Post # 1
My wedding is in October and I have just recently started creating our invitations and I must say. . .they are a LOT more work than I expected! Does anyone else feel the same way? While I wouldnt quite consider myself a budget bride (This wedding is costing a buttload), I am very frugal and always trying to get the best deals on things. Enter my invitation nightmare. I initially planned on just ordering my invitations from a designer off etsy or one of the popular sites. . but as I looked nothing really jumped out to me, and everything was $4-5/invite. Seems a bit much when I’m not even crazy about the design. So then I got this brilliant idea to design my own – I’ve seen all the DIY by other bees, and I like them way better than the generic invites I’ve been seeing. I downloaded Adobe Illustrator and got to work. Kinda. That program is freaking impossible! I consider myself a decently tech savvy person, but holy cow I could not do a darn thing on that program. It literally took me 6 hours to design a simple invite with 2 stripes on it. Fail. My amazing FI then stepped in and took charge – he has created 2 different designs that I am in love with! Seriously . . I love that guy 🙂
Now comes the dilemma of what to include on the enclosure cards and RSVP cards. Apparently it is bad etiquette to include registry cards, so that is one less thing I have to worry about (though every invite I’ve received in the past 2 years includes one). Also I now have to catch up on everything I’ve been slacking on (reserving hotels, shuttle. . oops!).
After we get the designs finished then we FINALLY get to print them! I am shopping around trying to figure out if it will be cheapest to have cardsandpockets.com print them on their paper or to go to a local print shop. I really like the paper at paperandmore.com, so I might have to purchase that paper and find somewhere to print it for me – which will inevitably be more than cardsandpockets. I’m waiting for my samples to get here so that I can make the final decision – hopefully I will like the cardsandpockets paper and can call it a day.
But wait – then I have to mount the invitations and enclosure cards, put all the invites together, get the addresses on there, and the return addresses also.
Geez. No wonder they charge so freaking much for invitations
Post # 3
I feel your pain! I am having a mini panic attack as we are completely redesigning ours as we speak and they probably won’t be done until June 30.
For inserts we are just doing RSVP, map an reception. We are telling people about hotels blocks via word of mouth because it is only our friends who are travelling.
I should be relaxed because although they are DIY my stepdad is doing the DIy and all we have to do is mount them and address them. But still – overwhelming!!
We got all of our paper from cardsandpockets, The quality is amazing!
Post # 4
Ahhhh – I’m glad I’m not alone! Haha! I don’t know why I thought invitations were gonna be so easy, they are definitely overwhelming and stressful.
On the bright side -I think after we are done with them and they look amazing we will have a huge sense of satisfaction! 🙂
May I ask what color paper you got from cards and pockets? I just ordered samples of the Opal and Quartz, and I plan to layer those on the Sparkling Merlot. Did you buy all cardstock or did you get the text paper?
Post # 5
I sure hope so because they are def causing me some stress right now!!!
I bought all cardtsock. I wasn’t doing a pocketfold originally so now I am wishing I got the ice silver in text so it’s not so thick, but nothing I can do about it now!
I am using ice silver and then backing that onto silver and having a pocketfold made in ruby.
I ordered all of those colours as well but ended up with this combination
Post # 6
Date twins! My graphic designer FI was making ours, but we are reconsidering after all the work it’s proving to be and thinking about ordering something from Etsy. I really want to mail them in early July, so I’m starting to get incredibly anxious about it.
Post # 7
KNow what u mean! After seeing all those amazing DIY invites on wedding blogs, i was convinced that i could do that too and that i would be saving lots of money. A couple of weeks and many failed designs later, i realized (luckily in time) that designing my own invites is most likely not one of my strongest points 🙂 We had the invites designed by someone else and i have my sanity back 🙂
Post # 8
We designed our own and had them printed at http://www.mercuriobrothers.com
They did a wonderful job and were very affordable. They do digital printing and letterpress. You can even get a quote on their website.
It was ALOT of work to design, print, address, assemble them all etc.. but it was so worth it because we got a beautiful design that was something we made together and we saved a bunch of money rather than ordering something equivalent from a stationary company.
