Post # 1
Hey bees! Since a lot of us are DIYing parts of the wedding, I thought it would be fun and maybe even helpful to share our DIY mistakes. Here are some of mine:
– ordered cardstock before checking with the printer. I bought textured canvas cardstock and the toner doesn’t settle evenly on the paper. But I might just go with it, it’san interesting look.
– didn’t check with the post office to see if my RSVP postacard was mailable. It was half an inch too small for the minimum size. Luckily, this was an easy fix.
– impulsively bought a gocco then realized I didn’t have the patience for it.
– impulsively bought an embossing heat gun only to find out that I could have borrowed one from a good friend.
Most were mistakes caused by impulsive shopping but luckily, none have been catastrophic. I think I’ve made enough mistakes now to realize that I have to pause before clicking that "buy" button.
Post # 3
- Wedding: September 2009 - Catholic ceremony, reception at local armory
I bought 12×12 cardstock really really cheap for our save the dates but forgot that most printers can’t print 12×12! It’s delaying us getting them out when I wanted to!
Post # 4
embossing after gluing is not a good combo! emboss – THEN glue!!!
Post # 5
My mistake was not taking the time to think about my insert sizes before cutting my cardstock. I could have saved myself a lot of paper if planned out the cutting a little better. I could have fit my small inserts and the medium inserts on the same page, but instead I cut all my small ones out of the same sheet first and then ended up with scraps the size of my small inserts that I didn’t need anymore.
Post # 6
I cut 140 sheets of cardstock for invitations, only to find out that I cut every single sheet about 1/2 inch to short. Now I have to recut everything.
Post # 7
I had NO idea that there was a minimum size for mail! That’s something I’ll have to look into!
Post # 8
We had a near miss! We were seconds away from purchasing flat cards from Paper Source, but we called our printer first. Thank goodness we did, because they said they can’t print on anything smaller than 8.5 by 11!
Post # 9
I had spent hours and hours heat embossing a design on about half of my invitations (60) and had taped them to the inside of my pocketfolds. My future sis-in-law came over and noticed that it read Mrs. and Mrs. John Smith… This was even after the person at Kinkos made me proofread it before I had them printed. I had to carefully remove all of them from the pocketfolds, reprint and the worst part, emboss again!
Post # 10
I bought card stock in a metallic burgundy color and planned on using them for my ceremony program covers. Except my wedding colors changed…awesome!
Post # 11
Ahh! I just realized that my RSVP postcard is too big!
Thank you for pointing that out. Now I have to redo them- but at least we’ll get them back in the mail.
Post # 12
I got so excited about my DIY programs that I printed all 100 of them, and then one of our bridesmaids got pregnant and one of our groomsmen got deployed… Could definitely have waited another 5 or so months… just got too excited. Wasted a lot of color ink too!!
Post # 13
My best advice is the good ol’ rule, measure twice, cut once. I could have save myself a lot of time on our invites if I would have made sure everything was the right size. Stupid quarter of an inch!
Post # 14
@csbenson – I could totally see myself doing that.. what a nightmare!
Post # 15
@gilneas- I got a fantastic deal on notecards that I turned into our Save The Dates (love michaels dollar bins!) only to get to the post office to find out they cost 62 cents a piece to send because they werent "standard" size. Its a good thing I went in myself because we didnt put our return address on the envelopes and no one would have gotten their Save-The-Date Cards if I had just dropped them in the mail with the 42 cent stamps!!