HELP! DIY Invitation

posted 2 years ago in DIY
Post # 2
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760 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Gold Hill Gardens

amorganmills11:  have you figured out how many invites you’ll actually need? For example, we invited 120 people, but only used 70 invites . . . 

Post # 3
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1499 posts
Bumble bee

I second PP, you won’t need 350 invitations, there will be couples/ families and your number should be far less than that. You can get nice templates for around $15 on etsy. You send the etsy shop designer your information, they create a nice invitation and send you a PDF back. Then you can print yourself! Checkout dollar stores for cheap envelopes or Micahels/craft stores and use coupons to collect extra things and details-rhinestones, twine etc, whatever you fancy.

Post # 4
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1582 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

 

amorganmills11:  

For our DIY invites, I first found an idea of an invite I liked, and then tried to duplicate it in Photoshop. Once I had everything down I posted it here and had FI and my parents read over it to make sure it was accurate. Then I calculated how many invitations we would need (1 per couple, not 1 per person) and submitted the order to VistaPrint, had it printed on cardstock and shipped to me–it was pretty fast, and included blank white envelopes.

To add a bit to the invites we spray painted the edges gold with gold spray paint by sandwiching the edges between two heavy books wrapped in paper. We bought gold cardstock and cut belly bands, then used glue dots to attach our direction card to the belly band. To spice up the envelopes a bit we did a gilded edge with gold spray paint (one of the bee bloggers posted about it!). I wanted to do calligraphy for the addressing, but got lazy and just did plain cursive in a blue pen (as our wedding colours are blue, gold, and white, so it worked).

Post # 5
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8418 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I designed, print, cut and assembled my invites at home.  I used photoshop and InDesign (Adobe) which I believe has a free 30 day trial, used a canon pixma to print and a scrapbook cutter to size everything.  I purchased my supplies from paperandmore.com.  I was then able to use the leftovers to print my ceremony programs, menus, etc., for free.  I highly recommend doing everything in house instead of using pre-made kits if you really want to save yourself some money.  Also, be sure to check postage rates before designing your invites; odd shapes, over sized envelopes, twine wraps, etc. can all add up at the post office.

Post # 6
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195 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Grandma's Oak Tree

These are not the exact invites or the front of the reply cards. The same fonts were used but they were arranged better, I just dont have them with me at work. And the invites were 5×7, so there were two on each page. That’s where the precison paper cutter comes in.

I made about 80 invites and they were simple but very cute and professional looking.

1 pack of cardstock from Walmart. $6.

1 pack of avery business cards. $4 (10 sheets of 10 per pack) (Detail cards)

1 pack of avery postcards. $7 (50 sheets of 4 per pack) (Reply cards to be mailed back with postcard postage that I supplied with no envelope)

2 packs of brown kraft envelopes – A7. $6.99/ea (They were 50% off at hobby lobby so I basically got one for free.)

1 precision paper cutter. $12. (Reg. 19.99 @ hobby lobby and used a 40% off coupon.)

I designed and printed them myself and yes, it was a little frustrating at times and cutting and printing invitations was easy but time consuming.

I spent about $36 on the invitations and about $30 on postage (Im hand delivering some to close friends and family.)

Post # 7
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195 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Grandma's Oak Tree

<br />Sorry, I have no idea why there are 2 pics at the top and two at the bottom.

 

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