FREE Wedding Invitation Template

We went the DIY route for our wedding invitations and I absolutely LOVE the way they turned out! They were put together using a combination of pocketfold envelopes, ribbon, buttons, lace and twine. If you are looking for a vintage or rustic-chic look than you may choose to incorporate all or some of these materials into your own invitations. Brace yourself, this is a looooooong and very detailed post. You may need a cup of coffee…or three.

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{I originally shared this post on my other blog, Upcycled Treasures}
 

Please Note: Due to the large volume of emails I receive about this post, I will be unable to answer questions that are already answered here so please read carefully. However, I do try my best to respond to every single comment and email :) I have tested downloading the files over multiple computers and platforms so if you have issues please try another browser or make sure you have the appropriate programs available to open them.  Click Here to visit my new online shop! :)

The Fonts & Vectors I used:

You can reference ALL of the fonts and vectors {with links to sources} I used via this post.

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However, if you want to use the template I created,  I am including the FREE vintage poster wedding invitation AND details card template at the bottom of this post. 

You won’t be able to remove any of the graphics, change the color, or edit the text, but you can add your personalized text to the template. 

How to personalize the invitation templates:

I include high resolution PNG Files for both templates, so that you can open the templates using your own photo editing software. You may want to google how to add text to the whatever program you choose to use.

Side Note: If you order a template from my shop the files will come in PDF, PNG and JPG format.

In this post I will share how we put our DIY vintage poster style wedding invitations together, including the embellishments, so that you can use the same resources to create something similar. Or you can just download the FREE invitation template at the bottom of this post.

Here is what the FREE wedding invitation templates will look like. There are some slight changes from the one I actually used. 

Here is a sample one filled out:

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Materials used for our invitations:

Here is a list of all the materials we used to make the invitations. Most of this stuff we already had, and everything else I either bought online or with coupons at JoAnn’s. I purchased the lace through this Etsy shop and purchased my buttons from Pick Your Plum when they had a super awesome deal on personalized buttons. I had “happily ever after” engraved on them. Of course, the color and amount of each product will depend on your style preference and how many invitations you need to send out.

Please note: We used the 110lb white cardstock paper because we glued the invitations down onto kraft paper and then onto the pocketfold envelopes. However, if you are using just the invitation, I would recommend printing on the heaviest cardstock paper you can find and afford. The thicker the invitation, the better it will look and feel.

Here is what our wedding invitations looked like all finished, including an enclosure card I created. By the way, you should probably know that technically anything BEFORE 6pm is considered AFTERNOON. I got my information from the wrong source and put evening on our invitations, woops. :) They are your invitations and you can word them however you like, but I figured I should share that little tip of info.

FREE Vintage Poster Wedding Invitation Template - A Handcrafted Wedding

“The Details” Enclosure Card:

I created a “details” card to go inside the pocketfold invitation. Since most of our information is located on our wedding website, and we are having a fairly small wedding {50 guests}, I decided to ask guests to RSVP via our wedding website, rather than send a separate card and envelope. The fonts used on The Details Card are Things We Said and Abadi MT Condensed.

However, you can use a “details” card for directions, maps, reception info, things to do, etc. Or you can create separate wedding enclosures such as your RSVP card and envelope, and then another enclosure with a map and directions just as one example. Side Note: If you are looking for a great, FREE, wedding website you should check out wix.com, that’s what we use and it’s my favorite out of all the ones I looked at.

For the details card we cut kraft cardstock sheets into 4 x 5.5 and then printed directly onto the pre-cut sheets. Afterwards we used the Fiskars Corner Craft Punch to add a little detail to each card.  Here is what our details card looks like:

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You can download the FREE details enclosure card at the bottom of this post, which will look like the version below. Just FYI, if you print your details card onto kraft paper, you may need to change the shade of the laurel wreath, because it does print differently than it does on white cardstock paper.

