Post # 1
Would anyone care to share what the cost breakdown was for making your own invitations?
I didn’t make my own. It just wasn’t something I wanted to put the time, effort and energy into, but I’m totally impressed with what all you creative Bees did with your DIY invites.
I’m wondering how cost effective it truly is gven how elaborate many of your invitations have been. So, if you don’t mind sharing a breakdown of the cost per invite along with a picture of your invite, I think it would help a lot of other Bees considering this option!
Post # 3
@Loribeth: I don’t have my finished product yet, but here is what I expect them to cost:
12×12 scrapbook paper: $.20 a sheet this week at Joanns to make the pocketfold
Vellum Value pack: $5.99 for 50 sheets, 100 invites…$.06 (will print on home printer)
Envelopes: around .20 each
Printing info cards at office max: $.30 each
Some pretty paper for behind the vellum: $.20 a sheet/2 invites…$.10
around $.86 each, hopefully still with just one stamp!
Post # 4
@DIYtilmyfingershurt: Wow! That’s a lot less than I expected!
Post # 5
Great Topic…DIY is so popular these days.
Mine were $0.70 per invitation (not including postage….which was actually $0.64 because of the weight)
My Fiance works offshore and they recieve a bunch of stuff in burlap sacks and they were about to discard over 75 full size burlap sacks….he flagged them down and they let him have them. He is so great! So….they were so inexpensive because the burlap was..dare I say it….FREE!!!!
My advice is go to hobby lobby 1-2 times weekly..at some point everything in the store goes 50% off!
Post # 6
@Junkgypsy: Those are really cute! Great job, and I’m amazed at how little they cost to make! I didn’t see a cost for envelopes, do they fit into a standard size?
Post # 7
@Loribeth: yes, we cut them to fit standard size.
um….i haven’t purchased envelopes yet….I saw a box of 190 for $15 I think? guess i shoud do that hu…lol
Post # 8
@Junkgypsy: LOL! Yeah, I’d say you should do that.
Post # 9
I downloaded a free invitation design from downloadandprint.com, and then changed the colors to match ours. Then I designed the RSVP, reception, and directions cards.
Here’s our price breakdown:
Envelopes (100 A7 and 100 4bar) from envelope mall are $42
Paper for invite set (65lb linen from office depot) is $35
Full sheet labels for wrap around labels are $17 (not a necessity)
Envelope liner paper (5 for $1 at hobby lobby during a sale – not a necessity) for $6
Stamps (100) are $44
We’re printing them out at home (so I may need to buy more ink, not sure yet), but it looks like it’s going to cost us about $145 for 100 invitations to be mailed out. I may buy some more envelopes so there’s an outer and inner envelope, which will add about $20 more…but either way, I still think it’s a good price.
Hope that helps!
Post # 10
@heather5743: That’s closer to how much I thought it would cost. Do you have pic of what they’ll look like, or haven’t you made them yet?
Post # 11
I made my own. Simple, One sided 5*7 cards with envelopes (a Wilton Kit) and RSVP postcards enclosed.
When it was all said and done, I could have had them professionally printed for just $5 more… and not spent all day doing everything.
The toner is what cost me an arm and a leg.
Post # 12
- Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ
$85 – 500 envelopes & 500 sheets of paper (could have done this cheaper, but I wanted matching paper)
Free – velum (I had some leftover from an old project)
$15 – hole punch
$5 – ribbon (estimated, I bought this with other supplies)
$85 – inkjet printer (we needed a new one)
$30 – additional ink
Total: $220 (and we have a new printer and enough #10 envelopes to last use a few years)
We also did Save-The-Date Cards on this budget with the addition of $20 of business card magnets from Staples. I did about 50 invites, but I could have done a few hundred with the addition of more ink and ribbon. We have enough supplies left for thank you cards and programs although we may need to buy ink again.
That said, your experience can be more like DawnB’s. It can be very expensive and/or frustrating if you do something complicated.
Post # 13
Ours were $22.00 for 100 (plust the cost of standard postage), and that’s because I had to splurge on the fancy linen look envelope. It did take about an entire week and a lot of trial and error and frustration, though. And they were just flat printed cards.
Post # 14
Here’s my breakdown for the 50 Invitation Suites I did!
Posterboard Sheets x10 = $5.50
Main Invitation Cards (ordered from vistaprint with 100 free deal) = $15.00 – shipping only
Invitation extra cards (Additional Info, RSVP, & Directions – 100 each/Vistaprint) = $20.00 – shipping only
Supplies (Glue, Tape, twine, etc.) = $10.50
Scrapbooking pieces (paper flowers, etc.) = $15.75
Packaging Paper x3 rolls (homemade envelopes) = $6.00
Grant Total $72.75
I found it was totally worth it since I got EXACTLY what I wanted and so cheap too!
Post # 15
@Loribeth: I have a screen shot of all the stuff. I printed it all out, but can’t seem to find the picture right now.
And I’m using these stardream envelopes and probably these stamps.
Post # 16
I haven’t assembled them, but here is my breakdown:
$35 for membership on weddingclipart.com (also used for LOTS of other projects)
$20 for 100 card/envelope set (Kmart)
$11 for 250 sheets cardstock (50 sheets for inserts in bulletins at church, 25 sheets for RSVP cards, and the rest is for programs)
$44 for 100 stamps (RSVP cards are not being sent back. They can call, write, or email.)
$2 for a gold paint pen to line the edges of the envelopes (this will also be used for a decoration)