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I’m pretty new at this and I wanted to see if anyone could help me with my problem. I am on a budget and I was thinking about making my own invitations and incorporate cherry blossoms. Would anyone know a cheap place to get invitations like this or knew where i would start to make my own? Thanks!
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- Wedding: June 2008 - Winery in the Gold Country
The very cheapest, but still nicest way to go about this is to find an image you really like on stock image websites like Istockphoto.com, or better yet, search the internet (google images) for "cherry blossom" illustrations. Here’s the search at Istockphoto:
There is some really lovely stuff there, and most images you can buy for under $10. Then, you will need to familiarize yourself with some sort of illustration program, like photoshop or indesign or illustrator. I think InDesign is free, if not cheap, but I am more familiar with photoshop/illustrator, and those programs are a bit pricey. See if you have a friend that dabbles in graphic design if you dont feel like figuring out how to use a program. Its really as simple as buying/finding an image you like, adding your wedding words, and going the cheapest route, printing them yourself or taking them to a printing shop to get printed!
You can also just go the "buying" route, Hello!Lucky has some beautiful cherry blossom invites as well.
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How tech savvy and/or crafty are you?
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Hi, Let me know if you need help too…I have a cherry blossom design that I designed for wedding invites.
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What is your budget? I made my invitations with a Japanese cherry blossom paper and it wasn’t that expensive. My invitations are 10" x 7" folded in half so really 5" x 7". On the outside of the invite, I glued a strip of the Japanese paper in the center of 3"x 11 " since you need a little bit to wrap over the edge. The paper is $7.50 and I was able to make 12 invites per page. I used the Red Cover paper from Paper Source and the Japanese paper looks great with it. The Red Cover is really cheap too. $1.50 for 26"x20" so I was able to make 6 invites per page. I then used some cream paper that I printed on and some silver paper for the accent on the inside of the invite. All in all, my invites came out to less than $2.00/each.
If this is very confusing, here is a very similar invitation. Look on page 3 of the Products page and it is the one on the bottom right hand corner.
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I know you said you were going to make your own invites, but I was just flipping through catalogs and saw these. They look nice in the book I have, and the price is certainly right.
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my brother did my invites using InDesign. It works like photoshop. He used graphics from istockphoto (they have the most cherry blossom designs). It is the less expensive alternative, but be prepare to spend a lot of time with it. I’ve made everything from scratch "modeled" to ones of Martha Stewart’ pocket fold that I like. I purchased all my paper at Kelly Paper. Everything cost me $100 and i’m able to make $250+ invite. I bought the more expensive paper but i still ended up with a great deal. i’ve been working on my invite for the last three months!
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Niki – those are nice – I ordered a sample and quite liked them, although my FI didn’t want anything flowery. They also come in a style that is blind embossed (no color on the flowers).
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You may also want to search for sakura imagines along with Cherry Blossom because on some tags they have that instead of cherry blossom. Also plum blossoms and dogwood look very similar to cherry blossoms. I have been searching for a imagine for awhile now but can’t seem to nail down exactly what I want. But there are some really pretty cherry blossom/sakura illustrations on istock like a pp said.
Oh one more thing if you want to go for paper with blossoms already on it paper source has some nice ones. I like there flat wrapping paper with cherry blossoms on it.
Post # 12
I was at Target the other day, and they had adorable cherry blossom print- your- own invites. It’s $25 for 50 invites, response cards and envelopes. I can’t find it online, but pm me if you are interested and I can check if they still have them at my next Target run.
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I designed my own invitation suite with a cherry blossom graphic– the invitation is 5×7 and there are three stacked inserts, the whole thing fits on one sheet of paper. I can send you the graphics without the text, if you like. Just email me at tanya2austin (at) gmail (dot) com. You can probably see the invitations if you do a search for the silk pocketfold invitations I got posted last year in the DIY contest.
Post # 14
Alternately, you can find a cherry blossom rubber stamp and stamp the edges to make it look like letterpress (except way less expensive). While istockphoto.com is a very good place to look for graphics, you should reailze that unless you are knowledgeable with Illustrator/InDesign, it will take a lot of time and energy to get your layout looking like you want it.
With something like a rubber stamp, you can get that handcrafted feel, and stamp things other than your invitations, such as favor tags, bags, a place cards, etc, without worrying about cropping and such. Stores like paperpresentation.com or papersource.com will have a good variety to choose from.
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Thanks everyone, you guys are AWESOME!