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Putting the Invitations Together:

For the actual invites I cut each sheet of white cardstock paper into 2 sheets of 4.75 x 6.75 using the fiskars rotary paper trimmer {any paper trimmer will do}. I then printed my invitations onto the pre-cut paper. I cut the kraft cardstock into 5 x 7 sheets. I made the invitations just slightly smaller than the kraft cardstock so that you would be able to see it behind the invitations once they were glued into the pocketfold envelope.

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After my invitations and enclosure cards were designed and printed, I laid all of the materials out on a table to start the assembly process. I was lucky enough to have the assistance of my awesome fiance husband and mommy dearest :)

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Step 1: Using the Fiskars Corner Punch: Romantique {or whatever punch design you prefer} punch each corner of the invitation and details card. We used the same corner craft punch but a different design for the details card than on the invitations. This adds another dimension to the invitations and it’s small details like this that make a big difference.

You will probably want to practice on scrap paper first to decide which design you want {each craft puncher comes with 3 different designs} and also to get a hang of where to place the paper. This may seem silly but I will admit that not every punch came out perfect. We actually printed out extra invitations since we knew there would be some punched corners that wouldn’t look so hot. Eric turned out to be a champ at this job so he was practically designated as the craft puncher, lol. Who knew?

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Step 2: Glue the kraft cardstock into the “invitation section” of the pocketfold envelope. This will act as the backing to the invitation. I first used some clear scotch glue sticks which were great, but after we ran out I resorted to the CraftBond re-positionable glue sticks that I totally forgot we had on hand. These also worked awesome!

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Step 3: Glue the invitations into the center of the cardstock paper using your re-positionable glue stick. These glue sticks allow you to move the paper into place until you get it just right, and then they become permanent. I forgot to take a photo of this step, before I added our “details” card but you get the idea :)

Step 4: Add your enclosure cards a.k.a The Details card,  into the pocket on the right side.

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 Your pocketfold invitation is now all set up and ready for embellishments, yay!

Wedding Invitation Embellishment Steps:

Step 1: Cut all of the ribbon/twine/lace that you will need for each invitation. We used about 2 feet of each material per invitation. Afterwards, we placed each material into ziplock bags to keep them separated and organized.

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Step 2: Thread your narrow ribbon pieces through a button. {You can then place them back in the bag as shown in photo above}

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Step 3: Place your ribbon on top of the lace with the button in the center. Then pin into place {You will take the pins out after you have it tied on but this helps keep it in place}.

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Step 4: Now wrap the lace/ribbon/button around the envelope with the button in the center of the flap and tie the lace/ribbon into a bow on the back. Don’t forget to remove the pins!

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Step 5: Now wrap the twine around the invitation a couple times and then tie it into a bow next to the button.

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Onto the Envelopes:

I printed the addresses directly onto the envelopes using the same font and style I used for our rustic save the dates. I actually saved each address file from the same the dates knowing that I would want to use them for these envelopes as well.

Yes, the envelopes were a little bulky but after I sealed them shut I placed a clear Avery label on them.  I printed out the olive branch monogram I used for “The Details” card onto each label. I must say that I could not get the stickers to print directly into the center, so I had to print out a lot of those suckers and then used the best ones on the envelopes. Keep in mind that the postage price may increase depending on how bulky your envelopes are.

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I wound up taking these to the self-serve area of the post office to print the stamps, but if I had planned it out better I would have liked to use various vintage style stamps in different stamp amounts to create a more fun and eclectic look.

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Due to the embellishments, I believe the invitations cost about $0.80 each to mail. It’s always a good idea to check with your individual post office for rates depending on how thick or uneven the envelopes are :)

So what do you think?

I hope that by seeing these you are encouraged and inspired to personalize your own wedding invitations :)

Costs and where I purchased the items:

You can visit my post “Are Invitations Worth it” to see the breakdown of costs, and links to where I purchased the items.

Download FREE Wedding Invitation Template and Details Card:

Please keep in mind that these are flattened templates, so none of the design elements can be moved, edited or deleted. The downloads available are a 5 x 7 high resolution wedding invitation template AND 4 x 5.5 Details Card in PNG format {with 2 per page}. Personalized text will need to be added with your own editing software.

