How to design your own wedding invitations in Photoshop

Are you wondering how to design your own wedding invitation? If you have your own ideas for your wedding stationery, our team of experienced graphic designers are here to help with this quick guide to designing wedding invitations in Photoshop. There is no experience needed, so if you are a new to Adobe software and looking to dive into designing, our guide will take you through the basics.


Create your Photoshop document

Open Photoshop, then select File and New within the top bar. This will open a settings box, which will allow you to choose your invitation size, we recommend the popular 5 inches wide by 7 inches height. Next, set the resolution to 300 pixels per inch and choose CMYK colour mode, with a white background colour.

create your photoshop document


Set your rulers

Once your document opens, you will need to set your design space using rulers and guides. If the rulers are not showing to the left, click View and then Rulers. Next, add internal guides within the document, so that you can align your design.

set your rulers


Add the bleed

The bleed is an extra area which is added around the document, it is then trimmed during printing to ensure your design prints to the very edge of the page. To add the bleed, click Image and then Canvas Size within the top bar. Then, within the settings box select the 6mm options which will give a 3mm bleed around the document. 

Add the bleed


Choose your fonts and add graphics

There are lots of great fonts available from Google Fonts, such as Julius Sans, Monsieur La Doulaise and Libre Baskerville. Once you have selected your fonts, set the default font size, and choose the font colour. You may also decide to add graphics to your invitation, such as an image of your wedding venue, a couple’s photo or a simple floral design. If there are any specific graphics you are looking for, you will be pleased to know that we offer an array of beautiful options via Blossom and Ivory.

Choose your fonts and add graphics


Save your design

Once your design is finished, you should double check your spelling and ensure your graphics are perfectly aligned. Then, click File and save the document as a Photoshop file, this will be your editable file which you can open if you ever want to tweak the design. 

Next, you need to save the file as a Photoshop PDF with ‘Untick Preserve Photoshop Editing Capabilities’. The Compression should be set 300 pixels per inch, and as a maximum format JPG file. This is your print ready file, but if you are planning on sending your invitation via email or using them online, you will need to select File, then Export the file via the ‘Save for Web Legacy’ option.

Download your FREE high resolution floral wedding invitation header

We hope you have found this guide on how to design wedding invitations in Photoshop useful, and if you would like more information, a detailed version is available to download here. We are also pleased to offer our valued customers a FREE high resolution floral wedding invitation header, which is ready to incorporate into your Photoshop design. 

Of course, our team are always on hand to help, so if you would like any design tips or advice, contact us today and we will do our best to help you bring your dreams to life!

When it comes to the size of your wedding invitations, we recommend using 5×7 inches as the ultimate size for the main invitation. This size fits comfortably in your guests’ hands and allows for smaller A6 sized additional details cards and RSVPs to be included in the suite. It’s a classic and popular size for wedding invitations.

In addition to size, paper thickness and finish also play a role in the overall look and feel of your invitations. We recommend using paper that is at least 300gsm in thickness for a sturdy and premium feel. As for the finish, options such as matte, smooth, or hammered paper can provide a tactile and elegant finish to your wedding invitations.

Choosing the right paper for your wedding invitations is crucial in achieving the desired look and feel. Some of our personal favorite paper options for wedding invitations include Acquerello, Tintoretto, and uncoated paper.

Acquerello paper is a high-quality watercolor paper that has a subtle texture and a luxurious feel. Tintoretto paper has a fine-lined texture that adds a touch of sophistication to your invitations. Uncoated paper is a versatile option that is smooth to the touch and provides a classic and clean look. Consider the style and theme of your wedding when selecting the paper for your invitations to ensure they align with your overall aesthetic.

If you’re looking to save on costs, DIY wedding invitations can be a budget-friendly option. One of the cheapest ways to DIY wedding invitations is to download professional designs and print them yourself. See our shop page to view a variety of downloadable wedding invitations and stationery for your big day!

Once you’ve printed your invitations, you can add personalized touches to make them look more expensive. Consider using accessories such as bunny tails, wax seals, ribbons, and liners to elevate the overall look and feel of your invitations without breaking the bank. With a little creativity and effort, you can create beautiful and affordable wedding invitations that will impress your guests.

Handwriting wedding invitations can add a personal and intimate touch to your special day. However, it’s important to note that hand-writing invitations can be time-consuming, so plan accordingly if you have a deadline to meet. Consider the number of invitations you need to write and the time you have available to determine if hand-writing is a feasible option for you.

If you do decide to handwrite your invitations, make sure to use legible handwriting and choose high-quality pens or markers that won’t smudge or fade over time. Alternatively, you can hire a calligrapher to hand-write your invitations for a professional and polished look.

As a general rule of thumb, you should plan to order approximately 60-70 invitations for 80 guests. This accounts for singles, couples, and families who will receive one invitation per household. It’s always a good idea to order a few extra invitations for any last-minute additions or for keepsakes.

There are several creative ways to make inexpensive invitations look luxurious and upscale. You can use high-quality paper with interesting textures, add foil accents or embossed details, use elegant fonts, and incorporate stylish design elements such as watercolor venue illustrations or floral motifs. Another option is to invest in quality envelopes and add special touches like envelope liners or wax seals for an elegant finishing touch.

There are several design apps and software that you can use to create beautiful invitations for your wedding. Some popular options include Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Canva, and Microsoft Publisher. These apps offer a wide range of design tools, templates, and customization options, allowing you to create personalized invitations that match your wedding theme and style.

A digital printed invitation is a type of invitation that is printed using digital printing technology. It involves transferring a digital image or design directly onto the paper without the need for printing plates, making it a cost-effective option for small print runs. Digital printing allows for full-color printing with high-quality results, making it a popular choice for wedding invitations. It’s important to note that digital printed invitations may not have the same tactile feel as other printing methods, such as letterpress or engraving, but they offer a great option for budget-conscious couples who still want beautifully printed invitations.

Wondering where to print wedding invitations? Here are some things to consider.

Using a Print Supplier: Benefits and Options

Planning a wedding can be overwhelming, especially when it comes to choosing the perfect invitations that set the tone for your big day. While printing your own DIY invitations may seem like an easy and budget-friendly option, they can be time-consuming and may not give you the professional quality you desire. That’s where a print supplier can help you.

Print suppliers offer a wide range of paper options and printing services that can elevate your DIY invitations and give them a high-end look. Not only can they provide you with the best quality of printing, but they can also save you valuable time that you can put towards other wedding planning tasks.

Pairing your printed invitations with beautiful ribbons, wax seals, and envelopes can also create a luxurious and elegant look without breaking the bank. With the help of a print supplier, you can choose from a variety of paper finishes, weights, and colours to ensure your invitations match the style and theme of your wedding.

Working with a print supplier also ensures that your invitations are printed accurately and professionally, giving you peace of mind knowing that your guests will receive a beautiful and high-quality invitation that sets the tone for your special day.

So, whether you’re looking for simple and elegant invitations or something more elaborate and creative, a print supplier can help you achieve your vision while saving you time and providing the best quality of printing. Don’t settle for less when it comes to your wedding invitations. Choose a print supplier to help you create the perfect first impression for your guests.

Affordable Online Printers for DIY Wedding Invitations

Of course, you can print your DIY wedding invitations at home, but if you prefer to outsource the printing, there are affordable online printers that can help you bring your vision to life. Some of the best online printers for DIY wedding invitations include Zazzle (Worldwide), Printed (UK) and Prints of Love (USA). Each of these printers offers unique features and competitive pricing, making them great options for those looking to save money without sacrificing quality.