(Closed) Are DIY invites worth it?

posted 13 years ago in DIY
Post # 17
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I ordered the paper for my invitations from http://www.invitationkitsdirect.com/.  They have a large selection of paper that comes with matching response cards.  The quality is great and I am very happy with my choice!

Post # 18
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Sugar bee

I made my own pocketfolds.  I DID NOT save money and I could’ve paid the same amount for some really nice letterpress invites.  I just ended up spending a lot of money, time, and energy when I could have paid someone else to do that!

If you’re not that crafty, I say go for PRO invites with a nice letterpress designer on Etsy.  They’ll look SO much better and you won’t have to lift a finger!

Post # 19
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111 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

We DIY the invites, we actually had fun making them FH helped me a lot. I took it as a great way to spend time together.

Post # 20
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53 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2009

I did my own invites and now I’m actually designing invites using the same concept as the site CBGG mentioned.

I only charge $50 (or less)  and you can see some of my designs here: http://www.nkm-designs.blogpsot.com

 

Post # 21
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I’m not that crafty but love a beautiful invite.  I know if I totally DIY’d it myself, it would probably end up costing the same or more because I’d mess it up.  Just being honest.

I’m going to check out printable press.  I do love some designers on Etsy (HeatherCollins85 and Decadent Designs) and Carciofi Designs (not Etsy). 

I might probably try to DIY the STD or some printing aspects, like an Out of Town welcome packet.. 

 

Post # 22
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2009

o i think its SO worth it. it was by far the hardest thing for me as far as wedding planning goes. i was so stressed out and it tool so much work. but i got so many compliments that it was the best they ever saw…when compared to some of yours they arent that great…but i absolutely love them!
 

Post # 23
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495 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

Pretty much what LatteLove said. If DIY is totally your thing, and you don’t mind hunting for a bargain on the materials, then it will be so worth it for you. If you’re the type that likes it for a while and then gets fed up with long projects, or if you’re just generally not into it, then it’s probably more worthwhile to order them…DIY invitations can come out looking great though!

Post # 24
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33 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I bought an invitation set from Target and printed them at home. I purchased some embellishments to give the invites a little flair. I estimate that we saved about $200.00. I have gotten tons of compliments on our invitations.

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Post # 25
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I think DIY invites are totally worth it both for personal satisfaction and cost consideration. I am going really simple for our invites. My Fiance is going to design a bamboo graphic for the invite. I plan on buying parchment or linen style cardstock with matching or complementary envelopes. We will print them at home using a calligraphy style font. I’m going to round the edges to add just a little touch.

It’s more personal and I love to craft. And I figure, why spend so much money on invitations when so many people just throw them out. I’ve done some reseach on cost of the supplies and I think it will cost under $150 for everything (including postage for card, response, thankyou, and paper for thankyous) for about 60-70 invites. I’m thinking of doing postcard response cards and thankyous.

 

Once I actually make them I’ll post pictures.

Post # 26
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Newbee

I bought my invites at Michaels for $35. Best ever! They’re from the Brides collection made by Gartner studios:

https://store.gartnerstudios.com/home.phtm

If I wanna be picky I add the cost of the ink but it’s nothing! If you have Word and a fairly good (nothing fancy) printer you’re done in a jiffy! Word even adjusts the size paper for printing so if your printer is properly installed it would give you no problems whatsoever.

I personalized them by adding crystals, a logo, and a map. The reviews so far are great, people love them and they think they’re cute!

Here’s an example: (is from the website and it shows blurry for copyright purposes) I won’t post mine cause I have a thing with privacy.

Good luck!

P.S. They’re exactly half letter size paper so I practiced the layout with halves. Until you’re ready NEVER print on the original paper. They give you about 2 extras and that’s all. I used the extra for invitations. They come 40 (42) a pack.

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Post # 27
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

We did semi-DIY invitations more to get something unique than to save money. (We are having a very small wedding, so the cost of the invitations was not going to be all that great even if each one was relatively pricey.) My fiancee developed the design based on our ketubah (with the permission of the artist, Amy Fagin of 20th Century Illuminations). We got the paper and had the printing and cutting done at Cards & Pockets. My fiancee then assembled them. They ended up being about $4 each, but that was because we added a whole lot of special touches (magnetic snaps, two different kinds of ribbon, photo stickers on tiny mats) to them. A picture is below.

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Post # 28
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I got mine off of eBay for $6 per box of 40. If you go this route I have a few suggestions.

1. Definitely order more than you think you will need. I thought 80 invites would be more than enough but the first ones were not aligned properly and I only ended up with 65. Add some people initally not thought of and I had a crisis on my hands and had to quickly buy another box at retail price.

2. A laser printer will make print that does not run when wet and the job will go much easier.

3. Realize you may have to fool around to get the alignment right. While the manufacturer’s printing wizard was helpful with the wording, I could not get the alignment right on the reply cards, no matter what I tried. Luckily I have a student who is much better at these sorts of things. He actually had to use little wooden blocks with the printer to get the alignment right.

However, I now have over 100 invitations for a grand total of $45 in expenses. This I like cos I am cheap, no! Make that thrifty! LOL

Post # 29
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499 posts
Helper bee

My fiance and I realized that it would cost more ink and effort to print out the invitations so we decided to have them done through Costco.com.  Not only are they affordable, they turned out great.

Post # 30
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87 posts
Worker bee

I think we’ll end up spending right around $1,000 for our paper goods, which include: invites (3 pages), map (2 sided), RSVP, menus, drink menus, escort cards, programs (3 pages), cupcake toppers, thank you notes & envelopes. It seems like a hefty price tag for DIY, but I was able to get a LOT more for the money doing most of the work ourselves. We did have a local print shop do the actual printing and cutting of the invites, RSVPs & maps for us because I wanted everything to line up perfectly. I also spent extra on the paper because I wanted post-consumer recycled paper that had an eco-certification.

Feel free to check out the photos I put on my blog:

http://engaged2009.blogspot.com/2009/06/invitation-suite-preview.html

It’s really hard to see the navy blue backer, but the three pages are attached to a backer with two grommets.

Post # 31
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2009

I designed my invites (made a picture by hand, then tweaked it in picasa and added text), then had them printed on vistaprint when they were having a sale. I used the same motif to make RSVP cards, which I got for $5 (the cost of uploading an image) they don’t have any pretty envelopes at vistaprint so I bought some from papersource and in my freaking out about how many kinds of cool paper they had I decided to do envelope liners too.

all in all, I probably spent $28 on invitations and rsvp cards, then around $20 on fancy envelopes. I bought 30 invitations. 

Mygatsby.com has good prices on thermography if you’re getting enough invites for a bigger party. 

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