(Closed) Anyone want to share their price breakdown for DIY invites?

posted 5 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
1101 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

Just under $100 for supplies & postage.

We have 150 guests and I need to make approximately 90-95 invitations.  Half of our guest are international, so our greatest savings is in postage.  I made invites that are sized/weigted for standard postage.

Black Card Stock (50 sheets per pack, 2 cards per sheet)= $5

Velum sheets (open stock 12″ sheets, 3 wraps per sheet) @ $.20 each, 35 sheets = $7

Green card stock (open stock 12″ sheets) @ $.12 each, 25 sheets = $3

Fine ivory paper 50 sheets per pack) = $5

Stamps, inkpad, embossing powder =$11

Envelopes (from a kit, still have the cards left over) = $8

Total supplies = $31

Total postage (50 U.S. invites @ $.46, 45 international invites @ $1.10) = $72.50 –note: we are doing online/phone rsvp’s.

I purchased everything from Michaels when on sale and with the famous 40-50% off coupons. I liked the envelopes from card kit that was on clearance, so I still have lots of cards left ๐Ÿ™‚

So now that I have all the supplies, it is time to start making them.  I have the original mock up below. I have since tweaked some small design issues based on feedback from the bees ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 4
263 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

@wabanzi:  Your invites are so pretty!

Post # 5
107 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

Ours were DIY but still expensive. We did letter press, and a friend helped us with it. We paid for him to go to a letter press class. That plus the paper and time in the letter press studio made things exppeeennnsive. $520 for 100 invitations, RSVP cards, and save the dates. I guess that’s a steal for letter press, but still more than I would have like to spend when it comes down to it.

Post # 6
41 posts
  • Wedding: May 2014

I made 100 pocketfolds, and then made 100 envelopes, because I am a silly person who didn’t realize that I should have made sure my pocketfolds would fit into an envelope. The pocketfolds were $0.20 each, as were the envelopes. I am sealing them with wax and stamps, because I can.

the invites themselves were designed by my sister (free). I bought cardstock for the invites to be printed on for $10. Printing costs TBD.

All prices in CAD

Post # 7
589 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014 - Scottish Rite Cathedral (New Castle, PA)

We did semi-DIY pocket fold invites for our 122 guests (67 invitations needed, bought enough to make 75 to account for mistakes):

Cards and Pockets:
Retangalo pockets: $.80 each x 75= $60
Invitations mats: $.22 each x 75= $16.50
Monogram mats: $7.50 for 50-pack x 4= $30
Monograms: $2.99 for 20 x 8= $60
Envelopes: $.23 each x 75=$17.25
Shipping: $10

Had all our inserts and invitations printed at staples: $20 total 

Ordered postcards from vistaprint for our RSVPs: $15 with a groupon

Ribbon for the belly bands and inside wrap around were bought at Michael’s with a coupon: $10

Used glue tape from JoAnn’s with a coupon: $5

Total: $250/75 invitations=$3.33 each plus postage, the ones I liked online were coming in around $5 each so it ended up saving us money. Could’ve been done cheaper if we didn’t want pocket folds or if I wanted to make the pocketfolds/mats myself but it was enough of a time commitment just assembling them.



Post # 8
1101 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@mrsB052315:  Thanks! I hope to have the new “tweaked” version up for Bee review very soon.

Post # 9
881 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@MrsRevolutionize:  We did pocketfold invites and here is how the price worked out: 

3 pocketfold ready to print and assmeble kits from party city: $50 for 75 invites 


Cards and Pockets items: $140 for

75 sheets of 8 x 11 paper with design (used as backing for main invite and rsvp) 

75 sheets of 5 x 7 paper with design (backing for one of the inserts)

75 silver envelopes 

75 design envelope liners 

75 squares with our names on them to go on the ribbon around the pocket 


2 michales invite kits on clearance that make 40 invites each: $25 

Used out of this the backing paper as backing paper for the other insert and the rsvp envelopes that had a perfect design on them and ribbon that matched perfectly


Other stuffs: $180

$130 for postage (barf)

$30 for double sided tape

$20 for a martha stewart paper cutter 

$0 for printing because we did this at home ourselves using the online format from the wilton kits 

Total price including postage for 75 invites: $395

And just for this breakdown: $3.40 per invite for a pocketfold with 2 inserts, rsvp card, lined outer envelope, rsvp envelope, ribbon belly band with monogram seal and assembly supplies (postage not included in this #) 


Post # 10
568 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I dont have a picture, but i will share my breakdown.

Envelopes – $27 from LCI Paper, Inc

Printing Invites/Maps – $75 from Office Depot

Stamps – $69

Pocketfolds – $34 DIY from Michaels

Black Cardstock – $10 from Walmart

Red Cardstock – $28 from Michaels

Vellum Sheets – $18 from Michaels

Total cost – $261 for 57 invitations

Cost per invite – $4.58

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