(Closed) cost of DIY wedding invitations??

posted 9 years ago in DIY
Post # 17
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

i bought mine from michaels they came in a pack of 40. i got lucky and went when they had buy one get one free on bridal stuff so my entire set of inviations cost me 29.99

here is a crappy pic of the inviation itself…it came with rsvp cards and then i made copies of those on cardstock for a reception card. they turned out really beautiful. wish i had a better picture of everything all together

Post # 18
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

Michaels has a 40% off coupon online every single week.  (Click “This Week’s Ad” in the upper right corner, and you can print it out to take to the store.)  Their DIY Brides invites are $40 for 40 (with Save-The-Date Cards, etc.)…so 40% off with tax…about $25…$100 for all of your invites (plus ink).  I was happy with that price and how my invites turned out.

Post # 19
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

@Miss Wallaroo: I bought mine from the discount aisle at Michales, they were actually programs that I converted into invitse (so they had layers for each item, incite, map, hotels etc.)

At the end of the day, with envelope and postage they cost a smidigen under 1.00 each.

Post # 20
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I got the invitation kit at Target for $39.99/50 invites (which included the invite, outside envelope, RSVP, RSVP envelope and pearlized pocket envelope). I had maps made by Etsy Seller, “lilacsandlace.” She originally was going to charge me $3 but she had them done w/in 24 hours, so I paid her $10.  She emailed me the file and I printed them off myself on heavyweight paper. I had extra heavyweight paper so I did the Accommodation Sheet myself and printed it on the same heavyweight paper.  The contents all go together in the heavyweight pearlized pocket envelope.  Finally, I bought a patterned piece of 12×12 paper from Hobby Lobby and cut it into strips to use as the belly band and put a pearl applique sticker on the front.

I made 150 as well – cost breakdown:

3 boxes of invitation kits – $119.97

250 sheets of heavyweight paper – $15.00

Maps – $10.00

Bellyband paper – 50 cents/sheet (will probably need 10 sheets) – $5.00

Pearl Appliques – $2.99/27 stickers – $16.60

TOTAL – Approximately $167

Cost per invitation – $1.11

Post # 21
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Miss Wallaroo if you are thinking of doing post card’s for RVPS cards you might want to check out zazzle.com.  They have have designs that you can purchase and have printed or you can upload and print your own design.  

Post # 22
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

We kept it simple and got lucky. 

I found a package of plain what invitations on sale at Michael’s for dirt cheap. I maybe spent $20 for 200 of them. I played around downloading fonts from dafont.com and whipped up a design for our invites in Microsoft word [not exactly advanced graphic designer work, but it looked pretty good]. I got them printed at a local copy shop and then we just punched twoholes and tied a coordinating ribbon on a diagonal across the top corner. Most expensive thing was the little clip we got to hold it all together. 

 

I got a beautiful stamp for the outside of the envelopes and hand addressed each one. We ordered return address labels from vistaprint.com that matched our theme/colors.

RSVPs we did postcards. Those were kind of a pain. Apparently I didn’t do quite enough research on the weight the paper has to be to be considered a post card. I used a template from Microsoft Word and added my own touches. I printed them on cardstock…or what I thought was cardstock, but my mailman yelled at me on a daily basis and charged us extra because they weren’t the right weight : ( we clipped those on the back with a fancy scrapbook paperclip.

Our wedding was on a pretty intense budget [we spent less than $5,000 and had almost 300 guests!] and we spent less than $1.50 and invitation. 

We were going for simple and casual and knew that most people just throw out invites after the wedding .

 

Post # 24
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

you can order DIY invitations on here..just look under wedding invitations on here. Some are very affordable. I ordered 50 invites, envelopes, RSVP, and RSVP envelopes for only 20$. the price goes up from there depending on how much detail you want. I got plain ones and am either going to spruce it up with ribbon or a stamp of some sort. I was going to go buy card stock and what not and do everything myself but I think this is probably just as cheap if not cheaper. im going to use my ink jet printer to print the font on them, so that wont cost anything either.

Post # 25
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@caiters_marie: hey i love the design. You said you used microsoft? how do i do something like that?

Post # 26
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Helper bee

Watch for clearance sales at Staples, Office Depot, and Michael’s.  I got 90 invitations for $12.36.  It was pure random luck when I found them.

Post # 27
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@caiters_marie: Wow~

I love these, and might have to take your idea too!  

Were they blank papers, or an invitation suite?

Post # 28
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

Hi there! I thought DIY invites would save me alot of money. However, I’m a bit of a perfectionist and by the time they were all done, printed professionally, a photo was added, and bling’ed up – I bet it would have cost the same as a prof. company doing it for me.

Post # 29
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2011

My DIY invitation suite came out to just under $2 an invite (before shipping… & had alot of extra for other projects so I cut that out of cost) but they were pretty extensive and would’ve cost bookoo’s more if we would’ve just bought them.

I couldv’e really cut cost by using a different RSVP but this is what we really wanted & because of my choosiness on dimension we got alot more than we needed.

here’s the link to my invitation’s post… I have the cost break down in a response to another bee.

Hope this helps =)

http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/the-official-invites-totally-diy-and-totally-proud

Post # 30
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Bumble Beekeeper

@Miss Wallaroo:

Those really wouldn’t take a lot of work to do.  My daughter and SIL made theirs.  I bought them the cardstock and scrapbook paper, and 2 sizes of envelopes and a special copper pen that they used to speckle the paper with, and the total for about 80 invites was about $20.00 total-with a jar of rubber cement, the use of a paper cutter and printer ink we already had.  We purchased everything we needed at a local craft store.  It was pretty cheap and easy.  If you are going to do those, that design is pretty simple.  You could easily print them at home on your printer. 

Post # 31
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

We are getting ours a Michael’s tomorrow with a 50% off coupon.  Each box has 50 at $54.99 regular.  So, we’ll get 100 for that price.  Not sure how much the ink will cost.

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