(Closed) DIY invitations and programs

posted 4 years ago in DIY
Post # 2
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2015 - Southern Plantation House

I made my own ceremony programs! I bought the floral graphics off Etsy for less than $5 and downloaded the fonts off of Fonts.com for free. I played around with the sizing in Word until it printed in the size that I wanted. I printed it in landscape mode, 1 sided and folded it down the center. Then, I glued the program onto oversized wavy popsicle sticks & cut the corners with a corner rounder/decorator! Overall, I think the project was about $100 for 120 programs, including printing, ribbon, popsicle sticks, etc. 

*I won’t upload a picture of the back because it has too many names/personal info on it, but if you would like, I can PM you the picture and/or the Word document I created as a template! 

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Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I bought the template for my invitations, RSVP cards, and Save-The-Date Cards from Etsy for $40 (https://www.etsy.com/listing/190900720/wine-vineyard-wedding-collection?ref=shop_home_active_2&ga_search_query=vineyard), then I had them printed by Vistaprint.  It was pretty cheap – STD magnets for $37, all the rest for $107 total.  You can find Vistaprint coupon codes online.  

Here is a great website with templates to do lots of different wedding paper products.  I’m planning on doing program fans.  http://wedding-paper-products.com/index.php

 

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee

I recommend Vista print. They are cheap, have tons of options, you can upload designs (like if you buy on off etsy) and you can get however many coordinating parts as you like (stds, invites, rsvps, programs, thank you cards, etc.)

Good luck!

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

Definitely depends! I’m in the middle of my DIY pocket invites (see crappy picture at the bottom) and I need 75 of them. $25ish for a paper cutter (must-have if your printer rejects odd sized paper like mine does!), stencils, and glue. $85 on all my cardstock…BUT envelopes and postage ended up being super pricey IMO! The invites were heavy and needed $.80 of stamps and each had an rsvp mini envelope inside at $.45 each. So about $90 there and another $40 for envelopes in my colors. Total $240. Probably should’ve used one of the coupons every bridal magazine in the universe has been spamming me with…don’t forget the supplies you might not own to complete the DIY (like I did initially) and/or whether postage is part of the same budget line.

 

Post # 6
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Busy bee

I made my own invitations – designed them in Photoshop and then had them printed at moo.com. Grand total of £26.39 ($36) for 50!

Post # 7
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I DIY’d my invitations for probably just under a dollar each, not counting postage. Let me tell you- they were a labor of love. I made the pocketfolds, I designed the inserts, cut them out. I already had a Silhouette machine and a laser printer, otherwise it wouldn’t have been possible (err I guess it would have been possible, just more expensive). BUT it was 100% worth it. I was so proud of myself and saved sooo much money! Plus my invitations were one of a kind!

Post # 8
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I used one of vistaprint’s design templates for my invites and rsvp and they printed them on nice linen card stock.  Printed and delivered with envelopes and address labels I paid £62 and they’re lovely. I decided I wanted to put an information sheet in with them and I just bought some linen card,  typed it in word using fonts and colours to match and printed them at home. 

I just couldn’t justify spending a fortune on invites when most guests don’t care much about them and will soon forget what they were like. I’ve saved the money for beer and a band which really impacts on the day and people will remember!

Post # 9
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

We DIYed our invitation design on Photoshop and used CatPrint for printing. We got 60 invitations, response cards, maps, and two sets of envelopes for about $120 CAD… and we had a ton of fun designing them together 🙂

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

I have a craft room and literally the ONLY expense was the postage for my invites and RSVPs. I would suggest saving money on the paper stuff that most people will throw away!

I don’t have finished photos of my invites… but here is a picture of the front… hand-cut, written, and stamped. I made a pocket with a similar pennant banner on it on the back. The flags spelled out “details”. The informational stuff was printed on mint cardstock.

For my program, I typed it up, drew a cartoon of me and my husband, and made copies on regular paper (2 per page)… cut them in half with a paper cutter, rolled them into little scrolls, and tied them with a little twine bow. They were placed on each seat at the ceremony… aesthetically pleasing, SO CHEAP, and a really sweet personal touch. XO

Post # 11
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

 

iamali:  CUTEST! Love love love them!

Post # 12
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Helper bee

I designed my own invitations, info card and rsvp and printed them on vista print. They came out under $150 for 100 but I did have to buy other envelopes because the ones vista print gives is a bit thin and not as nice looking. I wanted to print it on zazzle but it was more expensive. Of course now zazzle has some good discounts! Bummed. You just have to keep an eye out on deals. I missed the holiday deals cause I couldn’t figure out the start time for the ceremony. I’m not doing a program to save money. 

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2016 - World\'s Fair Pavilion

I DIYed our invitation suite using Microsoft Publisher and Adobe Photoshop. The floral illustration is actually a photo of our paper flower centerpieces that I edited in Photoshop. I did all the layout in Illustrator and had a professional printer run them off. I didn’t print at home because my printer bends the paper and the color saturation wasn’t as good. Total cost for Save-The-Date Cards, invitations, RSVP postcards, and Thank You cards was $150. 

I think DIYing is absolutely worth it. You get a completely unique invitation and the opportunity to put a little more of your personality and love into the wedding itself.

 

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