Elizabeth Edwards has seen thousands of stationery designers in her 16-years heading up the Brides art team. She says:

Alea Lovely

If you've already decided on your overall theme and want this to be mirrored in the look of your invites, there's plenty of inspo in our stationery galleries. You can also browse www.weddingchicks.com and www.minted.com who offer templates you can customise by dropping in photos of yourselves and choosing different font styles (bonus: lots of these printables are free!).

DIY DECOR IDEAS

Up for learning a new skill? Why not book onto a course? If fonts are your thing, The Letterpress Collective in Bristol hold workshops for beginners, or www.checkoutmyprint.com  in London create bespoke artworks using lino and block printing, while www.hotbedpress.org, in Salford, offer courses in skills from photo etching to stencil printing and my favourite - typewriter artworks (yes, typewriters are back in vogue!)

If you want to hand-draw your stationery or sketch out your designs, then any high street printer like www.prontaprint.com or www.kallkwik.co.uk will transform it into wedding invites and supply matching envelopes.

WEDDING INVITE IDEAS

And finally, for some serious at-home magic, the Cricut Explore Air, (£260 from Hobbycraft) can print over 50,000 laser cut designs in numerous materials from card to felt or even leather - that's your invites, menu, name cards and more - all sorted at the touch of a button!