Did you DIY your invites?

posted 3 years ago in Paper
  • poll: Did you DIY your invites? Was it worth it?
    Yes and I'm glad I did : (92 votes)
    80 %
    Yes and I wish I hadn't : (7 votes)
    6 %
    No and I wish I had : (0 votes)
    No and I'm glad I didn't : (16 votes)
    14 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    895 posts
    Busy bee

    I bought kits that you can find at Michaels and Target. Some of them I bought online (amazon or ebay) to match. I only spent $100 for 125 invites and response cards.

    All you have to do is print them and esemble. All of mine don’t match because I couldn’t find enough kits of each… but who’s going to know?

    It’s a lot better than spending$400+!

    Post # 4
    Member
    6000 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: October 2013

    I half way DIY’d mine. I had the invitations, belly band, and insert cards deisgned and printed by a local company and then assembled them myself. I bought the pocketfolds and glue from Cards&Pockets and bought rhinestones from Michaels. I spent a couple hours over 2 days gluing on the rhinestones (6 per invite w/ 60 suites) and gluing the invitation to the pocketfold and securing the belly band. The amount of work I did was worth it because it really wasn’t that hard (maybe to a total of 3 hours) and it would have cost me like $175 to have her do it.

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

    I DIY’d mine completely.  I designed in photoshop/InDesign, printed on 8.5×11 paper (canon pixma), cut and assembled all of my invites by hand.  Since my husband and I met playing WoW, I wanted to incorporate the horde symbol and trying to get blizzard to ok it through a commercial printer would’ve been hell.

    Here is a mock up of the invites I’m doing for a friend (her wedding is next April)

    Post # 6
    Member
    190 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2012

    I did the 1/2 DIY too. I purchased kits of 50 invited for $25 each at Hobby Lobby. They were a pretty square shaped thick textured paper but simple engough for me to add my own touches. I purched cards stock and envelope liners from Paper Presentation to add some color and create another insert (the kit just had the invite and RSVP cards) I added a ribbon band and voila! I spent about $100 for 250 invites and it was nice to be able to print extra/make changes if we needed to. I also like that I was able to print names on the RSVP cards versus having Mr_____________________ as the first line for all of them. 

     

    (the ribbon is not in this pic but it shows the general look) 

    Post # 8
    Member
    2578 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2012

    The only thing I didn’t do for our invites was print/cut them–that was done by Catprint. However, I designed them, assembled them, cut out monograms, bellybands, etc. I made 50 sets.

    Post # 10
    Member
    428 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    We picked up our invites at Target for about $25/box. I bought 2 boxes but only wound up using one. I designed them in InDesign and printed them in-House. It was super inexpensive, and it wasn’t too painful to put the work in – I rather enjoyed it since it was all design and I didn’t have to cut/paste/glue anything.

     

    For some reason I didn’t get a shot of the invites together with the RSVP cards – but they match – have a smaller vine and the yellow flower. 

    Post # 11
    Member
    11300 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2013

    I DIYed ours and I’m glad I did. I designed them myself and had them printed through Vistaprint using Groupons. We did 80 save the dates, invitations, RSVP cards, reception cards, and thank you cards for about $70.

    Post # 12
    Member
    3538 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2013

    We did something very similar to @housebee:

    We made 100 invites:

    I purchased 5×7 pocketfold envelopes, outer envelopes and RSVP size envelopes from envelopes.com for about $50.

    We bought packs of textured white cardstock on sale at Joann’s and figured out the measurements of the invitation side, and the pocket inserts. (We had 4 pocket inserts: Directions, Accomodations, Additional Info and an RSVP.)

    We designed each in photoshop, printed, and cut them out using a huge guillotine paper cutter I borrowed from work. 

    I printed the addresses on the outer envelopes as well as our RSVP envelopes and I made a belly band with a matching ribbon.

    We probably spent about $80 total for 100 invitations.  I think we worked on them for a few hours after work for 3 days and it was totally worth it because our invitations perfectly match our wedding! 

    Post # 13
    Member
    932 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    Mine are partically DIY, I designed all of the templates and purchased all of the paper, once the templates were designed I sent them to my printer for tweaking. and she printed and cut all of the inserts and the invite and RSVP.  I did pay for thermography on the invite and rsvp and had them do regular printing on the reception card and diretion card and they matched it perfectly.

     

    I assembled them all with scrapbookers tape (which is awesome because it sticks and doesnt bleed through on your paper)

    I did pay for little things like an embosser with our logo, which people are still raving about.

    I purchased my paper at LCI Paper Opal Stardream $70

    Printing $110 for Thermography

    $30 for regular printing

    $10 for scrapbookers tape (look for a 40% off coupon from Hobby Lobby)

    The brown underlying cardstock are actually invites I have had for 5 years, I purchased them because I thought I was going to get married….. and just held on to them.  who knew I would use them like this.  If I tried to purchase the brown portion today it woudl cost me $300, I got them on eBay 5 years ago for $115 for 100 invites, rsvp cards, inner and outter envelopes and rsvp envelopes.

     

    A few things I learned, when purcahsing paper, be careful with dark paper, you can’t DIY, some printers won’t even touch it, hence the opal star dream paper I purchased.

     

    Good Luck

     

     

     

    Post # 16
    mswallabyBee
    2070 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor

    @NurseMandie:  I went the DIY route and I don’t have any regrets. It cost ~$100 total for 100 invitations (we invited 180 guests, but only sent 1 invitation to each family/couple). I created the design myself, and used the online printing company Catprint to have all of the invitations printed. I assembled them myself at home while watching a lot of reality TV haha. I got a ton of compliments on them and I was really happy with the way they turned out!

    There’s a lot of different routes you can go – design evereything and print it all yourself at home; design yourself but have a printing company do the printing for you; purchase a design off Etsy, customize with your own names/info and print at home (or hire a printing company to print for you); buy an invitation kit somewhere like Michaels and print at home. If we had had a shorter engagement and I was really tight on time I probably would’ve ordered a design off Etsy, but since I did have some free time I painted the design/background myself and arranged the wording and formatting in Pixelmator (Apple’s cheap version of Photoshop).

    Here’s a couple photos of our invitation suite:

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