(Closed) calling all DIY brides, questions on affordable stationary

posted 6 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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1112 posts
Bumble bee

Hi! I am DIY too and it’s so fun! I was planning on doing our invitations ALL by myself…designing them with Adobe Suite, etc. But I am just too busy. I have a friend who is great with that kind of stuff. I am having her do them for me. I will offer to pay her BUT I think she might not charge me. Haha. So nice of her!

Anyway…she is going to design a PDF for me. I am going to print mine for free at my university. Students get free color printing. Chaching! BUT since they will be printed on plain copy paper, I am then cutting them out and placing them on a cardstock matte.

This will be WAY cheaper than the “DIY kits” or anything like that.

Post # 5
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307 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I’m doing my own invites. I’m also using a lot of free printables like those on weddingchicks which are beautiful. For my invites I have a beautiful monogram in our colours purple and blue, then I just downloaded typography fonts from dafont and other sites like that, and have a simple 2 page design on cardstock. I’ll wrap it in a kraft paper belly band and some lace ribbon and voila! Can’t show pics cos it’s a work in progress but I am so thrilled with it and it fits our theme exactly 🙂

 

I’m using the same monogram and will print out my menu myself. I’m using a free printable for other things like bride/groom sign for our seats and for our table numbers.

If you want to go halfway, there are printable suites you can purchase. There are some great ones on etsy. Keep in mind you still need to buy paper, ink and envelopes etc, so it might not work out much cheaper.

 

 

Post # 6
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1112 posts
Bumble bee

@ilayssa:  I haven’t come that far yet. Haha. I have some scrapbooking experience, in which I’ve used simple adhesive squares. I might just use those (I already have a ton and they are so cheap). 1 square on each corner usually does the trick. They stick really well.

Post # 10
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1193 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@ilayssa:  i did my own invites and save the dates! I found designs I loved off of etsy and got those. The std was 20 and the invitation with all the pieces was 35 to design. For the STD we got them printed on vistaprint and spent about 20 total. The wedding invitations we printed at kinkos (we bought our own paper we wanted) and that was another ten. And they look fabulous!! We are just doing the grunt work ie putting the invitation parts together which is what people charge so much for.

Post # 11
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1112 posts
Bumble bee

@ilayssa:  Thanks! I forgot to mention, another cheap thing you can do to spruce up the invites is attach a dired lavender spring to them. Lavender is in our wedding, so it makes sense, but I have seen alot of people online doing that, too.

Post # 13
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307 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

@ilayssa:  

I’m printing myself. I’ve done trial runs and just have to cross my fingers our printer is going to keep handling the cardstock! It’s not massively thick and stiff so should be OK.

 

Some great sites I’ve found printables:

Eat Drink Chic

Ruffled Blog

Hello Lucky!

Polkadot Bride

The Pretty Blog

Smitten on Paper

ellinee.com

elizabethannedesigns.com

stelloberrydesigns.com

Post # 15
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: May 2013

We got Wilton invites from Jo-Ann’s! Then we got the matching place cards/programs/thank-you notes! I think we spend $75 on ALL our stationary for 50 guests!

You buy the cards, and they have the formatting stuff on their website! You just type in the words, and it auto formats to how it needs to print on the invites!

Post # 16
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1193 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@ilayssa:  Yes, both of mine were fabulous and so easy to work with! Our STD came from Sparkvites and Design by Toni Deweese. Both of them made a thiusand changes when I couldn’t make up my mind. We did postcards for our Save-The-Date Cards. They held up perfectly fine through the mail (we sent one to ourselves so we could see). We saved so much money that way on envelopes and postage because postcards stamps are a vit cheaper. For our invitations we got 110 Kraft cardstock. It is super thick and what was recommended to us for wedding invitations. We got that from papertrey.com for $9 for 50 pages. I havent gotten envelopes yet but i know Hobby Lobby has some cheap Kraft ones so we might go with those. Let me know of you need anything else, I would be happy to help!

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