Post # 1
I feel like I’ve been posting a lot about inviations lately, as they’re the #1 thing on my mind at the moment (sorry!). Although they don’t need to go out until the beginning of August, I want them completed so I can just throw them in the mail when the time comes.
At first I was set on some from WPD, but then looked at what I could save with doing them on Vistaprint and then doing a fun postcard as an RSVP option. Now, my mom has suggested that we just buy one of the DIY kits to save more money. So, I started looking into them last night and may hit up Michael’s after work to refresh my mind again about what they have.
I wouldn’t say that I’m picky with what the invitations look like at this point (I just want them done), as I know people will be throwing them away and won’t remember what they look like anyway after the fact. I’m on a budget, and would like to remain under (so far, so good!!), so I really need to decide if I want to put the time into the DIY kits, or just hit submit to have them ordered online and be done with it. I’m sure I’d just assist in formatting the invitations, as I’m sure my mom will gladly help make them since she has the time and isn’t working right now (works for the schools).
Has anyone used the DIY kits before? I did a search on WB with that topic and people seem to have good luck with them, and saved a ton of money.
Post # 2
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
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
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
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
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
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!
Post # 8
I will definitely have to do some cost pros and cons. I know that some of the DIY kits only have the invitation and an RSVP card, which means that I’ll still have to buy something for the Information and Reception card… which is fine. We definitely have the time, it’s just either wanting to spend the time or just waiting in the mail.
I have fears with the printer too! Mine sometimes takes more than 1 sheet when printing something, and I don’t want the headache of that. We also have a laser printer would use (non-color though), and my parents.
Either way, I’ll have to decide by mid-month so if I do go the order route, I can get them in plenty of time so I’m not rushed addressing. We still have to finalize the guest list too.