If you have the skills and the patience, it can certainly pay off.
Post # 9
1) I LOVE to support local businesses… But I ended up printing with Catprint to save money. You should look into that option if you’re being thrifty. I can’t imagine buying paper from one place and mailing it to another place to print on, though – most of the printers will use paper they already have. I loved Catprint’s paper, and they mailed me a sample of it before I placed my order so I could feel the paper and choose. (I ended up with their linen cardstock…)
2) Order a return of address stamp. If you’re planning on printing the return addresses onto the back flaps of the envelopes, I will tell you now that I tried for 5 hours and kept failing – it is impossible to keep the printer from jamming. I ordered a stamp off Etsy for ~$20 and I’m using the same stamp for the RSVP envelopes. The stamp has my parents’ address, so I’m ordering another one with my address for our thank-you cards.
3) If you are going to print directly onto envelopes: It’s actually not that bad!! I did it – here’s a picture of how mine turned out:
I made a TINY little donut out of duct tape to seal the flap closed while I ran the envelopes through the printer. I typed up each person’s address in Microsoft Word, formatted the Word document to be 5″ x 7″ (the size of my envelopes), and printed each one, feeding the envelope through the printer. Took ~2 hours but I was happy with how it came out.
Post # 10
I ordered ours on vistaprint, so I didn’t think it would be a big deal. Well, I decided that they look so much nicer with a ribbon around them (like a belly band- to hold the information enclosure & rsvp card/envelope together with the invitation)… yeahhh… if I NEVER EVER see another ribbon or bottle of fabric glue it will be too soon. And I’m only halfway done 🙁
Post # 11
@MsVoyageur: Your envelopes look great! I like the font choices. 🙂
Post # 12
@yelle418: Oh hello date twin! Yay for October 27th…boo for invites. It’s so funny that I saw this post because I have been working on mine for about two weeks now! I’m still drowning and FI says to me last night, “You must be almost done by now.” If looks could kill… 🙂
@tonights: another date twin! Hurrah!
Post # 13
@MsMindle,@tonights: Yayy for date twins! I’m so glad you guys are working on your invites still as well! lol
So my awesome FI has finished our designs and we are now just waiting on paper! It’s so nice to at least have something finished. . but to think how many hours we’ve put in and we still dont have these pretty little invites in our hands is kind of depressing. .
@MsVoyageur: Your envelopes look great! What type of printer do you have? I have a brother laser printer, and I don’t know if it would work. . . maybe I will order extras to see if it could work. 2 hours isnt too bad – especially considering how long it would take to Calligraphy all the envelopes! Thanks for all the tips – I can use as much as you have! Haha. . . I definitely plan on ordering a return address stamp!
@DaneLady: Oh gosh. . . how many invites are you doing? I am doing 80 and I also plan on doing a belly band with a 2×2 cutout. Do you have any help with them?
Post # 14
@yelle418: I used my FI’s printer, which is an Epson Stylus laser printer I think. Nothing too fancy. And I have no doubbbbbttt that printing on the envelopes is faster than doing calligraphy!!! You should definitely give it a try. Either way, order some extra envelopes. (I ordered mine from Paper Source, I love that store and I needed 100 so I bought 90 and got 10 free.) The main thing with printing them is just start with a Word document, center the typing exactly where you want it to be, and figure out how to feed the envelope into the printer. My printer takes envelopes sideways, with the front side up. There’s a little plastic piece right where you insert the paper that you’re supposed to adjust if you’re printing on bigger/smaller paper, and so I slid this so it fits pretty snugly around the 5×7 envelope, and from there it was pretty easy. Every once in awhile an envelope got jammed, but if you put a tiny piece of duct tape to keep the envelope flap shut then you should be ok.
Post # 15
I ordered mine and my cousin did the caligraphy on the envelopes, but my invitations were still a pain! We printed up an enclosure with Driving Directions and information on our hotel block, fixed the envelopes that were incorrect or missing and stuffed them. I expected this to take a couple hours. It took ALL day on Saturday!
I really respect you girls who are DIYing your invitations! I was planning on DIYing my escort cards, but now I’m feeling a bit nervous about doing it!