Post # 1
- Wedding: June 2014 - San Francisco, CA
I have a lot of respect for people who do the incredibly elaborate folders, booklets, packets, etc with jewels and sprigs of holly. But it is SOOOOO not us! Not our style. Invites is one of the areas we’re talking about saving money … wedding is just about a year away, so there’s plenty of time, but did anyone go the super-cheapie route for invites? How was your experience? Which service did you use?
(We’re not really comfortable with e-vites, so that’s one thing to rule out.)
Post # 2
We went through OfficeMax. We brought a Zip drive with our wedding logo, then designed them in store. We ended up with 30 invites for around $20!! Single page.
Post # 3
We wanted something that would sit well with our theme, set the tone for the wedding, and be very personal. I ended up creating, printing, and assembling our invites myself. I didn’t really wany anything over the top.. just something neat, pretty, and somewhat rustic [think kraft paper]. I couldn’t find what I wanted on any of the invitation websites, and etsy had tons that were gorgeous, but were around $7 an invite, which was just WAY too much than we were wanting to spend.
We ended up spending around $130 for 70 invites, which was super cheap [to me]. We won’t have to pay for postage because my boss gave me a few rolls of stamps [for free!]. I’m pretty sure that they will only need 1 stamp to send, but I will get them weighed just in case.
Post # 4
rachel85: I got simple save the date cards from Vistaprint for my own wedding. (I DIY’d the invitations) Not expensive at all if you can find coupons or groupons which are pretty easy to find. You can go with one of their designs or upload your own.
For my brother’s wedding, I found a graphic designer that does free downloadable invitations – there are a ton on her site: http://printableinvitationkits.com/ and plugged in the invitation information, and sent to printing company (I used catprint for that since they don’t have any minimums for printing)
Post # 5
We just bought them from Michael’s with coupons and printed them ourselves. They still have the pockets, cute designs, etc It was like 75 cents an invite including invite, pocketfold, rsvp card, twine, and envelopes. I can’t imagine paying much for something that gets thrown away!
Post # 6
I am designing mine with the RSVP card, and will be printing them at a local printing shop. It will approximate out to $100 for 75 invites+RSVP+envelope.
Post # 7
rachel85: As a general rule of thumb for weddings, if something isn’t you, then you shouldn’t do it. I think I’m in the same boat with you, that the super elaborate invites are fun…when I receive them from someone else…but for my own wedding I thought it seemed really impractical.
I DIYed most everything I could for my wedding, including STDs and invites. I designed and printed them myself at home and got a lot of compliments on both. I bought nice envelopes and paper in my color scheme from Paper Source, which I used for the STDs/invites and I ordered thank you cards online from minted.com. I got compliments on all them.
If you’re artsy and have the time, DIY could save you some money, but it will take more time than ordering something online or from a store. If you want to save time, ordering invites online can definitely save money over a stationery store. I had a good experience with minted.com and I’ve received a lot of cute wedding-related stationery (STDs, invites, and thank you cards) from Wedding Paper Divas.
Post # 8
I’m using the website invitations by dawn. I did the folding type so the RSVP was included. I’m paying around 100$ and I’m perfectly fine with it. I dont really think anyone cares about invites anyways. Lol.
Post # 9
rachel85: We did Vistaprint when they were having a 50% off sale. It cost us about $120 and we got 100 invites (w/ envelopes), 100 RSVP’s (w/ envelopes), personalized sticker seals for the back of the envelopes, and return address stickers for the RSVP envelopes. We really like them and added a little something by assembling them together with some thin twine in the envelope. The people are VistaPrint were really great too. The template I wanted from their site only came in a 6×9 size which would be too expensive postage wise so we just called them and they changed it to a 5×7 for us!
Post # 10
Tagging because I want to know more about this. The problem is I want the pretty, fancy invites but the minimum they sell is 50…sigh. 🙁 Will probably end up making our own since we’re pretty artistic, but still…more tutorials.
Post # 11
We brought the Wilton invitation kits at Joann fabrics. We bought them with a coupon (they have coupons all the time), and even with an extra insert we spent about 60 bucks for 100 invites. It is a little bit of pain having to print them yourself, but if you have access to a printer that can do it it saves a lot of money, and they still look really nice.
I’m with you. There is no way I could pay so much for something that gets thrown away. Definitely something I wanted to save money, and I pretty much got the best deal for that many invitations out there.
Post # 12
i designed ours in illustrator. if i were gonna go the “cheapest” route, i’d just take the files to staples/office depot/office max/kinkos and have them printed. it’s easy to do. they’ll even let you bring in your own paper, so you can buy nicer cardstock and have the invites printed on it.
Post # 13
Did anyone do wedding paper diva or any of those type internet sites? I thinks wedding paper diva lets you do less than 50 invites per order.
Post # 14
This site above is from etsy.com and the shop is called Oh So Fabulous. We picked the Mix Tape Love invites. Prices vary from 30-50 bucks. We got invites, RSVP, and custom wedding program [and STD] all for 50! After we paid, the shop designed it, then we downloaded, printed it off on card stock, went to Offixmax and made as many copies as we wanted! Oh So Fabulous is amazing!!
Post # 15
rachel85: I bought two Gartner Studios invitation kits on clearance from Target for close to $20. Designed them using the free templates provided on the Gartner Studios website.
Everything turned out great — no one could believe we DIY’d them, they were simple and classic, and a friend of mine who recently got married thought we got them from Wedding Paper Divas!