DIY Invitation kit vs. Ordering from a site like VistaPrint

posted 2 years ago in Paper
Post # 2
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2132 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I used a wilton kit with pressed lavender and yellow tulle bows (Perfect for our purple and yellow wedding).  They were a bit time consuming to assemble but they turned out beautiful and saved a ton of money.  We were shocked at how many calls we got saying it was the most beautiful invition they have ever received (especially because we spent like 60 bucks for a hundred of them)- many of those calls from people in a wealthy social circle that I’m sure receive very expensive invitations in the mail all the time.  Joanns and Michaels usually have coupons available so look for those.  Also wilton also sells extra insert cards if you need more room for information (our kit only came with an invitation and RSVP and we needed one more card to write reception and hotel information). 

Post # 3
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1110 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I had a rather quickly thrown together wedding so I didn’t bother with that DIY stuff as far as invitations go. Mr. Trilly and I got ours from Minted (and paid a bit more than for something from Vistaprint but they were our favorites and nothing else came close). They were super easy to put together with the self-adhesive envelope liners and came with printed addresses on the outter envelopes.

If you’ve got the time and talent, go DIY.

Post # 4
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722 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

We considered going the DIY route because we knew we wanted pocketfolds on heavy cardstock but then we realized how much time it was going to take. We ended up going through an awesome seller on Etsy and have gotten fantastic feedback from our guests! They weren’t cheap but hey, time is money. To each their own!

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

Kacie209:  I have used them in the past.  I hate fighting with the printer.  Seriously, I threaten to torture the printer on a regular basis (it’s a good printer too.)  If I have technical difficulties its *always* with the printer. 

So, with that in mind, I went with Vista Print.  At a site-wide sale I got 100 1 page invites (printed on both sides, and the one side is a red damask.  It would have cost me a lot of ink at home), 100 thank you cards for the wedding that match the invites, 100 thank you cards (general) for showers, engagement gifts, etc.  3 sets of address labels (our current names, our married name and then just my name) and envelopes for all of those, for $176 with taxes and shipping.  

That was totally worth not having to print them myself.  I am all about taking the easy way out. 

I should say, the invitations weren’t a priority for us.  We didn’t care about them enough to have pockets, with inner envelopes, various sheets, jewels, ribbons, etc.  Our invites are very nice, very simple, very clean.  I love them. 

Post # 6
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146 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Kacie209:  My wedding is rustic themed. I bought one 100 sheet package of kraft paper on amazon for $20 and have made my STD, Invite, RSVP postcard and information card from it. If you have some time and don’t get completely frustrated with word, this is a good option.  We are sending out 65 invites. I got my initial template from someone on this website and tweaked it for our wedding. 

Post # 7
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720 posts
Busy bee

Kacie209:  I did Vistaprint but I uploaded my own designs to their site rather than using their preformatted options (although those were pretty, they just weren’t personal enough for us!) With 50 5 x 7 invitations, 50 cute postcard RSVP cards, 50 envelopes, and springing for the higher quality and “greener” paper option for all, it ended up ony coming to around $60. Shipping was free and I used their 25% off coupon for first time customers. The invites were great quality, personal for us, and everything was full color and double sided. And all I really had to do once they came was put them in the envelopes, address, stamp, and mail. Saved a lot of time!

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