DIY Invitation

posted 4 months ago in DIY
Post # 2
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1892 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

My MOH designed my invitations and I printed using Catprint.com. I chose 130 weight and I am really happy with the results. 

Cost was $215 including shipping for 65 invitations with printed return addresses, 65 details card inserts and 35 RSVP inserts with our address printed on them as well. 

Post # 3
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1892 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2017

moussegirl :  I wanted to add that 80lb paper is very similar to standard white paper used for printing documents at home. 100lb paper feels thicker and sturdier. Honestly any invitation printed on less than 120 feels flimsy to me. I was really happy with the extra heavy card stock of 130lb paper.  Good luck!

Post # 4
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46 posts
Newbee

I got my invitation template off etsy as well! One thing you might want to look at when buying an etsy template, is if the template is 5×7 ar 8 1/2 x 11. Mine was 8 1/2 by 11 which meant two inivations printed on each page and you had to cut them out, which was kind of a pain. I used cardstock from Hobby Lobby. Not sure of the weight since it doesn’t say on the package, but it was not the heavy weight kind. It was still very sturdy though, and perfect for invitations. I printed mine at home with just a regular printer, and it worked just fine.

Post # 5
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718 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

moussegirl :  I got my STD psotcards, invitations, and rsvp cards from Vistaprint.  They always have sales and a ton of designs that can be customized (or you can create your own design).  I got 100 of each item (including envelopes) for under $150 – I just designed it and then waited for a good 50% off sale!

Post # 6
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369 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

I printed all mine at Staples on 110lb cardstock. I would definitly recommend the heavier weight. Even 110lb card stock felt a little light for me but it’s the heaviest they can do. You can buy the cardstock there and print at home but the 110lb wont go throught a home printer. Maybe a heavyduty work printer though?

 

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Post # 8
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136 posts
Blushing bee

I purchased 120 gsm hammered Ivory paper from eBay for £10 (100 sheets) and printed at home. I struggled to get anything thicker through my home printer. As for the rsvp cards, I wanted postcards, so printed these via printed.com for £18 on 300 gsm card. 

As other bees have said, 80 is very lightweight. I wouldn’t recommend.

Post # 9
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1591 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

teacher-bee-in-the-sea : moussegirl :  well, firstly you have to understand paper weights. 80# text weight paper is totally different from 80# cardstock. it’s very hard to compare paperweights across different types of paper, and even different brands, as it’s not really standardized. so jut asking if 80# paper is sufficient isn’t going to be very helpful.

i can tell you that Paper Source’s 80# cardstock is not too thick to use in a regular printer or an office copy/print machine. it’s decent for invites, though my preference is for something a bit heavier (i purchased my weding invitations, but DIYd my rehearsal dinner invitations, and used Paper Source’s A7 Flat Cards).

I would stay away from Staples – they don’t actually have very many color options, and it’s not actually that inexpensive. If you want colored paper or envelopes, check out Paper Source or Cards and Pockets (online). Both have pre-cut invitations sizes and envelopes in a large variety of colors if you’re going to print yourself (best if you don’t need edge-to-edge printing). If you have an edge-to-edge design (like PP), save yourself the trouble and go professional. Vistaprint is super affordable, and ALWAYS has a coupon for 40-50% off. Seriously, I got 100 magnets for STDs from them for like $30.

Post # 11
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369 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

moussegirl :  I foiled them myself so I only printed them in black and white. Black and white printing at staples is like 11cents. I think they are supposed to charge extra for cardstock but they forgot everytime I went. I got two invites to a page and cut them at home. So it cost me $5.50 to print 100 copies.

catskillsinjune :  I did!! Now im obsessed with foiling. It’s suprisingly easy and affordable to do it at home. You can do it with a regular laminator if you can get the heat and technique down. But I bought a Heidi Swapp Minc Mini on sale for like $50 and it yields much better results. 

Post # 12
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1591 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

emmagreen482017 :  i have a minc – how did you get such great results?! i’ve foiled a billion things at this point on pretty much every setting and it always winds up patchy :/ and i’ve adjusted the settings on my printer/copier to make sure it’s laying the maximum amount of toner, too. i was detered from DIY foiling my wedding invtiations as a result (i just ordered foil ones from Minted instead). i’m impressed yours came out so cleanly!

Post # 14
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369 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2017

catskillsinjune :  My photographer did a great job at hiding the imperfections. I find most of mine have teeny/tiny little black spots on it in bad lighting but look perfect in the light. I did have some that came out pristine though. I used 110lb cardstock from staples and found the prints they did in store foiled better than the ones i did at home. I usually had it on setting 3 and wrapped the invite in a piece of regular paper folded in half with half a piece of regular paper inside that to catch the excess toner from parts I wasn’t foiling. I think the perfect setting would be 3.5 but sadly thats not an option. 

 

moussegirl :  The words need to be in black toner, which is what’s used in a laser printer. So anything you want to foil needs to be printed in black on a laser printer. If you’re using a colored design on them, you have to be careful if they overlap because sometimes the foil will stick to any parts that used a mix of black in the color.

Post # 15
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1591 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

emmagreen482017 :  well, you made me feel a little bit better now! when i foiled stuff, it does come out like 95% good, but it’s not *perfect* (and i’m just way too obessesive). i did have some stuff come out pristine, but it was definitely too inconsistent for my liking. i believe in the store (and the pre-printed things you can buy) they always use a coated cardstock, which i guess is a bit smoother and makes difference. kudos to your photog! here’s my STD envelopes that i did the names (also use the paper folder/paper over the non-foiled part method (: )

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