Post # 1
So I have been browsing through this site, from blogs to board, for all posts about DIY invitations. This is one area of the wedding that I want to do myself, for cost saving (although I’ve been warn that it sometimes isn’t the case) and personalization. Anyways, there are some great posts and even more amazing results on some of you Bee’s invitations. A lot of them are absolutely gorgeous and it’s unfathomable that it’s done at home.
HOWEVER, a lot of them are professionally printed (thermography or letterpress, etc). So out of curiousity, has there anyone who truly done their invitation by themselves, including printing. I am most curious about the printing process, what kind of printer do you use? How did your invitation turn out? And, if you have pictures of such projects, please provide.
Post # 3
I JUST did my ivitations yesterday, DIY from start to finish. I printed them myself on a Gocco Printer (you can find a lot of info on this site by searching gocco). It was an investment to buy the printer (about $200 including shipping and some supplies), but we are planning on using it for all of our stationary, including Thank-you cards for showers and wedding, and we will have future use for Holiday cards, etc. We bought all of our paper pre-cut from Paper Source for a total of about $100 for 125 each of invitations, 2 enclosure cards, and envelopes. You can get paper MUCH cheaper if you buy full sheets, but I didn’t trust myself with cutting to size. We designed everything in Photoshop, which was so much simplier than I had imagined (neither of us are very artsy/design people), and we had a lot of fun playing with designs and fonts!
The printing itself was amazingly simple and fast, I did it all in just one day (plus about an hour the previous day getting my photocopies ready to go and doing a test run).
I’m not sure if we are really saving a lot of money since I have seen some invites, like seal – n- sends for about the cost of just our paper, but we loved having total control & creative freedom over them and biggest draw was that we got to do them ourselves, by hand, making it much more personal for us.
Sorry for the novel, and sorry I don’t have pics yet, maybe tomorrow, but I hope this helps!
Post # 4
I don’t have pictures for you, but I can tell you what I did for my invitations. I got the majority of my invitations printed at a professional printer (offset) and put it together myself. However, I also made about 20 invitations in Chinese. For those, I printed at home on a laserjet on Stardream paper. However, ink WILL rub/scratch off Stardream paper. I’ve heard that somebody hairspray it. But I actually just used the embosser dryer (or hairdryer should work) to heat the ink so that it really sets onto the paper.
I also used a color inkjet on Stardream paper for my favor tags. Make sure that you put the paper setting as "matte" or else the ink will rub off.
Post # 5
So this is a little offtopic but I have to say I really considered DIYing… but then I considered the financial investment:
(very rough estimate based on a quantity of 100)
+ X days of work.
My compromise was to work with an amazing designer whom I found on etsy. She custom designed a suite based on our ideas that looks amazingly beautiful and cost no more (if not less) than what I would have invested in supplies and saved me tons of time. Just another perspective. 🙂
Post # 6
I’m still in the process of designing my DIY Pockefold and I printed out the draft this weekend. We had invested in a decent photoprinter Canon MP610 and to be honest the drafts came out really nice.
We actually got a wedding inviation in the mail this week (pocketfold) and they had defintly printed out their own invitations on a regular old printer and I thought they came out really nice. I think most of the guests will assume they had them specially made
I have toyed with the idea of just have the main invitation printed out nice with the raised text and printing out the inserts myself on our printer. But I might just print everything out myself so it all looks the same.
I found a really good free publisher program Serif Page Plus, that I did the invitations on. And like Rhody Bride, I found that full sheets of cardstock are a ton cheaper – 25 sheet at Micheals for aronud $5.00.
Post # 7
I printed everything for my invitations on my HP Photosmart printer. I blogged about my STD’s here: http://www.weddingbee.com/2007/06/03/save-the-dates-9/
and my invites are here:
Here They Are…
Also, I recently met the East Coast manager of Paper-Source and they have been using the Epson in the stores for all of their demonstrations because it loads from the back and therefore you can get thicker paper to go through without jamming. You can read more about that here:
If You Haven’t Read It Yet, Start Reading Now…
Hope that helps.
Post # 8
I sent my save the dates out to get printed by Staples on a stardream type cardstock and it came back fairly streaky and the color wasn’t consistent. Because of this I’m changing my invitation paper type and will most likely not go back to them.
Also, if you shop around for the type of paper online that you want and then go to a place like Office-max or Staples they will print it for less. 45 cents with your paper vs. $1.19 on their own paper.
We have a laser printer, so I’m trying to convince my FI to let me use that, but he’s not thrilled with that idea (can cause streaks if used too much and the toner is fairly pricey). I’m waiting for a sample of the paper I want to use to test it out and then we’ll decide from there.