How To Make Wedding Invitations On Microsoft Publisher

by Ashley

Create Your Own Invitations

Follow this tutorial to create your own invitations. They are perfect for wedding, or bridal shower invites! Grab the free font downloads and start creating beautiful invitations for your special event in no time!

diy invitations in microsoft

I love browsing through all of the pretty wedding invitation designs available for purchase on Pinterest and Etsy, but I feel like it’s extra special if I can create my own.

It’s the personal touch that makes all the difference! Not to mention, it’s a real cost-saver. #yesplease

Plus, once you’re a master at creating your own design, you have the freedom to customize it for any event in the future! It’s really a win-win :)I had the honor of hosting my sister’s bridal shower and had so much fun creating these custom invitations for her special day. (I also used this same method for creating her wedding invitations!)

I like to use Microsoft Publisher to make DIY invitations because it is simple to use and is included with most Microsoft Office packages.

Here’s the exact steps I used to create these bridal shower invitations for my sister’s wedding!

How To Make Wedding Invitations – Tutorial

wedding invitation made using Microsoft Publisher

Step 1: Choose the size of your card

When you open Microsoft Publisher you should see this:

Microsoft Publisher screenshot getting started

Select ‘Blank Page Sizes’ and then choose your desired card size. I used A5 (Portrait).

Microsoft Publisher screenshot choosing A5 (Portrait)

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Step 2: Start with your text

Once your document is open, begin by adding a text box. To do this, click on ‘Insert’ and then select ‘Text Box’

Microsoft Publisher screenshot insert Text Box

Resize and position the text box in the area in which you want to add your text. You will probably be adding multiple text boxes depending on the different amounts of text you want to include on your card.

Once your text box is where you want it, enter your desired text. Play around with different fonts and sizes to come up with a look that you like.

How To Download Custom Fonts In Publisher

One way I love to add even more customization is by downloading unique fonts using They have tons of different styles to choose from that are FREE!

It’s really simple to use – just follow these quick steps:

  • Go to and select the font you like

dafont screenshot creating custom fonts

  • Once you’ve decided on a font, click on ‘Download’

dafont screenshot download custom font

  • When the file finishes downloading, open in new window (it should look something like this):

WinRAR screenshot how to unzip

  • Double click on the first file and it will open a window displaying your selected font

Print Clearly (TrueType) screenshot

  • Click the ‘Install’ button at the top. Once the installation finishes, the font should be available in the drop down font menu within all of your Microsoft Office programs

Microsoft Publisher screenshot selecting your custom font

You can download/install as many different fonts as you want to mix up the look of your card. I love mixing a clean crisp font with a handwritten script look.

Here’s what my card looked like after adding two different text boxes as well as combining 5 different fonts (specific names and event details have been changed for privacy reasons 😉 )

Microsoft Publisher screenshot showing a bridal shower invitation

Here is a breakdown of the 5 different fonts I used:

Microsoft Publisher screenshot showing which fonts were used

To get these fonts for yourself just click on the appropriate links below:

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Step 3:  Add an image

Select ‘Insert’ and hover over ‘Picture’ and select either ‘Clip Art’ or ‘From File’ to add any saved image to your card

Microsoft Publisher screenshot inserting picture from file

When the image imports to your document, it will disrupt the way your text is formatted (see below), but this is an easy fix.

Microsoft Publisher screenshot applying a template

Right click on the image, hover over the word ‘Order’ and select ‘Send to Back’

Microsoft Publisher screenshot how to send image to back

This will allow the text to return to your original layout and make it so that your image can be freely moved around without disrupting the overall look of your card. From here you can position the image wherever you like, as well as resize it using the little circles on the sides/corners.

Microsoft Publisher screenshot how to apply a template

Step 4: Print Settings

Once you are happy with how your card looks, it’s time to print! You most likely chose a card size that is smaller than an 8.5″ x 11″ piece of paper, so make sure to follow the steps below to duplicate your design and make the most out of one sheet of paper.

Select ‘File’ and click on ‘Print Setup’. Click on the drop down arrow where it says ‘Size’ and select ‘A4’. Then change the orientation to ‘Landscape’. After those two changes, you should see the option to select ‘Multiple copies per sheet’. Select this option.

