(Closed) DIY invites: How long did it take?

posted 11 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
497 posts
Helper bee

we started ours early…like a year in advance…but that is because we used the scrap paper to make the Save-The-Date Cards.  Working after work, I did a few each night (I also made my own pocketfolds which added to the amount of work) and it didn’t end up taking that long for 75 invites.  Probably a few weeks at most, but again, that was only doing a few a night after work.

Post # 4
400 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I changed my invite design five times before I was finally happy.

It took me 3 months to get everyday done. I also have a full time job, I live with my Fiance and we have two cats.

Post # 5
199 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

It took a couple of hours/Sundays to make ours, I made about 100 invites Fiance helped me.


Post # 6
67 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I made pocketfold invitations where the invitation itself and all the inserts were matted.  I didn’t do the design myself exactly; I worked on it with a friend.  I would say all in all, it took around 20 hours spread across a month to complete with all the time designing, driving back and forth to the printers, proofreading, and LOTS of help assembling.

Post # 7
2204 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

I don’t have pictures yet becuase mine aren’t done, but they are pocketfolds with a mat, invitations, 4 inserts and a monogram seal (no belly band)

Here is what the design took and my estimates for putting them together:

  • Conceptualizing/searching for paper etc online–6 hours
  • wait for paper to come in–2 weeks
  • Design–6-8 hours
  • Printing/cutting–10-12 hours
  • Putting together (4-5 people)–3-4 hours

I started conceptualizing them about 6 weeks ago, designed them in one weekend, and then spent my free evenings cutting pieces while I watch tv.  I’m having my sisters and BMs over this Saturday to put them together.  I think that you could feasibly get them done in less than 2 months.  3.5 months is plenty of time!  The only thing that would make it take a little longer is sending them out for professional calligraphy.

Post # 8
400 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I’m adding to my above answer- I think it depends on what you want.

Mine are below. I only made 3 pieces, but it took me a long time to get them how I wanted. I kept changing my mind.

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Post # 9
339 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I helped my friend make hers which weren’t complicated. The longest part was designing them. They were mostly just printed and wrapped. No pocketfolds or anything big. You could manage anything in 3.5 months imo. I think the key here is how much you have crafted in the past. If you are have experience working with paper and such and you have people who are willing to help you if you run into trouble you can probably handle a more complicated design, if you are new to crafting stick to simple.

Post # 10
7081 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

We’ve been working on ours for about a month now.  We usually only devote a few hours each Saturday and Sunday… but we only now have the layout where we want it.  This isn’t for the faint of heart, but it is going to be exactly what we wanted, so a fair trade-off!

Post # 11
141 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2009

A topic near and dear to my heart since I just finished my invites on Saturday! I bought the pocket folders and had the invitation inserts cut by Paper Source. So that leaves:

-Design. Did all the work myself for the invite and 3 inserts (including a custom map). Given that I wasn’t super saavy with graphic design, I had a bit of a learning curve. Total estimate: somewhere between 12 and 15 hours

-Printing everything (invites, inserts, all envelopes): 2 hours or so. Our printer is stupendously awesome

-Cutting and mounting invite backing: hour for cutting, 2 hours for mounting

-Mounting invite: 2 hours

-Cutting ribbon and flowers to keep pocketfolder shut: 1 hour

-Assembling pocket folders (stuffing with inserts, closing with ribbon and glue dots): 5 hours

-Stuffing and stamping envelopes: 1-2 hours

Total time? Somewhere between 25 and 30 hours. Whew. I imagine someone who is used to paper crafts could be more efficient and I did have no help whatsoever. But they turned out awesome and were exactly what I wanted!

Post # 12
95 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

i’m still working on them. we actually just got them printed! so now i will slave away during the nights cutting them.  the actual design process took a while.  i went thru several revisions before i was happy with the wording, design placement, etc.  i think it really depends on what you have in mind. ours have a pocketfold and bellyband with ribbon so it will take longer to assemble.

Post # 13
16 posts
  • Wedding: April 2009

It really depends. If you are going to buy invites and print/assemble them yoursleves, give yourself a few nights a week where you can dedicate a few hours and you should have them done with in a month depending on the # needed.

On the other hand if you will be cutting all of your own cardstock and designing/printing then it will take more time. I cut all the card stock for the guest accommodation cards and if was two different sizes on top of another and that was the most time consuming part. For sure buy a good paper cutter.

If you will be buying all of your own card stock, the prices add up very quick so you may want to consider the price of ordering them online or a local shop. Good luck and post pics when you start!

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