(Closed) DIY INVITES, tips, advice, regrets??

posted 6 years ago in DIY
  • poll: which should i use for invites?
    invitation kit from craft store : (3 votes)
    33 %
    Vistaprint : (4 votes)
    44 %
    Zazzle : (2 votes)
    22 %
  • Post # 3
    11272 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: April 2012

    @sunnywoods:  you can alway buy colour coordinating cardstock to print hotel or direction info.

    Post # 4
    1917 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

    I prefer catprint to vistaprint or zazzle.

    Post # 5
    331 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2012

    I used vistaprint and I love them.  Do go ahead and upgrade the cardstock though.  I got a whole matching set – – 250 invites, rsvp cards, fancy envelopes and seals for for 225 dollars.  Just be on the lookout for coupon codes and sign up for their emails for brides!


    Post # 7
    902 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: December 2012

    I’m doing photo invitations at Wal-Mart.

    They start at .28 cents per invite up to about $1.  Super cheap and can keep as a keepsake because it has our picture 🙂

    I plan to do the same with our “Thank You” notes as well, but we’ll use a picture from the wedding with us holding a “Thank You” sign 🙂

    Post # 8
    193 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2013

    Go buy the vistaprint groupon.. you can buy 2 per email it’s $17 dollars for $70 dollars worth of product.. see


    If you spend $25 over the $70 free shipping.. plus 30% off .. cant beat that deal for invites etc. 

    Post # 10
    4046 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    When you print your hotel info, make sure the print faces AWAY from your invites. If you put the hotel info print out face down o top of the invite there is a good chance the printer ink from that will rub all over your invites and make them look smeary (true story, last invite I received had this issue)

    Post # 11
    4193 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: July 2012 - Baltimore Museum of Industry

    I also used catprint, and was VERY happy with them. One advantage over vistaprint (which I used for our save the dates)- they send a hard copy proof. If you’re designing them yourself, the proof is crucial.

    Give yourself extra time in case there are any printing errors- vistaprint had to reprint my thank you cards twice before they were correct. If those were my invites instead, I would have been flipping out!

    Post # 12
    2095 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    I didn’t vote since I did other. I bought cardstock and printed it all up myself then put them together. I did use the envelopes from a kit but had the same problem with the card stock not matching. I used the card stock that came with the kit for my thank you’s. I had the invitation, hotel info, direction, and rsvp cards all together. We did everything ourselves and it was time consuming but worth it. 

    Post # 13
    1271 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I didn’t vote, because I did DIY with none of those options.   I bought my paper supplies on clearance/bargain bin at Paper Source and printed everything at home.  It took me several nights at 1-2 hours per night, but I wasn’t in a rush and just did it while i watched tv.  I LOVE how they turned out.

    Post # 15
    1271 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2012

    @sunnywoods:  I designed mine in photoshop.

    Post # 16
    7 posts
    • Wedding: December 1969

    I made my own wedding invites and they were a HUGE hit!! People were absolutely shocked that I made them. I bought a Brides kit from Michaels. Normally, they are $40 for 30 invites but with a 40% off coupon, you can save a ton!! The actual invite folds open 4 ways so it’s a built in envelope. It also comes with labels, cardstock with the invite, rsvp, and directions, as well as a return envelope with the rsvp. I had plenty of place to print all the necessary information! On the ‘directions’ card, I placed a map and additional info on the front. I printed the actual directions on the back which isn’t the “proper” way according to the kit but it works like a charm!! I will be posting the steps with pictures in a few weeks. I LOVED IT!!!!!!!!!! All I added (which made a huge difference) was gold corners on the invite, a silver small heart medallion, and the writing of course! The kit also comes with ribbons which you can replace with any ribbon you want to use.

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