Post # 1
I’m curious how much everyone spent on your invites. In my initial searches, it seems like anywhere from 5-10 dollars is about average for invitations…. I know it’s dependent on a lot of factors, but I’m curious if this is about the right ballpark!
If you DIY, please note what the per piece cost ended up being and approx how many hours you spent on them.
Post # 3
ours were a mix of DIY and ordered. I ordered the actual invites, RSVP card, and reception card from wedding paper divas (also the inner envelopes from them.) I DIYed a hand drawn map and on the reverse matched the font and ink color and printed directions. Then I bought lace doily wraps to hold them together. All in all, they cost about $5 each
The maps/back of the card probably took me, all in all, like 16 flipin hours to do. Keep in mind it was hand drawn (looked exactly like a Laura Hooper map) and then I had to print the back and cut them out. Plus assembly is a beeeeeyotch!
Oh, and I did hand faux-ligraphy on them too. That took another probably 10 hours all in
Post # 4
mine were $1 per invite, dyi, and this was including everything but postage (address labels, envelopes, paper, twine, etc.). it really didn’t take that long, i think i spent a full day on them. i printed the text on vellum, cut the vellum and cut a backing paper of pressed flowers, and tied them together with twine.
Post # 5
I voted under $2.99. We had a family member who’s a professional graphic designer design ours. She didn’t charge us for the labor, and just had us pay for the printing. We did digital printing for a bifold square invite with two small enclosures and had full process color. We also had our menu cards and programs printed at the same time. We were charged $300 for everything (100 of each). My husband works in marketing, so the printer he uses the most cut a deal for us.
Post # 6
I spent less than $2 per invite. I DIY’d and it’s so hard to guess how long I spent on them. I spent a few hours ordering paper samples, a few more hours formatting the font/spacing and wording. I think hubby and I assembeld them all in about 2-3 evenings for about 4 hours each evening. He also spent a LOT of time printing the envelopes, but we would have done this even if we hadn’t DIYd.
So, maybe about 30 hours total between hubby and I?
Post # 7
Ours were a mix between DIY and bought invitations. We actually bought a couple of the invitation kits from Michael’s (on sale and with a coupon – score!). Then, we re-vamped them a little with some personal touches. Altogether, each invite in came under $1, and that includes postage. We completed printing, putting together, and mailing all of the invitations in a few hours (maybe 3-4) one Saturday afternoon.
Post # 8
navy pocketfolds with white inserts: RSVP/envelope, reception card, direction card; outer envelopes, paper seals
They are from http://www.mygatsby.com
Post # 9
I ordered from Wedding Paper Divas during a buy 75, get 25 free sale. We ordered invitations, rsvp cards, and reception cards. When the pricing is averaged out over the 100 invites we received, they were about $3.00 each.
Post # 10
Honey I got my print-your-own invites off of eBay for $6 per box of 40. I got three boxes, which was good cos I screwed it up when I tried to print them up; then I got one of my students with a laser printer to do the job for me. So $18 for approx. 100 invites, excluding postage. Now where’s that calculator?
Post # 11
Bluespurrs, that’s so cute that you got your student to print them for you!
I have a friend who works for a large company with its own printing division, and got them to print some wedding stuff using their nice printer – she provided the paper, of course.
I was traveling to Asia a lot so I designed my own invitation set on MS Publisher and found a printer in Beijing to do them for me. It was less than $1 for an entire set, including the envelope, invitation, RSVP card, map enclosure, and STD.
Post # 12
Yeah, I’m DIYing and will not be spending more than $1 per invite either, including everything except postage.
@allurex, where did you get them printed? I live like 8 hours frmo Beijing! I hadn’t thought about getting them printed in country… that would be awesome though. Did they have the weight of cardstock and so forth that you wanted or did you provide your own paper?
Post # 13
They are my pride and joy–our big splurge. I designed them and had them custom-made by a fantastic lady who does it as a business. I am diying all my other paper stuff, but these I had to have! They came to $10 exactly, including postage.
Post # 14
I haven’t done the math yet but our DIY pocketfolds will likely end up comng to about $3-4 each (closer to 5 with postage). Not cheap but cheaper than purchasing the pocketfolds and inserts I originally wanted wich were about $10. I can’t begin to estimate the amount of time I’ve spent but it’s been spaced out… I just putter most nights after dinner while FI & I are watching evening TV. I wll say it is takng longer than I thought!!
Post # 15
Thanks for posting this, @oracle. We are going to make our own, so I am curious how much that will cost!
Post # 16
About 75 cents each for everything