How to make your own Boarding Pass Wedding Invitations
I had boarding pass invitations in mind as soon as we had decided to tie the knot abroad. There were so many beautiful designs that I’d seen on Pinterest. With cute little tear off RSVP strips like the tear off portion of your boarding pass you keep with your passport when you get on the plane. Some offered envelopes which were lined with a map pattern. Some were to be handwritten and showed carefully formed calligraphy and others had been typed out in a classic typewriter font.
I searched online for ones which were ‘just right’ so we could purchase them and get the ball rolling. I even ordered a few samples to see what the quality was like in real life. Unfortunately I didn’t find the perfect design for a couple of different reasons.
The first was that, as we are only having a small wedding, I only needed a few invitations (Around 5 plus a couple as keepsakes). Most companies have a minimum order and often I found the minimum quantity was between 30-50! Far too many for our requirements, even if I was happy to keep a few in my wedding planner to look back on. The second was that none of the other options I found compared with what I had in mind, and the third was that the price for invites that I wasn’t quite in love with was way too much for a small wedding on a small budget. I just couldn’t justify the cost.
So figured, as I always do when I can’t find what I’m after or don’t want to pay for it, that I’d have a good at making my own. I’d either print them at home or via an online printing company. At least this way if they weren’t quite right I knew it was because I’d made them and that made up for it.
What you will need
Figma. I use Figma for all my online designing. It’s not technically set up for this kind of thing, it’s geared towards web developers, but it’s got great functionality and is easy to use once you get the hang of it. Plus it’s free to make a basic account. Once you are happy with your designs you can simply download them to your computer in a variety of formats and then do with them as you please. I’ve written a blog post previously to help people get up to speed with the basic functionality of Figma which might be helpful if you’ve never used it before. It’s available here. You could also use sites like Canva or, if you’re a Cricut owner the Design Space, but I’ve found the functionality of Figma to be really good so that’s my choice.
A print company. I used Vistaprint but there are plenty of others out there. They seem to almost always have sales on so if there isn’t one on when you go to order, give it a week and there might well be one! I found that Vistaprint also automatically apply the best deal to your basket and I saved quite a bit of money with this. They provide envelopes as an optional extra with your items (a bonus really as you need to know your invite will fit inside!).
A perforator cutter. I bought mine on Amazon here. It took me a little bit of practice to get my lines straight but it’s easy enough to use and did the job I needed. There are others out there which are a bit more pricey and probably better but if you’re undecided whether you’ll use it again then it probably isn’t worth the extra expense.
A corner punch. I bought mine on Amazon here. I wanted the corners of my invited to be rounded and while you could technically manage this with a pair of scissors it’s fiddly and you need them all to be identical. Plus if you have more than 5 invites you could literally be cutting all day!
A Guillotine. When you get your invites there will be a white edge around them which is beyond the print space. I trimmed this off so that the design ran edge to edge. I found a guillotine was quite quick and I got a straight line every time. I picked a small one up from The Works for £5. Scissors would work as a substitute if you’re confident and don’t have/want to purchase a guillotine though. If you aren’t set on a straight edge you could also consider wavy or other patterned scissors as an alternative.
Scratch off stickers (optional). These also came from Amazon. We linked our guests to our wedding website for all the information they needed. Not all our guests are coming to Italy for the wedding ceremony, just to the celebration back in the UK, and so we didn’t want all the Italy information to be visible to everyone. We password protected part of our website and provided the password to our Italy guests on their invitations. Obviously you might not have this step so this bit won’t be relevant/necessary. Although you might want to find a way to include scratch off stamps in your wedding because they’re really fun! Scratch off date maybe?
Wax seal and stamp (optional). Again this is optional and I purchased both from Amazon. We sealed our envelopes with a little ivory wax seal in the shape of a bumble bee. The envelopes Vistaprint provided obviously have the ‘normal’ lick to seal so this isn’t a necessary step but what other time will you get the chance to play with a wax seal? Here is a link to the wax seal kit and the bumble bee stamp.
