How to Make Gatefold Wedding Invitations

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As it is, weddings can be pricey. The bottom line for your big day can run into the thousands, so it's best to cut corners the best and most effective way you can. Wedding invitations are a great place to save. Making them yourself is simple, and you can often produce the same beautiful look as a professional. Gatefold invitations, in particular, can add an elegant touch to your special day. They're a cinch to make, and in just a few hours, you can have cheap and lovely wedding invitations.

Things You'll Need

  • Desktop publishing program, such as Adobe InDesign or Illustrator, or Quark Express
  • Card stock
  • Paper cutter
  • Open your desktop publishing program and create a new file that is 11.5 inches wide and 5.75 inches high.

  • Block off the center portion of your invitation, leaving about 2.85 inches of margin on the left and right. Your center block should be about 5.75 inches in width and height.

  • Create your text box in the center space and choose your fonts. More formal weddings should lean toward using a script font or a more formal serif. A modern, elegant sans serif font could also work. More casual weddings can use fonts like Arial and Helvetica. Write out the information for your wedding.

  • Print the invitations. Load the printer paper in the opposite way that you'd had it before. You will now be designing and printing the top part of the invitation.

  • Create another document that is 11.5 inches wide and 5.75 inches high. This time block off 2.85 inches on either side of the center. These will be the top folds of the invitation.

  • Design the gates of your invitation in a similar manner as you did the center portion. Try to keep fonts consistent. On this part of the invitation, you will likely want to put the name of the bride and groom and the wedding date.

  • Print your invitations. Trim them to be 5.78 inches high and fold the gates over the main part of the invitation.

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