a good idea to check the maximum thickness that your printer will allow as you may not be able to print on the card stock if it is too thick. If you want to have a really thick piece of card, you may need to go for the option of layering a few pieces of cards together.

Colour
Theoretically, you can choose any colour you want when it comes to the paper or material of your wedding cards. However it is very difficult to print on dark coloured paper and printing block colours on a home printer can look bad. Light coloured paper is obviously preferred however if you did want to add darker theme colours then layering is a great idea.

Texture
Paper with texture is always beautiful and it is not uncommon for us to see wedding invitations which are made from paper with unique texture. However, you may not be able to print on this type of paper when you are printing the cards on your own. You may think that you cannot use the paper if you cannot print on it however this is not really true. You can trim the paper in various sizes and shapes. Then you can use them as ornaments on your wedding cards. By using paper ornaments with beautiful texture, you can make the invitations more unique. This will certainly bring your wedding card design to another dimension.

Other great DIY weddings ideas that I love include the following:

DIY Photo Booth Props

Adding a photo booth to your wedding reception almost always guarantees that your guests will unleash their inner child. But, a photo booth without props is just a photo booth. Adding even the simplest of props will help everyone break out of their bubble. One of my favourite trends in wedding photo booths are the cute paper props like moustaches, glasses, etc. You can make these type of props easily with thick card stock and thin pieces of wooden dowel.

DIY Photo Booth Props

DIY Photo Booth Props

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DIY Paper Flowers

These flowers make great table centrepieces, can be made in a choice of colours and of course can be made months in advance!

DIY Paper Flowers

DIY Paper Flowers

For fantastic tutorials for each of these flowers follow the links below:

  1. Cupcake liner flowers from Intimate Weddings
  2. Parchment flowers from Etsy’s How-Tuesday
  3. Simple paper flowers, from Creature Comforts
  4. Lovely Kusudama flowers from Folding Trees
  5. Tissue paper carnations, also from Folding Trees
  6. Tissue paper roses from My Juice Cup

DIY Butterfly Place Cards

This cute DIY idea  is very budget friendly and can be adapted to a number of themes.  All you need is some relatively thick card stock, a printer and some scissors. You could make these with multi-colour paper, add glitter, piping, ribbon, the possibilities are endless!

DIY Fork Place Cards

DIY Fork Place Cards

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DIY Confetti Cones

Lacey doilies make the perfect confetti cones. They look great filled with colorful petals and can include your personal message to your wedding guests.

Lace Confetti Cones

Lace Confetti Cones

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