(Closed) DIY Invitations

posted 10 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I would say that the main reason is to cut costs for it can be a lot cheaper to DIY, also to give it your personal touch. They will hold a bigger personal meaning.

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Most of the invitations I wanted were either not my style or not my price.  I was able to make invitations according to what I envisioned w/o having to pay to full price. 

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I DIYed the design, but not the printing (letterpress). Everything felt like I had seen it before, so it made more sense for us to design it ourselves.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
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  • 10 years ago

I was going to…but I made calculations…and for me DIY invitations would be more expensive than buying them…we got super lucky and found a huge deal…our invites are less than $50 and look like $500…but sssh..don’t tell our guests!  

Post # 7
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378 posts
Helper bee

i was able to customize the information that I wanted and I knew that no one would have an invite like ours

Post # 8
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261 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

I wanted a pocketfold but I needed to accomodate two sides that would have text in english and chinese so I had to design them myself.  Most pocketfolds that are sold only has one side for text.  Plus, the only place I found that did have something similar wanted to charge me $12/invite which did not fit in my budget. 

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2008

i couldn’t find anything like what i imagined, so i decided to DIY them instead of paying $$$ for custom. plus, i enjoy making things like invites, so while it was a little stressful, it was a lot of fun too. and we saved SO much money – our invites including postage were under $1!

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

We are on a small budget because we are paying for everything ourselves. I like doing crafts so when I couldn’t find anything I liked that was in our budget I didn’t think twice about making them myself. I got to customize them in our wedding colors, add our photo on vellum and just create something that I loved. I even made the envelopes myself, which I probably wouldn’t do again because getting the envelopes to stay closed was a pain. My whole wedding is basically DIY, I made everything from invites, programs, coloring books for kids packs, mintbooks, favors, ring bearer pillow and the list goes on….

Here are my invites:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/2542058022/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/2540748857/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/2541570444/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/[email protected]/2540748841/

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

I really didn’t want generic invites, and custom ones were $$$$.  I ended up making my own and spending about $3 per invite.  It was a fun process and while they weren’t exactly professional looking, our guests loved them.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

For me, it was that anything in our budget I really just didn’t like.  Doing them myself also gave me an excuse to get a Gocco.  It cost a little more than we had initially anticipated, but I love that I made them myself.  Had target had the style of printable invitations they have now when I was looking for invitations I would have used them in a heartbeat.  But they didn’t, so I made them.  😀

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I DIY’d mine because I couln’t find any invitations that matched our theme (peacock) and our colors (pink and gold). Plus I am a graphic designer and am super picky and I hated most of the fonts and text layouts I saw in sample books. I wanted complete control over the layout.

Post # 14
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2008

I am diy-ing our invites and save the dates because I am a graphic designer. In order to have complete control over the final outcome and be able to afford them, I have to print them myself. Letterpress or custom printing doesn’t fit into our budget and fullcolor at a place like Kinko’s is more expensive than you think (plus, for me, the quality is not the same). So I bought a Gocco and I’m hand printing every single paper piece we’ll use.

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: February 2008

It never occured to me to buy my invites. Seriously! My mom and I are both such creative people that I absolutely knew all of the stationary would be designed by us, as well as the flowers, decorations and my dress. It gives me a way to take control over a day that, I feel, has been hyper-commercialized.

Post # 16
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2008

For me, cost. The pocket fold invites I wanted were $8 each + to buy. I made mine for $2.25.

Plus it’s know knowing that I made that, I did it and I made my day even more personal and "us".

Plus I’m a DIY Gal and graphi designer, I enjoy doing the things I made and do 🙂 I also have been taking on other peoples designing for their invites 🙂

My invites 

Another I made 

And another 

 

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