(Closed) DIY Invitations…where to start?!

posted 7 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
3461 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Check out the DIY section of this website for inspiration, and ask your favorite posters for their templates or an explanation.

Post # 4
14494 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

weddingchicks.com has some cute ones, also check out the blog I-do-it-yourself, they have some also.

Post # 5
2819 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

I found http://www.theknot.com to be good for inspiration. You do have to create an account to view more than the first page of results, but I got lots of good ideas from there.

I think the basic thing to remember is how crafty are you, how much do you want to spend (time & money), how much time do you actually HAVE, and what feel you’re going for with your wedding.

If you’re not too crafty & want to semi-DIY them (or you have very little time), you can pick up a Martha Stewart (or other invitation) kit, and just print onto that & decorate it with some ribbon/emboss a monogram/etc. Most of these will be either a panel or just a plain folded card, though.

If you are really invested in these & want to DIY because you love crafting, you can go the full boat and cut the paper yourself, make your own pocketfolds, emboss everything, etc. Depending on what kind of deals you can score, this can either be marginally more than the Martha Stewart route, or it can be marginally cheaper than invites from a stationer.

First things first, I’d recommend figuring out what colours you want to use, if you want to use a certain motif (monogram, a specific image of a flower/bird/heart/etc.), and playing around with different styles (panel invite, folded invite, folded with insert/pocketfold, etc.). Oh, and this is very important: CREATE A MOCK-UP (or two, or three, if you’re deciding between different styles). Even if you just create it with plain old 20lb white paper and colour it with crayons, it’ll give you a better idea of the layout, etc. And when you’re ready to print the text, make sure you compensate for margins in Word (if you use it), and use a program like Adobe PDF or MS Publisher if you can. And if you’re printing them at a place like Kinko’s/Staples/etc., make sure you save the file as a PDF — if you save it as an image the size will alter & the resolution will suffer, and if you bring in a Word or PPT document, the formatting might change. 

One suggestion for templates is iPhoto, if you have it — just go to “keepsakes” and select “card”. (Just remember to de-select the “print with logo” option.) You can then “print to file” the resulting card once you’ve added your text & dragged & dropped your photos, and you’ll have a PDF you can print!

I hope that helped! : )

Post # 6
173 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

First off, DIY invitations take FOREVER.  i mean FOREVER AND EVER.  i’m not joking.  it’s taken me longer than any other single thing.  so i don’t recommend doing it if you don’t have the patience (maybe i’m just really particular though).  if you want ones that are already pre-made and you just print them, you could consider michaels.  I ended up looking at those and not liking the quality of the paper – but if you have it in your area I highly recommend Joann Fabrics and Crafts.  I stopped in there after I had already bought all my invitations supplies and their pre-made invitations were much nicer than those at michaels.  If you truly want to put everything together yourself, I recommend looking at some inspiration pictures online just to get a start, then go to a paper store.  It makes a huge difference to be ablet o pick up different colored pieces of paper and layer them and see them in person.  After we did that, we found an online company that sold the paper for much cheaper (cardsandpockets.com).  Then we ordered paper samples from them (super cheap, just 35 cents per color), and then we finalized and placed our actual order.  We are also going to be embossing ours, so that adds another level of complication.  But in the end, we will end up spending about 250 for 140 invitations, the equivalent of which would have cost us about 900.  But to be totally honest with you, after the number of hours we spent, I could have gotten a part time job and just paid someone else to do it, and had a bunch of time left over to spare.  Good luck!

Post # 7
1284 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I thought about DIYing my invites completely but decided against it because of the time it took. Instead, I bought one of the invitation kits that Michaels offers and am sprucing them up a bit. I paid about $23 a box (using 40%+ coupons for each one). I just thought I’d mention this as an alternative!

Post # 8
11271 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

this will depend on your time, patience and creativeness. i looked at many websites to determine what i liked and didn’t like.  there were a few different elements that i liked and wanted to incorporate into my invite.

i did what csperry2 did and bought my 25 pack kit for $15 (which was simply black and white) and then created a unique layout and then added some embellishments with colour/ribbon/monogram.  i am happy with the end result and it did not take long at all.


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