All designs are for personal use only and remain the copyright of A Handcrafted Wedding, and cannot be resold or redistributed.

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You may also want to check out:

Are DIY Wedding Invitations Worth It? 

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Tips on Designing your own Invitations:

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If you are looking for similar DIY wedding templates you can find them in my shop:

 

Comments

  1. says

    Hi Katie, I love your invitation so much thank you for sharing. I have been successful in downloading the template as a PDF however I am unable to convert it to a workable document. I have downloader your suggested fonts. Any suggestions on how to successful convert the template so I can edit the information, any ideas would be of use, I have tried multiple on line programs. Thanks in advance!!

    • Katie @ A Handcrafted Wedding says

      Hi Alexandra, the template is a flattened PDF, meaning nothing can be edited or changed, but text can be added on top of it. So you can basically enter the text you want into the blank spaces of the template. I use Illustrator for pretty much everything, but you should be able to use Photoshop, or Adobe Reader X {where you “sign” and add text}, just to name a few. Hope this helps!

      ~Katie

  2. Kitty says

    Hi Katie,

    Just wanted to say a huge thank you for sharing this and the links to all the fonts and graphic elements! These invites are absolutely gorgeous – you did an awesome job on the design! I’ve just finished putting mine together in a slightly different colour scheme in Illustrator and I have to say I adore them! Thank you so much, they’re perfect for our wedding and I cannot wait to post them out.

    Thanks again,
    Kitty

    • says

      Hi Kitty! I’m so happy you found this post helpful and that you put your own invites together, congrats!
      Thank you so much for the kind words and enjoy the rest of your wedding planning :)
      ~Katie
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  3. Courtney says

    Hi Katie
    I know it is a flattened PDF file but is there no way of changing the mint colour to a blush/dusty pink?

    Thanks so much

    • says

      Hi Courtney, I’m so happy to hear you like the template :) I actually offer several other colors in my shop, including dusty rose and blush pink.

      You can always print out the free swatches I have available in the freebies section to test the colors before purchasing. Let me know if you have any other questions.

      Thanks!
      ~Katie
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  4. April says

    The embellishments seem like they would make it difficult to mail. How much did each cost to send? Love this, thanks!

  5. Gabby says

    Hi Katie

    Great job on the invites! Just wondering… how much did it end up costing on average per invite for you?

    Gabby

  6. says

    Hello! Can I please ask what font you used in the main body of text for the details card? It is pretty! Could I also get the details card and invitation template in a different colour (dark red)? I saw options to buy a different coloured invitation but not for a details card?

    Thank you!
    Rebekah

    • says

      Hi Katie!

      Thanks for letting me know the font :) Would you please be able to make available (I couldn’t see it in the shop) a Details template in GOLD, and could it please be the details care with the banner going across the top, rather than the one with the wreath? Just because I need as much space as possible to write and I think the banner takes up less space :)

      Thank you!!
      Rebekah

  7. Liz says

    Hi Katie! Stumbled upon your talented creation and was curious if you provide templates with colors that are NOT in your shop. My wedding is in December and the primary colors are charcoal gray and a dusty rose purple, something I call elderberry that I found on Pinterest. Do you provide such a service? Please email me and let me know!

    • says

      Hi Liz,

      Yes, I create custom colors as well. If you have a color in mind or a photo of something you want me to color match I can create a page of sample colors for you to test print, and then we can use that to go off of. When you order the invite from the shop, you would just select the option for the custom color and then can email me directly with more info. Let me know if you have any other questions :)

      ~Katie
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  8. Nicole says

    Katie,
    I am so excited to make these invitations. You have made this so simple and fun! I bought the chalkboard template and have just figured out how to put all text on. I have two questions…
    1. Is there any way that you could give a run down on all the fonts you used for the text that we fill in? love your choices!
    2. What template would you recommend to match the chalkboard for the details card?
    Thanks so much!!!
    Nicole

  9. says

    Thank you so much for sharing all of this! I was so stressed about wedding invitations and making my own because I’m on a right budget, but thanks to you I can now sleep easy. It is so kind of you to share all of your hard work :)

  10. Katie says

    I love these invitations! Where did you get the “happily every after” buttons? I appreciate your time and help!!!

