(Closed) DIY Invitations

posted 10 years ago in Paper
  • poll: Why did you choose to DIY your invitations?
    Because I love DIY and can't imagine having someone else do it. : (5 votes)
    16 %
    Because I want something really unique, and can't find it anywhere else. : (10 votes)
    31 %
    Because the cost of purchased invitations seems crazy. : (16 votes)
    50 %
    Other... : (1 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 3
    327 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2018 - Holy Family Catholic Church, reception: National Infantry Museum

    I knew exactly what I wanted, and I don’t have a compromising bone in my body!  So I designed them all by myself!

    Post # 4
    7081 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2009

    I may regret the decision, but there was just nothing out there even remotely close to what we wanted… So the process has begun!

    But, like you Suzanno, I’m a bit of a perfectionist and I may live to regret the day that we made this decision.

    I’m using GIMP and having to learn the program in addition to trying to execute our vision.  Oy!

    Post # 5
    332 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2009

    I’m a graphic designer and a perfectionist (a terrible combination for my sanity!), and I could not imagine letting someone else’s design(s) represent our wedding. (Did I mention I’m a control freak, too? Great for my clients–bad for me, personally…)

    Post # 6
    1205 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2009

    I voted other.

    I am printing my own invites from a kit. Not particularly crafty, but I do want to design the layout and wording and do a few test prints. 

    My main reason is because I need so few invites – 30 max – and I didn’t want to pay to order a hundred. On the other hand, I can’t imaging DIYing my invites if I needed a bunch of them. 

    Post # 7
    1078 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 2009

    So I know it’s done right. =)

    (What a control freak I am!) 

    Post # 8
    180 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2009

    Mostly for cost reasons and because I love being able to say I made them (they look like I spent a lot of money to have someone fancy do them). I’m sure I could have found something similar and not as time-consuming, but this way we saved money AND I got to be creative!

    Post # 9
    177 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2008

    I went the DIY route because of cost and I couldn’t find exactly what I wanted.

    Post # 10
    132 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    My fiance is hiking the Appalachian Trail for the six months before our wedding, and I was a bit concerned that our wedding and reception would turn into a 10 hour discussion of his hike on an endless loop. 

    I thought that doing my own invitations (and save-the-dates, favors, decorations, menus, karaoke books) would help give me a *little* bit of the spotlight if they’re done well.  Only time will tell if it works!

    Post # 11
    2022 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I am considering it.  My aunt DIY my Save-The-Date Cards and would be able to do my invites with me, too.  I think we’d save some $ but not sure.  Did others save $?  Was it worth it?

    Post # 12
    95 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: December 1969

    i voted for the third option… but in actuality all those those were true for me. i wanted something memorable even if most guests will end up throwing them away. at least i’ll have a special keepsake for myself.

    Post # 13
    190 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: June 2009

    I voted for the second option but the third option was a driver for us as well.  We ordered 20"x26" cardstock from PaperSource and cut out our and made our own pocketfolds.  We cut all the other cardstock for the matting, invitations and inserts and then printed them via Gocco.  Whew, its been a ton of work, I’m right in the middle of it now.

    Post # 14
    93 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: July 2009

    I’m doing our invitations because I got it in my head that it would be fun, and thought of a design I love (in my head still).  So, now I have to do them, because otherwise it has no chance of coming out like what I have in my head.  I taught myself Gimp, Inkscape, and some Gocco basics while designing our save the dates though, so at least I’ve gotten that out of the way.  We’ll see if the finished product is even close to what I have in my head, but I will at least feel good about sending something from the heart… 🙂

    Post # 15
    166 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: November 2008

    I picked the first option, but I’m really in between the first two.  I knew I was going to design my own invites, I’m too much of an individualist and a perfectionist not to.  But it was the production aspect that I most struggled with.  I was in love with letterpress, but commercial letterpress was so expensive, but I also loved the fact that this could be something handmade that we could do together.  I determined I wasn’t happy with the cost of commercial letterpress, or the quality of the less expensive thermography printers.  And my husband offered to build me a letterpress!  In the end, we probably didn’t save much if any money, but they turned out beautifully and I learned some valuable lessons about not procrastinating and knowing when to be less of a perfectionist. 🙂

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