(Closed) Anyone design and print their own invitations?

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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

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kcoast:  I designed my own pocketfold invites on Photoshop (and printed them at local printshop in my hometown). I did our save the dates on Photoshop as well and got them printed as magnets via Staples.

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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

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kcoast:  I designed our save the dates on a free Photoshop trial and printed postcards through Vistaprint.

Post # 4
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: Beach

I designed mine myself! I found an invite that I liked on etsy and then took about 2 months trial and error of teaching myself how to use photoshop to get them how I liked them. 

We are having a semi-destination beach wedding on Lake Michigan. I didn’t do pocketfolds, and I don’t have an image of an invite all finished, but I used mint envelopes along with my invites, and wrapped the whole thing in mint twine with a tiny starfish charm. I have received a lot of compliments. 

There are a few things I would have changed with the RSVP card after the fact (not having a space for guest to print their name – I # them before I sent them out, and I wish I had put ___ attending of ____ invited, rather than the -___adult seats thing.) But they still worked

I had them printed on CatPrint.com…I got 80 invites, RSVP cards, Info Cards and maps printed for $140 on really nice card stock. You can get samples of their paper for free on their website, and the only caveat I have is that the first draft we got from them did not match the color we were going for, so we had to do a color palette page and then pay for a second hard copy proof before we could finally place our order, so the ordering process probably took me about a month and cut pretty close to my personal deadline for getting them mailed out. 

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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2017 - Hogarths, Solihull

Designed my own with a combination of Photoshop and PagePlus. 

We’re having them printed at Solopress (UK company) and then putting them into pocketfold invites. 

Think it’s coming out at about £200 for everything for around 60 invites. 

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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016 - World\'s Fair Pavilion

I designed mine using a combination of Microsoft Publisher and Adobe Photoshop. I created the floral illustration in Photoshop using a photo of our paper flower centerpieces. The rest of the design was using Publisher and a few free fonts I downloaded online.

I work in Marketing, so I already have a connection with a local print shop. They were able to print 70 Save-The-Date Cards, invitations, RSVP postcards, and thank you cards for about $200.

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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

These guys left the house on Friday. Stamped, watercolored, letter-pressed and hand addressed  with my two little hands. & 6 damn long weeks. 

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Buzzing bee

My DH designed ours and printed them on his production quality printer at the office and used the laser cuter for the design (he’s in architecture). He used sketchup and photoshop, I believe. We bought our paper from a local paper company.

We ended up spend abotu $2 an invitation and a ton of time. But they were great and personal!

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Buzzing bee

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craftandclover:  I love your invitation. The bright flowers look great on that shade of blue.

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

My sister and I did mine. I bought some graphics on Etsy, and she put it together in a software program called Indesign. I printed them through Fedex, and did the response cards on cardstock at home. They cost about a dollar a piece. Postage was the expensive part!

 

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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2016

I designed them in photoshop, printed them with vistaprint.  The cost for the invites, thank you notes, and save the dates was roughly $120-150. (I don’t know the per item total, just hte total of everything I spent on stationary, which includes the programs, signs, etc..)

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Post # 12
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Sugar bee

My Maid/Matron of Honor and I designed our invitations. It took WEEKS even though they are a really simple design! I purchased some graphics off etsy and used photoshop to design the suite. I made the map myself using google maps and word/paint (I think).

 

I printed them myself at home on 250gsm cream linen textured card and cut them all out with a guillotine. I think all up they cost $140.

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2016

A former colleague who is a graphic designer created ours. We ended up going to Papyrus–of all places!–to have it printed. It’s a little more than going through Wedding Paper Divas or Minted, but they’re pretty nice. 

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Newbee
  • Wedding: January 2017

I’m designing mine, just on Word and printing them on cardstock. We’re keeping it really simply. I did the same for our engagement party invites. I downloaded a free font (called Across the Road) online and used that. 

My mum works at a printing shop and she prints them for us. 

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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

I did our save the dates and our rehearsal dinner invitations with InDesign. It is a great layout program in the Adobe Creative Suite and I use it 100x more often than I use Photoshop for text-based projects.

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