(Closed) Ahhh, how do you pick out your invitation? Omg. Where do I start?

posted 9 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Like you, and alot of others I cannot be bothered with DIY. I am just not inclined to make nice things!

I ended up searching for amazing invitation designers in my city, as well as online (if you get a bridal mag, there are usually tons listed in the back. Makes the search easier and less of a hassle) In the end I went with a designer who does it from her home in my city

After that both myself and my fiance sat down with her told her what we wanted, looked at her invitation templates, changed things around to work with US, looked at papers, patterns, fonts, wordings, colors etc very custom

then ordered…it was really that easy for me…

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

haha! I remember being like "they all look the saaammmmeeee".

 I knew I wanted long skinny #10 envelopes. B/c they’re cheap to send! And I could get two invitations per sheet of paper so I cut my paper usage in half. 

I looked at lots of designs, and I always liked the vellum overlay. Kind of soft. So I went with pearlescent vellum overlay on top of champagne irredescent paper. I tied the top with pink and beige ribbons. 

Real simple, but I DIY’ed it myself and spent maybe $160 on all my stationaries. All my leftover paper i’m using for rehearsal dinner invites, escort cards, etc etc. Don’t let yourself go crazy, though!!! Invitations are important, but there’s just way too many options

Post # 5
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445 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I am in the process of finding invites, too.  I have been looking online at the fancy invitation sites and seeing what parts I like and which parts I can live without.  I know I DON’T want flowers.  So that actually narrows it down a ton, because there are flowers on everything! 

Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I had a similar problem.  Invites were a mess for me. I had a total "vision" for what I wanted and I couldn’t find a printer who had a similar design or pricing I could handle.  I also wanted letterpress.  In the end I decided to open up my own letterpress business, print my own invites and its been great!  It is surprising what you can diy! Really surprising! I would reccomend finding someone through etsy.  They usually have great prices and will do custom designing for you without breaking your budget.  Try the alchemy function and then people will actually send you bids for your invites.  Amazing!

Post # 7
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497 posts
Helper bee

the Elizabeth Anne Designs website is a GREAT resource for finding independent designers in your area.  I would look at their list and go from there.

Post # 8
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409 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Start by requesting samples online.  I know The American Wedding sends out FREE samples.  Otherwise try googleing for invites and request some that you might like.  If you are doing them yourself try to find out what kind of invites you like then try to see if you can find them cheaper by searching online.  If money is not a concern and time is not a factor then I would suggest looking at invitations from Indonesia or overseas.  They are amazing!!

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010 - Jewel Box in Forest Park and Windows on Washington

DIY can actually be pretty easy.  I started out by saying I did not want to do DIY invites, and we will end up doing them.

Some great places to start are online.  WeddingPaperDivas.com is a popular site.  If you go to the invitations section of this website or even on ProjectWedding.com, you will get some help, especially local help and reviews!

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