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

posted 11 years ago in DIY
Post # 17
521 posts
Busy bee

We’re spending $50. We are ONLY sending out Stds…our guests will be directed to our website for everything else.

Post # 18
272 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

We DIY our Invitations and saved a ton. The invitations I originally priced were in the $700-$800 range for 100. We ended up spending $3.37 per invitation including all postage (outer envelope and RSVP envelopes); inner, outer, and reply envelopes; invitation; two inserts; and pocketfolds! It was a TON of work but I was really happy with how they turned out.

Post # 19
2206 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I really wanted complex pocket invites, but the kind I wanted would have run in the $12 – $15 a piece range (!!!), and I need about 150. So I am DIY mostly. I will clock in around $4.50 a piece. Realistically, I never would have spent the amount it could have been, so I’m not actually saving money in that sense, but I am getting what I wanted for slightly less than I would have been wiling to pay otherwise.

The big splurge was on the pockets themselves, with matching envelope, because I wanted a certain style and price, and paid $12 for a pack of 10, coming in at at $1.20 per invite.

I bought cardstock in bulk for a total of $120, with shipping, but will have a ton left over to use for the wedding. I’ll assign $0.75 for that to the invites.

I am paying an esty vendor $150 to design the invites (no talent in that area), so $1 an invite.

Printing will be about $1.50 per invite at kinkos.

Postage will be a little over $0.50 per invite.

The one thing not accounted for is assembly, which I am doing with a coworker of my fiance. She is a big scrapbooker, so she is helping me with cutting and assembly, so I’m saving on having to buy stuff. I’ll probably buy $20 in adhesive. In exchange for her help we are making a sizeable donation to her Race for the Cure fund (she’s doing a 100 mile bike race), but that is a charitable deduction, so I’m not counting that.

Post # 20
1067 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I am sem-DIY. I baught invites from target and I’m going to add a ribbon or rhinestone embelishments to give it some more pizaaz! I’ll probably take them to Kinkos to get printed.

Post # 21
1251 posts
Bumble bee

I just wanted to share a little story. I am a big scrapbooker, and I love this store called Anchor Paper. It’s a pretty warehouse-y place that sells paper to mostly corporate clients, but they have a retail store too. A girl came in while I was there once, bought all her paper for her invites and envelopes, and it was $167.

The thing is, just had just come over from Archiver’s, where the same exact things cost her almost $400.

So when DIY’ing, make sure you are careful about what you shell out for your supplies. Since I have a background in bookmaking and printmaking, I always buy my paper crafts stuff either from places like Anchor, or from artist supply stores. You can often buy a huge roll of acid-free tape at an art supply store for like $3.95, when the same amount would cost you $30 at Archiver’s.

Post # 22
655 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

Our invites were DIY and came out to a little under $2.50 per person. I carved a lino block and printed the image on the front of each invite. A comparable quality invite would’ve been $5-7 I think. So I definitely saved money but man did 140 DIY invites get old fast!

Post # 23
3525 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

We’re spending hair under $300 on all our paper goods. Everything will be DIY and printed at home. Like you for design freedom. We wanted something very simple and modern.

Included in our $300 budget is a double happiness punch stamp, return address embosser, stamps for save the dates and invites, paper for ALL paper goods (save the dates, invites, programs, etc etc) and envelopes. Inviting roughly 200 guests. 🙂

I calculated that our Save The Dates including postage was about 80cts each. And invites will come out to about $1 each including postage. Our Save The Dates were a single piece of cardstock printed on both sides.

Invites will be a heavy red cardstock sandwiched between two pieces of vellum. One side will be in Chinese and the other side in English.


Post # 24
178 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I was going to do our invites if I couldn’t find the right invite and price.  Then I realized COSTCO sells invites thru their website for 25% off.  Not to mention free shipping since I ordered during a promo.  They are excellent quality and just like the sample I had ordered.  So, glad I went that route!  I think for 75 invites, enclosures, RSVP’s it was about $200. 

Post # 25
321 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

From what I saw on Etsy, a typical two-layer 5×7 invite with rsvp and envelopes (and a STD if you’re lucky) would run you about $5 per set.  So I spent less than half that on supplies and had enough left over to make all my other paper projects.  Totally worth it for me, just had to keep the details simple and not go overboard with it.  It’s worth doing DIY if you follow the golden rule of KISS (keep it simple stupid) and have the free time. 

I managed 31 two-layer 5×7 invites with envelopes, STD’s, rsvp cards with envelopes, custom maps, and 48 place cards, programs, favor tags and menu cards for $70 not including postage.  All this was made of 2 kinds of cardstock and some stamps, so I didn’t have to buy a ton of stuff and didn’t drive myself nuts with endless details.  Free clip art courtesy of google and thegraphicsfairy.com.  Also, try to print at home, or maybe at your office, it’s 50 cents for a color copy at my local Office Max 🙁

Whoever above mentioned ‘start with standard size and build your ideas around that’ is right on, the most important thing is to realize that some funky shape or size will cost you a ton in postage and it might be harder to find envelopes!  Typical size is 5 inch by 7 inch. 

A good tip:  cruise Craigslist and the classified section of Weddingbee, I got my large envelopes and my pretty metallic cardstock for a bargain by purchasing another bride’s leftover materials.  Even found a gently used tag stamp to make my favor tags for very little money.  Staples sells 250 sheet packs of 110lb carstock in a couple nice pastel colors, including ivory for $15.  This paper is thick enough for rsvp cards and the top layer of a multi-layer invite, and it prints in any printer and looks great.  Most Michaels craft stores have a $1 stamp bin, and they are really nice stamps!  I used 2 of these in my set, totally worth the price.

Good luck, and post pics here if you diy!

Post # 26
75 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

STD were $7.  I went to VistaPrint and got them for free, $7 shipping.

Invitations with reply cards about $75 including stamps, paper, rhinestones, and envelopes; or $100 including the color toner.

Post # 27
5982 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I spent $30 on my invites total! but that is not including stamps. AND..i have about 30 extra! i got mine at michaels. in the end it will take me 3, 8 hour days to complete them. but i had fun and it makes me feel more connected with my wedding 😀

I strongly suggest it. if you have any questions about DIY invites please feel free to PM me 

good luck

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