(Closed) Frustration with Invitations

posted 5 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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374 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’m sure you’ve researched all over the place.  I ordered my invitations from Michael’s miDesigns and absolutely loved the outcome!  They were very affordable and customizable as well!  Not sure if they have anything in your theme, but it’s worth looking into.

Post # 4
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228 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I did my own wedding invitations.  I loved how they came out and I saved a ton of money by buying cardstock on sale but……it was incredibly time consuming so if you plan on making them yourself, consider the time commitment needed once you decide on a design. 

Also, there are a lot of things that will affect your mailing costs: weight, width, size, etc. so if you’re making invites to save costs, also keep in mind how much it will cost to mail.

Mine were already over by weight (extra 40 cents per invite) but they also were too thick because of a rhinestone embellishment so I had to find a smaller rhinestone so I wouldn’t end up having to pay an additional 25 cents per invite. 

Little things but they add up!

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Vistaprint has tons of new cute ones. Chalkboard, mason jar. These are cute, too! Or, if you think a tree motif would go, these are cute.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Are you any good with Photoshop/GIMP/Illustrator or the like? I play around with invites (thinking about starting up an Etsy shop) from time-to-time, and just found a chalkboard background on Google, some swashy vectors… it’s in the starting stages, but this is what I have, so far:

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I’m not sure what your budget is, but here are some that I found on WeddingPaperDivas (Minted is great as well) that fit what I think your intended style is:

Mason Jars:

Simple Pleasures

Rustic Jar

Chalkboard:

Lesson Plan

Written In Chalk

Chalk Celebration

Precious Promise

I think it would be really difficult to DIY the chalkboard ones well, because you would most likely be using a dark paper and printing white/light colors on top of it, which can be difficult to do well with a pro printer, let alone at home.

At the very least you can order some free samples and see what you think about them.

Post # 8
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237 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I designed my own chalkboard-ish invites in Publisher and then had them printed professionally:

 

There are a bunch of affordable printable chalkboard designs on etsy though! If you get a coupon for Vistaprint it would be really cheap to print them. I really liked the ones from this vendor: http://www.etsy.com/shop/PourVousDesigns 

Post # 9
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237 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

@brighteyedgirl:  That looks great! You should definitely open up an Etsy shop

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