Post # 1
We are considering doing our own STD cards and Invites. I really want to save money in this area and am wondering how the DIY stuff at the craft stores compares to the online places. I really just want simple plain card stock so it seems it should be cheaper, but I just have no idea. Anyone regret using one or the other for any reason, or have any wise advice? Thanks!
*Please feel free to redirect me if there is already a great thread or blog about this question.
Post # 3
These are our save the dates. Plain card stock (purchased in a pack for about $3-with lots left over), printed 3 per sheet on 8.5 x 11 paper. They fit the smallest size standard envelope (bought on clearance at Michaels for about $2). The ribbon is the 3/$1 and the rings are craft ones which come in a bag of around 200 for a few dollars. I printed them on a lazer jet printer and then stamped/inked them. With postage, they cost under $30 (half went out international post) for 80 cards.
Post # 4
I did both through VistaPrint! I had Groupons for both – if you watch they come up on a regular basis.
The STD was super cheap and very reasonable. I did postcards, so I did a picture of us on the front, and all the info on the back. I uploaded the picture and the word doc into VistaPrint, which was pretty darn easy (see below). I think they cost $19.50 for 100 STDs. But also remember postage, which was $33 for 100 postcards. Also of note, I didn’t realize that there is a separate Groupon VistaPrint website so the first time I estimated prices, it was on the wrong page and so I had added on some totes for my bridesmaids. When I realized I was on the wrong page, the prices changed and the totes weren’t necessary. But I called customer service and complained and they found a way to get me both deals so that I got the STDs for $2.50 (I had already paid $17 for the Groupon) and the totes for $17 each.
For the invitations, I used one of the VistaPrint templates. There were several that I liked but we ended up picking the hot air balloon ones. I just used their fonts and wrote in our info. I also got an insert that included the website and basic info about the Welcome Dinner and Farewell Breakfast. And a RSVP card. And envelopes for the RSVP cards and we sprang for the coordinating invitation envelopes, which was nice but not necessary. We got the cheap paper and it was fine.
I will say that the ordering for the invitations was a bit of a pain in the ass. We had 4 VistaPrint Groupons, I think they were $17 for $70 worth of merchandise. But they can’t be combined. So you have to split up your order. And you have to pay shipping, unless you spend $25 per order. That was why we ended up getting the matching envelopes, it was cheaper to spend a little more on the envelopes to get us over the threshold to not pay shipping. Also, there are several names for the same thing and they can be cheaper prices. I think the “Menu” and “Rehearsal Dinner Invitation” and “Insert” were all the same thing but different prices, so I checked them all to see what was cheapest. I literally spent a whole evening figuring out the cheapest way to divide up my order. But it was totally worth it. I loved the way the invitations looked and they cost $184 for 120 invties (I had 111 to send out and wanted some extras). And we could use regular postage which was $130.
I would definitely use VistaPrint again. But be willing to play around with pricing and different options because it really cuts the cost. And if you’re not happy about something or can’t get something you think you should be able to get – call customer service! It’s a pain, but well worth the cost savings.
Post # 5
@vegasgrrl: We wanted to wait until summertime to take engagement photos so I just had my sister take a photo of us, I downloaded a free trial of photoshop, I looked up the dimensions for postcards on VistaPrint, created two separate documents for the front and the back of the postcard, and uploaded them to VistaPrint for printing! Post card stamps are cheaper, too. Altogether, 100 save the dates for less than $13.
Post # 6
@Dareebs: I aboslutley LOVE these!!!!!!!!
Post # 7
@vegasgrrl: i heard vista print is really reasonable and you can find great coupons online that discounts your order even more (like -70%).
i would suggest looking into them for sure.
Post # 8
I DIYed our STDs and plan on doing the same for our invites. Since STDS weren’t a huge priority for us, we just printed them on vistaprint. We upgraded the paperstock to the best (I think 110lb?), and did full color/glossy on both sides. With shipping, 100 of them was about $30. I know there are all sorts of deals out there for vistaprint, but I just wanted to order them and be done with it. I like them, and we’ve gotten lots of compliments! This is a low quality jpeg upload, but the actual STDs are really crisp and nicely colored – I was surprised!
back (under the picture there is a text box with our website, full names, and some other details, but for some reason it isn’t showing up here):
I’ve started a few designs for our actual invite suite but haven’t decided anything yet. We’ll likely get them printed on super nice paper at a local copy shop and then assemble ourselves. The nice thing about paper products is that they can be as inexpensive or as spendy as you want. You can buy a kit from Target/a craft store/wherever for cheap and print them in your house, you can print a simple design on plain cardstock, you can get a cheap design on etsy and get it printed at staples, you can get a design and printing online, and you can go totally custom with letterpress/embellishments/etc. There are a million different price points – you’ve just got to decide what you’re comfy with!
Post # 9
There is a website called york photo – it offers TONS of different discounts,
when you sign up it lets you get 100 photos at 3 cents a piece = 100 photos for 3$.
then i typed in a discount 50for5 or something like that and got 50 more photos for 5 cents meaning 50 photos for 5$.
so 150 for 8 dollars. i then bought colored card stock, punched holes and added some twine!
the envelopes were the most expensive thing at 5 dollars.
150 STD for under 20 bucks!
and ive gotten many compliments on them.
(my wedding is a rustic theme, and i took the picture myself. )