I made and designed my own invitations and they had several pieces. I’d estimate I spent about $250-300 on the invites which includes inner, outer and RSVP envelopes, RSVP cards printed on white cardstock, and three inserts on white card stock matted on turquoise specialty textured cardstock (invitation, reception card, travel info card). Then a custom cut (using a diecut type machine I own) belly band holding each packet together. I made about 130 invites. The envelopes were the biggest suprise to me for price.
I first bought some supplies from Michaels and made a prototype, then I ordered the specialty paper from craft websites where I could find it in 25 sheet packs instead of individual sheets which were $0.99 each for 12×12 paper. The white card stock I purchased also in big packs, but using my Michael’s 40% off coupons each week.
I was extremely careful to plan the way the paper was cut. For example, if a card was 3×4 on the turquoise I cut it from the 12×12 paper. Other sizes were more efficient to cut on 8.5×11 paper.
I desigend everything myself in photoshop and arranged all the card inserts to again fit most efficiently on the 8.5 x 11 white cardstock and printed at office max. The charge you per sheet, so the layout is important.
I love doing paper crafts and really wanted to do the work myself. That said it took a lot more time and work than I anticipated but I got tons of compliments and people were surprised (or at least acted that way) that I made them myself.
If you’re not up for it, I recommend also looking at websites like vistaprint. They always have groupons, specials etc. Also Michael’s carries these build your own invite kits and there are several cute options. With a 40% off coupon they are a steal!
For thank you notes I’ve just picked things up here and there as I go. Shutterfly sent me a couple free $20 off any purchase coupons, found some at Marshalls and TJ Maxx, dollar bin at Michaels, etc. I’ve probably spent about $30 on these and have way more than we will need – at least 100.
Place cards, programs, etc I haven’t gotten to yet. Hoping to keep the budget super low there.