Post # 1
So I’m starting to plan my invitations out, originally I was going to use minted but it was going to end up costing a ton of money for about 150 invites. I went to michaels yesterday and really liked one of their brides boxed sets (the gold dot one if anyone used these and has pictures?), so I went home and tried to practice printing out on envelopes and other things to see if I could pull it off…I really think I can, it would just take a lot of time and patience. If I went that route, I would be looking at a little less than $300 including invites, envelopes, pocket folds, ink, etc etc. which I think is AMAZING. However – I looked into vistaprint to see how much that would run me if I uploaded a design I could buy off etsy…they do not have the standard RSVP card and it now has to be a bigger size so I would have to upgrade pocket folds and envelopes etc etc…I would probably come out around $450 but with still having to put in time to do backers, printing addresses on envelopes, and such. What should I do? I know $150 isnt much of a difference but if I could add that to something else in the wedding I think I’d rather do that. BUT if its going to make the invitations too cheap to go that route, I’d rather have Vista Professionally print them and save myself the craziness of trying to print them myself.
If anyone has suggestions or pictures of their vistaprint invites possibly paired with pocketsandcards.com pocketfolds that would be great to see. And if anyone used the gold dot brides invitation set I’d love to see how it really comes out in person.
Post # 2
I’d recommend using cat print instead of vista print. Higher quality and standard sizing. You can buy the files from etsy and have them printed at cat print. It cost me less than $200 to print invites, rsvp & reception cards from cat print.
I printed my own envelopes at home and it was a pain. I would only print the invites myself if it was a very small number. My printer kept smearing the envelopes and i had to throw a way a bunch.
Post # 3
I don’t have a picture with me of the invites but I used those exact gold dot ones from Michaels! I too was going to use vistsprint but when I went to Michaels I saw that they had the DIY kits and thought I’d give it a try. It was SO easy. I only did the invite card so far but I think they came out pretty good. If you buy them Do use the 40% coupons Michaels offers. I only spent $75 for 90 invites. I do suggest cutting a few pieces of paper to size and printing on those sheets to make sure your alignment is right and the font/size/style is exactly how you want it before printing on the real paper. As far as ink goes I barely used any so far so you won’t be spending much on that. The only concern is you have to do the invites 1 at a time. It went by pretty fast with my Fiance help. I was on the comp & he fed the paper. Some of them the printing came out just slightly crooked since my printer pulled it funny but it’s not really noticeable. I was not too particular about my invites and doing it this was was for me, the cheapest way to get a nice invite.
I ordered my save the dates from vistsprint and I thought thy came out decent. If you decide to use vistsprint look out for the coupon codes. They sent them out all the time. Also, order the free wedding kit sample box first. It will give you a bunch of sample Invites but it shows you the different finishes. I think paying a little extra for a different finish makes those look much nicer
hope this helped!
Post # 4
littleanchor: I didnt even know this website existed! I am looking through it now and I think I am def going to use them for the Save-The-Date Cards to see how they are! Thank you! I’m going to look for a coupon code – hope they have one!
kenz29: by any chance do you have pictures of how it came out?
Post # 5
I purchased a DIY kits for my invites. The kits were about $45 each, but it was a package with all the extras for menu, directions, rsvp, etc. I printed at home and created them. It saved us so much money, it was like $150 for kits and programs, I am printing everything at home. Even our Rehearsal Dinner invites, which are super nice! However, it did take me probably a day or two to print all the invites with inserts. Anyways, like you, I could not justify spending so much on something the guest will just throw away. My only mistake, not ordering a third box because we ran out and people did not receive their invites. ugh! Anyways, best of luck to you!! And I know which ones you are refering to, I was considering those ones. I went with https://www.weddingbellinvitations.com/categories/3-pocket-folder-kits
Post # 6
I would personally be too OCD to take on something like this lol, but if you’re up for it more power to you! I tend to think of these “to DIY or not to DIY” decisions with the consideration that time = money. I’m fortunate to get paid extra for overtime at work so I do a quick calculation using my hourly overtime rate as the value of my time:
if (value of my time [$/hr])*(hours needed to DIY [hrs]) > (cost to outsource [$]) then it makes more sense to have it done professionally and stay a couple extra hours at work.
For example, if you were a baller and made $100/hr (using round numbers for simplicity lol) and it would take you 10 hours to DIY these invites, those ten hours are better used earning $1000 than “saving” $150. I’m probably in a unique position – but if you can quantify the value of your time, that’s an easy place to start!
PS – sorry for going all math up in here 🙂
Post # 7
jerseygirl28: I didnt take a picture of them yet so I dont have one on me and I’m nowhere near them to take a pic now.. But they literally look exactly like the example in the box. You just have to adjust the font size accordinly since your names/venue/date etc will not be the same as the ones in the template but the rest is the same.
Post # 8
I think it depends on how comfortable you are with layouts/print design. Kits are nice, but they’re pricey for what you’re actually getting IMO. Going fully custom DIY gives you the most bang for your buck. It’s actually really easy with photoshop, inDesign, illustrator. I’ve never taken any graphic design classes, but the programs are so easy to use (especially with youtube) that it’s definitely possible to figure out fairly quickly. I was able to do pocket invites (accommodation card, directions card, rsvp, inner outer & envelopes, postage, etc) for under $3 each. It also made my menus, escort cards, programs, guests books, sweet n salty buffet signs, etc free. Here are some invites that I ended up doing for a friend of mine that cost about $1 each.