Post # 1
I feel so silly, I knew I could come here for help. I’m toying with the idea of making my own invites. Saw some really cute ones I liked. They have the larve invite piece and then one extra smaller piece for RSVPS. All come with envelopes. Here are my questions:
Where do you put the hotel info?
Where do you put the reception info?
Where do you put the map?
If you’re printing your own, how do you do that? When you buy card stock does it come in the right sizes or do you have to cut it down to size on your own?
If you have to buy card stock, what’s the best or most common #?
How do you set up your printer and then where do you put the pieces to print on?
Seriously- Is there a DIY for dummies out there? 🙂
Post # 3
To try to answer your questions (as I’m making my invitations at the moment):
How much info do you want in your invitations? Reception info can be put on the invitation (like address and time). Hotel info is usually on a separate card. Ditto map. Or you can send everyone to your website, which is what I’m doing.
Printing: I think printing on 8×11 paper (or a bigger sheet) first, then cutting is easier. Some printers have a hard time keeping smaller pieces of paper (and envelopes) straight. You need to check if your printer can handle the weights of paper you’re planning on using.
I’m using 80lb weight and 60lb weight paper. It feels nice to me. Setting up your printer is trial and error so check the manufactuer’s instructions and buy extra paper to test.
Post # 4
I agree with everhting that blightygirl had to say…I put the reception info on the invite, just a tag line at the bottom.
Then I made pocketfolds to hold the suite, and just had seperate cards. Three cards, to be exact:
1) Directions with Map on back
I used cover weight paper for the inserts and text weight paper for the invite. Think like the difference between regular paper and card stock. But I would STRONGLY encourage you to take blightygirl’s advice on checking to make sure that your printer can handle the heavier paper – this was a HUGE problem for me. It all worked out, don’t get me wrong, but I about killed the printer before I lost my sanity! LOL.
Post # 5
Very helpful so far, thank you. So it does sound like you need to just buck up and cut. So that means you print 2 invites on one 8.5 x 11? Or just one and you can try to find a use for the extra paper then.
Post # 6
It depends on how big you want your invitation to be. I would take Mrs. Cupcake’s advice and start with the envelope. How big is the envelope and scale your invitations to that. I can get 2 invites out of one 8.5×11 sheet, but I know other people who couldn’t.
Post # 7
Yes, definitely check out Mrs. Cupcake’s post on this: http://www.weddingbee.com/2009/01/20/twelve-steps-to-creating-diy-wedding-invitations/ She has some really helpful notes! Also search “Invitations” (and check out the Wiki!) here on Weddingbee…you will find a lot of tutorials and inspiration. Good luck!