Post # 1
I’m looking at trying to design my own invitations. I’d like to do a blue pocketfold invitation, with mats so the invitation will end up being 4.5 by 6.5. I haven’t found that size invitation online (and that defeats the purpose of putting it together myself as well). Where did you get the design for your invitations? I’m looking online but not finding a whole lot. My thought was blue/gray/silver colors, with some simple flower design that’s not too ornate.
ETA: I’m mostly stuck on how to design the actual invitation part of it yourself. (I’ll later be stuck on how to do the printing, though the college idea sounds great.) But if you don’t hire an actual designer, how does one find or create it? I don’t have illustrator or publisher 🙁 so it’ll be word or powerpoint for me. nevermind, did a search on my computer and low and behold, apparently I have publisher.
Post # 3
We did. I actually just posted them. We went through a graphic designer.
Post # 4
I did our invites totally from scratch.
I ordered my paper for pocketfolds & invite backing from anchorpaper already cut to the sizes I needed.
I then had our invitations & map inserts printed at the local college where I could set them up on tabloid size sheets of stock that way I could fit 4 per sheet (very cost effective) Since the invites were going on the backing anyways I wasn’t as worried about the weight… and just stuck with the 67lb stock they had for our maps (you could easily just order more cut to size paper from anchorpaper though).
We ordered RSVP postcards from postcard.com b/c vistaprint didn’t have the size that I wanted (4×6) to make a clean difference in size between the inserts.
I designed all of the images in Illustrator and went with a more retro/fun look for our 60s/70s retro All You Need is Love theme.
Here’s a pic & diy for more info
If I had to do it again.. I would’ve ordered our pocketfolds from cardsandpockets b/c they cost was only pennies difference and it would’ve saved quite a bit of time.
Post # 5
I designed our invites, with some help from Darling Husband. We wanted something that would capture the festive, girly, romantic feeling that I wanted our wedding to have, but that would also represent DH’s love of clean lines and simplicity (He’s in architecture… he sure does love his clean lines.)
This is what I came up with:
I designed the graphic for the invites (the ribbons) in Adobe Illustrator, and added the text.
It’s hard to see in this photo, but the text on the main invite was raster printed with a laser cutter, so it looks like it was engraved on the invite (We had free access to one in the architecture department at our university, and Darling Husband knows how to use it, so that’s the part he handled).
I also designed a stripe graphic for the envelope liner to match the ribbons, and I had everything printed at a local print shop.
A good friend of mine has a calligraphy business on the side (loveletterer.net, if you’re interested) and she designed our monogram for the return evelopes (Those were just printed) and hand addressed all the outer evelopes.
I put everything inside a vellum envelope (with the invite facing out) and then tied everything up with a tag and ribbon.
Post # 6
We designed and printed our own – and just got them finished last night, thank GOD.
Basically, we made a whole bunch of sketches to plan out exactly how big we wanted each piece to be, then created the pieces we wanted (invite, mat, accomodations, directions, and RSVP) with Gimp. In fact, we made our own pocketfolds as well by studying a free printable pocketfold template we found online. The pocketfold is made of Neenah linen-print paper, the mats are green paper from Michael’s, and the other cards are just cardstock from Office Max.
Post # 8
I designed our invites, rsvp’s, Save-The-Date Cards, wedding maps, table numbers, escort cards, signs for the wedding tent…. basically everything. Right now I am trying to decide between two invitations. They will be printed by vistaprint as oversized postcards (not mailed out as postcards, just that’s the size we wanted! our wedding is vintage-carnival themed 🙂
Post # 9
Yes and No!
I bought a Kit from Michaels (yay for coupons!!), and then Designed my own Panel Pockets and matching Directions and Accom. cards. Customized things more than usually seen like RSVPs since we are having a limited guest list and everyone really loved them! =) Loved the outcome!
Post # 10
I created our invites using Paint Shop Pro and had them printed on white cardstock at Staples. Then I cut them with the paper cutter at work. In hindsight, I would have gotten a kit from Michael’s and just printed them at home.
Post # 12
I designed my save the dates on MS word and had them printed at a digital print shop. It was pretty reasonably priced and the turnaround was way quicker than vistaprint.
Post # 13
@sarasouth: Yours are GORGEOUS!
I designed my own completely.
I designed the words in MS Word, and then I just made the pocketfolds and cut out a ton of those curly strips with a $15 cutter from Michael’s.
Post # 14
I made ours in MS Word. I printed it at home. I’ve only made 2 mock up invites but I’ll be starting the process in the next week or two.
Post # 15
Our friend who is a graphic designer designed our logo and invitations for us. It was all based around these cake toppers I ordered off etsy =)
Post # 16
I actually had a graphic designer do the design work, but I printed and assembled myself.