Post # 1
Hi bees!! Well I’m starting off my April 2013 wedding feeling a little down so to say. I’m a total DIY person..love creating things and seeing how the work turns out. Well, I was beginning to design my save the dates/invitations. Yes, I am way ahead of the game yet I know the time and effort it takes into doing these do it yourself projects so I wanted to start. Well I found THE perfect invite on Etsy from a seller who actually resides/works 2 minutes from me!! Unfortunately, the pricing for this type of invite is way over our budget so I decided to try to mimic the seller’s idea into my own. I’m feeling kind of sad as I think I may be in way over my head. Its a simple folded and pocket style invite with the rsvp cards and additional information yet the colo scheme even down to the invites are our colors. Should I continue on with my DIY journey or just save save save to pay the seller to make them?
Post # 3
@McBroombabe13: Since you have plenty of time (a little under a year, right?), I’d say go for the DIY! I’ve just ordered my paper/pocketfolds from Cards and Pockets (http://www.cardsandpockets.com/), and everything has been falling into place. Cards and Pockets has tons of colors/weights/types of paper, so order some samples and see if it catches your eye. You can do it! 🙂
Post # 4
Hmmm… For me, it might depend on how many invitations you have to make? If it were a smaller amount (maybe less than 50?), I would say go for it and try. If you had a larger amount of invitations (or just very busy), I would cut my losses and buy invitations.
Post # 5
The thought of designing my own invites, then fighting the printer, buying the paper, cutting the paper and still trying to pull it off as looking “professionally done” made me want to throw up! Seriously. I admire those that can do this! For me, I know I could probably do it but the time and headaches saved was SO worth the extra money for me. I also found a seller on Etsy and with the pocketfold, was just more than I was willing to pay. So, I’m doing a semi-DIY. I’m letting the pro, do the pro work. Such as the design, layout, printing, cutting, but I’m buying my own pocketfolds from Cards and Pockets. This cut the cost significantly! Ask the Etsy seller how much it would be to just have the invite, inserts..etc but not the pocketfold. Then see how much the pocketfolds are if you order seperatly from Cards and Pockets. Because of this, the pocketfold was a slightly different color than the envelopes from the etsy seller–so I bought envelopes from C&P that match and that saved a little too! But, seeing that you do have plenty of time, you may be able to play around with it, find friends that have skills needed and figure out a way to DIY 100%! You may really surpise yourself! Who knows, you may even ENJOY it =)
Post # 6
Thanks for the replys ladies! We are having 110-120 people at the wedding. I myself just orderd a sample from Cards and Pockets so that I can play around with fonts, colors, borders etc to try to get the same affect as the one I purchased off of Etsy. I dont want it to look “homemade” so to say but in reality, I’m not a graphics designer so of course my work will not be stellar but I still want it to look beautfiul!!
Post # 7
@Terryal87 What a great idea!! For iinstance, the seller has a beautiful belly band, ribbon and a small place card on the front. For these small and simple add ons, I know I can do it myself with no problem! Thanks so much for the advice!
Post # 8
Why not ask the Etsy seller if they will just sell you the printable art – that way they do all the design work, but you can still have it printed or print it yourself? I paid less than $50 for the PDF printables for my invitation, response card, and return address design from an Etsy seller, well worth it!