Post # 1
I am trying to do a little research on pricing out invitations, save the dates, Thank You cards etc… My first question is what is the average price per invitation or generally speaking, what would someone spend for 300 invitations? Are you better off ordering them through a company or DIY kits? I just can’t figure out what my budget should be!
1. My colors are a deep purple with a light green accent. So a purple invitation would do. I am leaning towards a monogram design or would LOVE to have a Chicago Skyline invitation/Save The Date.
2. If anyone has any feedback for DIY kits for a large number of guests, it would be greatly appreciated. I know I have some time but it never hurts to shop around!
Post # 3
Yay for chicago! (I currently live in LA, but we’re having our wedding in Chi). First of all, I love the skyline- what a wonderful idea. We haven’t yet received pricing our invites yet- still waiting- but I do know that Target has some wonderful Martha Stewart invite kits for like $40/40 invites. You just print them up on your computer and they are actually very pretty.
Post # 4
I am making mine. They are part Martha Stewart kit and part DIY scarp paper to great the pocket folds. I got an amazing deal on my stuff but I am going to be about $1.40 with postage on both RSVP postcard and the invite included.
Post # 5
I’m sending 72 invites for 143 guests and I am totally DIYing it. I got beautiful invites from AC Moore of all places! I think it depends on your comfort level with computers and your creativity. My invites were $32 (love coupons!!!) and I’m printing them at home. It’s also a personal touch that people will appreciate if you can pull it off.
Post # 6
Are you sending 300 invitations? Or invitations to around 300 people?
We got invites from Michaels. It’s postage that really adds cost. It was 0.61 ea. just for postage… it adds up. The invites themselves were well under $100 for the 120 or so we sent out to 250 people.
Post # 7
Mine are $8 each (600*75), but I wanted someone else to design/print them, pocketfolds, extra inserts etc..
My STDs were about 150 or $2 each for a magnet.
Post # 8
I bought mine from Target, they were made by Gartner Studios called Letter Impress which were fake letterpress style invites. I was lucky enough to find the cherry blossom ones.
Cost for everything exluding STD’s (i didn’t use those) was about $135 for 100 invites (not including postage of course…)
Post # 9
I planned for DIY invitations as well, and then ended up finding a great deal on exclusivelyweddings.com. I truly couldn’t beat the prices even with doing them myself. My big DIY issues was not having access to a good home printer…so that defeated the purpose and wasn’t going to save me much.
Anyway, that website as a 25% off an order of $250 or more…and once you sign up for email-alerts, they send you a free shipping code. I’m saving a great deal by going this route. Maybe check it out. They have a big selection.
Post # 10
We used 2 different Etsy sellers for ours. One was $5. each (140 invited,75 invitations ordered) and the other was $7. each (105 invited,60 invitations made),and postage was well over $1.00 each to mail due to the shape and weight. Both were pocketfolds with several inserts.
Post # 11
I just did DIY invitations from Michaels and it cost us about $34 per box set of 50. The set came with really nice patterned sheets (for the actual invite), blank sheets the same size as the invites, matching ribbon (as an accent on the invites), enevelopes, and RSVP cards with envelopes. After tax it came to around $80 for 100.
A thing to also think about when DIYing is the time it takes to set up the templates, print, address, etc. It took me about 4 hours total. I’ve probably used about $40 in ink and postage costs .52 cents an envelope here so another $52 to send them out. That all makes a grand total of about $172.
In hindsight I would have preferred to purchase them and loose the hassel from my busy schedule. If you have the time and effort then I would say go for DIY to save some money!
Post # 12
Wow, thanks ladies!! I REALLY appreciate all the feedback. I am thinking about having 300 guests, so I would probably only send out about 175 invites (something I was wrong about earlier). We have a 9 month old little girl, so my time is really important to me that I think I am starting to lean towards having them printed, BUT if there is a big difference in price, I know I can spend a day doing it with a couple of my bridesmaids and they can play with her! Thanks again, all of your responses were a HUGE help!!!
Post # 13
Ours were about $5 each including the invitation, response card, and an additional info card. I’m not a big DIYer and didn’t have the time to invest in DIYing…though I greatly admire those who are awesome DIYers, I’m just not that crafty. If you have the time and want to save money, go for it! I know having them printed can get more expensive, depending on where you get yours (ours were from Etsy).
Post # 14
Ooo! This is very similar to what I did (in terms of design). I used the Phoenix skyline and had purple as my main color (with copper accents). I did everything myself, and the cost was about $2.40 (without postage) for 80 invites.
Quick question, are you inviting 300 people, or having 300 invites? BIG difference. You only need to send one invite to couple or family, so if you are inviting 300 people, you only need about 150 invites.
Regardless, with that many invites, you might want to have them printed unless you have the time and patience to do it yourself. It was a LOT of work
PS, the purple is not quite as dark in person, the colors are a little off