Show me Your DIY InvitationS!

posted 3 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
Hostess
10870 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@BrideToBe14: I thought I’d save money but after I got all the stuff I still spent around £60. I wished I had discovered Vistaprint beforehand. 

Post # 4
Member
1014 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

@BrideToBe14:  I just ordered some white pearl invite kits that come with the invite paper and envelopes AND RSVP cards and envelopes (ON SALE 50 FOR $12.49)…..I found a site (weddingchicks.com) that you can enter your info on and change the colors and pick the design template you want and after you put your information in, you can save the template to your computer and print them at home. OR I’ve heard kinkos will print them for quite cheap. I have not gotten them yet, as I just ordered them Thursday.

I got my Save the Dates from Vistaprint – 100 for $10 and then ordered envelopes too. I haven’t gotten those yet but they just got shipped.

Post # 5
Hostess
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

I am doing my own, I simply couldn’t find what I wanted with it being affordable enough to actually purchase it!

The funny thing is, I didn’t want over the top invitations!

I simple wanted some kraft paper invites, rsvps, accomodations, & welcome dinner inserts.. maybe some formal black font. Wrapped in lace and maybe adorned with a few pearls.

Everything I could find would cost $500+!

So far I’ve ordered all the kraft paper I’ll need… just need alot of ink, some pearls, and lace – I don’t think I’ll spend more than $100, and I’ll have enough to make my menu cards after.

Post # 6
Member
17 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: February 2014

I think it depends on what you want and what tools you already own/have access to. I wanted lazer cut invitations (and had a custom design idea) which could have cost around $900. Luckily  through family I had access to a lazer cutter and was able to do the computer design work my self. Between paper/envelopes/ink I think we spent $200, so I know I saved a lot and still got my dream invites by going the DYI route! And designing the myself has been one of the most rewarding parts of the planning so far. 

Post # 7
Member
1014 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

I suggested weddingchicks.com and there’s another one too but I have it written down at home. If you want I can get the link for you 🙂

Post # 8
Member
1768 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I’m DIYin our invites. I had a very specific idea in mind an couldn’t find anything i liked, and I’m a creative person, so I figured, why not! However, I will say that saving money is relative. our invitations will be pretty fancy- multple pieces/envelopes/small details that add up- a professional invitation of the same caliber would probably cost $10-15 a piece (I contacted some designers so I’m not pulling this number out of my ass). So yes, I am saving money compared to that. But I could absolutely order invitations from vista print cheaper, or use a kit from a craft store for less money. But I know what I want…so…there.

Post # 9
Member
546 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I used watercolor paper which has a nice texture & weight, fabric interfacing I printed the design on and regular ribbon for belly bands, and printed at home. RSVP’s were postcards (less return postage) and I made sure they were able to mail with a regular 1st class stamp (size/weight/not bulky). 

Eta: WITH postage ~$2 each.

Post # 10
Member
387 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2014 - Windstar on Naples bay

I spent about 60 bucks on some kits from micheals and so far I’ve had an overwhelming response to them. I’m exstatic! 

 

Post # 13
Member
1992 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

Haha I am DIY-ing my invites and I have still spent about $700!!!

Post # 14
Member
546 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@BrideToBe14:  did them on our HP printer at home. 

Post # 15
Member
669 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Here’s mine. I got the blue pockets and the white inserts from cards and pockets but i did all the printing, belly band, placecards myself. It was lots of fun, time consuming but worth it in the end.

Post # 16
Member
227 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

I am DIY my invites.  Since I’m a photoshop freak, I just designed them on photoshop.  I downloaded all the fonts I wanted, drew the pictures I wanted and just played around until I was happy!  I shopped around different places for cardstock and found a great deal!  a 250-sheet pack of 65-lbs cardstock to $11 and a 50 sheet metallic 80lbs cardstock for the backing of the invite for only $14!!  I just got 2 of each and overall only spent $40 including extra little things like ribbons and stickers and glue and all that (just bought everything from the dollar store). Plus i have tons left over for programs and placecards.  I was lucky my sister-in-law was able to find some envelopes for me for free so that helped me out too!  As for printing, my manager said I was allowed to use the printer we have at work so that saved me hundreds of dollars on ink.  But even if I had to do them at home, I am able to get ink at wholesale price since I work for a printing company.

 

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