Weddings are pricey—let’s get that out of the way.
Even if you plan something small or try not to overdo it with the guest list, it’s unlikely that you’ve ever forked out this amount of money for a single day before. And it’s totally expected! Getting married is a huge deal, a day to celebrate a monumental commitment with your family and friends. Your wedding marks the beginning of a lifelong journey you are about to embark on with your forever partner.
There may be some areas where you want to splurge. This could be your wedding photographer, for example, to capture incredible moments from one of the best days of your life.
On the other hand, there might be parts of your wedding where it would be more sensible for you to tighten those purse strings a little bit. Your wedding stationery—especially your invitation—is a great way to save your cash while still making a statement.
Making Wedding Invitations that Match Your Personality
Your invitations are special to you. You’ll preserve them and look over them for years to come with fond memories, not only because they signify a special day but also because of the fun you had creating them.
Creating your own wedding invitations will help you save money and help you inject a bit of personality into the day. No matter how talented your stationery designer is, nobody knows the couple better than the couple themselves.
You will be able to create a design that you love and save your money in the process.
What You Will Need for Cricut Invitations
So first things first, you will need to get your materials together:
- Vellum Inkjet Paper – you can use traditional white cardstock, but the transparent element makes for a special and delicate-looking invitation.
- Cricut Cutting Machine
- Transparent PNG Graphic – you could use any graphic element with the background removed.
Instructions For How You Make Your Wedding Invitations
Okay, now is the time to make a decision on your design. Are you going to use a graphic element? Are you going simple and elegant with text only? If you have chosen to include a graphic element, using a transparent PNG is a great idea because you can easily layout and overlap other images and text.
Upload your graphic (if you are including one). When you are uploading, make sure you select the image type as ‘Complex.’ That way, you keep all the details from the design.
There is no need for you to ‘Select and Erase’ anything because the background of your image has already been removed.
You can now save the image as ‘Save as a Print then Cut Image.’
The next part is more about your personal preference and how you want your invitations to look. There are endless options for you at this point. Once you have uploaded your graphic, you are free to duplicate, resize, rotate it… whatever you want.
Position your elements where you imagine them to be on your invitations.
Using the square shape tool, create a rectangle and size it to your preferred invitation size. There is a dimensions tool in the top panel to help you.
Select “Print” as the fill for the rectangle and color it white (of course, your invitations may not be white so choose whatever color you wish!).
Next, place your rectangle over your graphic elements in your desired position and slice 2 elements at a time. You can then delete the extra pieces outside of your invitation rectangle.
Select all of your internal white sections of the rectangle from the panel on the right-hand side and weld them back together. Then you can rearrange the graphics layers by selecting the rectangle and clicking ‘Send to Back’ from the Arrange function on the top panel.
Now make sure you flatten the graphics together.
Now we need to create the text that will be on our invitation.
You can use the text tool to create the text overlay. Although this part is fairly simple and somewhat self-explanatory, there are a few things to keep in mind:
- When you are done writing your text, make sure that everything is attached and set the ‘Fill’ to ‘Print.’
- Select your text color.
- Don’t forget to select all of your text and ‘Flatten.’ If you do, your Cricut will try to slice all of the individual letters.
- Attach the texts and graphics together and then Flatten.
Now you have yourself a design! The last steps are to print, seal, and send.
Some Final Tips For Your Cricut Wedding Invitations
- On your Cricut, the bleed setting for Print and Cut should be on (this is default but check to be sure). This adds extra colored patting around the cut line just in case things don’t come out perfectly. So, don’t be thrown off if there is an extra line around the perimeter of the design.
- Are the internal text or images have lines around them, or are they distorted? This usually means that one of two things happened:
- You didn’t Flatten the element.
- The Fill was not set to Print.
- Every printer is different, and also the brand of vellum will determine the opacity of the material. Occasionally, your printer might have difficulty scanning the vellum. But you can trace over the alignment lines, and that should get the job done.
I’m so excited for you to get started creating your wedding invitations.
There are so many different ways for you to create your wedding invitations using the Cricut. This is just one of the ways to do so. I have to recognize Domestic Heights for the tutorial and stunning design.
Your invitations are one of the first ways you can introduce your wedding and who you are as a couple to all of your guests – so go wild. Make them authentically you and enjoy doing so in the process.
Planning your wedding should be fun. So let the hour or two you sit down to design your Cricut invitations be therapeutic. Let your creativity get you excited for the big day.
Oh, and congratulations!