- 4 years ago
- Wedding: May 2014
Hi ladies! I’m getting married in 10 days and am just finishing counting up the RSVPs/getting ready to make & print out my thank-yous for gifts we’ve already received so thought I’d share my experiences. Hopefully it helps some of you who are planning to do your own too!
First and foremost, the moral of my story is: “All’s Well That Ends Well” and the invitations turned out very nicely
But it was a process to get there!
Since I know a few tricks in Adobe Illustrator, I figured it would be fun to DIY the invites. I designed Save The Date cards & printed them at Staples, designed a photo collage magnet & printed them from OvernightPrints.com and even coded the wedding website myself which were all relatively easy/painless projects for me to do. I already had my logo and hex colors picked out and I knew I wanted to use Didot font for the wording (same as Vogue Magazine) so figured it would be a snap
I’ve never designed an invitation so first thing I did was talk to a graphic designer friend who recommended a paper company to me for cute invitation paper. Honestly I had such a horrible experience with them so I don’t even want to give them a link so let’s just call them “Schmaper Schmorce”. I don’t expect to have my hand held when I’m doing a DIY project but in this case they impressed me with their un-helpful-ness
1. I went to the store and told the guy working there what I was trying to do. We played around with several layouts and when I settled on the style I liked and said “250 of these, please” he told me that they don’t actually carry that many in store so I’d have to order online. He assured me that I could have them printed professionally. I was running a little behind timeline wise to get the invites mailed out the door so I paid for expedited shipping
2. I designed my templates in Illustrator and had them ready to go. But “Schmaper Schmorce” delayed my shipment for nearly a week (to their credit, they reimbursed me for expedited shipping). Then, when I took my paper to five separate print shops….they each told me that the pre-cut paper that I bought was too small to run through their printers. Augh. Between the shipping delay and running around to a ton of different printers I lost about a week of time
3. I lugged my box of paper back to the “Schmaper Schmorce” store and said “WTF” bc at this point I was pretty annoyed with the two major mistakes on their company’s behalf. The lady apologized for her coworker giving me the incorrect product info and for the warehouse delay and told me what I really needed were reams of paper. Then I would need to take them to a specialty printer to get all my stuff printed. So OK fine, I exchanged my precut paper for paper reams and called the print shop they recommended to find out if they had availability to print my stuff that day. Went straight there, arrived at the printer within 30min of leaving the store
4. Once I was at the specialty printer, they informed me that I only had half the paper that I actually needed in order to print out all of my invites bc the “Schmaper Schmorce” lady counted incorrectly when she exchanged my precut paper for reams. At this point steam was practically coming out my ears, it’s amazing I kept my composure. So I had to buy more paper from the specialty printer to get everything printed out. However the specialty printer did a beautiful job and I had all the printouts I needed to assemble the invites (for finally!)
5. Went straight home and tried not to cry. FI was beyond amazing and glued the invitations to the enclosure, stuffed all the envelopes and stamped the RSVPs/outer invitation cards. We sent them the next day. They were mailed 6 weeks before the wedding which was cutting it close but 10 days out we have responses from all but 8 people (friends of parents that I don’t even know anyway). Loads of guests have complimented me on my adorable invites so at the end of the day, it’s OK!
1. I will never buy anything from Paper Source again in my life
2. Designing the invites and stuffing/stamping them were the easy parts
3. Go to a print shop to have your invites printed/cut from reams of paper. It will be FAR less expensive to buy heavy card stock paper directly from a printer and they willbe MUCH more competent than a specialty paper store
Even though it sucked to have this level of headache with the DIY invite project, I have to say that overall our families get along, our bridesmaids are cooperative, all the major stuff is going right so if the big wedding drama I had to deal with this year was over invitations which are fairly low stakes at the end of the day, that’s just fine by me!
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