DIY Invitations? Yes or a No?

posted 6 years ago in DIY
Post # 17
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9137 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

@Klehman0589:  I copied a Jean M design for the invitations to my first wedding.  What would have cost me $300+ ordering from Jean M only cost me $50 in supplies.  I bought precut paper and used glue dots and hot glue to assemble my invitations.  It was time consuming but I broke it up and made them over a few days.  They looked great and everyone was impressed when I told them I made them.

The best advice I can give is to make sure you plan to make extra.  I made an extra 20 and ended up giving them all out (even the one I had saved for myself as a memento for the wedding album.)  Also, if you’re only going to save $50 then it’s probably worth buying the designer ones.  Ask yourself if hours and hours of your time, which you could be using to do something else, is worth $50.

Post # 18
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44 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I made ours and honestly I love how they turned out. I searched forever and just simply couldn’t find anything I liked. We did a pocketfold and I made the pocketfold and it wasn’t that hard. I suggest if you are going to make them to get a good paper cutter and a score board for the folds. 

 

I used this site as a template for the measurements for our invites and just adjusted it as needed. http://www.projectwedding.com/wedding-ideas/diy-wedding-challenge-pocketfold-invitation-using-8-5×11-paper

Post # 19
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232 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

We DIYed our invitations and it costed us around $125 including postage for about 150 invitations, respond cards, directions card, & we even had them print out our DIYed program. It was definitely frustrating at first but once they were done I couldn’t have imagined spending all that money for something I did on my own for hundreds of dollars less. My husband and I ended up creating an Etsy shop selling our templates and got a little money in return from all our work and it defintely worked out. I say if you have the time and patience, go for it!

 

Good luck!

Post # 20
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338 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I made ours and I loved doing it and I’m so proud of the final product (and I’ve gotten so many sweet compliments), but it was a tedious process! Granted, I put so many details into mine that each invitation had several different steps, but it still took a very long time. 

I’d say this: if you’re DIYing simply to save $50, it’s probably not worth it. If you want to save $50, have your invitations be unique and exactly to your liking, and enjoy DIYing, go for it! I don’t regret making ours myself, but you definitely have to be doing it for the right reasons.

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