- 3 years ago
- Wedding: May 2014
I’ve noticed that there each bride has her different priorities when it comes to their wedding. My priorities are the venue and invitiations. Even above my dress, my invitations have to be spot on. And thankfully we were able to reserve the venue over a year in advance so we’ve got that covered too- but thats another story.
Anyways, a friend of mine designs invitations on the side and does a spectaular job at it. Her prices were better than anyone elses, especially for custom work with revisions, but you still have to pay a pretty penny for it. With printing, envelopes, the design fee, and stamps, my invitations would run about $500 Seeing as though I have been doing trial and error on inviations for almost a year now, I knew what style I liked, and felt confident I could recreate it for at least half the cost.
After playing around with Word, since I refused to learn illustrator or buy photoshop, I turned to etsy and found OhLovelyPaper shop. There are some great designs on there for a garden inspired wedding. I was able to get my template for the wedding, an RSVP card, an extra insert/accomodations card, and a monogram all for $25. This also included word change, change of colors, and three free revisions. That saved me $100 on the design fee.
Paper and Printing would have cost me about $150 to have them professionally done. Instead, I went to Michaels and found a 50 peice invitation kit which included RSVP cards/envelopes, and the envelopes for the inviation. Orignial price was $29.99. I had coupons for 40% off which put it at $16. For 3 inviation kits, I paid $50. My printer is pretty awesome (its a canon) and I knew I could save printing costs, and print from home. Paper in printing saved me another $100. Bringing my total spent to $75 so far.
For addressing my envelopes, I wanted to do a wrap around address stamps on etsy, and knew I could also design one. Google it if you havent seen them…its really cute! I had a monogram/seal that came with the invitation set, and chose to use that for the return address part since I still didnt want any questions asked about our current living arrangements. For the actual addresses to my recipients, I chose to have “kindly deliver to” printed, and I could handwrite those in for that personal touch.
finding a template for the wrap around stamps was difficult. There are a handful of different styles for free floating around, however, none were personalized enough for me and I was very peticular about the fonts used. I played around with Word using shapes, and finding new fonts, and was able to easily create my basic/exacty what I wanted wrap around labels.
To print these, I went to staples and bought full sticker sheets. Technically, the name was shipping labels ($13). The ones that were marked “full sticker labels” were $40. So read carefully, and all you need is a full sticker sheet. I was able to print these from home too, making my new total $88.
After the essentials were done, I wanted to add something fun, and added a themed belly band. I bought 10 big sheets of scrapbooking paper in coordinating color for $4, and a leafy punch stamp, made by martha stewart for $12. All after coupons. I believe that this gave me the polished look i needed. I secured the band with glue dots I already had at home- free!
My postage cost was a little over $100. Note: this was only for the invitation. I chose to do an online RSVP. On my insert/accomodations card I let my guests know that they could visit our wedding website for more details, including the RSVP and accommodations. I also included an RSVP date. I read in a magazine that the majority of people like an online RSVP vs mail in- it will save you money if you do online!
My grand total is just a little over $200 for 150 invitations. They were easy to make, and could easily be done in a weekend! I saved almost $300! For me, it was totally worth it.
Sorry for the long details! I hope this really gives you DIY brides some encouragement that you CAN make great invitations!