Post # 1
I’d really like to look into at least semi-DIYing my invites but I don’t have a clue where to start. I like the idea of the ones from Michael’s that are already designed and you just print them, but I want to incorporate the dark purple of our wedding and their purple selection isn’t that great. Actually, I like the one they have, but it’s just a single sheet with a reply card and that’s it…I’d love to have something a little more. Where else could I get something like that?
Other than the ones at Michael’s how do people DIY their invites? I’m not creative or artistic in any way so doing them completely from scratch won’t happen. What are my other options?
Post # 3
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
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
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
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
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
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.