Post # 1
I have been thinking a lot about DIY projects I can do for the wedding. I used to scrapbook all the time, but time & space have kept me from doing this much anymore. I live in a small apartment in London & don’t really have room for all my supplies, which are still back home in Ohio.
HOWEVER, if there is ever a time to come out of retirement, its for a wedding!! I was thinking the paper stuff (invites, escort cards, programs, menus) would be a good place to do DIY, but I’ve got no idea where to begin. Do most people buy kits? If so, where is the best place to do this? If I wanted to design my own, where do I start?? How do you learn about different printing techniques, embossing, liners, etc??
I’m pretty much clueless so any basic starting advice would be great. Also – is it realistic to do this for a guest list of 380 people? I’ve got a year, but we won’t finalize colors until I’m home in November, so I’ve really got no palette to work with at the moment and no physical space to lay out ideas & great creative — any suggestions??
Thanks in advance for any help!
Post # 3
Wow – 380 invites would be a LOT to make. If you really want to DIY them I’d go with a kit for SURE with that amount to make.
Post # 4
- Wedding: September 2009 - Rancho Bernardo Inn
What kinds of craft stores are in London? You can definitely order kits and supplies off of Paper Source. We got all of our paper materials from Paper Source. I’d say with the amount of invites and given limited space I’d buy a simple kit and then embellish. I wrote about some Target kits awhile back and ideas to semi-DIY. With over a year if you are on top of it and depending on the complexity you could probably do it.
Is it 380 invites or 380 people? We invited probably 250 people, but had 150 invites.
To start just start going through and looking online at peoples invitations. Search Weddingbee posts for the tag invitation and you’ll see a lot of the bee’s diy invites and some tutorials which will help. Also go through the gallery and bios to see all the pics from the entire hive, there is some amazing information.
Post # 5
I would start by ordering paper samples from cardsandpockets.com or paperandmore.com
Once you can see and touch the paper you will have a better idea of what you want.
Post # 6
I agree 380 would be really time consuming. If you do decide to go DIY I would get a kit and keep it very simple. You could also design one but have a company like vistaprint or kinkos print the bulk of them.
Post # 7
Target has some gorgeous printable invite sets that are reasonably priced. You could print them and then add some flair with ribbon or something to make them more “you.” 380 sounds like a huge undertaking, good luck!
Post # 8
Thanks for the feedback – I have to go back over the list and work out exact # of actual invites, it may be closer to 300. I would love to do them, but would also settle for adding some DIY elements to store bought ones.
Post # 9
- Wedding: August 2009 - St. Thomas of Villanova Church & the F.U.E.L. House
Mrs. Cupcake wrote an amazingly helpful post about prepping to do invitations, and good things to remember:
Twelve Steps to Creating DIY Wedding Invitations
Post # 10
Ahh! You beat me to it, Bruchetta!
Post # 11
I would never do it for 380 people! I have a guest list of 150 people which included making 80 invitations. It has taken me from last Thanksgiving until now to get them all done! Don’t do it. Just buy a kit or order them online. If you go the kit route keep them simple. Don’t make pocketfolds from scratch with all the inserts like I did.
Target sells some great invite kits for pretty cheap. But since you are in London you may have to have a family member order them state-side and ship them to you.
Post # 12
Thanks for all the help. I think I want to try doing them from a kit & then embellish if possible. I’ll start looking at kits and see where I get with it.
Can someone kindly direct me to Duckling’s post about Target kit/semi- DIY invites??
Post # 13
Ah you feel like me! The thought of doing DIY invites is so appealing and yet… so much work and I don’t know how well they’d turn out!