Post # 1
I’m looking into invites for our august wedding so I have some time. I have been mostly looking on etsy, as I find they have a large selection. I am wanting nautical. I’m not set on letterpress but if not I would like belly band or somethjnf to add detail. I only need about 75 so not a ton but I’m wonder if etsy is the most expensive route. They have a lot of print it yourself options but that scares me as I am not always happy with my crafting outcomes esp with something this important. Any opinions?
Post # 3
@Tbblount: You’ll have to price it out and see. I used Vista Print, and had Groupons for both my Save the Dates and Invitations, so I spent $220 total on 90 StDs and envelopes, 90 Invitations, envelopes, RSVP cards, envelopes. That total also included stamps for the RSVPs, StD envelopes and Invitation envelopes. I don’t think you can beat that! Keep your eyes open for sales (Vista Print is having a big one right now), but unless you have your own nice printer, I don’t see Etsy being the most affordable option.
Post # 4
I didn’t care for very fancy invitations so I’m not sure if they will have the selection you are looking for, but I got my invites from AnnsBridalBargains.com and was thoroughly pleased with the quality and the cost! I chose the seal and send format and they ended up costing me less than a dollar each!
I also echo the PP that suggested Vista Print.
You can try WeddingPaperDivas. They usually have great sales and pretty reasonable prices for very high quality work! I got my STDs from them and actually JUST ordered my holiday cards from them (free shipping and 30% off!). I have had a great experience with them and very quick shipping.
Post # 5
Not to sound like I work for them or anything (I don’t), but I was at costco a few weeks ago and checked out their new line of wedding invitations and they were amazingly affordable for such high quality.
Post # 6
I fell in love with some invitations on Etsy, but being the tightwad I am, I shopped around and priced invitations at other places online (WeddingPaperDivas was one, but I can’t really remember the rest because I just Googled to see what came up). There wasn’t that much of a difference pricewise and I never really found anything as interesting and beautiful as the ones I loved on Etsy so I went ahead with those. All in all, my save the dates, invitations, and RSVP cards ended up costing about $350 for a 100-person wedding. I got tons of compliments and raves over my stationery, plus the Etsy seller was super pleasant to deal with, so I’m really happy with the choice I made.
Post # 7
Etsy has two price categories:
- Holy crap! I can’t believe that’s all they want for this amazing thing!
- Holy crap! I can’t believe they think they can charge so much for their amateur stuff that I could buy for way less through traditional means!
There is nothing in between, lol.
Post # 8
@Tbblount: I found some really beautiful letterpress invitations on etsy that I really love. For the invitation, inner and outer envelope (with a return address on the outer envelope and our initials on the inside of the inner envelope), RSVP card, RSVP envelope pre-printed with our address, and a reception card I was quoted $1,175 for 205 sets (that comes out to about $4.70 per set). Everywhere else I had been looking was double or triple the price and wasn’t even for letterpress.
That being said, I have ordered a bunch of samples from a bunch of different places (Wedding Paper Divas, Jupiter and Juno, other Etsy sellers, just to throw a few out there) and some are amazing and some are terrible – it really kind of depends. Some were super expensive, some were super cheap. I recomend searching a lot and ordering samples if you can.
Post # 9
@Tbblount: you should have someone design something for you or if you could design it yourself and then you can upload that to vistaprint or uprinting. I designed mine and then uploaded it. 125 invites 4×6 came out to 50 something.
Or you could do the unprintable it option but just upload that to uprinting, vistaprint or catprint.
Post # 10
@Duncan: lol I was JUST talking about this exact thing with someone at thanksgiving. I’m buying a lot of xmas gifts on etsy and I totally agree.
OP- we got pretty cool invites on etsy that I think were very affordable for what they are. Neither DH nor I are visually artistic, so designing our own was not really an option. We paid about $600 for 100 total sets including:
Invitation card and envelope
RSVP card and envelope printed with our return address
Additional insert card (size of RSVP card)
Thankyou cards and envelopes
Cute clear return address labels in the same font
So thats 4x printed pieces and 3x envelopes. They were all on heavy cardstock. The best part was that her average turnaround was about a week from order to delivery, which is insanely fast. I have friends who spent 3k on invitations and it took them 6 months from the time of order (sure, they were letterpress, but christ.)
Post # 11
I did the digital files from Etsy & printed through VistaPrint. If you upgrade the card stock to 100lb premium matte that’s the best route my opinion. It’s thicker and feels more expensive. I used 2 groupons on 2 different orders and spent $30 on 70 invites, RSVP, thank you cards, and 100 small inserts. ($35 total for groupons)
After embellishments/envelopes (Kraft) etc they are $2/piece.
Dont spend extra $ if you don’t have to! 🙂
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You can buy the file on etsy and print it on vistaprint if you are concerned about cost.
Post # 14
We are buying ours from an Etsy seller that I absolutely fell in love with and they are coming out to be cheaper then the set I liked from Wedding Paper Divas. With the extra envelope and everything addressed with digital calligraphy for 50 I am paying about $380 for everything. This is the set we purchase https://www.etsy.com/listing/122242422/1943-wedding-invitation-suite-with-belly?ref=shop_home_active and we took out an extra insert.
She has a nautical themed one too https://www.etsy.com/listing/60205187/nautical-invitation-suite?ref=shop_home_active and she can customize anything you want. Good luck in your search there is a lot out there.
Post # 15
Although I love the invitations I designed myself, I wish I would have gone with the cheaper Etsy invitations. Although there is a big range in price for them! You can order samples (which I did), and if you aren’t cutting it too close you should be able to order through Etsy. In the end I chose speed of a local printer versus handmade Etsy invitations that sometimes have a longer production schedule because they are mom and pop type stores. But even then, some vendors on Etsy just have a storefront and are full shops. Good luck!
Post # 16
Eh, there was one on etsy I really really loved, but it was $6.99 per invite, and all it included was the invite and rsvp.. adding on more money for reception/direction cards.
$500 seems like alot of money for invites to me.. esp. since essentially.. they are going to go straight into the trash.
I think im going to buy a suite on etsy for around $40 or so.. and print them out myself .