Cost of DIY invites vs. ordering them

posted 3 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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112 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

Depends on the DIY menthod. 

My invites are from a DIY kit, I got 60 folded “envelope” Style DIY blank invites and a place for rsvp cards/reception cards. The kit also comes with mailing envelopes and RSVP card envelopes. I’m printing the invite and RSVP Cards myself and pretty much just glueing them on to/placing them in the blank invites. I’ll be adding a ribbon and maybe a ink stamp or two to liven it up. In total, Paper, kit, and ribbons I’m spending about $85 on invites/RSVP cards.. plus whatever postage costs.

Clearly my guest list a little smaller than yours is, so it would honestly depend on what you want your end product to look like and if it would actually result to less in price.

Also, I’m not sending STD – I’m having a DW and those that we wanted to come have already been notified of dates to save (There was a deal if we get x amount of people to book within 90 days of our booking.

Post # 4
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730 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014 - South Bonson Pier & Community Centre

@emviamama:  I know my DIY invites are going to be about $3 a piece, so your invites are cheaper and take less time. But if you get a kit (ie, “print at home”, not actually buying cardstock and making pocketfolds), it should be way cheaper. 

Post # 5
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8425 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

These cost me around $2 each to make, including the envelopes, inserts, etc

then I used the left over scraps to make my programs for free

Everything was designed on my computer (photshop/InDesign) printed at home (canon pixma) and cut on a scrapbook cutter.  Supplies were purchased at paperandmore.com

Post # 6
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957 posts
Busy bee

I think it depends. I wanted something pretty simple. It would have been super easy to make them 100% myself, but the cost of making them vs the cost of ordering them was roughly the same. About $2 an invitation.

If you were wanting something more elaborate and intricate, DIY might be the way to go. 

I think the cost you said above, $350 for 150 STD, invitations and RSVP cards is an amazing deal. I don’t think you’d save much by DIY.

Post # 8
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3415 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014 - Lodge

I don’t have pictures of the invitations we bought but I went to Hobby Lobby and bought Invitations that I liked, they were half off too.  I didn’t like the ribbon that came on the invitations but I like the invitations themselves.  So then I went to the fabric dept and bought ribbon I liked in our colors.  I’m figuring that for 175 invitations to make myself it will only cost about $140.  The outer envelopes, RSVP cards and inner envelopes were all included too.

I would love to have professional and glamourous invites made but I just can’t fathom spending hundreds of dollars on something that will only be on someones fridge for 2 months.

Post # 9
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2831 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

because i want everything to coordinate (all of the paper stuff- save the date, program, invitatons, thank you’s, etc), i have designed our suite myself- 5×7 invitation, two inserts, and an rsvp. to 75 sets printed, i believe the quote was $150. pocketfolds, envelopes, and rsvp envelopes add on $82 to that. shipping will be like, $12 or $15. i’m ordering everything from cards & pockets, including printing. i haven’t figured out postage yet. 

i’m thinking it’s gonna be around $300 for everything, including postage. i think it comes out to be something like $4 an invitation. if i don’t do pocketfolds, and i just to gate fold cards, it takes $30 off that price. i’m thinking of only doing one insert, and maybe making it double sided, to keep the cost down.

Post # 10
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1721 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

We are buying our invitations from invitationsbydawn.com and are paying $290 for 110 invitations, response cards, colored ink, and some extra envelopes. 

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