(Closed) Are DIY invites worth it?

posted 9 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
14183 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

I did mine all on my own. Bought cardstock, ribbons, envelopes, and vellum. And all the stamps…total cost was only about $170. I had them printed and cut at Kinkos and Office Depot. The cost for printing and cutting was $15. Since I priced invitations at $250 for only 100, and I needed a few over 100, I figured it was worth saving myself the HUNDREDS of dollars. They weren’t that laborious, either. I did simple #10 envelope shaped ones (cheaper postage), printed two per sheet, and had my ‘maids assemble them for me. I supplied food and margaritas, so I guess tack another $30 on for that….and i’m STILL under $200 for all my invitations….savings of about $300. So, totally worth it in my mind. JUust cuz they’re homemade doesn’t mean they LOOK homemade. There are TONS of ideas out here.

Post # 4
2434 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2008

I didn’t DIY my invites.  I ordered them from Carlson Crafts.  I went through a local printer and it turns out that the local places can give you up to 20% off the catalog price!  So it actually saves to go through a local printer instead of just online (plus if you go though a printer they can customize lots of features- the colors, papers, text, etc).

I wound up getting my invitation suite for $2 an invite (it included the invite, lined outer envelope with return address, inner envelope, RSVP card, RSVP envelope with return address, and extra of everything).

Post # 5
54 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2009

I just bought the YUDU and am excited to make them myself. I know it will take months before it pays for itself, so my invitations are going to be more expensive than if i buy them professionally. However, I am looking forward to saying I made my invitations and they are unique.  Also, it’s a fun experience you can share with your friends or fiance.


Post # 6
85 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I did pocketfolds and printed them myself on my canon printer.  I got the pockets and paper supplies from paper and more. It ended up costing about $4.00 per invite, including postage for the invite and the rsvp. 

I used a green pocketfold with a blue backing for the main panel invite. My invite and pocket inserts were white. I had three inserts plus the rsvp and rsvp envelope. Paperandmore has great prices for samples and we really great to deal with. I had them do all the cutting except for the rsvp card. It was too small for them.

I could have done it for cheaper as I ended up with a bunch extra pocketfolds and paper. But I am going to use the extra paper for programs, escort and donations (in lieu of favor anouncement). The extra paper is included in the above cost.

I designed everything on Apple Pages. It’s a great simple layout program. Plus I didn’t even use a full container of ink. I was able to personalize groups of invites which was nice. ( like inviting certain people to the rehearsal dinner, without adding an extra sheet)

Post # 7
103 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I bought pcket folders, then designed and printed the invites and inserts myself. I am still in the process of cutting and assembling them all and let me tell you I wish I had just paid extra to buy invites all printed and cut already. I have four inserts and trying to cut 4 x 80 inserts is taking me soooo long. If you diy, have patience and give yourself plenty of time.

Post # 8
681 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

i made our invites. i got 2 invitation kits from michaels – each kit had 40 invitations (smaller wedding) for around $60. i constructed them and printed them on my home computer. it was definitely cheaper than the invitations i was considering online BUT the amount of time and energy it took to put them together, stuff, and address the envelopes wasn’t worth it to me. if i could do it over, i would probably pay for the convenience of having them shipped to me, ready to go.

Post # 9
5955 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

A cool alternative that puts you somwehere in between is printablepress.com.  The concept is that you pay for a design (about $70) and have the wording put in.  They then email you a copy and you print and cut the invites yourself.  Especially cost effective for people with a large number of invites b/c you only pay once for the design.  You can even pay a little extra to get some customizations done.

I think it’s amazing.  You don’t have to do the work of designing graphics/fonts/colours/layout but you still get cost benifits of printing on your own paper.  I peronsally think that the designs are gorgeous and contemporary and look totally custom.

 Check it out, maybe it’ll work for you! http://www.printablepress.com/

Post # 10
216 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I think it depends on your volume too.  If you’re inviting fewer than a hundred guests, then DIY is often cheaper just because you don’t get much in the way of volume discounts.  Don’t forget to consider your time as an expense too! Unless you’ll personally really really enjoy doing an elaborate multi-piece invitation package, you should consider the time spent/labour as part of the "cost" of DIY….not everyone loves this sorta stuff but did it anyway and is glad it’s over (**raises hand**)

Post # 12
647 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I also am a huge fan of printable press.  The designs are so gorgeous, and she provides lots of instructions on how to print as well as some rough estimates of what the entire suite willl cost with paper and ink, etc.

Post # 14
2204 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

DIY is worth if if you have time, don’t get easily stressed, aren’t too much of a perfectionist and have some extra help!

I have to admit I’m a perfectionist who stresses easily, but I still DIYed my invitations and loved every minute of it, including the final result.  I wouldn’t have done it any other way!

You can see my invitations here:


and my DIY tutorial(s) here:


Mine were cheap!  I paid less than $3 each, including postage for 100 invitations

Post # 15
1105 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

My invites were DIY and it ended up costing me about $1.50 per invite.  That included the RSVP postcard, invitation, envelope and stamp.  I bought my cardstock, ribbon and vellum from Michael’s, my ivory paper at Office Depot, my postcards from Quill and my envelopes online from paperworks.com.  I was lucky in the respect that I had a lot of free time at work and was able to assemble in my free time there.  I think it depends on your spare time and how patient you are with doing them yourself.  I made up about 120, which probably took me about a week all together.

Post # 16
739 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2009 - Red Fish Grill

I agree with Latte.  Definitely make sure you give yourself plenty of time if you go the DIY route. I know that I put a good number of hours into the layout and design of all of my pieces, and then again when it came to cutting and assembling it all (with FI’s help). 

It was so worth it to me, though.  My main reason for doing it was purely selfish, in that I love this kind of stuff.  I’m sure that at $5.10 a piece (including postage), I saved quite a bit compared to paying someone to do it for me.  I could have saved a lot more by printing them at home, but I really wanted the look of flat print.  You can see them here.

Anyway, there are so many options.  You should check out the other bees’ DIY invites, especially the Gocco ones.  Unbelievable beautiful!

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