Post # 1
Our invitations went out this morning, after a ridiculous amount of time. We DIY’d them from a kit (well, 4 kits for 160 invitations.)
Advice: Splurge on a decent printer. We bought a $99 Kodak printer from Best Buy, and printed all 160, plus response cards, on the “best” ink setting, and only used 1/4 cartridge of ink. We tested a few on FI’s parents older printer, and it was a nightmare.
Keep your guest list organized. I did not. We had about three lists, missing addresses, etc. It made everything so much harder than necessary. Even though we sent out save the dates, apparently 7-8 people didn’t get one because I didn’t have their address.
Be flexible. I wanted to handwrite everything – I didn’t have time. I compromised, and made a cute label for the response card, and handwrote the main envelope.
Don’t underestimate the amount of time needed. We spent about an hour testing and aligning everything, 3-4 actually printing, 4 hours assembling, 2 hours stamping, 2-3 hours addressing, and about an hour last night putting a pretty sticker on the back.
Here’s how I felt last night before going to the post office.
Post # 3
Oh, I should also add, our postage was more than we thought too. Oh well!
Post # 4
Omgosh I’m doing boxed invitations and after making about 3 of them I looked just like you! lol I have no idea how much its going to cost to send them out!!!
Post # 5
Oh man…. what am I getting myself into?! haha!! We’re using a kit too — but I opted to have them professionally printed, working on the design now. Hopefully that lessens the load but I’m sure assembling them will get tedious. Sounds like a good girls night project!! Thanks for sharing your tid bits!
Post # 6
Woo! Congrats on getting them finished! I am DIY’ing our invites, so I appreciate the advice/insight.
Post # 7
Oh shit, we have to do that soon and get our invites out within the next week. We’re only inviting 30 people, but I’m freaked!
Post # 8
Haha, it wasn’t as bad as it sounds though. I just vastly understimated the amount of time it would take. We used a kit from Michael’s, and ours had cardstock invitations that slipped into a little folder with swirls. However the swirls stuck up, so I had to glue them all down. That actually took as long as addressing them. I ordered a season of Say Yes to The Dress on Netflix and plopped down in the living room and ordered a pizza while FI was out of town.
They were worth it though. They look really pretty, and I’d do it again in a heartbeat.