Post # 1
So, I’m going crazy trying to decide what to do about invites…We picked out a DIY kit from Michaels, a Brides style. Went to buy them, and decided to have a closer look…they were TERRIBLE! All the folds were off kilter, and nothing lined up! They looked so cheap and poor quality, we decided against them. So we looked at EVERY other kit they had, and nothing got either of us excited. So we are back to acratch on invites and I am SO frustrated!
I don’t do crafts…ever, but am actually contemplating going the full DIY route since I can find nothing online that I like, or can afford.
Can someone tell me, just how does one go about doing their own invitations??? Where do I even start?
Post # 3
@Take The Reins: Do could go the DIY route, but purchase the designs elsewhere.
Post # 4
Do you know what style of invitation you want? like something simple such as one card with all the info on it? or something more elaborate?
I only ask because since you say you don’t do crafts, the more elaborate invitations will most likely require you to buy crafting tools, which might end up costing you more than just buying from someone
I, too, plan on going the DIY route for my invitations, i have no idea what im doing to end up doing yet though. The first thing I did was order invitations catalogs so i could flip through them to get an idea of things like i like design-wise, and fold-wise. Thats where i am right now. I haven’t picked anything out as of yet.
If youre not dead set on making your own, i would suggest looking on etsy.com for a artist who would work with you to create an invitation that you like that is in your budget.
Post # 5
I thought some of the styles from michaels were cute! We got lucky with our invitations because my fiances mother knows a wedding coordinator or else we would have gone the DIY route too. Most of the kits have templates so they arent that difficult to use. IF you are that stressed though I would just pay to get em done. Davids bridal has cute online invites and they offer a coupon if you get your dress from them. Good luck hun!
Post # 6
I am far from crafty and was able to sort of DIY our invites. I bought the pockets from paperandmore.com. My boss designed the invite and inserts but there are templates out there you can find and just plug in your own info if you are computer challenged like I am. We sent the files to catprint.com to have them printed. I basically had to cut out some papers for the belly band and glue in the invtes and that was it. It was pretty affordable and fairly easy. I have been satisfied with both companies we went through.
Post # 7
You can purchase downloadable designs off of Etsy.com or from a designer. There are even websites like Weddingchicks.com that have free ones that you can customize. (Even the Microsoft Office website has free templates). You would have to print them on your own, though, whether from a home printer, office supply store/printing store (like Kinko’s or Staples), or an online website (like Vistaprint). This is what I plan on doing. Let me know if you need more information.
Also, you can always semi-DIY. Get them printed from a website like Minted.com, WeddingPaperDivas.com, or Vistaprint and jazz them up with ribbons, stamps, pretty envelopes, and/or a pocketfold.
It really depends on your comfort level. And also what you have the time, patience, and money for. DIY is not always cheaper, but it can be…and even nicer and more personal.
Post # 8
cardsandpockets.com has some great prices and they also have a printing shop…they used to have their print shop prices listed but then they took it down…i can remember it being very affordable!! i just mailed my DIY invites and almost lost my sanity in the process.
Post # 9
Funny that you post this today, but my mom and I just finished my invites today. We both are into cardmaking, so I guess that helps. I designed the invitation and my mom used a template for the wording, then we used rubber stamps for swirls and since I have been using some birds for things, I used a punch for “love birds” and then I also used a punch for the bottom of it. I mounted the piece of white cardstock with the printing and stamps on it on some other cardstock. that’s all I did. My mom and I could have done something more elaborate, but we chose to keep it simple since we were making so many. The items we used were from Stampin Up, which my mom sells, and the quality is awesomel. Depending on what your theme is, you could do something similar, but if you aren’t crafty, you might want to get some help.
Post # 10
I am sooo not crafty but am attempting my own invites. There are so many detailed templates and tutorials online that help. I’m sure you will be able to do it.
Post # 11
We are not crafty people, but we are computer savvy. Nothing at Michaels excited me either, so I knew I had to DIY.
I ended up buying pocketfolds, but diying the rest of the invites. I found a template I loved in our theme (under the sea), and modified it to fit my liking. Since I purchased the pocketfolds from cards and pockets, I was able to just look at their website to figure out sizing for all my inserts.
