Post # 1
Moment of venting anyone?
I have spent a majority of the day (I’m sick in bed so why not?) pouring through site after site of wedding invites and frankly the end result is most of them are not attractive at all and WAY overpriced. This whole status quo of weddings garbage where anything with the word “wedding” on it is automatically 10x more expensive is stupid. With the exception of close family members nobody even keeps these things–does a site really expect me to spend several hundreds of dollars on them?! UGH!
Okay, vent over. Someone tell me you feel the same way haha
Post # 2
Have you looked at free invitation suites and templates?
This might be helpful: http://www.weddingchicks.com/freebies/invitation-suites/
Post # 3
I’ve looked at a couple and considered DIY but my fiance thinks it’s worth paying for so I don’t have to make them. I’m officially disagreeing today haha. It’s not that I’m a penny pincher but in my mind I’m thinking, DIY invites will save about $200 dollars that we can put into something else that’s more important or on our honeymoon. I don’t think I’ve looked at this site though so I’ll check it out. Thanks!
Post # 4
Oh it’s so frustrating! Because then it’s not just invites and rsvps it’s thank you cards too and postage is so expensive! I’m thinking of going to michaels with a 40% off coupon and buying my invitations, then it ends up only costing me 30 bucks for tons! It includes all the rsvps and envelopes! Not a bad deal for something no one will look at again!
Post # 5
- Wedding: October 2014 - Church
nestle: Oh, they can get up there in price, that’s for sure! (I was lucky that Future Sister-In-Law owns an invite company and she custom made ones for us as a gift) A couple of other options is to get custom made ones, if you have the financial means. There is also Vista Print – you can order a whole bunch and it won’t cost you an arm and a leg.
Post # 6
nestle: I got my invites at annsbridalbargains.com. They were way cheaper than anything else I found. I was really pleased with the quality. They often have some nice sales. I believe I saved an additional 30% off the already lower prices.
Post # 7
I feel you. They’re either ugly, expensive or both! I got lucky and asked a friend where she had hers done. Turns out her friend does custom paper for a living, and since I “name dropped” she agreed to beat my budget. Do you know anyone like that? Saved my sanity because I was mentally preparing myself to pay more than $500 for mine. My girl will do my Save-The-Date Cards, menus, invites and calligraphy.
Post # 8
nestle: We paid a fortune for our invitations :-s I had planned to make them, but was running out of time and already extremely stressed so didn’t need extra worry, and when I priced up the materials, we were basically saving about £2/$3 per invitation, and for me that saving just was not worth all the work.
We made the rest of our stationery (table names; individual menu cards; seating plan; save the dates) and it was very time-consuming, but at that point I had the time, plus the saving was more significant percentage-wise (it would have cost more than twice as much to have them paid eg seating plan cost us £60/$96 for the frame and materials; to have one made I was getting quotes for £150/$240, so, a big difference.
Also, having made a lot of stuff myself I can see why the prices are what they are; it’s fiddly and time-consuming and the profit margin isn’t massive. So I guess I didn’t see our invitations as a rip-off, even at $12 each.. :-/
Post # 9
I made mine using a template from weddingchicks.com. I even came into work after hours to print them using cardstock that was already in my office, glued them to scrapbook paper and put them in kraft paper envelopes. The whole project cost me like $30 including postage and it was the best decision I ever made. I created a website for more detailed information and RSVP’s.
I’ll admit they weren’t the most beautiful or elaborate invitaions, but who really cares? Everyone has the information they need in the end, and they still matched my theme so I’m happy.
I should note we are having a 50 guest, laid back wedding at a small inn, so I didn’t feel the need to get too elaborate with them
I vote for DIY!
Post # 10
We made our invitations on Zazzle.com and watched for good promo codes before ordering.
Post # 11
nestle: diy might not be so bad. I made my own invitations & it didn’t take me that long to make them & print them out. Cutting them out took a while but it still wasn’t too bad. I didn’t want to pay a fortune for my stationery & I think they look nice
Post # 12
nestle: I hear ya. Either they were needlessly complicated (and glittery) or they were hugely expensive. So I designed ours, and we’ll have them printed locally for 1/3 the price (with envelopes!). Which gave me more money to spend to get Harry Potter stamps. The important things, ya know. 😉
Post # 13
nestle: I did a partial DIY for my wedding invities. I purchased some pretty ones from Zazzle (http://www.zazzle.com/origamiprints).. The great thing about zazzle is occasionaily they have 65% off coupon codes. I happened to order when they had this awesome sale, so I paid pennies per card.
Then I assembled them in a Invitation Jacket, I purchased from The Paper Source
Just added lace ribbon on the inside and outside to tie it closed and that was it
I also purchased Coral Envelopes to coordinate
So in the end I had really fab invitations and ended up spending about $2 per invitation which is buy far cheaper than anything i found.
I have a completed invite at home, I will add a picture as soon as I can
Post # 14
Postage is so expensive, it was about half the cost of my invites! (The other half was nice envelopes with a liner. I DIY’d everything else but didn’t want to use a plain or flimsy envelope, so I splurged)
You can also buy invitation templates of Etsy and print them yourself! Or take them to a print shop to be printed and cut at quite a reasonable cost. That’s a really cost effective way of doing it without designing them from scratch.
Post # 15
I made a post like this 5 months ago (it shows up in the related topics, ha)… as I was having a hard time finding exactly what I was looking for but not breaking the bank. We had two invitations… one for ceremony only guests and another for reception invited guests. I was having a hard time finding an invite that allowed for more writing, but still looked great in format.
I ordered sample after sample, and still was not happy. I did finally decide on some awesome inviations from WPD, but the $500+ cost was not great to see. So, I combed through the Vistaprint website and found an invite that I was alright about. The prices were great (they’re just getting thrown out anyway), and it allowed me to write whatever I wanted, move stuff around – fully customizable (minus background color). So, that was it and they were ordered during a 40% off sale a month ago. It saved me over $300 with what I really wanted, and I was happy with how they turned out – many compliments!
But, if you know someone who can make them for you, you can still use Vistaprint to order everything. My sister had a friend make my shower/bachelorette party invites and she just uploaded the PDF file – and they looked great!