(Closed) did you DIY your invites? if so, how much $ did you spend/save?

posted 8 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
3344 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

Considering I originally wanted letterpress…I’m probably saving alot!  I’ve spent about $200 so far for all the paper, tools, etc for 100 Save-The-Date Cards (printed at overnightprints.com) and 50 pocketfolds (invitation, rsvp card/envelope, directions card, accommodations card, reception card, invitation envelope).

Post # 4
922 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I plan on doing mine – the paper is going to be $150 total.  That includes paper for the invite, reception card, response card, info card, invite envelopes, response envelopes….i am having around 120 guests.  I know people that spend 500-600-700+ on custom invites…that just wasn’t for me!

Post # 5
3539 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I have 150 invites that included information with for reception and 78 invites just for for the ceremony.. (differant layout)

I did them myself, so far the cost was 167 dollars for ALL invites and details. My original quote for the printer was 315AUD dollars and that wasnt including envelopes.

So ive saved myself 150 AUD dollars. However there were pros and cons to both.

 If I  would have rather had it professionally done, as it would have taken the hassle away or I would have had alot more time to do other things non wedding related.  So sometimes it would have been better if I had it professionally done.

But im proud as punch with my invites knowing that I did them myself – first time at the paper stuff 🙂 and saved 150 AUD dollars 🙂



Post # 6
71 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

For 150 save the date postcards that my friend designed, I spent about $40 from uprinting.com.  Which is like .27 each.  Pretty good, so far!

Post # 7
7779 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

I’m DIYing mine. I’m going to the DIY pocketfold kits from Cards and Pockets. It’s going to cost >$100.

Post # 8
940 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

We designed our own and had them printed on letterpress for under $500.

Post # 9
6572 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

not including postage, we spent $86 for everything for about 100 invites. that’s paper products (handmade paper with pressed flowers and vellum), twine, envelopes, and return address labels. we printed at home, and cut the paper and kinkos for free.

Post # 10
5823 posts
Bee Keeper

I DIYed everything.  On the Save-The-Date Cards I think I saved $50 because I used postcards, so I saved on stamps too.  For my invites I did a 5 insert pocketfold with a letterpress insert (admittedly outsourced) and a closing ribbon with a wax seal and handmade envelopes.  I didn’t save ANY money on them, and may as well have paid $5 per invite for someone else to do them.  I spent WAY too much time and money on them!

Where I went wrong:
Size: My envelopes were 6″x9″ which dictated the size of the pocketfolds.  A smaller size would have saved me on paper and postage!  Start with a standard size envelope and build your DIY project around that.
Postage: My envelope size and the weight of all of my inserts caused my postage to be very expensive.  Also, I pre-stamped all of the RSVP envelopes.  I wouldn’t do that again.  No one even used them!  I also ordered custom stamps for the outer envelope which I now think was a waste.
Information: Reduce your invite to the bare essentials to reduce the number of inserts you have.  I had four double sided inserts, but all of that information was available on the website and almost NO ONE looked at it anyway!  Only my Maid/Matron of Honor brought hers with her for the information it had.  GRR!  I also used a ton of computer ink printing all the inserts which is expensive in and of itself.
Time: I underestimated how much time I would spend on each invite and had to outsource one insert to a letterpress vendor on etsy.  It probably would have been cheaper to just print that insert myself, but like I said, I didn’t have time.  I also wanted my DIY project to look a little more expensive and I thought letterpress would accomplish that.

Where I went right:
Outsourcing: I realized that my project needed pizazz, but I couldn’t afford full out letterpress.  Instead I went with an etsy vendor who letterpressed a logo at the top and printed the rest.  It came out looking like a very expensive project because of it.  My vendor was Letterpress Light.  Great work on short notice!

If I could do it all again?
I would do the letterpress light invite insert, and an RSVP card with an envelope (NOT prestamped, no one used them!!).  That is IT.  Put that in a standard envelope with normal stamps (instead of customized stamps) and send that.

I spent $4.93 per invite when I could have paid someone else to do it for that price.  I wish I could go back and either pay someone else to do the invites or limit my DIY project a little so that I didn’t end up spending so much time and money on it.

Post # 11
170 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

MY DIY invites, envelopes and response cards were about $200 (for about 90 invites)… Like you, I wanted complete control over the look…. plus, I’m pretty sure we saved money. At least I hope so… Laughing

Post # 12
916 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2010 - Al Cielo / La Laguna

I am saving about $4.50 per invitation.  It also helps I am a super internet shopper for the paper and envelopes.  LOL

Post # 14
48 posts
  • Wedding: May 2010

I searched and searched and searched for wedding invitations that I loved and felt represented Fiance and I but never found them.  I decided to take a chance and design my own – I am soooo happy that I did!  They are modern, casual, and fun… everything I wanted! 

I design them partially in Word and partially in Publisher, bought cardstock from Hobby Lobby and Joann Fabrics, then paid a printer that my company works for to print and cut them.  I ordered envelopes online.  I spent about $300 for invitations, accommodations cards, rehearsal dinner invitations, rsvps, place cards, and announcements.  I am extremely happy with the results!  They are exactly what I hoped for!

I’m DIY-ing a lot of wedding items, partly to try and save some money, but mostly because I can’t find precisely what I’m looking for.  Invitations, centerpieces, favors, advice board, guestbook, programs, table numbers, signs for the wedding, wedding card box, even the music (we are having an iPod wedding).  I know it seems like a lot, but so far so good!

Best of luck!  DIY-ing can make your wedding so much more personal if you can make the time for it!


Post # 15
137 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I just figured this all out for my blog so I have it handy. I did all of my own designing for both STD’s and DIY pocket folds. I had Std postcards printed by Vistaprint so I didn’t have to worry about envelopes or wet, running ink from my inkjet printer. Then I designed a approx 5″ square pocket fold for our invites (I go into detail on how to make them on my blog) that are some what easy to make and 2 come out of 1 12″ x12″ sheet of card stock. My cost breakdown is like this…..


  • Printing of 100 $16.57 (used a vistaprint free offer with 2 uploaded images)
  • Postage for 100 $28.00

Total $44.57 or .45 ea

Invites (need 75 but bought supplies for 100, priced for 100):

  • Main pocket cardstock $17.10
  • Contrast pocket cardstock $6.50
  • Insert and main invite panel stock $45.00
  • Metal brads $5.98
  • Ribbon $10.00
  • Rsvp envelopes $13.61
  • Envelopes $20.50
  • Postage $125.00 (estimate)

Total $243.69 or $2.44 each with postage. Since they are square and I am going to need rsvp postage the postage figure is a killer. But all total our invitation suite including std’s were only $2.89 each! I have more detail listed on my blog about who I used and where I got things if you want to check it out there!


Post # 16
524 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

I’m letterpress DIY-ing my invites and self lining my envelopes.  I’ll probably spend about $600, which includes about 60 pieces each of a 7-piece set (STD, invite, rsvp, two inserts, ribbon and tag with website info, thank you cards, and escort cards) plus 4 sets of envelopes.  I couldn’t afford the same quality, visual cohesiveness, and have the same amount of creative control if I didn’t DIY.

It does, however, take a shat-ton of time.  My fiance thinks it’s neat and will take easy jobs to help.

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