Post # 1
I am thinking of making my own but I am not on that graphic designer lever, lol. I wanted to get my bundle at Vistaprint and they are priced fairly but the STDs I wanted lost their sale this morning so my shopping cart went from $84 to $124. That isn’t a disgusting amount of money but when put in relation to the rest of my wedding, it’s as much as my wedding dress (and as much as our church).
Just wondering if anyone had ideas for a computer dummy who wants to make her own invitations, STDs, R.S.V.P.s, etc.
Post # 3
@PonytailKim: i made our STDs, and went the e-mail route (we will be posting paper invitations though). it just made a lot more sense since so many of our guests live abroad and it wasn’t worth the postage cost to do STDs by mail as well. i used a template from weddingchicks.com (really great site for DIY things!), you can adjust the colours to how it suits you and there are some lovely templates to choose from. i used that for the top half of an A4 page, and the bottom half i put in a photograph of us, and some details of how to get in touch with us with their postal addresses. they went down really well!
it was super easy to do, might be something you could consider 🙂
Post # 4
I’m going to do our STD’s this weekend using Vistaprint, because I got a groupon/living social deal for them yesterday ($25 for $100). We’re going to do postcards, and completely design them ourselves.
Post # 5
@PonytailKim: I have no graphic design/IT/tech background, but I am a stay at home so I had plenty of time, here’s some of what I’ve made in photoshop and indesign so far (everything printed from my canon pixma home printer and cut on a scrapbook cutter).
Wedding Mad Libs
Thank you card
Cold Feet Sock Labels
Pre wedding dinner menu
I didn’t know any of these programs, but they’re incredibly user friendly and there are lots of tutorials on youtube. It’s saved me tons of money, plus it let me customize everything (including the horde symbol lol).
Post # 6
I am creating our own save the dates [wood slice magnets], but we’ll have our invitations made.
Post # 7
@PonytailKim: I went on Etsy and had someone make them for me. The cost was about $35 for the invite and a double sided RSVP card. She then sent me a digital file that I brought to my local printer to have them printed. They turned out really nice actually
Post # 8
I’m doing our invitations and other stationary – just put together a draft for our informal reception that we’ll have for those that can’t make it to the wedding (DW):
I have no designer or IT background, but have always loved to paint – so I painted the pink dahlia, scanned it on our home scanner, cut it out in Photoshop and assembled all of it in Illustrator. I have no formal training in either, but have pretty much learned from trial and error + Google. In case you have some type of designer suite on your computer (think GIMP might be one that’s free), you still have time to play around and learn how to master it. However, if you do feel stressed about it – buy something from Etsy or approach a local art college to see if you can get a student involved in creating something custom.
Post # 9
My FI made out STD’s and invites. Invite is currently being letterpressed, but I’ll have him blur out some info later and post them:
Post # 10
These all look amazing, everyone. I must be really computer dumb because I can’t do anything like this.
Post # 11
We designed out STD on Photoshop and uploaded ot Vistaprint for a postcard (currently in print right now!). We are also planning to design our wedding invite through Photoshop and Vistaprint as well.
Post # 12
I designed my STDs and had them printed as oversized postcards on Vistaprint. The key to a good deal on Vistaprint is the Groupons and using them with a coupon code (it can take some wrangling to find the right link that will let both apply to your cart). And try and order enough in one order that you get the free shipping. At least then you’re getting something for that money.
I also designed my invitations, although I printed them on a standard laser printer and trimmed everything down using a paper trimmer. They were pocketfolds.
Saved me a TON of money, but I definitely am decent on the design/crafting part. For those that aren’t as inclined, I’d suggest either sticking with some pre-made templates OR having someone on Etsy design something for you (usually not that expensive) and then printing from there. There is just a big gap between someone who has an eye for design and someone who doesn’t. Fonts, spacing, white space, color… it all makes a huge difference between if something looks nice or not.
Don’t forget postage. Postage is a BIG budget buster on mailed items.
Post # 13
If you’re going to buy from Vistaprint, they have a $25 for $100 Groupon right now. Make sure you grab it!!
Post # 14
@PonytailKim: try going to http://www.oneheartwedding.com
I joined for a nominal subscription fee, they have tons of suites to choose from, you use their template and then just print right from your printer or save the file and take it to Kinkos to be printed.
Post # 15
@sunsetchristy: Do you “buy” the groupon and then put your order through?
Post # 16
I made our save the dates in Publisher and printed them at Staples (front & back):
*The typo has since been fixed.
Now, I’m working on our invites. Here are the drafts for our ceremony (small/destination-ish since we don’t live near either of our families):
*As you can see, I’m still debating between brown and black font.
and one of our at-home parties (which we wanted to have a somewhat more formal feel, though still be realatively easy-going):