Post # 1
Ok everyone – so I know I have a bit to go before I have to order the invites but I’m one of those brides who just likes to have everything figured out – or at least figured out until it goes wrong (lol) and needs changing again!
For a bit now I have been considering designing my own invites and maybe using vista print to try and keep costs down…..any tips? Is it best to use something like vista print or try and go to like joann fabrics and get the paper/cardstock and print them myself? What about the whole RSVP and reception cards?
Post # 3
I did mine myself with supplies for cardsandpockets.com and they turned out great. Look around and find invitations you really like and see if you can duplicate the look yourself. Leave yourself a lot of time to get things done, buy a little extra of everything because you will make mistakes and ask for help!
The thing I liked best about doing it all myself was that I had total control – we decided to send some out early and could instantly change the RSVP date and print it out. We found out we had extra room/money when a bunch of people decided not to come and could invite more people and could instantly make more invitations and send them out. It’s been great to have all of the materials to do it on my time frame, within my budget.
Post # 4
I ran out of invitations recently and the store I purchased them from went out of business locally (greeaaat). I purchased an invitation kit from Michaels, and with a discount coupon, spent $20 for a set of 30 invites, response cards, thank you notes, and coordinating envelopes for everything.
Can I just say, I spent $170 on custom printed invitations and I don’t like them NEARLY as much as these DIY ones! I popped the cards into the printer tray, customized everything (including font, font size, spacing) in Word, and printed them out with no problems! I highly recommended going to Michaels/Joann and seeing what they have to offer.
Post # 5
Ok, I did my invites DIY, but because I really enjoyed the process. So these are my top tips for getting through the process without pulling out your hair!
1. Buy lots of clipart books! Go to your local bookstore to pick out the ones that you want and then buy them on half.com.
2. Be flexable and understand that perfection isn’t always the best. Its important to keep in mind that if every single one isn’t exactly the same you are the only one who is going to know!
3. When you get stuck, and you will, boogie to your local scrapbook store. Those ladies have creativity oozing out of their ears. You’ll come away with so many ideas!
4. Download free fonts online. New ones are created everyday and they can totally make or break a design.
5. Print out your designs on sample cards and live with them for a couple of days.
THINGS NOT TO DO!
Don’t ask random people in the super market for their opinion on which design is best.
Don’t get so tangled up in the process that you are crying in the ac moore and the pre-printed invitations.
Let me know how it goes!
Post # 6
I designed my invitations but had them printed at my local university which has a professional printing department. For me it was the best of both worlds – I got to do exactly what I wanted with the invitations but I didn’t have to deal with the hassle of printing and cutting them. I am assembling them though. The cost was really reasonable too!
Post # 7
Make sure you print them out a couple times before you start to mass produce them. And have a couple people proof read for you.
Post # 8
Yea I really like the idea of designing them – I love doing that stuff! I just also want to do what is the most cost efficient because I know that sometimes the DIY route isn’t always the cheapest
Post # 9
I totally agree with @cwharrison!! Don’t show them to everyone and ask their opinion. Show them to a select group of people (mom, MOH, best friend, FI, etc). Too many opinions only lead to confusion and you’ll get a ton of different opinions (some of which don’t matter much anyways).
Look around for designs you like and see if what you want is available in a kit-form at Joann or Michaels. If so, great! If not, you can get paper from tons of online retailers. I’m using PaperandMore.com and designed my invites from scratch in Powerpoint (no fancy software here!). I designed them probably over a year in advance and just played with the design and fonts (on my computer) until I had them just right. I ordered paper samples from PaperandMore and made mock-ups. Waited a few more months and changed a few more things….you get the point. It’s a long process! I still haven’t printed the final invitations but I’m pretty set on everything.
So basically, start now if you want to! Many people thought I was crazy for starting so far in advance but I’m happy I did because I was able to change things without stressing about time. Weddingbee and Etsy have TONS of inspiration so look around!
Post # 10
Since you mentioned budget as a concern, try to choose a design that you can use your inkjet or laser printer for and you’ll save a ton of money that way. I think a lot of DIY designs eat up money because they require Gocco supplies or Cuttlebugs or whatever. A simple design in black ink will be very inexpensive to print, and you can add embellishment with ribbon, embossing or different paper colors & textures.
Post # 11
Thank you for suggesting paper and more! I’m going to order some samples from them today – they seem to have really good pricing so far!
Post # 12
My one big piece of advise is leave yourself LOTS of extra time, they alllways take longer then you think they will!
Post # 13
So far we have success!! I went to michaels today armed with coupons galore and bought the supplies to make this:
I’m going to try and come up with a design when printing them out that adds a little something else to the invitation. The major plus…..I spent $50 for invites, evelopes, rsvp cards and envelopes, and reception cards and envelopes!!! 🙂 so happy!!!!
Even started getting supplies for the centerpieces and am going to try my own DIY favors – will update you as soon as a do a trial run of the favors
Post # 14
Those are really pretty cards! I think adding the ribbon will look great!
Post # 15
Hello! We got our invitations from Michael’s and they are really cute! They are the Brides brand, and we just go to the website for the template and type in our wording. They were super inexpensive- I paid $30 for each pack of 50. Then the other day I happened to be at Michael’s and I saw MY invites on sale for only 9.99 a pack! Hopefully you have a Michael’s store nearby, especially if you are doing a lot of things yourself.
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