Post # 1
I’m newly engaged and trying to get an idea of what I can DIY and what I can’t. I work full-time and have an 8 year old boy, lol…
I’d love to make my own invitations and STD’s, I have a cricut and I’m seriously considering the cuttlebug too.
Is it worth it price wise in the end?
Thank you 🙂
Post # 3
I have the cricut and the cuttlebug.
And I plan on using them for parts of my invitations. So far I have used the cricut to help me make button magnets, labels and tags for my vanilla sugar jar favors, and I am currently figuring out how to make some favor bags and tags for the vanilla favors; sizing is the issue I am up against. I am also going to use them to make the candy bar signs and labels and I will probably think of a few more things. I also used the cricut to help with our save-the-dates. I plan to use the cuttlebuy when I do our invitations.
Initially, the cost is a lot and may or may not be more than what you will pay to have everything done for you, but if you catch sales and plan to use them after your wedding, you will more than get your moneys worth.
Right now Joanns has cricket cartridges on sale for around $33.00, until the 14th. I just picked up 4 more cartridges because of the sale and I know I will use them at some point. I am even thinking about going again tomorrow to pick up a couple more.
So, all that said, to me it is and has been very worth it. It makes me feel very good every time I accomplish a design and put something together. And I get a lot of compliments.
Post # 4
I just might have to run over to Joanns, thank you!
Post # 6
YAY!!! Another mommy bride! lol. Seriously, I have to kids – ages 8 and 4! A boy and girl, respectively and I, also, work full time. So does my FI who also lives with us.
As for DIY’ing stuff, it is DEFINITELY worth it to the budget. We’re saving a little over $200 by doing our own invites and RSVP cards and printing them at Zazzle.
Since I’m a digital artist and graphic artist (I have a DeviantArt page under PosthumusCreations, if you wanna look at my art), I designed ours. (I’ve sooo gotta upload them here for reference *sigh*)
I did a price comparison and it’s cheaper for us to do both sides of the cards at Zazzle than Vista Print, but others have found Vista Print pretty cheap. I recommend comparing prices at various places to see what you find is cheapest for you.
A lot of the stuff we’re DIY’ing is stuff we can’t find elsewhere to fit our theme, but we’re also wanting to DIY tile coasters (it’s actually cheaper than buying them anywhere).
I suggest comparing the price of supplies for everything you want to do with the price it would be to buy it pre-made.
A lot of brides DIY their own bouquets because it’s sometimes cheaper than having a florist do it.
Me, I made mine from ribbon and the cost of the supplies will still be WAY cheaper than real flowers, they look great, and the friends who have seen ’em, love ’em. Including the guys, lol.
If you want a break down of the cost, let me know. I’ll be happy to share. 🙂
Post # 7
I would recommend it. I am working on mine and they have turned out really well. For what I’ve done, the price was way less than what I would have paid someone else to do them.
If you look for my post in DIY, you can see photos. 🙂
Post # 8
I was originally planning on diy’ing invitations. I diy’ed save the dates and it took much longer than I expected. After doing some research as to how long it took other brides to diy invitations (and the approximate cost of doing so), I decided to order invitations through a printer (shopped around for the cheapest one in my area). I wanted very traditional wedding invitations (inner envelope, outer envelope, response card + envelope, reception card), but had an open mind about the actual design. I looked through several catalogs and found a relatively cheap invitation that still looked elegant. For 75 invitations it cost me under $300 including EVERYTHING (postage and all). To me, it was worth the $300 not to have to bother with the headache of diy’ing invites. My advice is to start by diy’ing your save the dates and see how it goes. If you love the process and it goes as well as you expected it to, go ahead ane tackle the invitations too.
Post # 9
@MaggieGirl: I’ll second this. I DIY my save the dates and they were each hand embossed. Took me a few hours but I liked doing them and loved the result. If by the end of your STD’s you’re over the DIY route, you can always order them elsewhere! 🙂