(Closed) DIY Invite Brides….How long.

posted 6 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

it’s never too early…unless you think you will change your mind.

how long it takes depends on how complicated you want to make it.  i had four inserts plus the invite.  i decided i wanted to design and print them myself.  thank goodness i decided not to make my own pocketfolds.  i think it ended up taking me over two months to complete them.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

It is not too early. order everything you need right now and create a mock up. I found that I ended up tweaking the design and adding different elements that required me to order more supplies. Don’t forget to allow yourself time to address the envelopes! I printed the addresses on my envelopes in a script font very lightly from my computer and traced over them with a white pen. It was so tedious that I could only do about 5 a night after work. So plan ahead early!

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I started my invites in December.  It has taken me this long to collect the components and print 1/2 of the suite (invites, RSVPs and return addresses are done…still need to do map and hand address each envelope).  I work on them an 1-2 hours per week.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@globalmargaret:  Yes, please start ASAP! At least complete one so you have a good idea of what materials you need and how long it takes to put one together. I found it to be completely unpredicable until I got to that point. You never know if you’ll have printing issues or need to order different paper or something..

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I started mine and figured out I needed a different printer.  That took a week to arrive.  Then it took me couple of weeks to perfect the layouts.  Then I spent a weekend doing test prints to get the right color/print settings.  Then it took me a weekend to print all of the invites.  Then it took me a weekend to print all of the RSVPs.  Then it took me a weekend to print the return addresses (on RSVP envelope and Invite envelope).  I expect to spend the next 4 weeks hand addressing each one.  Then, I’ll package and mail them the first week of May.  🙂

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

i first had to learn how to use photoshop (i thought i needed it to design my invites) and then found out that i didn’t need photoshop and needed illustrator and indesign.  i took another week or so to learn those two programs. 

then after that was all trial and error.  80 pound felt finish paper did not work on my printer or any regular short run digital printers at your average office supply store printshop.  i had to run down to a paper store and buy different paper.  i had to learn how to use my new printer (my new canon lbp7660 cdn is awesome and prints very clearly).  i was having trouble getting sharp text on some other printers.  (this is because i chose to use burgues script instead of your average script font).  i also had issues with the addressing.  i ended up just printing them using carolyna pro font instead of sending them to a calligrapher (didn’t have time) or using faux tracing calligraphy.  but even that was a challenge because i had to hand select every letter using indesign. but in the end my envelopes rocked because it had a handwritten look (due to the different glyphs used).  i’m glad the stardream envelopes did not give me any issues because the thick stardream cardstock would not go through my printer.  i know some people had issues with the stardream paper and inkjet printers but my laser printer was amazing. i did have enough sense to take the printed invites and inserts down to officemax to have them cut.

i think the problem with me was that i wanted my invites to be special and unique.

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I started ordering samples dec/jan for my sept wedding. And everyone told me I was starting too early. I ordered the bulk of my supplies in January.

I figured, once the venue and time slot was paid for- no going back! I might as well get them done and just waiting to be put in the mail! I also ordered stamps before the postage changed. 

I am printing mine as we speak, still have to design and print the inserts.  

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