Step One – Designing your invitation on Figma
My design was initially two rectangles. One longer to form the main portion of the boarding pass and the other smaller which will comprise the tear off portion. I rounded the corner of each rectangle using the ‘corner radius’ function on the toolbar on the right hand side.
For the background I sourced a SVG file which was an outline of Europe via Google. SVG files contain components which mean you get edit them to suit, remove parts, change the colours on portions etc. You can source lots of different SVG files free of charge for personal use, online via Google. I’d also recommend looking on the following websites for freebies too: Lovesvg.com, Svgandme.com, Creativefabrica.com and 3dsvg.com. You can also purchase SVG files from designers on these sites, and sites like Etsy, for a small fee if you’re looking for something more specific.
I added my background image by navigating the menu bar to ‘place image’ and clicking on the rectangle to add it inside. I coloured the sea portion of my background image pink and the land sections grey to match my colour theme. I then chose to use a darker shade of grey to highlight the Italy portion of the image as this is where our wedding will take place.
For the details on the invitation I used a variety of fonts and semi-transparent grey rectangles to highlight the text over the background. I chose to add a couple of extra SVGs in the form of a barcode, a plane stamp to represent the logo and a mail stamp for the RSVP portion. We had a section on our wedding website which allowed our guests to RSVP to us via email and so I also decided to add a QR code to the RSVP tab which our guests could scan and it would take them directly to our website to respond. You can find lots of free QR code generators online. If you aren’t having a wedding website or don’t want to have a QR code you could make this tear off section of the invite returnable by mail with a few blank lines so that your guests can fill it out their information and post it back to you.
Step Two – Printing your invitations
Once I was happy with my design I downloaded it from Figma in JPEG format. You should use the highest image quality available so that it will transfer clearly over to your invitation template on the print company’s website.
Note: It’s worth checking the dimensions available on the site you choose for printing before you’ve completely designed your invitation in Figma so that you aren’t wasting a large amount of card space or so that you don’t need to remake your design to fit. My invitation was 656px x 298px in Figma and very I fractionally adjusted it to fit in the Vistaprint template which was 21cm x 9.5cm.
While I think Vistaprint were really good for print quality and price, their website is a bit of a minefield. If you go into ‘Wedding Invitations’ and ‘upload your own design’ it doesn’t give you those paper dimensions as an available option. I have no idea why not. You need to go to ‘General Party Invitations’ and from their if you click on ‘upload your own design’ you have the full range of card sizes on offer, one of which is the landscape 21 x 9.5.
You have a number of optional extras you can purchase for your invitation via the design screen. This includes a ‘print on reverse in full colour’ extra, a variety of paper finishes, rounded corners and envelopes in a variety of styles and colours. For my invites I opted for a pearlised paper, grey/silver envelopes and a full colour back which was the same as my background on the front of the invite. I didn’t bother with rounded corners as I knew there would be white space around the edge of each invitation where the printer couldn’t reach and I wanted to cut this off myself when they arrived.
Note: Don’t forget to order an extra invitation for yourself as a keepsake!
Step Three – Finished touches after the invites have arrived
When my invitations arrived I trimmed off the white edges using the guillotine. I’d recommend practicing a little first as it took me a few attempts with this one from The Works to slice a full edge without the invite moving and then the edge isn’t straight. I rounded the corners using the corner cutter I’d purchased from Amazon and perforated the tear off strip using the perforator tool. I hand wrote on everyone’s names.
Once all my invites were sealed in the envelopes ready to go, I used the wax seal kit I’d bought as a final little touch to finish the envelopes. Our stamp was a bumble bee because we met via the dating app Bumble so it was a subtle little nod to that. You can get all sorts though, even one custom made with your initials if you’d like!
Note: Be careful with how much wax you apply for each of your wax seals. If the wax is too thick (sits too proudly away from the envelope) your recipient may be charged an additional fee by Royal Mail for delivery as they might not fit through the letter slot. Mine all arrived without a problem though thankfully, but I know this is an issue others have faced.
And there you have it, DIYed boarding pass wedding invitations ready to jet off to your invitees!
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