cost of DIY wedding invitations??

posted 8 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
272 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I purchased 2 sets of DIY invitations (30count) and it was under $60 total. They were on sale and I had 25% off coupons. 

They are on my desk and have not started yet.

Now, I started my new job and wedding in 3 months… it is on my fiance’s To-Do-List 😉

Post # 4
119 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I think it all depends on how much effort you are willing to put into the invitations. I’m completely DIYing our invitations. Browsed through Etsy to get inspirations. I’m having the invitations printed at local print shop (B&W) and doing an embossed stamp to add color and dimension.  Our wedding is small and I am doing 20 invitations and 25 wedding announcements for my family oversees.  I think right now I am at $2 per invitation. 

Post # 5
9053 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I have $344.00 entered in my budget spreadsheet under invitations.  However I ordered materials in bulk and had enough to do all our paper pieces (STD’s, menus, programs, escort cards) and postage for STD’s, invites and thank you cards with the money from that budget so it’s a little inflated. 

I think if I actually broke down what I USED from that stash, I worked out each invite was about $2.20 before postage.  I had a pocket fold, belly band, rsvp card, reception card, envelope to hold tickets to the park we hosted it in, outer envelope and a lined inner envelope.

That’s what you have to keep in mind though, is that buying paper in bulk and not using it all, and having extras for mistakes, and buying tools to make them is what adds up. 

Here’s a link to my DIY invites.

Post # 6
2829 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I spent about 10$ on a 50 count of  A7 cardstock & A7 envelopes.

I am using free templates & my own design from photshop.

I also have a ridiculous collection of scrapbooking stuff (cardstocks included) that I can use for belly bands, pocket folds, response cards etc. whatever we decide on (they were fairly cheap as well).

So over all, discluding postage we will spend probably about $20ish on our invitations. But our guest list is only about 80, [we’re expecting maybe 50].

Post # 7
4824 posts
Honey bee

It also depends on what you are comparing them to.  Are you making invites that look more expensive so if you bought them they would be twice the price, but you could buy cheaper looking invites for the same price as your DIY?

All invitations are apples to apples.

Our inviteas are costing us about 2 a piece, but there is no way we could have bought what we made for under 4 dollars a piece if not a lot more.

Post # 9
14494 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Have you checked out

With the discount emails they send me, I got most of my paper products for only the cost of shipping and my invites were 90% off.  I spend around $30 for 100 invitations, response cards (I used the free post cards but arranged them like just a card) , envelopes, accommodations cards, maps, and std’s.

Post # 10
2829 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

@Miss Wallaroo:

those designs look reaaaaaaaaaally simple to me.

I think with a little toying in powerpoint, GIMP[free program], adobe photoshop [not free], or inkscape[free], you would easily be able to re-create those on your own.

However if time is an issue, I would definitely check out vista print, they have some pretty decent prices, so I would at least compare before making a final call.

Post # 12
231 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I semi diyed mine.  I bought mine from Michaels, the Brides collection.  It included an outer envelope, invitation, directions card, rsvp and envelope.  I had to do 165 invitations.


6 Packs of invites, 30 count. Normally $40, on sale for $30, used a 30% off entire order coupon, for invites paid $126 dollars

$70 for return stamps

$100 to send out invites

Total for invites (including the 15 extra we had) $296 or $1.79 per invite which included postage.

btw, i was going to have these printed because i’m computer iliterate, but it was easy and barely used any ink.  Definately cheaper than buying them!

Post # 15
817 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

My mock-up pocketfold invitation is completely DIY. I haven’t made them all yet, but you can see my mock-up here: along with a complete run-down of the costs involved.

The total cost I’m estimating to be $1.60/invite, but that does not include the .44 stamp it will cost to mail them…or the massive amount of time I’m going to be spending to make them! However, I enjoy doing things like this so it doesn’t bother me.


Post # 16
383 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I think it totally depends on the type of invitation you want. Ours were DIY but we did them on high quality paper, lots of layers, etc… For us, everything (including envelopes, glue dots, etc…) were about $3/invite. For what we wanted (customized, personalized, lots of into), a pre-made one might have cost $5 or $6/invite, so we saved a lot of money on 220 invitations!

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