Post # 1
Ok…I might be being a bit dramatic…
I need to get crackin’ on our invites since I plan to send them out about 6 months prior to the wedding and I anticipate that it takes a few months to complete the order.
I am trolled through etsy for like 10 hours minimum and I just can’t find what I want OR I find close to what I want and it’s like $10+ per invite.
My budget is about $300 for about 60 invites. So about $5 per invite. I really want burlap, lace, twine…romantic country.
Does anyone have any reccomendations for an affordable invitation designer? I would love your help!
Post # 3
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
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
- 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.
Post # 6
@vorpalette: Graphic Design is not my strongest skill but I can work my way around a glue gun. It seems very scary to do the invitations DIY :S
Post # 7
@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).”
Post # 9
@elysion: Didn’t see this, but I agree with you! DIY is doable!
Post # 10
@michiru4ever: Ooooh I really like the last one. Didn’t see that on my hunt.
Post # 11
have you seen http://www.weddingpaperdivas.com? They have a pretty good selection and reasonably priced.
Good luck! Invitations are overwhelming
Post # 12
@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 # 13
I ordered a sample of these. Really liked them!
I may tie a belly band around them with a little photo of my fi and i.
Post # 14
@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.