Post # 1
We will be having 20-30 guests, several of whom are couples, so we only need maybe 15-20 invitations. I was originally planning to DIY them (cause I want to DIY everything ever) but I’m thinking by the time I bought all the supplies, it’d probably cost more than just buying them already done. Things like paper punches and kind of pricy and if you’re only dividing it by 20, it’s a high cost per invitation. Plus I can’t cut straight for shit and I don’t think our printer is that good. We wouldn’t want any $8/each style invitations, I wanna do one sheet of paper if I can get away with it, but I want a nice design. Am I right in assuming that just buying them is the way to go?
Post # 3
Depends on who you buy through or what you buy. We used a Vistaprint coupon that pops up ALL the time and we received 80 invites, envelopes, RSVP cards, more envelopes, and thank you cards for a grand total of $50.
Post # 4
We did 45 invites ourselves. I too couldn’t justify spending several hundred dollars on invites. Ours turned out incredible. We got so many compliments but they did take us a lot of time to complete.
Post # 5
@claireos: I’ve been looking at the vista print ones that are a bit over $1 apiece, something in that range if we do buy them.
I’ve also thought of designing them, then getting photo prints at CVS 19 cents each, but I don’t know if you’re allowed to print something that’s not strictly a photo. I mean it doesn’t cost them anything different to print, but I don’t know if there’s rules.
Post # 6
I have designed my own and used Vista Print to have them printed. I ordered the smallest batch (10) to see how they would work. Got them today and am very happy with them. I used the linen paper, which is a little thiner then I hoped, but I still like it.
Vistaprint also have a good range of designs if you don’t want to design something yourself.
Post # 7
I had my sister design and I created/put together the invites. I did 40 of them and it was painfully long process and got expensive because we only bought quality everything. If I were to do it again, I’d use a wedding kit as a base and DIY from there.
Post # 8
Personally, I would say to DIY it. You’re having an intimate little wedding, you should throw all of the personal touches into it that you can. I make cards all of the time, and you can get sales as craft stores or even search the dollar store for sequences, etc.
Post # 9
I think it depends where you would buy from, etc. If you do decide to DIY, Michael’s and Joann’s both almost always have 40% off one item coupons in their weekly newsletter and have sales often. I’ve gotten all my paper punches, paper cutter (so you don’t have to worry about cutting straight) for at least 40% off at one of the two stores, and it’s helped me save a lot.
Post # 10
What about getting a “Do it yourself invite” package. They are like 10-25 dollars and have everything you need in them. It’s not as fancy as some things you could make yourself, but at least there would be some personalization and inexpensive too! 🙂
Post # 11
We DIY’ed our invites by designing them ourselves and having them printed at FedEx. With so few to print, I’d imagine it could be pretty cheap for you!
Post # 12
- Wedding: August 2012 - Historic Lougheed House
Vistaprint small orders are pretty cheap!