(Closed) Invitations

posted 7 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
1398 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

We are using invitations from Michaels and sprucing them up a bit to fit with our theme. They give you a full invitation suite for less than a dollar per invite, less if you use a michaels 40% off coupon to buy each box. I’m going to post a tutorial on mine as soon as they’re finished I love the way theyre coming out!

Post # 4
413 posts
Helper bee

You can get 100 standard postcards from VistaPrint for free.  Just google the coupon for it.

We DIY our invites and saved a ton of money.  Do you know what you’re looking for?  I would look around the boards and online to get some inspiration pieces and make sure it’s what you’re looking for.  DIY is a good way to go and we can all help with places and tips.

Post # 5
87 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Our invitations came to about $2/invite on minted. I don’t know if that’s “cheap”.

We saved major bucks on our save the dates though. We did 4 different photos of us. In the first one we are holding a paper that says SAVE, other photo says THE… you get the idea. We tried to do different poses for each photo. Photobooth style I guess, but we did the photos with our own camera. I then put all 4 photos together on photoshop, printed them on a regular 4*6 photo paper (doing it at CVS, Costco… would be pretty cheap too though). We then printed all the addresses on labels, stuck the labels on the back of the photo, put a stamp on it and done.

I can post a photo in a few hours if anyone is interested in the idea 🙂


Post # 6
2313 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I couldn’t find exactly what I was looking for anywhere, so I put in an etsy alchemy request and found a girl who is making me 50 invitations with envelopes plus 50 RSVP postcards for $2/set. With shipping I’ll come out around $110 for 50 invites and response cards.

Post # 7
122 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

As MasqueradeMom said, check out vista print.  We got all of our STD cards, Invites. RSVP cards etc from them and they turned out fantastic.

Post # 8
1843 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I got my invitation kit at Target for $39.99/50 invites (which included the invite, outside envelope, RSVP, RSVP envelope and pearlized pocket envelope). I had maps made by Etsy Seller, “lilacsandlace.” She originally was going to charge me $3 but she had them done w/in 24 hours, so I paid her $10.  I printed them off myself on heavyweight paper. I had extra heavyweight paper so I did the Accommodation Sheet myself and printed it on the same heavyweight paper.  The contents all go together in the heavyweight pearlized pocket envelope.  Finally, I bought a patterned piece of paper from Hobby Lobby and cut it into strips to use as the belly band and put a pearl applique sticker on the front.

3 boxes of invitation kits – $119.97

250 sheets of heavyweight paper – $15.00

Maps – $10.00

Bellyband paper – 50 cents/sheet (will probably need 10 sheets) – $5.00

Pearl Appliques – $2.99/27 stickers – $16.60

TOTAL – Approximately $166 for 150 invitation suites = $1.11 per invitation

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Post # 9
1270 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I got my save the dates form Costco and paid 99 cents each.

i got my programs for michaels and will be printing them myself…i think i paid 44 dollars for 180 of them! they have some AMAZING stuff at michaels from the BRIDES line. TOTALLY woth going to check out if you don’t mind printing them yourself (which you could do at home or cheaply at a kinkos).

Post # 10
595 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

visa print,

im sure that you can make your save the dates, it is nicer to do some DIY projects.

like a postcard, or photo card.

invitations, you can buy the printable invitations at a craft store and print them your self!

Post # 11
7152 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

We ended up getting our invitations (blank) from Party City and having them printed at a shop, because our printer was acting up. You can most definitely print them yourself though with a suite from PC.

Post # 12
1872 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

Michaels is great, especially because they have so many coupons and sales. A couple of other places: Keldon Paper & Kelly Paper are a few that come to mind, but it sort of depends on what you want. Do you want a premade invite kit that has special flair, or are you okay with the simplicity of nice plain paper printed with a pretty font? Michaels is good for the former; Keldon & Kelly are great for the latter. 

In general, the less you have, paper-wise, the less it will cost. So: 

1. Unless your wedding is far away for a lot of guests, skip the Save-The-Date Cards and send your invites out a month or two earlier than normal. 

2. Cut out as much extras from the invitation. You can do fine with just the invite, reception card, and rsvp (and if you wanted to stretch, you could omit the reception card (just list the location by name on the invite after the ceremony info) and response card and list a phone, address, and/or email for rsvp as the most traditional invitations do)–you don’t need a map, accommodations card, an envelopment, tissue paper, inner envelope, ribbon, blah blah blah. You can put extra information on a website. Plus, the less weight you have, the cheaper the postage. 

3. On the postage: use a standard (not square) shape–square is extra postage. If you do a reply-card, do a postcard, which costs less (just make sure it achieves the USPS’s specifications for size and thickness–postcards have to be flexible)

4. In general, yes it is cheaper to make them yourselves. There are so many kits available these days and most printers do a fine job. Mine’s a simple inkjet and people asked if my Save-The-Date Cards were professionally done. 


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