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How to Use Midjourney AI to Make Custom Wedding Invites

 How to Use Midjourney AI to Make Custom Wedding Invites

Weddings are very personal occasions, with the betrothed partners often shelling out a pretty penny to make their fairytale come to life. A significant cost can sometimes come in the form of the very first correspondence the blessed couple puts their stamp of approval on: save the dates and wedding invites. 

Sure, couples could find some basic e-vites or printable templates with watercolor flowers or a generic theme to announce their nuptials, but what if one of the partners is, for example, a huge nerd? (It’s me. I’m the nerd.)

What if they’re throwing a Star Trek-themed wedding, or having an engagement party that features cyberpunk details and a joint stag event styled after the aesthetic of Baldur’s Gate 3? Custom invites can get pricey real fast, so here’s how to use artificial intelligence text-to-image tool Midjourney to make your wedding event invites not only stand out but perfectly represent who you are. 

The (Mid)journey begins

Tackling something as important as wedding invites calls for a specialized tool that produces images of a high-enough quality that they can be used as either digital or printed materials. I’m using Midjourney, which has been tapped to create visuals for everything from graphic novels to images with fewer high-minded merits.

Midjourney uses text prompts to generate images based on its training data like most AI tools made to fast-track art creation. It was launched in beta in 2022 and runs through Discord via web browser with the attractive price tag of free for limited queries, and a range of $10 to $120 per month for more prompts and faster results. 

Since its beta, Midjourney has added some of the most robust and customizable options of any text-to-image AI tool around, including blending two images to make a new one and setting parameters around unique functions, like what Midjourney developers call chaos, or distinct difference, in images generated from a single prompt. 

I’m betting the flexibility and specificity available through Midjourney will produce results that make your nerd wedding event invites sparkle brighter than the Crystalline entity.

No chit-chat, just results

Midjourney doesn’t have a personality, unlike chatbots ChatGPT and Copilot. It’s not built for back-and-forth collaboration and can’t elaborate on an image by referencing a previously generated piece of art in conversational notes, but what it lacks in chit-chat, it more than makes up for in versatility. 

Here’s how to get the best results out of Midjourney’s text-to-image prompt. 

1. Be specific about the end use of the images. Let Midjourney know these images will be used as printable invites to avoid results like the below (invites that would make any vampire bride blush with delight but don’t work as actual stationary).

Midjourney Baldurs Gate Invites Midjourney Baldurs Gate Invites

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Adding the phrase “printable invite” to the prompt yields more practical results, but they were a little busy, which brings us to the next bit of advice:

2. Break down what you do and don’t want. Midjourney allows you to direct the tool to exclude certain elements in the images through a specific “no” command on the end of the prompt. For example, the invites should be fantasy inspired, but I don’t want them to contain mythical creatures, and the results it was returning were heavy on scales and claws. This fictional wedding is a classy event, for Gods’ sake, not a Renfaire tailgate.

Midjourney Dragon Invites Midjourney Dragon Invites

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3. Refine the style of the imagery and add some feeling to the prompt. The results were coming off less romantic and more “Fus Ro Dah,” so I added “whimsical” and “delicate” to the prompt, resulting in the below. It’s still not reading as a Baldur’s Gate theme, but Midjourney allows for something called “vary region” editing where you can select specific elements to change.

Midjourney No Dragons Invites Midjourney No Dragons Invites

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I enhanced the scene with some Baldur’s Gate easter eggs using the “vary region” command. This part took much longer than I’d anticipated — and by much longer I mean about 15 minutes of regenerating results — but the end result was worth it.

Midjourney Baldurs Gate Invite Prompt Midjourney Baldurs Gate Invite Prompt

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Midjourney also adds English text to images with its text generation command, and provides for easily creating higher-resolution (2,048 x 2,048 pixels) images.

Midjourney Baldurs Gate Invite Text with Easter Eggs Midjourney Baldurs Gate Invite Text with Easter Eggs

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Now all that’s left to do is pop this into a Word doc, Google Doc or tool like Canva to add text and send this out into the world for your loved ones to RSVP way too close to the date of the event. 

If you can clock what the added elements are referencing, you might just get an invite to the reception. Sorry, no imps allowed.

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