Post # 1
Looking for advice from anyone who has DIY’d invites! I fell in love with some gorgeous handpainted watercolor invitations that I found online. Unfortunately, they’re a bit expensive, and I have to think that very few people will keep them no matter how beautiful they are.
My mom happens to be a very talented watercolor artist, and I THINK that I can get her to design/paint something, but she’d only be able to do one (physical limitations and whatnot). I’d want them professionally printed with some kind of weight to the paper (some kind of foil would be ideal). Do any of you bees have any suggestions on how to go about this? Any previous experience with online companies?
And sometimes, I know that DIY ends up being more costly/difficult than it’s worth – so any guidance is appreciated.
Post # 2
I DIYed them and printed them via vistaprint. It was much cheaper than buying invites through minted or something, that’s for sure, but I will say that if you actually want it to be a weighty paper, vistaprint is NOT for you.
In the end, you always get what you pay for.. though of course at a place like minted you’re also paying for someone to design it, so that’s the only thing you’re saving on.
That said, having your invitation designed by your mother is probably worth the headache, because that’s so cool!! Just make sure you communicate well with her OR you reserve your expectations.. having family members DIY things can end in a lot of heartbreak if the bride ends up disliking what the family member has created.
Post # 3
This is totally doable! I’m DIYing my invites and saving a bundle. Just know your limitations and don’t make anything that looks cheap. As an avid DIYer I would recommend the following for a water color invite with gold foil: Have your mom paint a beautiful water color invite. Scan it on a high quality scanner. Look for a local copy shop with a high end scanner you can use. Use the scanned image and design your invites in a free Microsoft application like PowerPoint or Publisher (I swear by them!) and have them printed on nice paper (try CardsandPockets.com) at a local print shop. It is very difficult to do true gold foil at home but you can use gold embossing powder for a very similar effect (just google “gold emobssing powder” for some inspiration). The only catch is that embossing powder only works with stamps. You could have a custom stamp made on etsy with the invite text and then emboss the letters into gold, but you could not for example put the RSVP cards in gold because each card would have a different name and you don’t want to buy custom stamps with each guest name. Checkout this tutorial: http://ohsobeautifulpaper.com/2012/11/diy-tutorial-gold-embossed-save-the-dates/
If do go this route please post the final results!
Post # 4
I DIYed our invites and got supplies through Paper Presentation and LOVED them! They turned out beautifully. I think I spent about $300 in materials for about 150 invitations.
Post # 5
I DIY’d my invites! If you search my post history, you can see them, I made a few posts about them.
If you just want watercolor graphics, I suggest you search Etsy for graphics you love. You can then design your invites using whatever program you’re comfortable with (I used GIMP, it’s free online), then I had them printed through catprint.com….I highly recommend Catprint, they have lots of papers to choose from, high quality, fast and affordable, and GREAT customer service.
If you want your mom to design them, it might be a little trickier. You would need to scan the image into a program like GIMP or Photoshop, and tweak it a little. I’m sure you could learn how to do this- there are lots of tutorials on YouTube! Then you could get them printed.
Post # 6
I DIY’ed my invites – created watercolor illustrations and used both my and my husband’s handwriting to make it more personal. Scanned and digitized everything and got them printed at Cards & Pockets, plus purchased envelopes and pockets from them to tie everything together. Their printing and paper quality is great, plus so many colors for envelopes and pockets to choose from! http://www.cardsandpockets.com/
Post # 7
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I designed everything through PicMonkey.com and brought them to a local printer who had great prices and printed samples for me to make sure the colors/look/feel was appropriate and I could make changes as needed.
Otherwise, if your mom can water color then scan it like others are saying- again a local printer would have the materials to do this for you.
PRactice and start this early so you have time to handle Plan B if your first option doesn’t work out for some reason.
Can’t wait to see what you and your mom come up with.