(Closed) DIY invitation questions

posted 10 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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33 posts
Newbee

Our invites just went out this month for our wedding in August. We used the cheap "print your own" kits from Michaels, backed with periwinkle cardstock for extra rigidity. I cut the periwinkle cardstock myself at home with a cheap papercutter from the dollar store…worked just fine one sheet at a time during a Law and Order marathon! For sticking things together, I found a mixture of non clumping gluestick in the middle along with small pieces of double stick tape at the two bottom corners and along the entire top (we had a ribbon and charm tied here, so needed the extra adherence) worked the best.

 At first I was going to only use one envelope, but decided to finally use the kit’s white envelope as an inner envelope and bought navy blue metallic outer envelopes from envelopemall.com.  I’m really glad I did, as the comments are all about how gorgoues the presentation was…mostly the silver calligraphy on the dark blue envelope! Worth every penny of the $23.58 I spent on them!

RSVP’s I can’t help with…we’re having everyone RSVP to our website except for the four elderly people we know don’t email. They got the classic card and envelope (again, from the kit). The unused blank RSVP’s will become our thankyou notes after the wedding.

Hope this helps!

Post # 4
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68 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

Well I can’t help with the double stick tape questions, as we didn’t use it..

As far as the envelope liners and double envelopes, you don’t have to.  To save money, my fiance and I didn’t, and it worked just fine!

We also used postcard style RSVP’s.  Again, it worked great!  Then, as a plus, there were no envelopes to have to rip open over and over again.

Hope this little bit helps!

Post # 5
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290 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

For mine, I also used a mixture of dispenser style double sided tape on the edges and glue stick for the middle. I got a 10 pack of tape dispensers at Sams Club that has worked great. I made an information card that I glued to orange cardstock and glued it to the back of the invitation wrap I made.

I ran out of cardstock and ended up using large white mailing labels I have and I wished I had thought of it earlier!! They were so much easier to use and I didn’t have to mess with the glue crap. I made my own envelopes from matching cardstock and the hardest part was getting them to stay glued. I ended up using double sided photo tabs I got and they worked great, too bad walmart quit selling them because I ran out!

I used postcard RSVP’s that I got at http://www.vistaprint.com. They were having a special for 100 postcards for free, I paid 4.95 for my 100 because I opted for color on the back. I designed them on the site and they came out fantastic!! We asked everyone to RSVP online but I included the postcard option for the older folks who I know don’t have internet. I did not include postage on all these postcards due to the fact that we are expecting everyone to reply online, I wasn’t about to waste 100 stamps!

This is what my actual invites looked like. http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157605376524573/

 

Post # 6
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290 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

For mine, I also used a mixture of dispenser style double sided tape on the edges and glue stick for the middle. I got a 10 pack of tape dispensers at Sams Club that has worked great. I made an information card that I glued to orange cardstock and glued it to the back of the invitation wrap I made.

I ran out of cardstock and ended up using large white mailing labels I have and I wished I had thought of it earlier!! They were so much easier to use and I didn’t have to mess with the glue crap. I made my own envelopes from matching cardstock and the hardest part was getting them to stay glued. I ended up using double sided photo tabs I got and they worked great, too bad walmart quit selling them because I ran out!

I used postcard RSVP’s that I got at http://www.vistaprint.comThey were having a special for 100 postcards for free, I paid 4.95 for my 100 because I opted for color on the back. I designed them on the site and they came out fantastic!! We asked everyone to RSVP online but I included the postcard option for the older folks who I know don’t have internet. I did not include postage on all these postcards due to the fact that we are expecting everyone to reply online, I wasn’t about to waste 100 stamps!

This is what my actual invites looked like. http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/sets/72157605376524573/

Post # 7
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329 posts
Helper bee
  • V
  • 10 years ago

Worth a look!

Michaels carries a BRIDES.COM line of invitations…for $50 or less you get 40 invites +envelopes+rsvp cards+envelopes…they also sell table numbers, favor tags and more on the same desings….they look nothing like the regular cheap looking stuff…they have fancy green stripes, damask…yes, damask…and if my wedding a formal affair I would have grabbed those in a second!! they looked expensive…the kits have embossed details and if you have those 50% Michaels coupons…you got yourself a super bargain.

The only drawback is that you might not be original but switching envelopes or adding details might do the trick. 

Post # 8
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87 posts
Worker bee

Re; the double sided tape questions:

1.  We used double-sided tape to go around the edges of the cards we adhered to petal enclosures, and on the back of the enclosures to adhere ribbons we then tied around the front.  I’m not sure how much we used, but I would estimate somewhere between 4-7 rolls of tape.  

2.  When I was adhering the card stock to the enclosures, I did put the tape all around the edge of the card.  When FI took over that job, he didn’t, and they turned out fine.  However, depending on the thickness of the paper you’re attaching, you might want to experiment with one or two just to make sure.

3.  We got our tape at Michael’s in packs of 3, but I don’t know how much it cost.  It’s just Scotch double sided tape, it worked really well, and I don’t think it was very expensive.

Good luck!

Post # 9
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508 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

Envelope liners and inner/outer envelopes are not required.  They are things that you can make yourself if you have a little extra in the budget for paper.  If you’re using plain/cheap envelopes, a little liner could really dress them up.

Kinko’s does have a free paper cutter you can use.  If you want to save some time, you can also pay them to make the cuts – others have posted about using Kinko’s or Staples do it for a dollar or two a cut (not that many cuts are needed – maybe two or three).

For the tape question, do a mock-up and see what works best.  Try out some options and bend them slightly to see how they hold.   It really would depend on the type of paper, the thickness of each part and how big they are.

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