(Closed) Brides making their own invitations

posted 5 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I did. It was a lot of work, lots of money, and they look gorgeous.

My one suggestion is to make a sample before youbbuy all the paper you need. Send it through the mail to yourself and see how the paper, envelope, and binding holds up. If something doesn’t work, it is much cheaper to change it now, than it is after every supply has been purchased.

Post # 4
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

I also designed all of our paper items- save the dates, invites, programs, escort cards,  etc. We saved a lot of money that way, and I love that our invite were unique to us.

Post # 5
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Sugar bee

I did, everyone loved them!

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I made our STD’s and invitations and all the stuff that goes with it. It was really rewarding getting our STD’s in and seeing how everything turned out. FI and I love them 🙂

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Yup, I’m designing all of our paper products. My parents own a printing company and can get great deals on paper. I am just designing in Microsoft Publisher with some inspirtation I found on Etsy. So far so good! I wanted unique paper products, and wasn’t about to shell out the money to have them custom designed. There are some limitations, but overall I have enjoyed the project. The one small splurge is pocketfold inner envelopes to hold all the pieces of the invite. Gotta have a little fancy. 🙂

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I made my invitations in Microsoft Word.  Printed it on cardstock and used a cutter to even the lines out when I cut it.

Boom, done!  Have about 60 invites for less than $30. 

They’re not fancy, they’re not layered or have any ribbon or special things, but they’re cute and simple just like we are 🙂

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

i designed and printed all my wedding stationery.  i used pocketfolds with step inserts for my invites. my thank you cards were similar in style to what you posted for your invites.  i found using a scoring board was very helpful when making the little booklets. 

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I love it!!! Great job!

Post # 12
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Busy bee

For those of you making them yourselves, where are you/did you print them?

Post # 13
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Blushing bee

I used catprint (catprint.com) to print mine. They do custom sizes and had many different paper types to choose from – canvas, cotton, linen, etc. They can mail you a sample of their different paper types with sample printing on it. They have a sample packet just for wedding stationary (http://www.catprint.com/drafts/1067841/jobs/new). They were really easy to work with and had a fast turnaround time. I printed all of my wedding invitation inserts and thank you cards thru catprint.

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I’m making my own too – I don’t have pictures at work, but they are just a simple pocket fold which I made, the invitation itself, RSVP cards/envelopes and belly band.  I am just using my regular colour laser printer, and it has worked great – no smudging or smearing. 

 

The finished product is so rewarding!

Post # 15
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

My mom and I designed ours together. She is a graphic designer and used Adobe Illustrator. We printed them ourselves using shimmer papers in white and navy blue from Kelly Paper. The butterflies were punched from scrapbook papers and the rhinestone was from Michaels. The twine was purchased online, I need to ask my mom where since I don’t remember.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I made all our paper elements as well.  Although we saved a ton of money it was very time consuming but I enjoyed every minute of it.

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