    Katie

    • says

      Hi Katie,

      I actually ordered the buttons off of Pick Your Plum, they have daily deals and were offering engraved buttons so I decided to customize them with “Happily Ever After”. Unfortunately, it’s not an ongoing thing, but you may be able to find something similar if you google “engraved buttons” or something similar. Even so I would still keep an eye out on their site, I was able to get some really great items for our wedding at really low prices. pickyourplum.com – it’s similar to jane.com.

      Hope this helps!
      ~Katie
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  11. says

    Hi Katie.
    I’m having a small wedding and think these are just great. I’m mailing approximately 50 invitations and would like to know about how many yards of lace did you purchase? I’m not sure how much I should get. A ball park figure would be so helpful to get an idea!

    THANK YOU FOR SHARING THIS WITH THE WORLD!

  12. Delilah says

    Oh my gosh you are amazing! I’ve been looking for DIY ideas and my biggest issue has been finding paper at a decent price. Your links to paperandmore are absolutely perfect, thank you! And your tip about the afternoon/evening bit was one I was unaware of and heeded ;)

  13. says

    Hi Kate (or anyone else),

    I am not very good with computers and to be honest I am embarrassed to say I do not know how to add in my details to the free template… Could someone please give me break down steps on how to do this.

    Thank you so much in advance.

    • says

      Hi Sarah, you will need to open the files in photo editing software such as Adobe Reader, Photoshop, or online with PicMonkey. If you are not familiar with any of these programs or know how to add text using them, then you may just want to google “how to add text to {insert program you plan to use}”.

      Hope this helps :)
      ~Katie
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  14. Elaine says

    Hi Katie,

    Thanks for sharing this. It is super useful and I have almost finished designing the card with your template. May I know how I can set the printing size so that it will fit into an A7 paper? Or I have to print it on an A4 paper and crop them one-by-one? Look forward to hearing from you.

    Thanks a bunch!

  15. Shahad says

    Love your templates.. I just have a question.. Do you buy the card and get it mailed to your address or you get the template for free and mailed to you email?

    Thank you!

  16. Winter says

    I LOVE these invites. I was able to find graphics and such on dafont.com which were pretty close to the ones you used, and created my own original invites and RSVPs in Word. I am so happy with how they turned out, even when I compare them to invites I’ve considered buying, I like mine better because I know there is nobody who is going to be sending out the same style of invites as me.Thank you so much for sharing the layout. It was a huge help and I had so much fun making my invitations :D

  17. Ruxandra says

    Hi, Is there any way I can change the preset words in the template? I need the invitation in another language. Thank you a lot

  18. Juliet says

    Hi Katie!

    Thank you so much for this beautiful, extremely useful post! I wanted to find out what kind of printer you used for your invitations. I have an old printer and I am looking to update it to one that can print on pre-cut/custom cut Cardstock. Looking to use your template for my upcoming wedding in March! Any info you can give would be awesome.

    • says

      Hi Juliet, I have an older Canon Pixma {the 410 series}. You may want to compare how much it costs to get the templates printed at a place like Office Max or Staples though. I printed ours from home because I was impatient {I printed them out at like 2am} and because I was happy with the color, but if you don’t plan to use the ink that much it may make more sense just to get them printed locally, and they will look a bit crisper. With that said, I still think ours looked great. Hope that helps :)
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  19. Lauren says

    I am going to be purchasing this DIY invite and details card in blush (or coral. have to consult the fiancé!) the moment my paycheck clears! This is EXACTLY what I’ve been looking for! Will you be selling a matching RSVP card to match the blush and coral?

  20. Brianna Jefferson says

    I just wanted to thank you so much for posting this. I am on a serious budget and needed to make my own stuff for pretty much everything. I have spent all morning searching but this was free and so easy thanks to you! And I used pickmonkey.com. It was a great recommendation. Thank you for helping decrease my stress before the big day! :-)

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