Post # 1
Hi there, I have a couple of wedding stationary questions for brides wanting to DIY their invitations. Will you use a download template, make them by hand yourself, or hire a professional? Please also comment on anything you are getting frustrated with, or finding difficult, when it comes to your stationary. Thanks for your comments!
Post # 2
I DIYed my invites and save the dates. I used an online template and then took a screenshot of it (so I didn’t have to pay for it), exported to Word and had them printed at Staples. I hand addressed the envelopes using a calligraphy pen. And they turned out amazing!
Post # 3
I made my own annoucement cards, as we had a micro-sized wedding and wanted to send cards to extended family. I loved them.
I purchased the rights to two photos off Shutterstock, which are ultra high-res. Each image is a watercolour of the same flower, and they compliment each other.
I designed the card itself in VistaPrint.
I chose 5.4″ x 4″ foldover matte cards, and used the first image as the front of the card. The second image I shrank quite a bit, and turned it into an envelope seal.
I really liked how they looked. The hardest part is finding a font you like.
- $29 USD for two high-res images
- $110.05 for 90 cards + white envelopes ($1.23 each)
- $20.80 for 96 envelope seals (27 cents each)
- $13.00 for 140 return address labels (9 cents each)
Post # 4
As I continued looking for that perfect stationary for our wedding, I was getting frustrated by the overpriced market for something as simple as paper and ink. While I know there are different types of paper and ink, it just seemed silly to me to spend $500-$750 on invitations alone (this didn’t include RSVPs, envelopes, addressing etc and I do not mean to offend someone who may have spent this or more, we all have our splurges, mine will be our flowers and greenery!)
So, I fell in love with sites like Vistaprint and SmartPress! While we used Vistaprint for our save the dates, we ended up ordering our invites on SmartPress where I could get my creamy linen cotton paper in a 5×7 size (their 5×7’s are more like 4.75×7.25 which wouldn’t fit in the standard A7 envelopes we wanted to use!) and classic black ink and for a fraction of what it would have cost anywhere else! I was able to get a proof and select every detail as I submitted a PDF. My fiancé and I DIY-d the gold embossed monogram crest at the top of each of our invitations to give it that extra something 🙂
Post # 5
Well, we are really casual, so we spent $16 getting the invite custom designed on Etsy(she made us into cartoon characters 🙂 and added the relevant info and changed some wording. Also adjusted colors to our specs.)
The I called around and found a place that printed 100 5×7 invites in color with full bleed for $45. I think it was $52 with tax I spent $7 on 300 clear address labels and printed 3 sheets, or 90 of them with the return address. The butcher paper envelopes were 6.99 for 50. So we bought 2 boxes. The return address labels went on the back and I handwrote addresses on the front with a sharpie. It didn’t bleed through.
I bought 60 love stamps from usps, so $30(a lot of invites were hand delivered).
Yeah, so those were our costs for the invites. We didn’t do RSVP card or additional info cards. We are really casual people and so are our family and friends, so we just directed everyone to the website for all information and to RSVP.
We are stickingnwith the free knot website and I just used a calculator and we spent $119 on invites. Which means we have $81 left from the budget lol.
Post # 7
so you are proud you stole someone else’s intellectual property?
Post # 8
Thanks Samael. They are very ‘us’ as a couple, not formal or elegant, but fun and goofy. Plus, I absolutely loved the cartoon version of us. I think I’m going to have a cartoon family portrait made of us with the dog, cat, and fish.