Post # 1
I have recently come to the conclusion that I will have to make my own invites, as the custom ones are out of my budget and I haven’t found any I really love in my budget.
I am wondering, how long did it take you to prepare yours, from the first concept to the actual assembly?
Which was the hardest part?
Any tips for someone who is most definitely not a DIY master?
Post # 3
This took me like a month to do working on it a couple nights a week after work.
Post # 4
They look the ever scientific, “a while” lol
The parts to assemble were:
– Cut raffia to size, tie together and hot glue starfish to raffia bundle (the raffia was a PITA!)
– Write out guest’s names in gold pen on cardstock, cut to size
– Fold tissue paper for box
– Stamp and address RSVP envelopes
– Insert invitation, RSVP card and response envelope into box
– Fold tissue paper up over the invite
– Hot glue starfish/raffia to front of tissue paper
– Put box lid on box, tie with blue ribbon and guest name card (from above)
– Wrap in brown shipping paper, address and stamp
I worked here and there for about a month (few hours in the evenings during the week, a weekend afternoon, etc.) writing out the guest name cards and making the raffia/starfish bundles, and folding the tissue paper. It was all easy stuff to do while watching TV.
It took 2-3 evenings of assembly line style work in the living room to put together the entire invite (ready for mailing). We had the invitation itself letterpressed, and the RSVP/dinner choice card printed up as well because I don’t have a good printer. The rest is all me (and my hot glue-gunning husband!)
Its not bad as long as you can do bits and pieces at a time, not everything at once.
Post # 5
do you plan on doing them completely DIY?
Have you checked out Michaels or Target? Michaels sometimes runs buy one get ones on bridal stuff or you can ALWAYS find 20% or 40% off coupons.
I got 80 invitations for 29.99 (buy one get one) and it took me probably about an hour to type it up and get it printed (Invitiation, reception and rsvp card) and then probably another hour to assemble them
these are the ones i bought -sorry its so blurry.
Post # 6
@gabrielleelise1981: your invitations are beautiful!!!!
Post # 7
I went through a website called VISTAPRINT. They have great sales.
They have templates, where you can custom make your own invite, or you can even upload any pic you want.
I played with the website for about a month, using different fonts.
Luckily one of my cousins is an artist a drew a beautiful pic for me to add to the invites. I uploaded the pic, and went from there.
I got the invites in about 1 week.
Post # 8
I did the “partial” DIY – got the suite kit from Target for $39.99/50 (included invite, RSVP, RSVP envelope, outer envelope) and then I created my own maps and accommodation sheets, plus added the belly band and pearl embellishment.
It’s hard to equate a time. Putting together the wording didn’t take long, nor did printing them out. I went back and forth quite a bit on what exactly I wanted, but from there, it was pretty easy going.
Post # 10
I did most of the figuring out while I was at work. It took me probably 2-3 months here and there (maybe a total of 20 hours because there were a few times I started completely over), messing with fonts and sizes for the inserts. Also during that time I got photos for free from various Snapfish email offers, to use for under the vellum piece. I also had to mess around a lot with what text I wanted on the inserts and how to word things, and what to include and not include.
Once I had the inserts sizes right, plus all the wording and fonts how I liked, I worked on a few different ways to do the DIY pocketfolds, That took me about an hour, plus probably another hour of researching how to do them.
Then I had to decide on the papers I’d use. I did research on how heavy my RSVP card had to be, and reserached a ton of websites for the different papers to get the cheapest possible options. I used http://www.paperandmore.com and ordered samples. When I finally had all my samples, I put together my mock-up invitation, which is the photos I’ve attached. I’m really happy with how it looks! I’m not sure how long each invite will take me yet as I’ve only done one from start to finish, and I am going to go ahead and order all the papers in the upcoming weeks.
If you have time to devote and ENJOY doing these things, it’s not that bad. I really lucked out that at my job I have a lot of lulls and can do things like this using Word. I like messing around with fonts and layouts so it didn’t get stressful for me. However there are a lot of people out there that would rather die than devote that much time to something like this.
In all, I suppose I spent at least 40 hours total getting to my “final draft”. When it’s all said and done, each invitation will cost me a total of $1.60. I think that’s a great deal for the entire package!
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Post # 11
I used a kit from Target. I worked on the design for a month on Illustrator, but I wasn’t working seven hours a night every night on them :). I’m just a bit indecisive. Assembling them took no time at all since the pockets were already made for me :). I’m definitely happy with them.
Oh, I haven’t finished addressing the envelopes, but it takes about five minutes for each one (calligraphy is hard and I’m not that good yet, lol).
ETA: The picture isn’t loading from work, I’ll try again later from home. They’re not that exciting anyway :).
Post # 12
mine took about three months to conceptualize, print and put together.
They were 8 pieces (6 printed inserts) each and we sent out 170.
The actual designing took place with my cousin long-distance
We spent probably 10 hours cutting and 16 hours over two weekends putting them together (my sister and I)
Post # 13
Wow what beautiful wonderful invites!
@Eye Candy: Love the style, the fonts and the design, it all fits together so well!
@gabrielleelise1981: The raffia and the box are wonderful ideas! I’ve already checked the shipping costs and for me it’s a bit prohibitive (lots of international invites) but I’m sure all your guests were really exited when opening the box!
@totheislnds: I haven’t looked into that option yet, thanx for the tip! I can see from yours and other samples that you can make some great invites like that…
@Ugoob: Another great tip, will check it out!
@Wannabe-diy-bride: Lol not bad to be able to use some work time – and totally worth it, those invites are so pretty!
@LatteLove: Lots of work but congrats on the result! Very classy
Thanx for your feedback, it sounds like a bit more work than I expected but I should have enough time if I can dedicate as much time as you did to the task!