Microsoft Publisher screenshot how to print multiple copies per sheet

Next, select ‘File’ and click on ‘Print Preview’, it should look something like this (or more if your card was a smaller size):

Microsoft Publisher screenshot Bridal Shower Invitation Print Preview

If everything looks good, hit ‘Print’ and do a little happy dance because you just created your own beautiful invitation! (I like to use Kraft paper to give it a rustic look, but any card stock paper would look great!)

Just add a little twine and some dried flowers to give it that finished look, and you’re all set!

A DIY wedding Invitation sitting on a wood table wrapped in twine with lavender

Looking for more wedding DIYs? In this post I share how to make sugar scrub favors in under 5 minutes! Your guests will love them!

For more DIY tutorials, head here!

Microsoft Publisher Wedding Invitations

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Shell May 12, 2017 - 7:25 am

So cute! Love the simplicity of the card. Great instructions.

Ashley May 12, 2017 - 3:23 pm

Thank you!! I’m so glad it made sense 🙂

Shannon May 12, 2017 - 10:17 am

You did such a beautiful job on the invites:)

Ashley May 12, 2017 - 3:23 pm

Thanks!!! 😀

Morgan May 13, 2017 - 9:32 am

This was so helpful!!!! Thanks so much for taking the time to show me how to do it!!!

Ashley May 15, 2017 - 10:48 am

You are so welcome Morgan!! Glad you enjoyed it 🙂

Kathy Carpenter May 13, 2017 - 10:08 am

I recently purchased Publisher as I did not have it in my older Office suite. I’m using it for our business brochure and many future creations. I love finding new fonts too!!! Your invitations look really classy!!!!!

Joyfully Growing May 15, 2017 - 10:49 am

Oh yay! I hope you enjoy using it as much as I do! Finding new fonts is so addicting 🙂

Elizabeth May 13, 2017 - 6:51 pm

Well done! Love the tutorial!

Ashley May 15, 2017 - 10:52 am

Thank you! I hope you found it helpful 🙂

Stephanie May 16, 2017 - 10:06 am

great tutorial ashley! Wish I would have had this when I got married. Maybe I’ll save for my sister 😉

Ashley May 16, 2017 - 1:02 pm

Yes it is so handy to be able to create your own instead of ordering! I use Publisher for so many things 🙂 Glad you enjoyed it!

Libby August 22, 2018 - 12:12 am


I love these and would like to do something similar for my ‘Save the Dates’. I’m trying to find a similar picture to yours with a clear background to print on Kraft card but have be unsuccessful so far. Where would you suggest looking?

Ashley August 22, 2018 - 9:26 am

Hi Libby! I usually find my images on google. So for instance you could search for black and white lavender clipart with transparent background free download. You’ll have to make sure you are downloading it from a site that allows free downloads so you aren’t violating copyrights. But that’s where I would start. You can also always remove the background in publisher. All you have to do is upload the image to publisher, and select ‘recolor’ and then ‘set transparent color’ and click on the background.

Hopefully that helps!

Zuzana May 14, 2019 - 6:14 am

Dear Ashley,

i love your idea and I would like to try to make my own wedding invitations.
I love also the picture of the lavender. But I cannot find it. Could you please resend me the source of the picture? thank you very very much

Ashley May 14, 2019 - 3:46 pm

Congrats on the wedding! Unfortunately I do not have the original source, but if you google “black and white lavender clip art free download” there are a lot of really similar options!

Amanda September 24, 2018 - 5:02 pm

This was really helpful,

Thanks you! X

Ashley September 24, 2018 - 5:32 pm

Oh I’m so glad! You’re so welcome, Amanda!

Stephanie December 27, 2018 - 4:48 pm

Thank you so much for these instructions! They saved me. Instead of getting new fonts, I used the following font conversion with fonts already available from MicroSoft Publisher.
Print Clearly – Felix Titling (font Size 22)
Tamoro Script – Segoe Script (font size 36)
Couture – Calibri (font size 36)
Caviar Dreams – Vladimir Script (font size 72)

Ashley December 29, 2018 - 9:42 am

Oh cool! Thanks for pointing that out, I love that you were able to find conversions! So glad this tutorial helped you!


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