(Closed) Price of DIY invites compared to Professioal Invites

posted 5 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
Bee
1835 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor

Here’s what we spent: (total of $268.59 for 100 save-the-dates, 100 invitations, 100 RSVP cards, etc.):

Post # 4
Member
430 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013 - The Skinner Barn

@Mrs. Wallaby:  I saw the price for your invites and immediately went “How on Earth did she get Rifle Paper Co invites for that price?!”. Then I remembered that I had definitely read your post about DIY-ing the invites to be faux-Rifle. You had me fooled for a second there. Nicely done lol

Post # 5
Member
322 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I went with Invitations by dawn (online) and got 100 invites, 100 response cards, 50 rehearsal dinner invites, and 100 thank you cards for under $200. they are on really nice thick paper, and the printing is raised up, kinda glossy/sparkly almost. All custom wording. We got a wax seal and wax for ~$30 to seal the fold. Not sure on postage yet. I though it was a good deal, mainly because I had so much trouble with my graduation invites that I thought is was worth the double price. Plus it included thank you cards! Google search for coupons and codes before you check out.

Here are my invites

http://www.invitationsbydawn.com/Wedding-Invitations/Vintage-Wedding-Invitations/2657-DWA0402-Vintage–White–Invitation.pro

Post # 6
Bee
1835 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor

@FutureMrsWeston:  Hahaha thanks! No way could we afford a $1000+ invitation suite! It was fun painting them myself too, and we chose fonts that we liked. I was amazed at how easy and cheap the process was.

Post # 7
Member
8464 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I designed my invites and printed them at home.  I purchased cardstock, paper and pocketfolds from paperandmore.com.  My invites cost me $2.89 each (for 50 invites), including $0.65 postage.

Plus I had extra stationary left over, so I was able to print my programs for free.

Post # 8
Member
9230 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

@Mrs. Wallaby:  I can’t believe you painted those!  So pretty!

Post # 9
Bee
1835 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor

@lolot:  Aw thanks girl!! That’s so sweet!

Post # 10
Member
11234 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Mrs. Wallaby:  I don’t think I’ve ever seen yours before–love it!

I designed ours myself and had them printed through Vistaprint with Groupons. I think our total for everything (STDs, invites, RSVP cards, reception cards, and envelopes I bought elsewhere) is like $65 for 80. I over ordered, since we only need about 60, but oh well. 

Sorry for the weird filter, I was trying to fix the colors to look more true to life. 

Post # 11
Member
1607 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Mrs. Wallaby:  Where did you get your stamps?!

Post # 12
Bee
1835 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor

@suburbian:  I got them off eBay and Etsy!! I bought the 1981 State Birds and Flowers stamps off eBay, the 1982 20-cent floral LOVE stamps from the Etsy seller Pack and Post and the Etsy seller Treasure Fox, and 50 cent Butterfly stamps from eBay. I also used a bunch of stamps that were being sold at the regular post office – the 29 cent herb stamps, the Bonsai forever stamps, etc. We got a lot of compliments on the stamps/envelopes, which made me feel better about putting extra effort into that haha. Here are a couple photos where you can see some of the stamps:

 

 

Post # 13
Member
3001 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Ours are going to be around $215 for everything. Havent constructed them yet so no pics.

Post # 14
Member
1607 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Mrs. Wallaby:  The belly band and baker’s twine is adorbs!!!!! I also like the idea of including just a single pic ๐Ÿ™‚ Did you cut the belly bands or buy them that way? I am going to find brown paper envelopes as well ….

Thanks for sharing I will look into these sites for the stamps! ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 15
Member
112 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Total 218.90 plus stamps. We will be handing as many out as we can in person because we have quite a few that need to be sent internationally and we are trying to save wherever we can.

$45.20 for 100 A7 and 100 A2 Stardream Metallic gold envelopes including shipping.

$173.70 for printing on Vistaprint with the Groupon.

100 5×7 invitations on recycled paper, color on both sides.

100 RSVP cards on recycled paper (postcard), color on both sides.

100 Menu cards on glossy (postcard).

100 Programs on glossy (brochure).

1 Large poster for seating chart.

Haven’t gotten the printing yet so I don’t have any images to show yet ๐Ÿ™ 

Post # 16
Bee
1835 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor

@suburbian:  When you’re looking, search for “kraft paper” envelopes and “paper bag” envelopes – I found them under both of those names. I made the belly bands myself using Martha Stewart’s “Doily Lace” edger punch – http://www.overstock.com/Crafts-Sewing/Martha-Stewart-Doily-Lace-Edger-Punch/4329830/product.html. (Bought it at Michael’s with a 50% off coupon. I use it now for making homemade cards and stuff like that – it’s really cute.) I loooove baker’s twine, it was a really sweet touch for a lot of our other stuff – I used it on our favors, Coca Cola bottle escort cards, etc. 

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