Post # 1
My fiance and I are having a small (85 invited with about 50-60 expected) wedding at a state park in NY. For $1500. No I didn’t forget a zero. We are getting married in front of waterfalls, with a reception to follow in a beautiful cottage-esque building right on the lake. We are ordering hot food, and making the rest, including a cake table, ourselves.
So of course, I do not want to spend $200-300 on invitations. I am having a hard time finding DIY invitation kits that i like. And the one that I do like, my fiance hates.We are toying the idea of watercoloring gerbera daisies onto the invites and having them printed at kinkos or somewhere, or using stamps of flowers. I also tried downloading Adobe Illustrater to try designing our own, but I am at a complete loss for where to start. I want them to be nice and not look cheap, but to not cost more than $100. I would consider ordering, but we only need 35 invites and I can’t find any relatively inexpensive invites that I like where i can order just what I need. We are looking for something modern, abstract, minimalist, and flowery. I like a lot of the designs on wedding paper divas, but I’m not paying over $200 for invites. It’s just not in our budget.
So I need advice. Any advice on how to design our own on the computer? Or any reccomendations on anyone who can design one for us for a decent price?
Has anyone used stamps that has any advice? Is there another option out there that I am overlooking? I can craft and DIY if I have good instructions. But I don’t have access to any printing press materials or a gocco or anything of that nature. So I’m starting from scratch and have to purchase all supplies.
Please help! Thanks!
Post # 3
you could always do something unique and cool like get postcards of the place you are getting married and send the out to say wish you were here… on x/x/0x.
I am making all my own invitations and the most expensive part will be the stamps for sure. I went to an art supply store and got really nice paper and made the invites long and thin (read can be sent in #10 envelope) we bought clearance envelopes and we are tying lace around them so they look super fancy but at $4.99/yd – 40% the lace is super cheap. I bought a rubber stamp to stamp all the paper so it looks like a set and an edge cutter (also 40%) off to make the tops fancy. here is my prototype (before i changes colors) [attachment=216796,21309]
Post # 4
also i won’t handwrite the stuff it will be all printed- this was just a rough mock up
Post # 5
I really like the idea of stamping the edges of the paper. Or maybe I can find a flowery border for the top and bottom of the page and print them long and thin. Hmm…
Has anyone used vista print postcards for invites? Anyone know about the quality? Maybe I could use the large size for invites with envelopes and the small size as a postcard for the RSVP.
Too many ideas…
Post # 6
I did my own Save-The-Date Cards but the invitiations were a little overwhelming for me. The computer stuff if you need tricks, please PM me and I’ll try to help out. I think once you narrow down a particular graphic you like or a style of wedding divas, you could try to imitate the style yourself. The thing that I found hardest was actually just narrowing down a few things that I actually wanted in the invite and sticking too it. You seem like a very creative person and any two or three of those ideas would probably be great.
I did use vista print for my STD, they turned out really well. Just make sure that the resolution on your graphics is always 300 dpi so that you don’t get pixelated images.
I hope that was helpful!
Post # 7
I used GIMP softward to design our STD’s and Invites (PM me your email address if you want to see our invites). GIMP is like Illustrator but free and I thought it was a lot easier to use. I taught myself to use it, so if you decide to go that route and get stuck, let me know!
Post # 8
Have you considered posting on Etsy to get an artists’ quote for your invites? I know there are a lot of talented people on Etsy who are willing and happy to work within any budget.
Another suggestion is to cut costs in other ways like: just one invite card (no RSVP card, Reception card, etc.), that will also cut down the weight and possibly make postage cheaper. We used Erin from "Proud to Plan" to make our invites and I think her prices are amazing! She does high quality work and has tons of different styles/designs. Her website is http://www.proudtoplan.com.
HOpe this helps! GOod luck and happy planning!
Post # 9
If you’re going with a watercolor daisies it might be really cool to handwrite the invite I think that some nice script on watercolor paper (a la Mrs Deviled Egg) would be very personal, since your wedding is small.
Post # 10
You may hate this template, but I thought it was pretty. It was in this months issue of martha stewart wedding. http://www.marthastewartweddings.com/article/lace-invitation-suite?backto=true
Post # 11
This seller has a couple of neat invitation templates for only $10. http://www.etsy.com/shop.php?user_id=6780278
Post # 12
There are plenty of cost saving alternatives to the usual invitation prices. I’m actually just launching an invitation business, since I made my own and other invitations for my Future Sister-In-Law. How many do you need. If you don’t feel you can undertake the project, I would definitely be willing to work within your budget.
Post # 13
Oh I’m a total dork, I just reread through your post and saw you need 35. That is easily doable for under $100.
Post # 14
I just wanted to see if you have thought about doing semi-DIY invites. I know it sounds weird, but I have my invites created for me, and then I was e-mailed the file and I printed it off my own. We invited about 100 people as well, and I think we paid about $30 for the design, and paper was pretty inexpensive too. I think I could get 2 invites per page, and I didn’t spend a ton of money. PM me if you want to know who I got them from. I think she’s just starting to set up her Etsy site, but I know her through a friend.