Post # 1
FI and had planned on making our own programs-something simple with just 2 pieces of pretty paper and printing them ourselves. Yesterday I found some awesome invitations online that cost under $1 each and I really like them. I think it is a good price for them, but I wanted to know how it compares to others. We are going for something simple, as most people just throw away the programs anyway, so we weren’t trying to spend a fortune on them. Plus, this way there is one less DIY project for us to have to finish before the wedding.
Post # 3
We did tri-folds we had printed ourselves. The cost to make them was the price of the shimmer paper – which was about $35 for 150. For me $1/each would have been super pricey. Do the invitations you found double as paper for the programs? Is there anything that makes them more ‘special’ than just going with your original idea?
On a side note: Make sure you keep one for yourself! I totally forgot and don’t even have one!
Post # 4
I’m going really simple and inexpensive for ours. I already have heavyweight cardstock left over from our invites so I’ll be doing a simple two-sided program and using a corner punch to make it pretty.
Post # 5
Ours are DIY. We spent way more than we wanted to on our invites so we had to cut back on other things. I designed them myself and while we could print them at home, I think it would actually be cheaper for us to get them printed professionally. Our printer sucks and blows through ink like it’s noones business. I estimate ours will cost roughly $0.50 a pop.
Post # 6
@oracle:We were planning on doing a tri-fold program (the one we thought we might purchase). I like your idea, though. It is kind of a combo of the 2 ideas I was going for. Was it hard to print on that paper? What size paper did you use?
Post # 7
Ours were DIY and costed me hardly nothing
I bought a package of 300 tongue depressors that cost about $3 from Michaels
I already had double stick tape and I bought a cheap hot glue gun, glue sticks and cardstock (totaling probably $10)
Total I would say I spent $15 on 130 programs.
Post # 8
I designed ours myself, and will have them (180)printed at Office Max. All black and white – both sides of a folded 8.5×11. It is $.17 per page (volume discount) slightly textured 24lb(I think) paper, plus folding and cutting. Total should be about $40.
Since I have a design that runs top to bottom on the front, the program itself needs to be slightly smaller than the page so they can cut the program without leaving white space, since they can’t print the design to the edge. Something to be aware of if you DIY.
Post # 9
Similar to milesbella I’m doing ours on ivory paper and just printing them two sided.
Post # 10
Wow, thanks everyone! This really put it into a better perspective! As we are trying to save money, like many others, knowing that I can do these for even cheaper than I originally thought is refreshing. I guess we will be resorting to Plan C now, and I think it will still be pretty easy. Thanks!
Post # 11
We bought cardstock in bulk (200 sheets) for ~12$ primarily for our invitations. We have used the extra paper (more than half a pack) for menu cards, programs, buffet signage, and other paper signs (like i spy cards).
We’ve only made 20 so far, will maybe double that #. On average I would have to say we spent.. $0.65 cents per sheet,@ 2 programs per sheet. So about 30 cents each.
Post # 12
I spent right under 50 cents per program about 50 bucks total for 100 which included
a colored cardstock for front & back covers
about 700 pre cut sheets of a heavy txt
and printing of 1300 “prints” front and back of 600 sheets and 100 cover sheets
We got a really nice little book out of it that included e*pics, drawings from my son, and ceremony info… rundown, bridal party, and song lyircs.
I think it was a great deal for all it was =)
Post # 13
I made my own using paper I already had and only bought a small box of silver brads for about $3. I made 40 programs total.
Post # 14
For those of you who bought pretty paper/cardstock in bulk, where did you buy it from?
Post # 15
I ordered all my paper from anchorpaper.com They were the best prices that I found and I was able to order everything pre-cut so that saved me ALOT of time & energy. They have fantastic customer service and are really prompt in answering your questions, finding exactly what you need (if you don’t see it on their stie) and getting your order shipped to you.
I loved these people.. lol