Post # 1
Hi bees! Im looking to start gathering supplies for DIY invitations, but can’t believe how expensive paper is! I was wondering if anyone out there knows where to find cheap supplies for the invitations. My colors are purple and teal. Im looking into doing something simple, we are having a cocktail reception so I dont want anything too fancy that may lead guest to believe the reception will be very formal as we are really keeping things as simple as possible. Can any one help me find supplies at a reasonable price for my colors?
Post # 3
@Mrslingen2be: what do you consider a reasonable price? I ordered card stock from papersource and I didn’t think it was completely unreasonable for the larger packs. And I picked up our textured paper for about 40 cents a sheet just from a regular scrapbook store.
Post # 4
Have you checked out paper and more?
I origionally planned to do dark blue and kaki but changed my mind to toffee and steel blue becuase I was able to get cardstock, velum AND matching envelopes all for like $35 on paperandmore.com. Give them a try for sure, Also if you design your invites right you can get two out of one sheet!
One of mine used 1 kraft envelope, 1/8 sheet of linnen cardstock and 1/2 sheet of steel blue recycled card stock.
Post # 5
@SapphireSun: well at Michaels once you hit color prices start going up. And I would really like to show my colors on the invites. I was wondering if anyone had maybe had a good experience buying supplies online and if the prices were much better? When it comes to paper i would think its better to see the paper in person but for the right price i may be willing to make a leap of faith.
Post # 6
@Mrslingen2be: I would definitely recommend paper source over Michaels for actual paper. Cardstock runs about 32-37 cents per sheet depending on what quantity you buy, and they might have a location nearby. Might not be the absolute cheapest, but I really liked the weight and colours they had, and if you can check it out in person all the better.
Post # 7
I used Paper Source as well (expecially because there are two in my area and I could visit in person), BUT I did consider Cards and Pockets because of price and because you can order swatches through their website. In the end I didn’t chose them because they didn’t have the exact color I wanted, but they were nice to deal with: http://www.cardsandpockets.com/samples.aspx
Post # 8
You might also try Paper Presentation. They are out of NYC, but they have a website and will ship (although the shipping costs will add to your bottom line). Some of their things are cheaper than Paper Source; depends what it is.
Post # 9
Joann and hobby lobby were where I got the majority of my paper for my invites. Jo-Ann usually has scrap booking supplies 40% off the majority of time, and hobby lobby has 40% coupons each week, if you have one of those stores near you. My cardstock was about 23 cents per sheet 8.5×11 size.
I just ordered more paper from benfranklin.com. Since they sell more than just paper, and I was getting other stuff for diy projects for my wedding, I was able to get free shipping on my order. Haven’t ordered from them before and havent received the order yet, So I cant speak to quality/customer service, but should come out to 18 to 20 cents per page.
I looked at other websites but I wasn’t needing a whole lot of paper, so the shipping costs killed any savings for me.
Try checking out amazon, too. I remember they had some that had free shipping. If you need plain white cardstock, my local Walmart had 110 lb cardstock, 150 sheets for around $6.
Post # 10
We made our invites and they turned out awesome! We got everything we needed from cardsandpockets.com. They are very reasonably priced and good quality. Everyone thought we had our invitations professionally done! All together it cost around $160.00 for 100 invitations, envelopes, and rsvp cards.
Post # 11
Have you also considered printing them? I did mine all like postcards pretty much. So I made a full color image and then got them printed on really nice, glossy cardstock. I think they look great and my guests loved them too! Then I just ordered envelopes online. I think I spent under $150 for 80 invites.
I say “think” because I really spent $225 but I printed WAY too many! Because I mixed the number invited (136) with how many individual invites I would need XD So I printed 140 something invites! lol.
Post # 12
Overnight prints has pretty reasonable prices if you’re interested in getting them printed.
Post # 13
I skimmed through the responses and I didnt see anyone mention cardsandpockets.com
I order 8.5 x 11 colored card stock,8.5 x 11 textured card stock, envelopes, pocket folds, and invitation mats for 100 invitations for $160.00 with shipping! No joke, I was so happy.
Post # 14
@mrsv123: Haha I must have skimmed right over yours- I said just about the same thing you did! HA.. Sorry!
Post # 15
I ordered my bulk card stock from Cards and Pockets. Great prices!
Post # 16
@Mrslingen2be: some of those papers, envelopes and jackets are very expensive. i discovered that when i started looking. i was totally surprised. i found that buying a simple diy kit with all of the components that i wanted and then adding embellishments in the colours of my choice was the least expensive way to go. they turned out great and only $1 each.