(Closed) Anyone design and print their own invitations?

posted 3 years ago in Paper
Post # 16
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3292 posts
Sugar bee

I made mine. I carved wood block and then made pints. It was alot of fun!

  • This reply was modified 3 years, 4 months ago by  Ukulele4You.
Post # 17
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

Did it myself. Bough paper and ribbons from Michaels, ribbon sliders at Joann and used Microsoft Word and used old cheap printer lol.

 

Post # 18
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

kcoast:  

I wrote a post about mine, here is the link:

http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/designed-my-own-invites-check-it-out/

Long story short I used Illustrator and InDesign. If you are going to learn any program to design your own, use InDesign. Photoshop isn’t meant for layouts and its not as user friendly. Watch some youtube videos on how to use InDesign and with a little trial and error you will be fine. 

I printed them at a local print shop. I used a small family owned business which is the way to go. The printing cost $.98 each for the maps and $.92 each for the invitation cards. Unless you have had good experiences in the past (I definitely have not), don’t use Kinkos or Staples etc. They never clean their printers and its expensive.

Post # 19
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2016 - Theater

… why am I so shit at Photoshop if I’ve been using it for c 15 years?

I love everyone’s self designed invitations. Maybe I’ll take a chapter or ten out of your books for the Thank you cards.

Post # 20
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

kcoast:  I just replied on another board about this so I will share here too!

I designed my own invites the easy way, using pre-made floral clipart I bought from etsy (about $30 for a huge array of images). I put them together in LucidPress, which is an online subscription (I only used it for 1 month and cancelled after my invites were done). It was super easy to use, basically like laying out photos and textboxes in MS Word, but with photoshop quality and saves as a picture file.

I made Invites, RSVPs, and Information cards, and printed them on Vistaprint. 80 of each, including envelopes, was about $150. 

If given the choice to go back, I would totally go this again. I purchased the clipart, so since designing the invites, I’ve used the same clipart to design programs, table numbers, menus, envelope seals, stickers, etc. and printed them all at home. 

 

ETA: I think LucidPress is a very similar program to Adobe InDesign. I looked into both but went with LucidPress, which was essentially just like designing a powerpoint slide or something. Very easy if you have a bit of experience in MS Office

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Post # 21
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2016

My dad is a graphic designer so he’s working on our invites. Not sure what he’s using but probably Photoshop and/or other pro software. As for printing, we’ve been surveying places and so far the only one we’ve found that will for sure take “print ready” designs is paper source (not counting the online upload printers like zazzle -i assume they do digital only and not other kinds of printing). We’re going to keep looking around but may go with them. 

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