(Closed) Completely lost re: DIY invites…..

posted 8 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
404 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I think there’s quite a few options for printing yourself online, aside from Michaels. Bed bath and beyond online actually has a good selection. I’m planning to go a bit more from scratch, so my research has been more cardstock/stamping/embossing/printing/giving me a headache. Hopefully someone comes along with a good suggestion!

Post # 4
172 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

You could incorporate a purple ribbon or flower and string to hold all the pieces together. Or you could use a rubber stamp with purple ink (and possibly emboss it – it’s super easy). Depending on which invite you use, you could insert purplish envelope liners or buy purple envelopes separately. Good luck!

Post # 5
332 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2010

If you’re looking for a specific shade of purple I’d try etsy. I had my invites custom designed, and got pdfs from the designer. Then I printed them myself, added another layer of colored cardstock and ribbon, and bought cute envelopes that I lined with wrapping paper.

Post # 6
1161 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I am buying invites I like from weddingpaperdivas, and then assembling them in to pocketfolds from paper and more.  It’s certainly not as cheap as the Michaels route (although wpd does always have coupons), but this way I had a lot of control of how they look (wpd lets you totally customize colors) and I didn’t have to mess with printing them at home. 

The etsy idea is a great one too.

Post # 7
1068 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I’m totally of the semi-DIY family too! Here are some ideas:

  • Have them designed by someone on etsy (they can customize the color for you). You can ask to just purchase the digital file and get them printed yourself. My favorite etsy designer is CitrusPressCo.
  • There is a generous graphic designer who offeres FREE digital designs (with the ability to customize). http://www.downloadandprint.com/
  • Keep it simple – use free fonts (dafont.com, etc) to find some ones that you like and print a simple invitation and buy nice paper from papersource or other
  • Get those invitations from Micheals to print your own (I think that these are actually kind of expensive for what they are).
  • Buy a stamp and emboss your invites: Here’s a tutorial by Miss Fondue (our friends embossed theirs with a tree and I thought that it was professionally done!)

We are doing semi-DIY. We have having a designer design our invites and do a one-color letterpress. She will give us the graphic and I’ve having my brother use that graphic to design the other pieces (RSVP card, Rehearsal dinner card, etc) and have it printed by Catprint. We used moo cards to print a picture of us on one side and our website information on the other side. Tied with some baker’s twine. It will probably come out to be about $5 per invite, but we are excited about them and think that our guests will really love them too!

Post # 8
5921 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

We did ours from the Michael’s kits, and they turned out so good! We added a little embellishment with crystals and a wax seal.

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