Post # 1
am i doing something wrong?! lol i looked at pocketfolds online + mats + paper + ribbons and it adds up to more than what’s in my budget 🙁
does anyone have any tips on how to make elegant, professional looking invites without spending a fortune?
Post # 3
@geekchick: Can I see your insperation photos and ideas?
Post # 4
@geekchick: I purchased all of my materials at paperandmore.com, with ribbon from bbcrafts. Also, cut and assemble everything yourself, then you can use the remnants to make other items like programs, thanks you cards, etc. Hope this helps.
Post # 5
I feel your pain.
Dont forget about the value of all of your time that it takes to make the invites, too!!!
Post # 6
This happened to me. Definitely explore your Non DIY options before committing to DIY. Especially the invites. Vista print often have fantastic deals that can make them cheaper than a DIY option.
Post # 7
Yup… and picking up extra odds and ends at $5-20 a pop REALLY adds up quickly. Next thing you know, you’ve spent an additional hundred or two on the wedding.
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Post # 9
I am looking to make 60 invitations, 60 thank you cards, 120 ceremony plans, 120 dinner menus, and othe rstationary required for the day. I am ordering 8 1/2 x 11 cardstock as well as paper just in a lighter colour A7 matching envelopes and small envelopes, Lace ribbon from Lace Heaven. All will cost aprox 250.00
You can go a cheap way and buy invitations propably cheaper then that but we really like the hand made ones with lace and those run 7-10$ per one if we were to get them made.
With all stationary for the weddign taken into consideration… it is cheaper to make it yourself.
Post # 10
Have you checked local companies that work from their home?
Post # 11
My inspiration is this but the cardstock will be chocolate brown with a wheat colour paper and the ribbon will be made of lace.
Post # 12
Going by your inspo pics, Vistaprint for all of the info bits (invites, RSVP, reception, etc.). Use Groupons (sign up for Daily Dibs, they’ll email you all of the nationwide Groupons; VP runs them pretty frequently). Pockets from Cards and Pockets. Belly bands would be unnecessary, but you can get those from C&P, as well.
Post # 13
I ran into this problem to. I wanted pocketfolds but buying all the supplies and having them printed was going to cost almost as much as purchasing them.. I ended up having a graphic designer do mine for me but I agree 100% that DIY CAN cost as much as just purcashing them.
Post # 14
@geekchick: First step – Skip pocket folds (http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/anyone-not-using-a-pocketfold-invitation).
Second, I just bought 100 invites with 100 envelopes (plain so I can print on my own) at Micheals for 9.99. No Joke. I bought everything they had (because I am a suite designer).
Go to Dafont.com for classy (yet readable) fonts.
Regular envelopes on envelopes.com are usually .10 to .20 cents a piece. I suggest getting a relly good design – then a professional print and heavy paper, embossing, and other details won’t even be missed.
Look at wedding paper divas for styles you like and then create your own. I charge my local brides 1.18 per set in a full suite. (Menus, programs, etc are barely extra)
Also, consider doing a chalkboard menu or menus in picture frames at the food station or at the tables (1 for every 5 guests) this will cut down on some more of the costs.
Do everything you possibly can as a postcard. Usually this means your save the date and your rsvp. Less envelopes and less postage (.33 to mail a post card and .46-.66 to mail an envelope).
Any other questions let me know 🙂
Edit – the pocketfold in your inspo are handmade – you can tell by the fold of the pocket (GET A BONE FOLDER IF YOU DECIDE TO DO THIS 🙂 Instructions to create your own like this are in the link above.
Post # 15
@suburbian: So much info!! I love it! Thanks 😀
Post # 16
@geekchick: If you really like pocket fold made yours with cardstock, I choose the color black because it was easy to find inexpensive black cardstock. If you choose a color like purple it will be more expensive. Also you will need a color printer. I bought a color printer in sale at 69$ and made my invitation and for the ink refill I bought it on http://www.tonerparts.com/ cause it really more cheap than futur shop or best buy. Also for the pocket fold you will need double sided tape that you can find in dollar store. They hold as good than the one you will buy at 4$ in a craft store. You will also need a scoring board at like 20$. Believe me you will use it for a lot of thing after like favors boxes, thanks you card, program, etc…
Like another bee said you can choose really classy font or any font who will fit perfectly with you theme on http://www.dafont.com/fr/. When you do you template try to put as many you can on one sheet so you will save on paper. Like try to put 4 rsvp on one sheet. You will also need a paper cutter I paid 9$ for mine.
For the enveloppe you can find really inexpensive one in the color you need on ebay. I also found the ribbon on ebay which was really less expensive than walmart or omerdessere.
Hope it will help you! It cost me about 50 cents each invitation.