(Closed) POLL: Invitations – Printed or DIY?

posted 9 years ago in Paper
  • poll: Invitations and Other Wedding Related Paper Goods
    All and everything DIY : (31 votes)
    36 %
    Designing yourself - printing elsewhere : (22 votes)
    25 %
    Designing and printing yourself : (7 votes)
    8 %
    Designing and printing elsewhere : (27 votes)
    31 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    54 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: May 2009

    I was going to DIY with someone else doing the graphic design and me assembling and coming up with the main concept. but then I was starting to fall behind on the planning for my invites so I ended up with finding a invitations vendor. I was referred to this girl from a friend. She has reasonable prices and we just went with her. We’re getting the whole shebang and it’s affordable. For the custom design, it ended up being just a little more than if we did my orginal DIY plan. We are still doing the assembly as well to save money, but it’s definitely a lot easier to have someone else in charge of the creative vision and putting all the elements together and all you have to do is approve and request for edits. 🙂

    Plus, with the printing styles, our vendor gave us the different pricing choices so that we can see how much of it really costs..we ended up with letterpress because even though we could have saved a lot with offset printing, the letterpress actually ended up within our budget so we went for it.

    Something to keep in mind with DIY is that I did my own save the dates, now while I had a budget and knew the majors costs..there were little things here and there that I forgot to account for. Like the printer ink costs and reprinting on fancy paper because I screwed up the spelling or it didn’t feed into the printer correctly. Now if you have a vendor, they will eat these costs because I’m sure it’s priced already within your quote. But if you DIY, just make sure you allot for error and take EVERYTHING into account.

    Good luck..I hope this helps!

    Post # 4
    Member
    2022 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I picked designing and printing myself, but it’s not exactly accurtate.  I am designing with my aunt and she will gather paper options/create proofs, and then will print…and I will assemble.  Total team effort.

    Part of its is that invites are not a big budget item for us, part of it is that my aunt is really good at this stuff and enjoys it, and part of it is that I like the personal touch.  We will not have anything nearly as involved as some of the incredible blogging bees, though (Miss Snapdragon, for example).

    Post # 5
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    7082 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2009

    We’re doing it all… cuz we’re crazy like that.  We haven’t printed yet, so I can’t vouch for the final product, but we’re going for it!

    Post # 6
    Member
    19 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: December 1969

    I am not yet sure what we will do. I was thinking about buying them, but the DIY ones turn out so nice. Creativity is always a plus

    Post # 7
    Member
    48 posts
    Newbee

    DIY is great for those people who:

    – have time

    – are creative

    – are under a budget

    – patient & meticulous with the craft (otherwise with all the mess and error, DIY ends up more expensive and labor-intensive)

     For the rest of the pack … sometimes alloting a little more is worth it.

    Post # 8
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    456 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2009

    I’m not sure that what we’re doing fits under any of those headings. We bought the invitation kits from Target, then figured out the wording/spacing/coloring ourselves, and printed on my mom’s work printer. It’s been very cheap, I’m not sure we could have even bought all the paper and ribbon seperately for how little it cost in the kit, and printing at work meant we only had to reimburse the church (where she works) for the cost of the ink, instead of paying someone to print them. I LOVE how they turned out. Nothing fancy, but they still look really really good. It’s been a great compromise!

    Post # 9
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    142 posts
    Blushing bee

    I decided to DIY the invitations. I couldn’t afford to have invitations designed elsewhere, and I wasn’t happy with the kits I found. So I ended up going to a paper store in town and buying all the paper already cut to the right card-size dimensions and designed the graphics myself by downloading free fonts, etc.

    I ended up spending about $80 Canadian for 45 invitations, plus a few extras for mistakes, testing, etc. I think if I lived in a bigger city or had time to source cheaper paper on the internet (or could buy things in the states without paying extra fees) it could have been much cheaper, but I’m still really happy with how everything turned out!

    Post # 10
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    3979 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2012

    Because we are a LD couple & we’ve spent a good portion of our relationship on American Airlines 767’s…. we’ve decided to have a little bit of travel/plane influence (I won’t say "theme" because its cheesy!) So we are going to send out boarding pass invitations. I’ve designed them myself & each guest will be receiving 3 separate cards. 1: Invitation 2: Reception Card 3: Final Boarding card (Response card). I’ve only finished the mockup… holy labour-intensive! Thankfully I only need 25-35 sets.  My cost (paper, perforating cutter, new exacto & envelopes) is about $36

    As for our STDs, I used these gorgeous postcards w/ sights from around Vancouver (where the wedding will be held). I designed the back of the invite on comp, printed each one off (addressed & ready to go- woo!) used my Xyron machine to adhere the invite to the back of the postcards… c’est fini! My out of pocket cost (not including postage or materials at home) was: $12.50

    I’ve tossed every STD I’ve ever received…. so I really didn’t want to sink too much time, energy or money into mine. 

    Basically each set of invites, including STD is costing me $1.63/invite & gives me a task to do when watching TV. I called myself the RecessionistaBride because, well this recession has now made saving trendy. Recession or not, I’d still be looking to save a buck lol. That doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice quality or what you want- you just have to get a little bit more creative! So far, neither my fiance or I were directly hurt by the recession, yet who knows what the future brings? It’s never a bad idea to save where you can! 

    I’m very artistic so I’m going to put my stamp on every little bit of this day- I actually think my invites are better than anything I’ve seen online (boy am I humble or what? lol) Some of the best weddings I’ve been too have been intimate, personalized weddings! I’d much rather spend 10K on an intimate, elegant wedding with 40 of my closest friends & family than a 50k wedding with 250 guests. But thats just me… make sure your wedding is  a reflection of you and your fiance! Don’t ever feel pressured to have to spend extra just because thats what the industry has told you to do! Get creative & stretch your money 🙂 

    Post # 11
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    1205 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2009

    I voted completely DIY.

    I had a great time designing the layout and the enclosures, especially the map/ directions/ accomodations card. I got a little frustrated with my envelope liners, but it all came together. 

    DIY took a LOT of time but was completely worth it for me. I spent $40, including reusable supplies like a papercutter, and the inexpensive invitations I was considering would not have looked as good. 

    Post # 12
    Member
    188 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: July 2009

    We DIY’d our Save-the-dates… but I don’t think I have the time or creativity to DIY my invites… Invitations by Dawn the whole way!!

    Post # 13
    Member
    152 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: October 2009

    I’m a DIY’er. Our STD’s were more time consuming than the invitations will be. I really enjoy crafting and stuff like this, so I am pretty sure I would be doing them myself even if the economy was booming! I’d just like to spend my money on things other than invitations.

    Post # 14
    Member
    163 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2009

    Were designing our invitations that are going to be pocket folds and having it all printed at Kinko’s

    Post # 15
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    578 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 1969

    We are DIY ing everything. I am hand making the pocket folds. I did the designing on the computer, the printing and the embossing. I also made our monogram.

     Yes it is cheaper but also we enjoy being crafty and doing this stuff together. Mr. FF loves helping as long as he has direction and he doesn’t have to come up with the idea himself!

    Post # 16
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    16 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: December 2018

    I would rather go in and say, "this is what I want, make it happen" than worry about smudged ink, cutting papers, etc.

    I’ve seen some beautiful DIY looks, but I just don’t have the time or patience for that!

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