(Closed) Probably not DIYing invites … and I am a little bummed…

posted 5 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo

There is the route of designing your suite and then going to a local printer.. I have heard that they can cut things to size for you too!  Is that an option?  It is true though that you will save a LOT of time and stress if you go the purchased route!

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I think you will be pleasantly surprised at how un-stressful it will be getting them printed! I originally thought I would DIY my invites but then I realized how comprarable it was to get them printed and with a few clicksy, they were DONE!  So easy.

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

If you don’t like local printers, also consider getting printing done through Catprint.  You send them your high res files and they do a great job with cutting and color.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Yup I second Catprint, I used them and they are GREAT.

I painted the designs for the save-the-dates and invites on large canvases, and took them to Kinkos to have them scanned. Once I had the JPEGs, I uploaded them to Catprint and placed my order. Full-color, full-bleed 5×7’s on high-quality paper is not that expensive from Catprint! – 100 STDs cost me ~$40 (it’s been awhile so I don’t remember the exact cost, but you can get a quote from the website). They mailed me a hard copy sample, and I called them once I received it, changed the paper, and had them printed. They arrived on my doorstep within a couple days.

I wanted to use a local printer but they charged too much… And really, it was so easy to do it online and not have to miss any work to drive to the printer.

It still takes time to assemble the invitations, and put them in the envelopes, stamp the envelopes, etc.! Keep that in mind 🙂 You will put your love & sweat into your invites no matter which way you go.

Post # 9
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I am designing our invites. I had a few designs that I really liked on minted and Wedding Paper Divas, but like you said, they’re too pricey for me. I ended up going with Vistaprint, because I can get them for cheapppp, and although I liked some of the designs they had, I really wanted our wedding website to coordinate with the paper goods. I’d already designed the site, so I downloaded the templates they offer for their “upload your own” options and got to work. I had a design in my head already, and it was fairly easy to put together the way I wanted (although I did screw up and designed our STDs on the smaller template, oops, but it was easy to redo). As long as you follow their (very easy) instructions, you can get custom invites for cheap.

Post # 10
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

Another vote for Catprint! I designed ours, and had them printed through them, and for 50 invites (which included 5 different inserts, etc.) came in at just over $100CAD.

Post # 11
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@brighteyedgirl:  Wowwww girl those are beautiful!! Nice work assembling them!!

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Those catprint invites look great!  We bought blank invites at Michael’s and printed them ourselves.  Not out of a love of DIY or design, but because I’m cheap ;-P  I found some ink on Amazon that comes in bottles that you inject into your printer cartridge.  Cheap and easy!  (Would have been easier if I didn’t mull over and over about fonts, but oh well!)

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I used VistaPrint and they turned out awesome! My guests thought that I had printed them myself. I just used other supplies like lace ribbon to make them look a little more vintage/DIY.

Post # 15
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@MsVoyageur:  Thanks so much! I had my heart set on pocketfolds, but couldn’t handle the price.. so, we went this route, and I’m just as happy!

Post # 16
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Uhhh yea, you’re not missing out on ANYTHING by not DIY-ing your invites. LOL. Designing it was fun, putting them all together was a nightmare I would never want to relive.

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