Post # 1
Right now our guest list of family and the “A list” consists of 125 invitations, so we’re thinking we’ll need 150 invitations.
We’re trying to figure out what is a good price to pay?
I’ve looked at craft stores and online to attempt the DIY route, but I don’t know if it really saves that much money in the long run. A few friends of mine went the DIY route for their invites and they said they only saved $25-50. Do you agree??
It seems most of the information I’m finding on DIY is around $2-3 for an invitation – but I’m not sure if that is including an invite, envelope, rsvp, rsvp envelope, direction card, etc.
Did you make your own DIY invites and if so, what did each set end up costing you? (Please note what your invite set includes (e.g. envelopes, rsvps, etc.) It would be so helpful!!
THANK YOU BEES!
Post # 3
I purchased 2 sets of DIY invitations (30count) and it was under $60 total. They were on sale and I had 25% off coupons.
They are on my desk and have not started yet.
Now, I started my new job and wedding in 3 months… it is on my fiance’s To-Do-List 😉
Post # 4
I think it all depends on how much effort you are willing to put into the invitations. I’m completely DIYing our invitations. Browsed through Etsy to get inspirations. I’m having the invitations printed at local print shop (B&W) and doing an embossed stamp to add color and dimension. Our wedding is small and I am doing 20 invitations and 25 wedding announcements for my family oversees. I think right now I am at $2 per invitation.
Post # 5
I have $344.00 entered in my budget spreadsheet under invitations. However I ordered materials in bulk and had enough to do all our paper pieces (STD’s, menus, programs, escort cards) and postage for STD’s, invites and thank you cards with the money from that budget so it’s a little inflated.
I think if I actually broke down what I USED from that stash, I worked out each invite was about $2.20 before postage. I had a pocket fold, belly band, rsvp card, reception card, envelope to hold tickets to the park we hosted it in, outer envelope and a lined inner envelope.
That’s what you have to keep in mind though, is that buying paper in bulk and not using it all, and having extras for mistakes, and buying tools to make them is what adds up.
Here’s a link to my DIY invites.
Post # 6
I spent about 10$ on a 50 count of A7 cardstock & A7 envelopes.
I am using free templates & my own design from photshop.
I also have a ridiculous collection of scrapbooking stuff (cardstocks included) that I can use for belly bands, pocket folds, response cards etc. whatever we decide on (they were fairly cheap as well).
So over all, discluding postage we will spend probably about $20ish on our invitations. But our guest list is only about 80, [we’re expecting maybe 50].
Post # 7
It also depends on what you are comparing them to. Are you making invites that look more expensive so if you bought them they would be twice the price, but you could buy cheaper looking invites for the same price as your DIY?
All invitations are apples to apples.
Our inviteas are costing us about 2 a piece, but there is no way we could have bought what we made for under 4 dollars a piece if not a lot more.
Post # 8
i’m in love with this design. i feel like it’s very simple elegance:
i’ve found designers on etsy that can recreate this for me, i’m just trying to decide if it will be more cost effective to print them myself or have them do the printing for me (also saving time because i work a lot of hours)
one etsy user quoted me approx. $1.50 per invite set (invite card, envelope, rsvp card, envelope, and directions card) + the cost of the design. To me, this sounds pretty great! But I also don’t want to jump on it if it would be better to DIY.
Post # 9
Have you checked out vistaprints.com?
With the discount emails they send me, I got most of my paper products for only the cost of shipping and my invites were 90% off. I spend around $30 for 100 invitations, response cards (I used the free post cards but arranged them like just a card) , envelopes, accommodations cards, maps, and std’s.
Post # 10
those designs look reaaaaaaaaaally simple to me.
I think with a little toying in powerpoint, GIMP[free program], adobe photoshop [not free], or inkscape[free], you would easily be able to re-create those on your own.
However if time is an issue, I would definitely check out vista print, they have some pretty decent prices, so I would at least compare before making a final call.
Post # 11
@missmouse29: do you think $1.50 for all of that is a bad price to pay though?
Post # 12
I semi diyed mine. I bought mine from Michaels, the Brides collection. It included an outer envelope, invitation, directions card, rsvp and envelope. I had to do 165 invitations.
6 Packs of invites, 30 count. Normally $40, on sale for $30, used a 30% off entire order coupon, for invites paid $126 dollars
$70 for return stamps
$100 to send out invites
Total for invites (including the 15 extra we had) $296 or $1.79 per invite which included postage.
btw, i was going to have these printed because i’m computer iliterate, but it was easy and barely used any ink. Definately cheaper than buying them!
Post # 13
i’m looking at Vistaprint and it looks like i can get 100 postcards (which I could use for RSVP cards) for $21.24 — except I don’t want them to be glossy – so it would be an additional 11.99 — so basically $40 for 100 postcards.
@tksjewelry: When you printed your invites with vistaprint what was the quality of the paper? was it high quality card stock?
Post # 14
@tksjewelry: how did you get a 90% off coupon?? that’s amazing!
Post # 15
My mock-up pocketfold invitation is completely DIY. I haven’t made them all yet, but you can see my mock-up here: http://diy.weddingbee.com/topic/diy-pocketfold-1?replies=7#post-483583 along with a complete run-down of the costs involved.
The total cost I’m estimating to be $1.60/invite, but that does not include the .44 stamp it will cost to mail them…or the massive amount of time I’m going to be spending to make them! However, I enjoy doing things like this so it doesn’t bother me.
Post # 16
I think it totally depends on the type of invitation you want. Ours were DIY but we did them on high quality paper, lots of layers, etc… For us, everything (including envelopes, glue dots, etc…) were about $3/invite. For what we wanted (customized, personalized, lots of into), a pre-made one might have cost $5 or $6/invite, so we saved a lot of money on 220 invitations!