(Closed) Invitations are ruining my life!

posted 5 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
8464 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

You could always try doing them yourself.  I needed 50 invites, and it was super expensive to pay set up fees and get what I wanted, so I just DIY’d them.  Not sure if this helps, hopefully some other bees will have more info.

Post # 4
11234 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Are you good with graphic design at all? Or know anyone who is? Or maybe just find a seller on Etsy who can design a set for you for a flat fee and then have them printed through Vistaprint/Catprint/etc.? I designed our STDs/invites/etc. and had them printed through VP with a Groupon, so I paid about $35 for 80 Save-The-Date Cards (not including postage, but including the separate envelopes that I purchased).

Post # 5
3771 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

If you don’t mind putting in the work, diy is a great way to go.  This thread is super helpful for the design aspect: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/how-to-look-for-less-invitation-suite-long

You can find lace ribbon and twine at any craft store or Etsy supply store, not sure about the burlap but I’m sure you can find it somewhere.  You can design the invite on Microsoft Word, or if you are going to add any graphic element, I think Adobe Photoshop does like a free 30 day trial, or there is the free opensource equivalent GIMP (the latter has a bit of a learning curve, though).  Then get it printed somewhere online or at a local printer/chain store (kinkos/officemax/etc) and assemble yourself.

Good luck!!

Post # 7
2497 posts
Buzzing bee

@bretonvirgniia:  My suggestion for cheap, easy DIY:

• Find a free printable template – you don’t need any graphic design skills for these! 


• Order precut pocketfolds so you don’t have to cut them yourself. 


• Assemble (glue stick? double-sided tape? Bees, help me out here).

• Finish off with some burlap ribbon from Michael’s or Joann’s as a “belly band” (Google if you don’t know what this is). Optional: stick on a 2″x2″ square in the middle of your belly band with “(Your First Initial) & (Husband’s First Initial).”

Good luck!

Post # 8
2287 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: Central Park

Post # 12
145 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

@bretonvirgniia:  I desgined my own! I’m totally thinking about setting up my own design services. 


Anyways, I ordered paper from cardsandpockets.com and had my firends’ brother print them (he owns a print company) and assembled them myself all for about 3.75 with postage each. It’s really not that bad. I had my Maid/Matron of Honor help assemble them! It only took one evening for 60 of them. 

Post # 14
220 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@bretonvirgniia:  OMG @ your title!!  LOL  I know the feeling, though.  I am doing mine myself – well, with my mother.  I echo the others who think you should choose that option. You can find templete’s that fit with your wedding easily.  Just visit pinterest.  Here‘s one I like, personally, that can be modified to fit your desires/preferences.  It even tells you step by step how to make it in microsoft word.   You can always print on recycled paper & add lace or burlap from a craft store instead of using the patterned belly.

I know that’s not exactly the answer to your question, but I hope it helps.


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