DIY Invitations…What are they costing you?

posted 2 years ago in Money
Post # 2
2064 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

anhelms:  i didnt go to crazy for my diy invites. i found a print out online of a mason jar invite at wedding chicks. i saved it with my info and printed them out and cut them all out. didnt cost much. the paper was really nice too. maybe like 30 bucks for 100. i had left over envelopes from my save the dates. like a ton of left over!! i also printed and cut free printable rsvp cards. And included a golden info piece of paper that i folded special. i also used special cut to make a design around the edge. i bought for maybe 6 bucks an anchor stamp with our names on it as well. over all it wasnt much and the mason jar invites were exactly what i wanted. i didnt go crazy like some people with string and lace. thought about it but the cutting and putting everything together took such as long time as it was. i DIYed a lot of other stuff for the wedding

Post # 4
59 posts
Worker bee

I bought my invite kits at michaels. They are very elaborate, I’ll have an outside envelope, then the inside invite which opens up with invite and reception card and response card tucked in. Then an insert for accommodations.



4 kits (total of 120 invites) $103 ( I waited for a sale and I had a coupon for 25% off)

1 ink cartridge for my printer ( $15)

125 outside enve lopes ( to ensure my invites are sealed and nothing falls out) $19

postage for response cards $60

postage for invites $70 ( we are hand delivering some to save

total of….$2.22 per invite which includes all postage. I couldn’t even get the invite for that when I looked at ordering. Definately one of our best values!

Post # 6
2581 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - UK

anhelms:  I DIY-ed my invitations! I bought cards, inserts (both of which came with envelopes), a rubber stamp and ink pad, and some skeleton leaves to decorate the front:

Even with over-ordering on the blanks in case of errors and misprints, it still worked out at like 80p an invite, so much cheaper than getting a professional to do them.

We didn’t include an RSVP card, but we did give three options of RSVPing – email, phone or by post if they wanted. And we did include a big information sheet, but that was free because my FH gets free printing at the University where he does his PhD. Hurrah!


I have become a bit neurotic about the quality of them the longer I spend looking at them, and worry that maybe getting a professional would have been better, but given the huge saving we made, and the fact that like 90% of them will end up in the bin, we couldn’t really justify it.


The total price breakdown worked out at approx:

£15.98 for 100 cards and envelopes

£11.33 for 100 insert cards and envelopes

£8.00 for the stamp

£5.00 for the ink

£7.00 for the leaves (we got the first four packs for 50p each!)


total: £47.31

and we’re doing about 60 invite cards, which works out on that basis at 79p per invite.


I owned the glue gun already, and did the graphic design for the inserts myself. The postage so far has been £31, and I can’t see it going up by much more, maybe £5 max, since we can hand-deliver most of the rest of them.


Post # 7
1417 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

We aren’t DIYing it but I thought I would share my cost just to emphasize what a great deal you ladies are getting! 🙂 thankfully our friend who is a graphic designer designed it for us. So we just sent those files to a pro print shop and picked out some nice paper. Size 5″ by 7″, 75 invites plus 50 2″ by 3″ inserts plus envelopes = $250. Which isn’t actually all that bad, apparently if we hadnt gotten free design service, it would’ve been $6-8 per invite. Ours works out to $3.33 per. 

Post # 9
2581 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - UK

anhelms:  Thank you very much! I think it’s probably just a case of having stared at them for like three months whilst I was constructing them, I’m sick of the sight of them. I have to remember no-one else has been doing that!

Post # 11
2831 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

i just added everything up. i designed everything myself in illustrator and photoshop.  i’m doing a gatefold invitation (making the gatefolds myself) with a 5×7 invitation, and RSVP card (both cards printed on heavy linen cardstock, because we can’t afford to to have letterpress invitations like i dreamed of) with envelopes.

it came out to be $1.73 per invitation, but then i have to add in postage. i don’t know what postage will be. it’ll probably be like, $2.50 per invitation, with postage for the actual invitation and the RSVP envelope. we’re sending 55 invitations.

could it have been done cheaper? sure. i could scrap the gatefolds. but i want to do them, so i am.

Post # 12
12884 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I got mine as a kit from target, and they happen to be on clearance so 100 invites for $50.  I screwed up on some and had to buy more response cards for another $10.  I couldn’t have cared less about invites as long as they were half decent.

Post # 14
858 posts
Busy bee

I have been to my share of weddings and i only remember one invitation!! Only because it was a 7 day event wedding, im sure. I spent $200 on my invitations and so happy i didnt splurge.  You will have the few people that will post them on their fridge or somewhere to be seen, but too many that will put it in their phone and toss it or lose it. 

Post # 15
8388 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

Mine cost a total of $2.89 each including all the postage, inserts, inner and outer envelopes, ribbon, printing, shipping, tax, etc.  I designed, printed, cut and assembled everything at home.  I was also able to use the left over materials to make my menus and programs for wedding programs

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