DIY Wedding Tips – Custom-Invitations Using Calligraphy and Fountain Pens

DIY Wedding Tips – Custom-Invitations Using Calligraphy and Fountain Pens

One of the most important aspects of making an initial wedding planning is the wedding invitations. Taking quality time to create and make them really presentable will definitely impress probable guests. After all, first impressions are still very relevant today, particularly when it is used for a big day. So you should first decide whether or not you like a DIY or a ready-made invitation. 

DIYing invitations can actually be a no-brainer. Not only is it less expensive, it makes the invitations a reflection of you and your fiancé. To help you decide whether you should go the DIY way or not, here are some more benefits to creating custom-wedding cards on your own:

Affordable and more savings 

Face the fact that there are more important aspects of your wedding that need more budget than your invitations. These include food and catering, gowns and suits, venue and equipment, and photography services. With all the costs that you would have to incur during the entire celebration, don’t you think it’s too unrealistic if you spend too much on just the wedding invitations alone? 

DIY invitations let you explore your own themes, ideas, and resources, without sacrificing your savings because you are in control of it. They may only cost about $5-7 depending on the materials you use.


Ideas are endless in a DIY wedding invitation. You can either incorporate it with dried leaves, felt papers, sparkling ribbons, perfumed paper, photos, a box, cloth, and just about anything that you can think of and no one will complain. Later, we will show you how you can create a card using only boards, watercolors and fountain pens. 

An Outlet of your Emotions

Creating your own wedding invitation can ease your emotions and relieve tensions brought about by the wedding preparation. Cutting, gluing, designing, measuring, and all other activities related to the craft are good ways to divert your attention from all the pressures that the big day is putting you through. It can potentially relax your mind and can also be a way of bonding with your girls and friends. This craft can even make you feel happy, especially if you are contented with the end result.

Now that you have a bit of an idea on why you should choose to make DIY wedding invitations, let’s take a look at an example of a DIY card made out of simple art and calligraphy. Here are tips from DIYer Jen Causey.


  • Rhodia Dot Pad for practicing your writing

  • Dryden Design Fountain Pen

  • Bottles of ink

  • Watercolor Paper (cut to size)

  • Paint Brushes

  • Watercolor

  • Water and cup

  • Glue and Glitters(Optional)

First Step – Cutting Papers and Writing Notes

It is easier to write the details with a fountain pen when the paper is still plain. Laying out the water color design before writing the invitation details will be more difficult because the texture of the paper will change. The quality of writing will also then change.

So we suggest that you write first before doing the design. You can use the Dryden Designs fine-nib fountain pens like the modern classic so you can be flexible when it comes to calligraphy style.

We also have selections for best calligraphy pens which you can check on our Calligraphy portfolio.

Our Dryden Designs ink cartridges come in different colors too where you can play with blue, pink, green, purple, black, and red combinations. Each box comes with 24 cartridges so you can write more.

Next Step - Designing

Now that you have all the details written, it’s time to find your favorite colors or your wedding motif and paint the cards using these hues. 

Ombre is a thing these days. So you might want to experiment on mixing colors like the one above.

Turquoise or teal is a color that’s so challenging to find. So if you can’t find any, don’t fret because you can make your own.

Use 2 parts of blue paint and almost 1 part yellow.


Now test out your ombre. Paint swatches of each color on a test sheet of paper. Let it dry completely to see if you are happy with the difference in shades. If you aren’t happy – add more water to lighten the shade – or add more paint to darken.

Let’s start with a super simple design… the Save the Date invitation. Paint lines around your text design with a little movement. I used the darkest shade for the bottom line, the middle shade for both side lines and the lightest shade for the top line.

You can use this style on the “Save the date” page.

To get this stunning ombre water effect, you have to start with the darkest shade on the bottom, then middle shade, then lightest shade. Paint them all at the same time. Don’t touch the wet cards, just set each one off to the side and embrace the subtle, beautiful differences.

And for the RSVP…

You can also add some glitters to the cards. Simply spread transparent glue and sprinkle the glitters so they will look fancier.

Let the cards dry up and then cut ribbons to tie them all together. You can also design a seal you can paste on the ribbon.

If you are really ambitious you can make an individual invitation for all your guests.

Simple and practical but all the efforts put into making these invitation cards will surely move your guests.