Post # 1
I am thinking i cant be bothered to go to the expense of invites. they just go in the bin. the wedding costs enough as it is! did anyone just design your own and print it on your own computer? or just write letters to people in the post? why do people design fancy ones and print them especially? why is there a need for RSVPs – why cant they just call or email to respond?
Post # 2
BrideofChrist: I think I’ll be doing all of my wedding stationary with MS Word!
My parents had a vow renewal a while ago and they printed their Order of Service and it was beautiful.
Just find a pretty font, and write out the invites – there are loads of wording guides online and on here.
As for the RSVPs, that’s a good idea, just type someone responsible’s phone number/email address on the bottom and ask for people’s reply like that. I might do that, if my mum doesn’t mind having ~20-30 people ringing to say yes/no!
(Also, you save on stamps for return RSVPs that way 😉 )
Post # 3
- Wedding: October 2013 - A Beautiful converted Barn
BrideofChrist: yup – i designed my own on microsoft word. My invites were pocketfolds (which i bought from ebay) and i then designed the invite and 4 inserts to go in it. i also handmade the design to go on the cover. it took me a while but totally worth it.
i love getting the invites for peoples weddings – i think it gives a preview of what to expect and also is a keepsake. i still have invites to my friends weddings that happened 5-6 years ago.
Post # 4
many thanks guys! weirdbunny your invites are beautiful!<br /><br />everyone had given me horror stories about the cost of design and print, and people had sent me very nice ones. but im gonna go for the WORD i think lol and just maybe buy some fancy paper. LOL
Post # 5
I used Power point and got them printed with vista print… im sooo happy with what I have. I tried to print on my home printer but at the end of the day – I couldnt get the paper weight through my printer and to cut it down etc wasnt worth the hassle. Have you looked at wedding websites and coordinate the RSVPS that way… lci paper is also great for paper supply if you do end up going your own route – i bought my envelopes from them
Post # 6
- Wedding: October 2013 - A Beautiful converted Barn
BrideofChrist: awww – thanks 🙂
check out the free font websites – a good font can make the world of difference on a homemade invite. good luck.xx
Post # 7
BrideofChrist: my BM designed my invites and we uploaded them to vistaprint to print. it came to $250-$300 (can’t remember exactly) for everything i ordered. i priced out the same thing with an invitation store and it was about $1000. i was very happy with my VP invitations. i even upgraded the paper quailty and ordered envelopes separately so they could print return address on them.
Post # 8
I did ours on MS Word too. It’s a little fiddly, but worth it I think. We had pocketfold invites, and were quoted $1000 for what I wanted, whereas DIYing them cost us about $300 (not including a replacement printer). First we chose our envelope size, then made the invite to fit the envelope (this took a bit of trial and error). Then we sized the cards to stick on the inside of the invite (the actual wordy bits including insert cards (map, directions, RSVP info). Our RSVP card just had the parents’ and our address and phone numbers, but a couple of people chose to send a card of their own instead of calling or texting.
Just a tip, make sure you don’t use card that is too thick to go through your printer. We made that mistake and ended up destroying several pieces of card in the process, as well as the feed rollers on the only printer that even worked with the card, and had to buy a new one of the same model.
Post # 9
BrideofChrist: I designed my own invites in OpenOffice. I went on dafont.com or one of those other free font websites and scoured for pretty fonts that jelled well together. I also ended up splurging on Bombshell Pro one night after being convinced I needed it (I didn’t haha). I won’t be printing them from home, however. I will still seek out a third party to print everything. I don’t trust my printer enough to take on such an important task.
As for RSVPs, I would never, ever do phone calls, or virtual RSVPs, or anything like that. I’ll be spending the extra cash for the little cards. I have an older crowd coming, and I do not want to field questions from computer illiterate guests or receive endless phone calls from guests leading up to the wedding. My parents are not computer savvy, and I just feel like too many things will get lost in communication if my FI is receiving calls and my parents are receiving calls, etc. I just like the idea of the cards and I would rather chase down unreturned RSVPs than have to explain to my aunt how to log onto the internet and RSVP.
Post # 10
I bought my pocket-fold invitations at Hobby Lobby. They frequently have 50% off sales, so I spent $35 for 50 invitations. I also got card stock to print insert cards which was $3. I set it up in word and printed them myself. Everyone complimented me on how beautiful they were and sounded shocked when I said I printed them myself. It was probably a bit more stress than just ordering from vista print, but I saved at least $100. And when you’re a budget bride like myself, that’s a big deal!
Post # 11
Hey you should go for it! It’ll definitely make it more personal to you : ) If you have like 300+ invites, then maybe go through Zazzle.com or Vistaprint.com which have reasonably priced invites and thousands of templates. You definitely don’t want to overwhelm yourself with making that many invites yourself.
As for rsvp cards, I didn’t think they were all that important either. UNTIL I realized a very good portion of our guests aren’t exactly a part of the “digital age”.
Post # 12
BrideofChrist: I made some really simple wedding stationary using google docs. I found pictures I liked on Google & just used it for the design & printed them out. Only my fiance & FFIL have seen the invitations & RSVPs but they liked it. A few people have seen the save the dates & they thought they were cute. I’ll take some pictures to show you. We’re having a Doctor Who themed wedding so they match our theme & I didn’t have to spend a fortune having them made & printed.
Post # 13
I am doing my own. I am using illustrator just because i have experience and work at a place that has it. But we will be getting them printed from catprint.com. they seem great so far, they will send you a sample of all there paper options which is nice to choose from, for free. And they do proofs through the mail for a small fee. It is so much more reasonable then i have found anywhere else!
Post # 15
I designed my own using Word and Photoshop and had them printed through Vistaprint. I would also checking out the Wedding Chicks website — they have really lovely free customisable invitation templates, and I would’ve used one except we are having a wedding weekend and I couldn’t fit enough info on any of them.
If you have tech-savvy friends and family you could even email the invitations to them. I did this with my Save-the-Dates using a Wedding Chicks template.