Post # 1
I am new to this website and am absolutely in LOVE with the DIY section! There are so many cute ideas and friendly people on the website!
I would love to do my own invitations, but don’t even know where to begin. My theme is black and white damask, and green. (Grannysmith Apple-ish)
I guess I was just wanting some tips on where to start?
Post # 3
I started with browsing invite types, pocketfolds, sheets, ect. What type are you wanting? Once I decided on that I moved onto wording, designing (if you’re wanting borders, stamps, monograms, ribbon attatchments, ect).
Post # 4
Mhm, try starting out at google 🙂 googling for wedding stuffies is great resource for inspiration, and at times, where you get the stuff as well. Google your theme/colors together, and see what you find! There usually are tons:) Good luck! 🙂
Post # 5
I honestly made a trip to Walmart, Target, Hobby Lobby, and Micheals. I checked out there prepackaged print yourself invites. I ended up buying some on sale at walmart and just using the pocket folds and envelopes but I basically deconstructed the entire invite and made it my own. Here is how they turned out. I bought the packages $14 and it included 25.
The pocketfolds were just plain green and I added all of the color. I also made my own RSVP cards and Registry cards. The registry card isn’t in the picture.
Post # 6
I started googling invites I loved! Once I’d gotten a few invites I thought were beautiful, then I searched for paper. I loved pocketfolds and I found them cheap at http://www.paperandmore.com. My guests loved them! I did 75 invites for $160.
Post # 7
@ashes11 has a great suggestion for how to start and what to make sure you consider.
What type of programs do you have to create your invitation? because that will determine how you will create your invitation.
I would say the envelope and the actual invitation might be the most complicated. The rest is just a matter of determining how it’s going to be printed: do you have a printer and can do it on your own? If not, determine where the best value is for getting prints (keeping in mind you’ll need the invitations, response cards, maps, information card, etc printed): Staples, FedEx Kinko’s, or another print and copy center.
Good luck! I’m also designing and making my own invitations. PM if you need any help! 🙂
Post # 8
Thank you for the input ladies!! @MarryMeTiffany, I LOVE the invites! I am doing a black and white damask with green accent, so if the red were black&white it would almost fit!
How much total does it usually end up costing? I have a friend that works at Michaels so she can get a 40% discount off the “package deal” that is invites, rsvp’s, and thank you’s. So it would be $20 per pack of 30, times 4 would be about $80 total for 120 invites. Would the discount make it cheaper than DIY?
P.S. Sorry it took so long to respond.. I had the last two days off work and my computer at home got water damage and is not working at the moment!
Post # 9
@amidette, what programs are you referring to? I’ve seen many people mention having photoshop or other great programs, I unfortunately only have Microsoft Office. Do you have any suggestions as to which program is best?
Although in regards to my previous post, if the Michaels invites are cheaper, I may end up going that route. I’m kind of nervous that they will look too cookie cutter if I buy them from Michaels though, I love the way the DIY invitations look..
Post # 10
Michael’s has a BRIDES – Black and White Elegant Damask pocketfold invite kit, that you will probably love. throw some red ribbon on it and you’re colours are good to go. It’s super pretty, I’m considering it myself if I decide to not got the Zazzle/CardsandPockets route I’m thinking of.
Throw on some gems and ribbon and have fun making it your own! 😀
Post # 11
@MrsGolden2Bee, that’s the exact kit I was looking into! Thank you =]
Post # 12
If you just have Microsoft Word, it’s still possible! I would suggest downloading some free fonts that you think go with your theme and then playing around with Microsoft Word. I suggest starting with dafont.com.
Do you have a newer version of Word? I’m not familiar with older versions. I usually use Photoshop, but as of late I’ve been using Microsoft Word to do some wedding things, so I know that it is possible with some playing around!
I have faith in you 🙂 Good luck~
Post # 13
The Michaels route is probably cheaper. It works out to about $0.66 an invite. Also depends on whether you’re looking at doing a mat invite or pocketfold. You could probably diy a mat invite for less, but chances are you won’t be able to do a pocketfold for under $0.66. Guess it really depends on if the kit is exactly what you want.