Post # 1
Oh pocketfold invites, how I love thee. From browsing cards and pockets and other similar sites, I don’t think my budget will allow for DIY pocketfolds in comparison to the DIY invite kits you can find at Michaels. FI’s list is all out of town people so we need to be able to include information but I’m still trying to figure out how to do that without a pocketfold (and also trying to fit them in the budget somehow lol) <sigh>
Post # 3
If you’re not set on a certain colour check out papersource. They put certain colors on for as little as 50cents each. Today it looks like the marked down one is a middle shade of blue. Grey was on sale when I did mine. Also, sometimes the ones from michaels have a folder that you could easily add a pocket to.
Post # 4
I DIY’d our invites and ended up paying about a dollar an invite.
- Order your pocketfolds from cardsandpockets (they were just a few cents more than me making them & making them is a PAIN)
- Print your invites & inserts yourself
- Order all your invite/insert paper & invtie backing from anchorpaper.com
If you can’t print yourself
- You can order it precut to size
- They’re cheaper & have better customer service than anywhere else
- Call your local college and find out where they do they’re in-house printing
- Use they’re paper & printing instead (if you can’t afford the higher stock paper
What I actually did was:
I ordered my pocketfold paper & invite backings from anchorpaper. I printed my invites & inserts and my local college & set up my prints on 11×17 sheets so I was able to get 4 invites per sheet. It was 67lb cardstock & considering it only cost like 5 bucks for enough for 50 invites & direction cards (plus extra) I was okay with that. I also ordered our RSVP postcards from postcards.com… they cost more than vistaprint BUT I could get them in the size I wanted (4×6) & that uniformity mattered to me.
Do your research before you think you can’t do it. 😉
Post # 5
You can make a “pocketfold” without actually buying a separate sheet — just buy 11×17 cardstock, and you can fold up the excess bit on the side & use it as a pocketfold. : ) 11×17 white cardstock is $0.50 each for 100lb white matte cardstock at Staples. You could make 2-3 invites out of one sheet!
Post # 6
@runsyellowlites: That sounds great!!! Thanks for the info!! I’m so DIY challenged that its hard for me to think outside of the box when it comes to this. I’ve had to tax my brain for DIY ideas since our budget is so tight. I can visualize but it’s the execution I have problems with, LOL
@SapphireSun: Thanks I will stalk them! I am set on certain colors since my theme is tropical fuschia and orange but you never know what may come along!
@Jenniphyr: That would be a disaster for me but thanks for the info!! I’m not crafty at all! I know my limitations and accept them, LOL
Post # 7
@runsyellowlites: Yours are awesome!
There is also another DIY entry on here with a bride who did them DIY and spent under $1 an invite. She had a great tutorial but I can’t find it now.
EDIT: Found it! http://diy.weddingbee.com/topic/diy-pocketfold-invitation-suite
Post # 8
I will be buying my pocket envelopes from paper and more for 72 cents each! and they are great quality. You can get a sample for $1.
THey have all the dimensions there for you.
Post # 9
I think I’m going to do this!!! I’ve been looking online all day and I’m inspired! Thanks everyone!!
PS I’m lost on anchorpaper…do I have to select the brand of paper I want first? That’s an overwhelming site!
Post # 10
If you decided to go the DIY way through Michaels there are two that include pocketfolds. They aren’t as stiff as Cards and Pockets, but they still give an elegant look. I think one is done in browns and one is done in purples.
Post # 11
I almost threw out the whole idea of pocketfolds. But then I decided to order flat card invitations and do inserts myself and then the pocketfolds fit into my budget. I shopped the prices of pocketfolds pretty much everywhere…and they don’t vary a whole lot online, but they cost a BUTTLOAD in the stationary/iviation shops around my town. Litterally they mark them up to like 3.00 each. insane. I ended up order from weddingpaperdivas.com. Like I said I’m making my own inserts to match the inviations I had them print up, saves alot of money. Seems like the inserts are what gets you. I’m just getting the same type of paper used on my inviations and giong to dowload the same font. Obviosuly the inserts will be lacking the sublte design on my inviations but it will look great still. I’m going to get some monogramed seals for the pocketfold.
Post # 12
I probably can’t print them myself since I have a basic inkjet printer BUT my roommate from college works at a local university and can probably help me in that department. I already have her looking into it! Inspiration struck this morning!
@fresitachulita: I like your idea as well! So many options!!
Post # 13
I’m DIY-ing too, and using Cards and Pockets–their cost for just the pocketfold (I only need that and then the envelope, and response card envelope) ranges between $.69 and $.80 each. Plus there are usually coupons online floating around.
Post # 14
You can also make pocketforld from scratch with 12″x12″ cardstock from the dollar store. I know that at Dollar Giant I was able to get 4 sheets for $1.25, so I made 60 pocketfolds for $18.75 oh, plus double sided tape, so about $20 for 60 pocketfods making them about $0.33 each!
Post # 15
Also, check out Walmart at the moment — they are clearancing a TON of wedding stuff right now, and we just got our super cute pocket invites in a green scroll for $14.99/25 and the kit inluded EVERYTHING!! My head screams “Seriously? You bought your wedding invitations at WalMart?!” but they’re really a great quality and you can use their software online to create a template or can download the template into word for every personalized piece in the box!
Post # 16
@randomequine: Thanks for the tip!
Earlier this week I was minding my own business and found $70. The first thought in my mind was “YAY!!! I can afford my pocketfold invitations!!!!!!!” Not “I’m going to buy a pair of shoes or something nice for myself” but these doggone pocketfolds!!!! Wedding planning makes you think crazy thoughts!!