Post # 1
Try planning a wedding overseas while also undertaking your first teaching job! Gah! I am in serious need of cheap, vintage inspired invites. The wedding is August 6th, so I have really slacked!
My original plan was to run to Michael’s or Target, but now I’m teaching in Bahrain, (and I will kill to shop at Target right now:) Does anyone know of any online retailers that would sell vintage inspired or floral/funky invitations at a reasonable price? Like 1.50 or less for the invite and RSVP card?
My colors are canary and clover green. I’ll be able to respond for a few more hours, and then I’ll be out of town for 3 days.
All suggestions are welcome!
Post # 3
I ordered my invites from here. They have some really dorky ones, but also really pretty ones. You can order a sample for free.
We ordered this one. And I’ve received several compliments. It’s not traditional and it’s very informal, but it’s pretty.
Post # 4
Try Vistaprint.com. They sell invites and response cards separately, but they average out to be about 1.79 when they’re full price. Sign up for their e-mail alerts, though, and wait for them to go half price, because they always do. If you want to be really sneaky, sign up for LivingSocial.com and wait for them to do their Vistaprint promotion where you can pay $10 for $50 worth of products at Vistaprint.
Post # 5
We did our own by printing out a template from weddingchicks.com onto white cardstock and then layering onto colored cardstock!
Post # 6
Thank you all much for the fast responses! I won’t be able to DIY from overseas (I will be sending everything to my mom in the states and I don’t want to burden her.) I guess that’s a big trade off for living overseas– I’m a huge DIYer but now I really can’t do a lot of the projects i had planned 🙁
Annasbridalbargains looks promising. Your invites are so pretty! Those prices are pretty awesome too.
The visatprint thing sounds good, but do I have time? Is it getting too late to wait more than a week to order?
Has anyone found really cheap deals on Etsy?
Post # 7
I was going to go with them before I decided to DIY
Post # 8
I love these! Price is great! Plus they are letterpressed!
And this review was helpful!
I have champagne taste but a beer budget after 3 years of law school, e.g. I wanted heavyweight, letterpress invitations, but such cost more than 4 bucks a pop. Hence, I felt like I’d hit the jackpot when I found these invitations at Target. The cardstock feels substantial and the Queen Anne’s Lace flower is letterpressed. The outer envelope could have been a bit thicker; nonetheless, I couldn’t see through it.
I would recommend the following color/font scheme:
-use Copperplate Gothic Light in RGB color 135 (red) 96 (green) and 40 (blue) for all the font but your names
-use Monotype Corsiva in RGB color 49 (red) 132 (green) and 155 (blue) for your names
If you’d like to print the recipient’s address on the outer envelope, create a 8.5″ wide by 5.5″ high document in Word. I set the orientation to landscape and inserted a absolute text box ~3.05″ from the right of the page and 2.17″ below the top of the page. Furthermore, I placed a mailmerge code in the textbox and then merged all my guests’ addresses from an excel spreadsheet I created with the help of the free Guest List/Invitation Manager utility at WeddingChannel.com (this utility was a lifesaver).
As for the RSVP envelopes, I created a 5.63″ wide by 4.38″ high document in Word. I set the orientation to landscape and inserted an absolute textbox ~1.48″ from the right of the page and 2.06″ below the top of the page. I typed my return address in said textbox and printed as many as I needed on my regular HP Deskjet.
As for my return address on the flap of the outer envelope, I printed my address on peel & stick address labels by Avery, i.e. product # 18660.
Finally, I took a gentle nail file to the perforated edge of the RSVP card to make it completely smooth.
The invitations, rsvp cards, and envelopes turned out beautifully. I did not have any problems with streaking. As such, I was very pleased with my purchase and received numerous compliments. None of my guests were the wiser that everything came from Target.
Post # 9
Thanks for all the input! I’m not going to be able to assemble invites but I just discovered weddingpaperdivas.com and its amazing. The hunt continues and all suggestions are still welcome. In 3 days I will present you with the final decision. 🙂
Post # 10
P.S. Miss Seersucker: thanks for the excellent review. You’re making me miss Target so much. I totally had a dream that I got to shop at Target and buy all the stuff I can’t get over here.
Post # 11
@Miss Seersucker: Those are the invites we used for our wedding!! We DIY’ed them over the course of a few days. I’m still in love with those invitations!!
Post # 12
We did vintage inspired save the dates. I used an Etsy shop, Sweetcookie http://www.etsy.com/shop/sweetcookie and she did a fantastic job and really reasonably priced. Good luck!