How to Make Personalised Bottle Labels for Wedding or Party Favours

Are you getting married abroad and conscious about how your guests will fair in the heat? Or maybe you are looking to offer your guests drink favours, or want to jazz up a water bottle included in a hangover kit? Why not consider making your own personalised bottle labels to add a little something extra to a practical addition you might want to share with your guests?

A little bonus if you need swaying, they’re super easy and cheap to make and you can print them at home too!

What you will need

Figma. This is the online software I use to create the majority of my DIY graphics. It’s free to create an account and use. I have previously written a blog post on what Figma is and how best to use it for DIY bits. You can read it here. For those of you that have a Cricut this method could definitely be transferred to the Design Space and then you can get your machine to do the cutting for you.

Paper. I used sticky label paper but you can use anything that will feed through your printer. Depnding on your theme and other decor, you might prefer a pearlised or kraft paper instead. I chose sticky label paper as I plan to take my labels abroad, purchase water bottles when we arrive and then personalise them by adding the labels. If they are on sticky paper that’s one less thing to pack and carry! If you’re using ordinary paper then I’d probably recommend using glue dots or something similar to fasten your labels.

Scissors (or a guillotine if you have one). To cut the labels to size.

Bottles or whatever you want to add your labels to.

Step One – Sizing your label

What you are labelling will obviously determine the size your label needs to be and therefore the design you create. Of course you can resize your design once you’ve finished to fit the item in question but you might find that the design doesn’t suit the label shape required and you end up tweaking it so much that you’ve basically started again. For example, a standard water bottle label will be quite thin and long, while a beer bottle label or small spirit favour bottle would need to be shorter and much wider. If you know what item you want to label I’d suggest measuring it and designing exactly to that specification. If not, try Googling the item you are looking to cover and see if there are generic measurements listed online. For example Canva provide label guidelines for wine, beer and water bottles here.  

Note: Canva is also an alternative site you could use to make your labels. I’ve never used it so can’t offer much in the way of advice but from what I understand it’s similar to Figma.

If you aren’t making to an exact specification because you won’t be getting the items until closer to the time then begin by sizing the label to roughly the size you’ll need using these standard sizing guides. Allow some contingency in your sizing so that you can trim it down if needed. It’ll be better to trim down every label once you’re ready to apply them, rather than for every label to be slightly too narrow or not long enough to meet when placed around the bottle.

Step Two – Designing your label

Depending on your wedding colours, theme and the item you are covering your design will vary. So instead of giving you a design as such, I’m just going to talk around the ideas I have used for mine and the reasons behind the choices I made.

Keep your label reasonably simple. The primary reason for this is that if your design is too complicated it’ll be hard for your guests to read what the item is, think still water vs sparkling or a straight spirit vs a spirit with a mixer added. You don’t want them getting muddled due to the text being lost in the design.

Another consideration is that if you are making your item to a rough specification and will be tweaking it to fit after printing, over-complicating your design will increase your chance that guests will notice the resize.

For example, you might lose some of the design or symmetry if you need to snip it down, or you might have excess white space if you need to increase the width or circumference of your design due to the bottle dimensions (Obviously this isn’t an issue if you’re designing your piece to a known specification).

Think about whether using a plain background or a sporadic, rather than solid design would work better. For mine I have included a single line along the top and bottom of the label. Either side of this is white space which I can easily trim as needed. White space doesn’t have to mean boring if it’s used well. If you aren’t a fan of white space, consider using a coloured paper so that, should your design need to be extended, your background won’t suddenly end.

Keep it central. Think about store bottles, the design is usually concentrated front and central with minimal details extending around the sides. It’s easily done when you are designing on a flat surface but if your design extends too far around the bottle it’ll be hard to your guests to immediately see the full design and the impact will be lessened.

Use SVGs sourced online if you don’t want to design your own completely from scratch. Try searching for SVGs through Google, many have a free licence for personal use. I’d also recommend the following websites too to get you started: lovesvg.com, svgandme.com, creativefabrica.com and 3dsvg.com

They all offer a selection of free SVG files, or some which can be purchased for a small fee. You can also purchase SVGs for a small fee from sites like Etsy.

In terms of the text, Figma has all of the Google fonts as a default. Other font sites you could try are dafont.com and fontbundles.net. They offer a range of different styles which can easily be downloaded on to your computer and installed. Unfortunately, these aren’t available through Figma but you could easily add them in before printing if you are putting your designs into software such as Word to print multiple at once.

How I designed and made my labels using Figma

In case you still need inspiration, here’s my design and how I created it.

Wedding bottle label template

My design is made up of three simple shapes. A heart SVG which I’ve duplicated, resized and rotated to fit, a water splash SVG which comprised components including the ‘main’ splash along the bottom and the smaller droplets coming from it and two elongated rectangles which form the lines along the top and bottom. I sourced all the SVGs from Google and all have a free licence for personal use. I altered the colour of all the SVG components once I was happy with where they had been placed to match my pink and grey theme. Figma offers a colour wheel but if you want something more specific try searching online for colour charts and pasting the code into Figma – For example I used code #FFD8EF for the pink.

I also then added a few different bits of text to personalise the labels – our names and wedding date plus a few cute little captions. Try giving these a Google too if you’re stuck for inspiration and want a witty pun. If that’s not your thing, perhaps you’d like to personalise them with the name of each of your guests and they could double up as place names. Or perhaps they are just a little something for the bridal party so you could add their name and role.

The beauty of this design is in its simplicity, or at least I think so! There is plenty of white space along each edge meaning the label can be trimmed if necessary without affecting the design. If the label is too narrow then the design can be trimmed wider on the top and bottom to fit whatever size bottle you buy, extending but not negatively affecting the design.

It doesn’t have any details on it about the water such as still or sparkling but you could easily add this information into your design if you desired. Alternatively you could just leave the original label underneath the personalised one so that if people do wish to check the information they can. Perhaps less important for water but it might be a consideration for other drinks in case of dislikes, allergies or even shelf life if people are potentially going to take them home.

Step Three – Printing your label

I printed my labels on to a sticky backed label paper. You can get these in both matt and gloss finishes depending on your desired effect. When I arrive in Italy and have purchased my water bottles I can simply peel off the backing paper and apply them to my bottles. If you don’t want to use this paper then any other craft paper which will feed through your printer will work fine. If you’re looking for something a bit different you could consider pearlised, textured or brown kraft papers. For these papers you’ll need an adhesive to fasten the labels in place. A good quality glue stick, glue dots or a glue gun would do the job well. Avoid anything water based such as PVA glue or cheaper glue sticks as the water content in these will make your label curl.

I managed to fit four labels to an A4 page. I allowed myself a generous amount of excess either side of my labels so that I’ll be able to trim them if I need to but so they won’t be too narrow. I also made them the full width of the page and will cut them shorter if they are too wide for the bottles. There is very little design on the edges of my piece so nothing crucial will be lost from my design if this is the case.

If you do need to trim your labels be sure to cut equal amounts from each side so that once stuck the connection between the two sides and the front of your label are on opposite sides of the bottle. If you’re unsure with the first label try wrapping a scrap piece of paper around your bottle and marking on the desired length, plus a little extra for the overlap where the glue will fasten the two ends together. Then remove this from the bottle, fold it in half and line the centre up with the centre of your label. You can then use this template to mark where each sides needs trimming to be the perfect size.

Making the template
Applying the water bottle template

And there you have it, personalised wedding bottle labels made cheap and easily at home ready for your big day!

Finished water bottle with personalised label
Finished water bottles with personalised labels

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