- 5 years ago
- Wedding: March 2013
Hello all! Just thought I’d share my DIY invite process, in case any of you out there are leaning toward designing your own and would like to hear of another bride’s experience. It was a long process for me, but so far it has been worth it! I got to design a suite that I actually like, that is unique and personal, and that is cost-effective!
Here’s the price breakdown, including tax and shipping:
175 A7 Grey Euro Flap Envelopes: 50.50
100 Sheets of Pink patterned paper (for 168+ envelope liners): 19.17
200 5×7 Sheets of mounting cardstock, Pink Azalea, pearlescent metallic: 31.98
Calligraphy pen set and white ink: 21.91
Vistaprint printing: 113.35 ($34 in Vistaprint Groupons, $79.35 extra)
Tape runner: 5.80
Ribbons (for invites and for the rest of the wedding): 25.41
The printing included:
– 110 5×7 invites
– 110 5.5×4 response post cards
– 70 5×7 Save the Dates
All were printed on 80lb linen cardstock
GRAND total (Plus stamps – 103.55): 371.67
For the actual invites, I watercolored pink flowers (they’re supposed to be bougainvillea), a border, and a line (border and line are seen on the RSVP cards). I scanned them, and edited on Photoshop Elements 8 to create the graphics. The wording was added on PSE8 as well, using templates from Vistaprint. They’re not perfect since I am a novice at Photoshop, but I did the best that I could!! Obviously, the personal information has been covered up!
I had to be extra careful designing the invites using the template, because I know I had to cut the printed cards down from 5×7 to 4.5×6.5, in order to leave a pink border after I mounted the linen paper onto the pink azalea paper. Therefore, I made sure that all the wording and graphics that I wanted were within the 4.5×6.5 dimensions instead of the 5×7 dimensions. I’ll either take the invites and STD’s to a copy shop where they cut it professionally for a few bucks per cut, or I’ll do it myself with a paper cutter.
After the cards come in from Vistaprint, the next step is to round all the corners, use the tape runner to mount the STD and Invite cards onto the pink cardstock, and then tie ribbons around them.
Still need to cut all the envelope liners and write the addresses in calligraphy!
PHEW that was a lot of information! I hope it helped someone out there! I’ll keep this thread updated with photos as the invite suite progresses. The STD’s are super late, and I have to get them out ASAP! This week will be full of wedding stationery business!