Honestly, it’s not all that difficult. I ordered everything online, and printed it all at home. It took a few tries to line it all up and figure out heights for various cards, and make sure my RSVP fits in the envelope properly, but it all worked out.
I also used anchor paper for all my paper, and had my card mattings all pre-cut. I cut all my inserts myself though, and used rubber cement to attach them.
I spent about a week designing it out on the computer and emailing it to our families to review, correct, and do a final approval. I then spent a weekend printing, cutting, and putting everything together. I think I spent about 10-12 hours total on everything, and that includes my design time. My FI only helped with gluing the backings to the invite, and then the backings to the pocketfold. Other than that, I did all the cutting and designing, as well as stamping and putting the rest together.
I’ve had TONS of compliments on my invites from our families and friends. Everyone loved how well they turned out.
Post # 12
I am exactly like you–very picky but HATE crafty stuff (I was that little kid at birthday parties who would ruin her craft project and then cry because she was a perfectionist and her project wasn’t perfect). FI and I ended DIY-ing the design by copying someone else’s invite that we both really liked. FI is a graphic designer, which helps… 🙂 Then, we found an inexpensive letterpress printer to actually print the invites and inserts so that they didn’t look cheap. We’re getting away with around a $3/invite total cost, including letterpressed invites and 1 insert, envelope liners (also self-designed, then printed and cut through envelopperinc.com) and pretty wrap-around labels (self-designed and printed on envelopperinc.com exacto label paper that matches the liner paper, then having an anal-retentive friend with a paper cutter do the cutting…). We went with the wrap-around label idea because I don’t like the look of white calligraphy on our black envelopes. All in all, it’s turned out to be a pretty stress-free project, aside from the frantic worry of trying to match shades of off-white… kill me now!!!
I actually read your post because I was LITERALLY ripping out my hair and saying “stupid invitations!” like 30 minutes ago when I noticed that the label/liner paper color was slightly darker than the invite paper. It’s really not bad–plus, it’s got a black-and-white stripe pattern printed on it–but beware that you’ll start to do what you hate and pick up on those little details without being able to fix them! C’est la vie, eh? Unless you pay $1500 to order a set of 100 invites from a nice company, you’re either going to get cookie-cutter invites that are stress-free or cool/unique invites with a few quirks (and you’ll probably be missing a few handfuls of hair). Your choice!
Post # 13
LOL, thanks for all the support! My FI was ready to leave me at Michaels as I was literlly sitting on the floor, surrounded by invitation boxes, wailing in despair that nothing was right! See below the one I really wanted but was so off kilter they looked ghetto:
The outer wrap didnt meet up at all and was not fixable without looking terrible. Our theme is woodland elegance and decor is based on ferns, calla lillies, moss rocks etc. So we want a rather natural, earthy, foliage related looking invite. And if we can’t find that, we will go with really plain on a nice paper, and add a few pretties. I honestly never thought I’d care so much, I know most invites end up in the trash, so what does it matter? But it DOES!! I like the pocket fold with the main invite, and 3 inserts:ceremony and directions, reception and directions, and other info (accomodation, things to do, gift registry info etc). I have looked at card and pocket, and liking it a lot for ease of printing. Just not sure how you figure out the measurements for the inserts, and do you include a backing (say brown behind white printed piece) when you do the measurements?
Post # 14
i’m DIY my invites and mainly because I didn’t like any of the cookie cutter invites and paying someone for a custom pocket invite was going to cost me close to $1000 for 150 of them! So DIY and the internet it was for me! I love Cardsandpockets.com. I have ordered a ton of different samples in different colors and paper weights, and envelopes and now know more then I ever wanted to know about invitations! Their papers and pockets are high quality and they have a ton of beautiful colors available. They have the insert dimensions on their website for you to help with the sizing question you had, and have pre-cut mats sized for their pocket invites so you don’t need to worry about the measurements for the backings. Just spend some time checking out all their site has to offer…it might be a little overwhelming at first but since you have the Michael’s invite as a guide for what you want your DIY invite to look like (only better!) it shouldn’t be too hard!
Post # 15
Take The Reins – I just sent you a PM with instructions on how to DIY your own pocketfolds, plus an additional note at the end (sorry, the PM is REALLY LONG). Good luck!
Post # 16
@inspiredcreations: I think part of your PM was eaten by the system…I only got part of it and it ended mid-sentence!