(Closed) Sometimes DIY can be more expensive than a store bought card

posted 7 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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1909 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

You’re so right, I’m also finding that DIY doesn’t necessarily mean cost savings. 

Your invitations are beautiful, and really personal since you and FI created them πŸ™‚ Congrats!

Post # 4
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3364 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

YES! I have definitely found that not all DIY is the best way to go! Some things are just better left for the pros and save ourselves any pre-mature greying or wrinkling! hehe!

I have found that getting your printing needs via a VistaPrint or MagnetStreet is really nice, but you can definitely add your own personal touches by cutting costs! Im using “Printable” Invitations by Anna Griffen! I love them, and we still get to jazz them up we like and use our own wording! So with the help of Coupons, I bought my 60 sets of invites for 39.99+40% off! I plan to use a nice font from dafont.com as well! I really wanted to spend the money on beautiful pocketfolds, but the thought of people tossing them shortly after the wedding made me cringe!! Oh please dont throw out my $10 invite!!! lol Cant expect them to keep it forever (besides moms and dads and what not!)

Post # 5
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511 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I actually like yours better!

This is some great advice as i’m looking into doing my own pocket fold invites as well.

Did http://www.envelopperinc.com/ have samples? I would like to maybe order from them since the quality “looks” better that the other websites.

Post # 7
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5655 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

Those are really awesome though! Where did you get all your paper?

Post # 8
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3866 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

Totally feel ya there on the cost, which is why I’ve been carefully budgeting.  And cutting corners, lol.

I’m gonna TRY to print out the inserts soon at home and see how many I get done before the printer starts saying “low ink”.  Should prove interesting!!!

You did an AMAZING job and these look GREAT!!!!

Post # 9
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11299 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

@sarahh.sf: I’m with ya! I probably spent about £50 on stuff for the invitations and have since learnt it may have been cheaper than that to get them done on Vistaprint. But I do get a nice feeling looking at them knowing I made them.

Post # 10
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5655 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

@Ryna a tip on at home printers.. if all you’re printing is black txt, you might try going into your preferences and seeing if you have an “economical print” or on mine it’s “quick print” I usually can’t tell a difference in look on blk text and is saves TONS on ink use. For color… this method usually doesn’t work well b/c the colors don’t look as good but it’s still worth a try πŸ˜‰

Post # 11
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572 posts
Busy bee

I agree that DIY is not always cheaper. As someone who also sews, that is often the case. BUT…in either case, you get a custom product fit to yur specifications.

I did not even add up what my invites cost. Did not want to know! LOL

But…once again, I had a very specific color scheme that I was able to achieve and they were unique. When people find out that I did them myself, they are even more impressed. Plus, when I ran out of invites (FI inflated the guest list), I was able to source locally materials to create the additional items. At that point it was probably cheaper.

I definitely feel your pain.

Post # 12
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3866 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@runsyellowlites: thanks!  I’m gonna have to try that!!!  Looks like tonight is out, since my youngest son had a concert tonight. 

Plus, I’ve still gotta find the right photoshop brushes to finish up my STD’s.  *Sigh* Best laid plans, and all that, lol.

Post # 13
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606 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I love your card better than the original but I have had the same experience with DIY.  You have to be careful and really figure all the cost. BTW great post

Post # 14
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3012 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I agree with not everything DIY is cheaper, but I’m excited to be able to put my own touches on my wedding.  πŸ˜€ I think it makes it more unique.

Beautiful invitations though!!

Post # 15
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811 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

 

I’m DIYing our invites 100% we’re talking printing, cutting, folding. Everything is being done by me.

I already own a few key piecesof equiptment such as the paper cutter so that’s a huge savings. I also already do embossing, so again a savings.

Our card stock for 60 invites cost only $50

The card stock for the inserts was about $20

Envelopes $30

Kraft paper for bands and envelope liners (yes I fricking DIY’d envelope liners and this is the only part I DO NOT RECOMMEND) $8, other misc expenses such as new ink for stamps and embossing powder, glue probably $30

We only had 60 invites to do, so DIY was totally possible from scratch. But it saved us HUGE because we’ve got $5 invites for significantly less

 

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