DIY Invitations? Yes or a No?

posted 3 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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885 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I am in the process of completing my DIY invitations, and while I wouldn’t say it was ‘hard’ to do them, it has certainly been more time-consuming than I expected.  If you are only saving $50 by doing them yourself, and your only reason for DIY-ing is cost, I’d say order them.  It’s very possible that if you DIY you could end up needing more materials than expected, or you didn’t account for something in your cost breakdown, and it ends up costing nearly the same anyways.  

Of course if you want to DIY because you want to put your own personal touch on it, I say do it.  Even though it’s been time consuming and frustrating at times, I’m thrilled with my DIY invitations and do not regret it at all.

Post # 4
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1611 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I diy’d ours.. Everybody LOVED them, saved us a TON of money too.. Less than $100 for 75 invitations 🙂

Post # 5
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6000 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

I could have very well DIY’d my invitations but I just know myself and my lack of patience, so I went ahead and paid a little extra to have them designed/printed by a professional (same with the addresses on the envelopes). I will be gluing the invitation to the pocketfold and gluing a couple rhinestones onto each invitation but that’s as far as my DIY goes. I could have paid to have them assembled and rhinestones added but that was an extra $100 and I knew I could do that in only a couple hours without a hassle so I just decided to do the assembly myself.

Post # 6
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1464 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I briefly entertained the idea of diy letterpress.

FI and I both use Crane as our stationary, so it was natural to order them.  We could only afford thermography, but I think they will be lovely invites.

As far as budget was concerned, this was one of our splurge items.

Post # 7
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251 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

We did our Invites ouselves. The total price for 50 invites was probably around $75.  I changed my mind about 40 times and we redid the invited at least 3 times. I love the final product though. We’ve had a lot of compliments on them. I’m not super crafty but I couldn’t see spending 1/3 of our budget on paper people are going to toss. 

Post # 8
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5087 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2014

We are DIY-ing ours, the maps we need are free and my mum and I are going to hobby craft for  the paper/card. 

OP, if you want buy your invites then do…for the sake of $50.

Post # 9
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1175 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

@Klehman0589:  I will not be DIYing invitations.  I could since I only need a handful, but I don’t have a clue as to what I would be doing.  Not only that, but I am going to DIY my flowers, centerpieces, and favors.  I will definitely pay someone for the invites….don’t have time to deal with more DIY.

However that being said, I have seen some really terrific DIY invitations.  Some of the ladies on here are really talented!!

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

ours will be DIY letterpress. i’m excited. then again, i’m a very crafty person, and 90% of the wedding will be DIY.

@Klehman0589:  glue dots would work. just put them in the corners of the invitation panel, and attach that way. you can get them at michaels or joann fabrics. or even walmart.

Post # 12
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3112 posts
Sugar bee

@Klehman0589:  I did my own and loved them!  But very time consuming.

Post # 13
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919 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We did our own – we bought some packages of them from Michaels that were about $125.00 total and then ahd a graphic designer make us the art for each piece and make it so we could just print them on each item. 

Cost us $200 total for 300 invitations! 

 

BUT it was a pain in the ass.

Post # 14
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756 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Little_Nut88:  +1 on it being more time consuming than expected. All my other diy projects are behind now because I didn’t budget myself well.

 

 

Our wedding invitations cost $32 for the pocketfolds (I was NOT going to DIY that), about $16 in card stock (although we have a lot extra that we’re using elsewhere), the envelopes were plain whit card ones off amazon for $10, and two packages of double sided tape. 

 

I’m happy with the results but I will not DIY invites again if I can avoid it. 

Post # 15
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2851 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

We are DIY’ing our invites. I’m so excited too!… We are not having a super formal wedding, so the invitation isn’t going to be an extravagant thing with pockets and such.

We will be embossing the one side and the writing will be on the other. We will include the RSVP and reception card as well but on much smaller card stock all tied together with cute string.

They will still be expensive, but probably not as expensive as having them made. Plus it’s more personal 🙂

Post # 16
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563 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - Pavilion at Rocky Neck State Park

At first I was just going to order them, but then decided to DIY the invites to save money and it was all worth it. I showed a few people my invites (before sending them out) and they all thought they were done professinally. Instead of spending $300+ on invites, I spent $15 on the paper with the design on it then another $20-$30 in ink. I ended up saving over $200! 

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