(Closed) Invitations & Costs….

posted 6 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

i didnt hire a calligrapher. I hand wrote them all in cursive. My cursive isn’t the best, but I thought it looked nice. We had 200 invitations

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2012

My handwriting is terrible so we had a calligrapher address the invites. It cost $1.60 per invitation for the inner and outer envelope. Sent out 112.

Post # 5
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Some people may think it to be tacky but I just got clear labels and printed mine off of the computer with a font I thought was pretty. It’s an envelope that people are going to throw away and will most likekly get dirty in the mailing process so I don’t see any need to waste more time or money on them. $7 for a pack of labels and an ink cartridge if you don’t already have one. Worked like a charm!

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I designed my own invites and will print ~60 of them through Catprint.  Since I saved there, I got calligraphy from Liz at TucciCursive (found through Mrs. Mink).  I highly recommend Liz- her work is gorgeous and prices are good.  I believe its $1.50 for address, .40 for inner envelope, .75 for escort cards.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

I’ll be doing mine by hand. Not in cursive.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I know it’s an etiquette no-no, but I printed straight on to the envelopes and it looked great.

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

DH and I had PLANNED to just print the clear labels, but our friend who was helping us design the invites practically ripped our heads off so we did the wrap around labels. We just printed it at home and cut the strips and used double sided tape to put them on the envelope.

 

Post # 10
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2010

My mother has better handwriting than I do so she addressed them in cursive. Do you have some girlfriends that could come over and help?

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Luckily my FMIL and Mom did calligraphy for me. It seems calligraphy was a lot more popular in that generation, perhaps there is a family member (mother, grandma) who can do this for you or has beautiful cursive?

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

We printed directly on the envelopes to save money. And I noticed that EVEN THOUGH I’m a bride and I suddenly pay attention to all details wedding, we’ve been invited to 2 weddings in the last couple months and I didn’t even notice anything about the envelopes those invites came in. So I am pretty happy we didn’t decide to splurge on a calligrapher – saving that money for other things like having an ice cream truck at the wedding!

Here’s my DIY envelopes:

Our vintage rustic envelopes for our save the dates! :  wedding DIY Envelopes

I also designed my own invites and printed them with Catprint, I had a great experience with that.

We are inviting ~170 people but most of them are couples or families so we sent out ~90 invites. I ordered 15 extras just in case.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I did faux-ligraphy for the addresses (but not the return address – those we just printed directly on the envelope in black).  About 100 envelopes took 1 afternoon to complete.  They looked great and nobody could tell that it was traced 🙂

 

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I am going to print directly on the envelope. I did it for our save the dates and I thought it looked great. 

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I will be hand addressing in my nicest handwriting with a good pen, but it’s not calligraphy by any strech.  That’s what I did for our save the dates, and I was happy with how they turned out.  I am ordering a bunch of extra envelopes for my inevitable mistakes. 

Post # 16
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

We just used clear mailing labels but there are also other great cost-effective ideas above.  I would say don’t waste your money on a calligrapher unless it’s really important to you… otherwise, your guests probably will not even notice.

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