(Closed) DIY Invitations-Is it worth it?

posted 7 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
5657 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2012

I DIYed my invitations and they turned out great! They were a lot of work, but I really like how they turned out. They were featured on Offbeat Bride!

I designed them in Illustrator and printed them on recycled kraft paper with my regular laser printer. Then I just cut them to size.

I bought envelopes online, but they did not have liners.

I tied all the pieces together in little bundles with baker’s twine. The little cards with our engagement pics on them are from Moo.com.

Post # 4
2815 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

Yes and no!  lol!  I have a love/hate relationship with mine.  I love the way they look and the money we saved, but I’m sick of doing them.  I’m doing letterpress and it’s taking far longer than I ever imagined.  Once they are done, I won’t want to look at another invitation for quite some time!

Post # 5
509 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I plan to make my own because I enjoy doing that sort of thing and I know ways to make it cheaper because once upon a time I worked in the Office Depot print center. I can’t fathom spending so much money on invitations that aren’t exactly what I want and will just get tossed anyway. Good luck with which ever you decide!!!

Post # 6
2854 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

To me it wasn’t, but I love looking at the DIY invites that are posted up on here all the time. So if you have the time and you’re into the crafting, go for it!! 

FWIW, I’ve been really happy with the paper I’ve ordered from paperandmore.com . I did end up doing some stamping with our monogram on envelopes, to complement the save the date (sorta DIY, but I was working off a template) and invites (vistaprint).

Post # 7
2580 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I think it depends on your level of creativity and experience with this kind of thing. I wanted to DIY mine from scratch, but I kept thinking of more components I would need to buy and all the time it would take to design, cut, and assemble them.

In the end, we bought some of those print-your-own Brides invitations from Michaels. They were cheap (plus we used coupons!) and they came with every component you need (pocketfolds, envelopes, RSVP cards and envelopes, etc). The enveloped did not have liners, though. These are the ones we used:

Post # 9
2580 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@siegeli: If you’re not totally set on DIYing them, I ordered some samples from Vistaprint and 123Print and I remember seeing some that look very similar to that swirl design. I remember the samples were free and the invitations were really inexpensive!

Post # 10
175 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Depends on how many you need, you can print yourself if you trust your printer and don’t have too many, get them done at a copy store, or order through vistaprint.

I chose to take them to a local office supply store, where I also ordered my paper. I was able to save money by not having to buy ink for my printer, and headaches from not having to worry about my printer failing me. They also cut the whole chunk to size for 25 cents a cut on their big cutter, meaning it was less than $1 for all that I needed. 

start early, and it will be a lot less stress 🙂 I make invites while watching my regular TV shows. 

cardsandpockets.com has a variety of envelopes, which you can customize with liners, or buy the liners to DIY. I didn’t bother with liners for mine. 

Post # 11
2819 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I’m DIYing mine, and I think they’re going to be SO worth it. But I love crafting and have put paper products on my list of priorities.

Post # 12
16196 posts
Honey Beekeeper

I loved our DIY invites. We designed them and then brought the PDF to FedEx/Kinkos and had them printed. I found some cheap lined envelopes online, and the color of the lining somehow perfectly matched the color of the invites. To me, it was worth it.

Post # 13
1916 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I’m super happy with the way mine turned out.  I designed them myself and had them letterpressed and foil stamped at a small printer in California.  Even though my living room is a sea of lace doilies and bakers twine, I think the effort will be worth it.

Post # 14
4675 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I’m in the process of making my own.  Firstly I enjoy working on them, and secondly I have eyes for the $1000 invite package but not the budget.  I am printing a simple design on linen fabric for the invites (I’m in the middle of preping the fabric!) and will print the rsvp cards, ect on plain cardstock.  All of these items will be in a pocketfolio and I am going to make envelope liners…  So it will be a lot of work, but the invites are very important to me so it will be worth it! 

Post # 15
11166 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

@BoiledPNut: Agreed!

While I love the idea of saving money and some of the DIY invitations I have seen are amazing I am just not willing to spend that much time. My invitations were RIDICULOUS in price ($7.40 each!!!!) but they are truly gorgeous.

We did decide to put them together on our own and save an additional $100.00, that is about as DIY as they are going to get.

Post # 16
454 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

We did ours! It ended up costing about $60 for enough supplies to make 100 invites. I don’t have a picture of the finished product but here is a mock-up (please ignore the attempt at tea-staining one of the cards, it totally just made it look like we spilled coffee on it!) We’re sealing them with wax heart seals:

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