Post # 1
I have most of my wedding all planned out and most of it is ready. Dress bought, venue and photographer booked, three options each for caterer, dj, ceremony music, entertainment, gelatto and desert bar. Flowers are done by my cousin who decorates weddings and odds and ends are already bought off of amazon. I thought I had most of the big things set, so I started doing the little things, designing and picking out my invites…. HELL I tell you! HELL!! There are so many paper options, and I’m going to DIY,
letterpress? where to get plates? oh or heat embossing, cheaper and different. Inkjet printing maybe? Lasercut?
Paper, paper comes in weights? There’s cotton paper? What color combinations? Oh and I can add ribbon and rhinestones, oh but that will be a bit much with the heat embossing…..
Matte or shimery or silk finish? Patterned or solid?
I HATE this! Unfortunately I refuse to spend more than $200 on invites, maybe $300 but want them to look expensive (of course ugh), and I have no idea where to start.
So, of these companies, where should I order samples from to start off with? Help someone!
Post # 3
I did my save the dates myself–and I did boarding passes with pocketfolds (though you could do pretty much any invitations the way I did). I found it MUCH more cost-effective to make the pocketfolds myself, than to buy them.
I ordered my ivory linen carstock from paperandmore.com, for the actual cards. Their linen card stock is AWESOME–and much less expensive than other places. It’s a very sturdy stock and you can print on it (though my friend owns a print-shop and offered to print my save the dates for free if I supplied the cardstock. He didn’t offer letterpress or anything. Just full color printing).
I DIY’ed my pocketfolds with 12×12 cardstock from Joann.com (I used “Core’dinations”) that I bought on sale and with a coupon. They were a bit of work to assemble, but they turned out AMAZING. I used Zots glue dots for adhesive. I then added an ivory linen belly band for a finishing touch.
If you’re going to use Core’dinations cardstock, be sure to choose your colors on this website: http://www.coredinations.com/index.php/products/core-essentials/individual-colors/
The colors on the Core’dinations website are FAR more accurate than on the Joann.com website.
I also embossed them myself using embossing powder, a heat embossing tool I bought at Michael’s Arts and Crafts with a 50% off coupon, and custom hand stamps that I designed and ordered from Rubberstampchamp.com. It made the invitations look VERY expensive.
I did 75 save the dates, including: pocketfolds, boarding pass save the dates with magnetic backing, AND special custom stamped “Save the Date” balsa wood airplanes for under $200. However, that doesn’t include postage. That said, without the custom stamped balsa airplanes, it would have been only $120 for the boarding pass save the dates and pocketfolds. Again, the only thing I didn’t pay for was ink…since my friend printed the main cards for me.