Getting married or having a commitment ceremony and want to make the announcements yourself? Then these free A7 flat panel printable wedding invitation blanks are just the thing. They come in a variety of styles, are blank (other than the designs, of course), and with the exception of the vintage designs, can be used either vertically or horizontally. The same artwork can be used at a slightly smaller size (3-1/2 x 4-7/8) for A4 response cards.
These blank templates are ready for your personalized wording. You don't have to be bound by what others think or say, you can use these blank "canvases" to create your own wedding text. Now sure how to word your invitation? I've provided some sample text below that will get you started. I've also given detailed instructions for creating your own masterpieces. And if you're into DIY but find the freebies on this page a little too much work, there are also some lovely kits below that you can order from Amazon.com. You still make them yourself, but they come in kits with everything pre-cut.
Wedding invitations sure have come a long way -- you can have them as elegant or as low-key as you like -- and all from your own printer!
See the samples in the right column below to view how two of the designs on this page look with the type in place. Scroll below the samples to see the various designs you can download and use to insert your own wording. The instructions are in the left column.
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1. Download the image you like
2. Paste the artwork into a software program
These templates have been formatted to fit into A7 (invitation) or A4 (response card) envelopes. To fit the envelopes, the invitations should be 5" x 7" and the response cards should be 3 1/2" x 4 7/8".
If you have a graphics program, such as Quark, Publisher or Illustrator, you'll probably know how to paste these into place and size them. If you don't have one of those programs, you can use Microsoft Word. I'm going to describe the easiest method -- one image per page -- so you won't get confused. If you're a more advanced MS Word user, though, you can put more than one image on a page using text boxes or a table.
Insert the image you downloaded in step 1 by using Word's picture insertion function. In Word 2007, you can find this function by selecting the Insert tab and clicking the Picture button. This will bring up a box that has a pull-down menu. Use this to locate the downloaded artwork on your hard drive and insert it. Once inserted, click on the image and size it by dragging one of the corners until the art measures either 5" x 7" or 3 1/2" x 4 7/8". I find it hard to measure properly with Word, so I recommend getting in the ballpark and then printing a draft copy. Measure the printed art with a ruler and make adjustments to the art as necessary until it's exactly the size you need.
3. Insert your wording over the artwork
To customize your invitation with your own text, you need to insert a text box over the image you just sized. You do this by selecting the Insert tab and clicking the Text Box button. If your version of Word has a choice, choose Simple Text Box and it will insert a text box over your artwork. Make sure the image you've already pasted on the page IS NOT highlighted or selected with your mouse in any way before you insert it, though, because that will cause the image to disappear (Word will replace the image with the text box).
Once you have the text box over the art, you'll need to size it. You do this by pulling on one of the corners of the text box to stretch it. The text box will have a black outline around it at this point, but you should leave that for now so you can see it easier.
Now you can type whatever you want into the text box and choose a font. You can use one of invitation wording samples below or write your own. The samples below aren't centered, because this page doesn't allow for centered text. But I recommend you center the text on your invitation. It will look much better. See the samples at the top of the right column to see what I mean.
I also recommend that you use a script or italic font, but you can use whatever you feel reflects your personality the best. You'll probably want to adjust the line spacing (the space between each line of text) to make the text fit vertically. If so, right-click your mouse (or do whatever the equivalent is on a Mac) and choose Paragraph. Use the Line Spacing pull-down menu to adjust the space. You can choose from several options, but I like to use Exactly and then adjust the size in pull-down menu that appears next to it. This will give you the greatest flexibility. Expect to have to fiddle with it a bit; that's normal when creating custom artwork.
Once you enter all your text and you're happy with it, double-click the outline of the text box to make the text box menu appear. Select Shape Outline and then No Outline to make the black line around the text box disappear.
Choose your cardstock wisely, because it will make a big difference in the final results. Get the thickest card stock your printer can take will ensure that your invitations won't feel flimsy. If you don't know which thickness is appropriate, check your printer's documentation or the printer company's Web site. But remember, too-heavy card stock will jam the printer and might not even print at all.
For best results, use a paper cutter or take your printed invitations to a copy center, instant print shop or office supply store to be cut. Be sure to look at the measurements on the paper cutter before you cut, if you'll be cutting them yourself.
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You are free to use this free art all you want for your personal use or for your friends or family. But you may not sell these images, either in digital or printed form, give them away as a collection or incorporate them into products without permission.
If you have a special request or any questions, please contact Carla at Carla [@] B2BContentSolutions [.com].
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If you have a Web site or blog and you use these free wedding invitations, I would appreciate a link back to this page.
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The pleasure of your company is requested at the marriage uniting
Linda Lee Jones
and Jeremy Twain
Sunday, the twenty-third of September
two thousand twelve
at four o’clock in the afternoon
New Life Church
6829 West 19th Avenue
John and Mark
invite you to share in their love
as they exchange vows of commitment
on the 21st of December, 2011
at 2:00 pm
Inn of the Seventh Ray
2398 Topanga Canyon
Please join them for a reception immediately following the ceremony
Mr. and Mrs. David Schloss and
Mr. and Mrs. Jerry Allen
request the honor of your presence at
the marriage uniting their children
Carole Marie Schloss
William Everett Simpson
on Sunday, the first of May
at four o'clock in the afternoon
Deland Country Club
549 Golf Course Way
Deland, New York
Jordan, Spencer and Amy
invite you to the wedding that
will make them
brothers and sisters as
unite in marriage
on Friday, the 29th of December
at five o'clock in the evening
two thousand eleven
Bliss Unitarian Church
708 N. Arcadian Way
A reception will immediately follow the ceremony
will join their lives together
on September 12th, 2013
at the Dominicana Country Club
Please join them in their marriage celebration on
Saturday, February 10, 2013
3:00 pm to 10:00 pm Old North Port Way
Dominicana, Dominican Republic
almasi on December 14, 2010:
Useful and informative hub. Thanks.
Carla Chadwick (author) from Georgia on September 25, 2010:
Try my free invitations site at http://printablepartyinvitations.blogspot.com/ and my anniversary invitations hub at hubpages.com/hub/anniversary-invitation-cards. (You'll have to paste the hub address into a browser. It cut off because it was too long when I put it in clickable form.)
I hope you can find something in one of those locations that will help you!
Angel on September 25, 2010:
My parents 40 year anniversary is coming up and i am planning a renewal of there vows for them and i need to do it as cheap as possible because i am working with a budget so i am trying to find a website for free printable invitations i don't care if they turn out to be like scrolls or what because most of them will be hand delivered PLEASE HELP ME!!!!!
nikipa from Eastern Europe on April 20, 2010:
Great preparation for wedding!
Carla Chadwick (author) from Georgia on April 15, 2010:
Thanks, Best Man!
The Best Man on April 15, 2010:
Well done Wordplay, lovely hub promoting something free, your hub will appreciated by many in these challenging economic times I'm sure.
Carla Chadwick (author) from Georgia on February 01, 2010:
Thanks, hubpageswriter. I appreciate the kind words! :-)
hubpageswriter on February 01, 2010:
Interesting hub, layout and everything. Very well done, I like this.
Carla Chadwick (author) from Georgia on January 10, 2010:
Nancy's Niche on January 10, 2010:
Very nice hub with lots of choices for such an important event…