(Closed) DIY invitations!??

posted 10 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
93 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I think it depends on how you’re going to have them printed.  It seems like many people recommend Illustrator or Photoshop if you’re going with a professional printer. 

I printed my STDs myself with the gocco, and in an effort to save money I used Inkscape (free vector editor). There is also a free trial period for Illustrator if you’re quicker at designing than I am.  Inkscape isn’t too bad once you figure out the quirks (save a lot and just don’t use the broken features that make it crash), but it can be frustrating for someone like me who has no background in design.  Another free program is Gimp, which worked well for me, but it is a raster editor and I read somewhere that raster editors won’t produce as crisp an image. 

If you are printing them yourself I would think you could also use Word or Powerpoint.  The reason I didn’t was just because I needed layers for the image I was creating.

Good luck!!

Post # 4
282 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2008

There are tons of ways to do this. Bear in mind, though, that the cost savings, if any, will depend upon your design, materials, and amount of invitations needed, as well as how much your time is worth.

I made my own, and I think sent out around 50. (I also made my own save-the-dates.) I used card stock and ribbon from Michael’s, pretty blue wrapping paper for the envelope liners and ivory envelopes from Office Max, and a glue stick. I did not use a program specific to invitations; I created a template using Pages for Mac, pulling in a graphic I bought from istockphoto. They were printed on my HP Photosmart printer, which has excellent color resolution.

All told, I think I spent around $70 on materials for the invitations and a total of three days working on and off on them. Everyone said they were beautiful, and I got something much more personal than I ever would have been able to order from someone else. It is very labor intensive, though, so if you think you might not have the time, are not very crafty or get frustrated easily, you may just want to pony up the cash and order them.


Post # 5
216 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

Are you using invites that you buy and print on?  

Or are you using cardstock that you print and cut yourself?  I’m doing the latter.  I used Microsoft Powerpoint to create my invites.  I formatted the page to the dimensions of the paper I purchased and then drew guidelines, insert text boxes and typed up my invites.  I’ve printed up mock-ups and everything seems to fit.  I also downloaded some free fonts to spruce up the invites.  That all took me about an hour to do.

I’m doing my save-the-dates on Photoshop Elements (cheaper stripped down version of Photoshop).  I’m in the process of working on them now, I’m layering some photos and will be printing on magnetic sheets from Avery.  

My entire paper budget is $500 and that’s for 100 pocket fold invites, inserts, envelopes, and programs.

Post # 6
65 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: January 2009

I used Photoshop for my invite front (since it didn’t have too much text but needed to be more designed) and InDesign for the inserts.

 But if your question is about content, I found that it was best to do the invitation front first to get the style, tone, and overall look established, then the save-the-dates (since they needed to be done the earliest), then the inserts and response card last, since some of the details of hotels, menu, etc were not nailed down until later.

 To word the invite and RSVP, I used mostly this thread on indiebride, but there’s a more digestable version here on OBB.  

Best of luck. 

Post # 7
1813 posts
Buzzing bee

I’m mostly doing "scrapbook techniques" for the front, with one tag printed (and punched with a paper punch).  Ours will be about $300 for 150+ guests invited, plus that leaves extra envelopes & paper, but we aren’t doing many inserts & are saving a lot of paper.  We are using our home printer for the "text" and may do some stamping on that side (just the back, no fold)…This might cost more if you don’t already have some supplies…I already had some of the ink, paper cutter, etc., but we should be able to use our stamps on MANY projects, including:


thank you



favors (seed packets)

maybe even candles


Most of my supplies are Stampin’ UP, bc then the paper & ink & ribbon match…

Post # 8
310 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2008

I just finished 80 completly handmade pocketfold, 3-insert invitations.

CONS: It was extremely time-consuming and fustrating at times, along with being not overly cheap. It was hard to make them all "perfect" and at times I had to compromise on things to get them finished!

PRO: I was able to make them exactally how I wanted and took great satisfaction in knowing that I made them myself. They were also cheaper than if I had gotten them done professionally.

If you are just starting off you need to decide what type of invitation you would like and then you need to decide what you feel comfortable doing yourself and what you would want done professionally (if anything). If you are doing it yourself you can either order an invitation kit with all the pieces cut which you run through your printer and assemble, or you can buy the paper and cut and assemble yourself. I used Word to create the templates for the invite and cards that went in my pockefold and printed it myself.

The best thing to do starting off is to browse the internet for invitations and see what you like. Then visit some paperstores in person or online to see what you can order and decide for yourself how much you want to do yourself.

 Good luck!

Post # 9
216 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

hi again! 

I forgot to mention that my invites are also pocketfolds.

My invites will only be semi-diy, as I purchased the pocketfolds.  I wanted them to be 5×7 and couldn’t find cardstock big enough to make that size.  Also, a friend of mine made all her pocketfolds her self and they did not come out perfect (as MsB mentioned)… the creases were not always very crisp.  Not sure if that is very important to you.

The pocketfolds I purchased only cost $1.30 each.  About $0.50 more than if I had purchased cardstock to make it myself.  But will save so much time. 

Something to consider, depending on your budget and time constraints 🙂

Post # 10
310 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2008

StrawberryBaby – I agree that it is definitly worth it to just purchase the pocketfolds themselves instead of DIYing. We decided to go the DIY route because we could not find the pocketfolds ANYWHERE in the color that I wanted. My Fiance made the pockefold part for me and while he was eager at first to help he definitly would have paid to have them made if he knew what he was getting into! LOL.

Atleast now they are done! 🙂

Post # 11
107 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

I did really easy and cheap DIY invitations.  I looked at invitations and picked out ones that I liked, and then I found some stock art online that looked similar.  I downloaded free fancy fonts (there are numerous sites), and laid the invitations out in powerpoint (actually Open Office Impress, but same thing).  I printed on card stock (from Paper Source) using my cheapo inkjet printer (it is an old printer that at the time was the cheapest one on the market).  I also did the envelope addresses using the printer.  Becaus my artwork run to the edge of the cardstock (i.e. there is no border) it took some goofing around with the printer and the layout to get what I wanted.  I liked how they turned out, although they aren’t going to fool anyone that they are expensive letter press or anything. 

If you are looking for a program like Photoshop, there is a freeware version of it called GIMP. It has pretty much all the same features as Photoshop. 

Good Luck.

Post # 12
213 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

I helped my sister make her own invitations using a Gocco printer (look it up online I think hers was $300 and then we bought the paper and stuff from Paper Source I think that came to about $100)

 It was hard at first but once we got the hang of it it was no problem at all.  I’m even going to do it for mine. 


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