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4 Jun 2020 | By Aja Miller & Nicole Catatao

5 Invitation Websites That are Cost-Effective and Easy to Use

Not only can designing invitations be stressful, but they can also be expensive. With the resources listed below; you should be able to find a website that not only makes the process easier but also doesn’t break the bank. 

1. Canva.com

Canva is a graphic design platform that allows its users to create custom invitations by giving them access to the right tools, customizable templates, and continues to put an emphasis on a personal touch. 

With quite literally millions of stock images, vectors, and illustrations, your invitations have the capability of representing whatever your style may be; if you aren’t able to find a photo that perfectly suits your vision, Canva even allows users to upload their own. That said, Canva also allows users to edit their photos with either preset filters or advanced photos tools. Of course, when creating an invitation, the font is just as important as the words you’re writing. While Canva may have your go-to fonts such as Times New Roman, Arial, and Calibri, it also has hundreds of fonts for you to pick from so you can add that personal touch. 

Including all features previously listed as well as having both accessibility to Canva on a computer and a mobile device, Canva allows users to create your perfect invitation at the tip of your finger.

2. Paperless Post 

Founded in 2009, Paperless Post is a design-driven online invitation company that partners with known fashion designers such as Kate Spade New York, Kelly Wearstler, and Oscar de la Renta. 

While provided with preset templates; Paperless Post allows users to customize many aspects. From the backdrop, the font and even the logo, Paperless Post allows every user to include a personal touch with each creation they make. While Paperless Post may focus its branding on creating online content, they still don’t detract from the traditional model of an invitation. With Paperless Post, you’re also able to customize the envelope, including the interior as well as the exterior. That said, Paperless Post does also allow you to save an image, so if you find yourself more fond of providing physical copies; that is something that is considered in their model. 

With customizable templates created for birthdays, weddings, retirements, and even virtual parties, Paperless Post allows its users to create beautifully crafted invitations without going through the process of finding a graphic designer. 


3. Adobe Spark 

Adobe Spark is a great, user-friendly, resource that allows users to create invitations for free in minutes. Starting the design process with one of Adobe Spark's invitation templates speeds up the entire process. Choose a design that reflects the occasion, and use that as the basis for your own invitation. Once you have the template on the design page, you can make a range of changes in just a minute or two.

With Adobe Spark, users can create not only custom graphic invitations but also web page and video invitations; all of which allow your invitations to be easily accessible as well as shareable.  When using the tools to customize graphic invitations; users can browse the Adobe Spark Inspiration Gallery, including templates for any occasion and designs that feature text and photo animation. Web page invitations are perfect for big events like weddings, as they allow the user to create an invitation that tells a story by using photos and videos. Video invitations are known to get the most engagement on social media, so it’s perfect if you want your invitation to go far and wide. 

With so many diverse templates to give you the perfect font, professional imagery, and iconic imagery, Adobe Sparks can save you time and money. 


4. Greenvelope.com 

Now more than ever, people are trying to create less waste than they absolutely have to. With Greenvelope, you can do just that. Greenvelope’s mission statement ensures that they want users to be able to deliver the most elegant electronic invitations while also saving trees, time, and money.  Greenvelop further expresses their commitment towards their goal, they donate a percentage of every sale to Mountains to Sound, a non-profit organization that maintains forests. 

Greenvelope has invitations for any occasion; dinners, galas, happy hours, and weddings. While they also provide invitations designed by over 30+ designers, some being Colin Cowie and Luly Yang, you are also able to add your own design. Greenvelope is a great user-friendly website that also remains environmentally conscious. 


5. Smilebox

When Smilebox was founded, they had one goal in mind: to help you connect with your family and friends by sharing life's special moments, big or small. Smilebox online invitations are not only user-friendly but combine style and ease all into one elegant experience. Their invitation maker also allows users to easily reference their RSVP list, as well as send event updates and reminders so there’s less added stress on one’s special day. 

With an account; you’re able to preview templates, edit templates, and even ‘like’ templates you see if you would like to refer to them at a later time. If you come across a template that you like but want to add a bit more of a personal touch to, Smilebox allows you to customize everything from the music to the color scheme. 

Smilebox has a wide range of customizable features that allow its users to create elegantly crafted invitations without losing that personal touch.

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