(Closed) DIY or Traditional Invitations?

posted 9 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
1517 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

To me, DIY is too much stress. I’m ordering invites, total cost is $200 which includes 80 invites, the vellum paper, and RSVP postcard (love that idea!) and one envelope with the return address on it (didn’t want the extra inside one) and matching seals. I think that’s pretty cheap compared to some I have seen and stress free!

Post # 4
10 posts
  • Wedding: July 2012

Not sure how much this will help but here is what I ended up doing.

First, I was going to order them online and had picked out some I like on MagnetStreet.com.  But they weren’t exactly what I wanted but was just going to go with them.

Then, when I was at Walmart one day they had pretty simple white invitation with a black swirl design on them.  Our colors are black and hot pink.  So I figure well since I wasn’t getting exactly what I wanted online (because I couldn’t find it and realized I didn’t have the skills to create it myself) then heck I might as well go the cheap route.  For 150 invitations that included envelopes and RSVP cards with envelopes it was only $60 and then for 150 Thank You cards it was only $24 for about $90 after tax.  I had just bought a new printer around Christmas and bought a decent one with the thought of maybe needing it for printing of wedding stuff.

Now, I have found a graphic artist that designed my invitation for free, and I loved them so much I offered her $100 to complete the stationary suite.  And now with the Vistaprint groupon ($17 for $70 worth of product plus 30% off and free 14 day shipping with $25 spent) I am getting the invitaitons, RSVPs and Thank Yous plus a few other items (t-shirt and stamp, just getting about the $25 for the free shipping) for a total of $96, $34 for what I paid for the groupons then $32 and $30 for my two Vistaprint orders.  So in total I am spending about $200.

I know the $200 is more than double the $90 I spent at walmart but I figure the ink and the time it would take me to print out everything myself it is totally worth it!!!

Not sure if that even helped at all but good luck.  I will say it was crazy trying to make the final decision but now that it is done it is amazing how good it feels and how anxious I am for the final product to come in the mail!!!

Post # 5
1284 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I have saved a TON of money DIYing my invites. If I would have had to pay someone to create the same thing it would have cost me at least four times as much. That having been said, it has been a lot of work. Do I regret it? Not at all. I wanted fancy and customized invites. If I had to pay for someone else to do it it just wouldn’t have fit into our budget. Are invites something I was willing to increase my budget for? No. That’s why DIYing was right for me. 

As a side note, I really enjoy doing crafty things. I think that helps my attitude toward DIYing my invites.

So… there really is a huge difference in cost between DIYing and buying them outright. 


Here is a mock up of my invite:


I also have an RSVP card, return envelope and an outter envelope that are not pictured. The ribbon wraps around the back of the invite. On the back, there is a card that goes on top of the ribbon that has the invitees names. We are also going to add a wax seal where the inner envelope comes together. 


Post # 6
100 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’m going the DIY route as well. After I first got engaged, I was shopping in a local discount/overstock store. I saw these reaaly pretty invitations and picked up a pack of 25 for only $5.99! I wasn’t even sure at that point of Fiance and I were going to elope, do a small City Hall ceremony, or do something bigger but I figured that for only $5.99 I could take a look at the invitations and try one out on my computer.

Fast forward 8 months later (we’re both procrastinators!), we finally decided to have a ceremony/reception this summer. So the invitations did come in handy, but when I went back to the store to buy an additional 50, they weren’t in stock anymore. I searched around online and found 2 more packs on ebay for $15 bucks each. The pack includes ribbons, a decorated vellum jacket, cardstock for the invitation message, rsvp cards, and envelopes. Our reception venue will provide directional cards. If I had the energy, I would make an attempt at purchasing cardstock, embellishments, etc. and make my very own invitations from scratch.

I also looked into getting traditional invitations printed, but I really wanted to keep certain costs low, especially if it’s something I feel I could pull of myself. I do love how traditional invitations look (and feel) and I like the variety that all of these websites seem to offer. It’s alot less time consuming and less room for error, so there are definitely benefits for going either route. Wink






Post # 7
672 posts
Busy bee

It’s really tough to give you advice without much information on what you want and what skills you’re bringing to the table when it comes to how easy DIY might be.

You say you don’t care about fancy which would point to it just being and easier to buy something cheap and move on. On the other hand, are you looking for something highly personal? If so, DIY may still be best. You mention stress and errors, but that will vary wildly with your experience. Do you have the software, experience, and access to great spellcheckers that would make this less stressful?

As for buying invitations, you mention the invitation and envelopes, but what about other things you might need? Does that include RSVPs or will you need to purchase those, too?

I realize that I didn’t directly answer your questions, but these are just some things you’ll have to weigh when making your decision. You might find more specific examples of what you can do with your money and time in the DIY section for invitations.

Post # 8
219 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

From my personal experience, I bought a Gocco specifically for making wedding invitations.  It was a very frustrating process at first, and we wasted supplies even though it didn’t take TOO long for us to get the hang of it.  I really don’t think it saved us any money in the long run, but I have to admit I loved getting crafty and people literally RAVED over the invitations (even though they weren’t “perfect” and I still have those moments where I look at them and all I can see are mistakes). 

I would say that it was definitely stressful, if I could go back and do it again I probably would have just ordered my invitations from one of these sites!  But it just depends…you may really enjoy doing it (bc I kinda did!) 

Post # 9
80 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

I’m semi-DIY’ing our invitations.  I didn’t want to pay a lot, nor did I want to spend hours on end cutting, gluing, and assembling.  I’m a stationery designer, so naturally I designed my invitation suite.  I’m having them printed professionally.  The invites themselves will be printed with matte thermopress (much cheaper than letterpress, but looks similar to engraving to the untrained eye), and having another printshop print & cut the response/detail cards.  Designed my envelope liners, and will print those at work lol.  I’m going to buy stock envelopes from the local paper supply store.  Instead of pocketfolds or similarly pricey options, I’m going to bundle and tie with bakers twine.  All in all, still a couple hundred bucks.  Not cheap, but MUCH cheaper than other options of the same quality.  And not that stressfull.

Post # 10
3313 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I was on a tight budget and couldn’t afford to spend more then a buck or buck fifty an invite including postage, so for me I did one of the DIY packages from Michael’s.  It was WAY easier and less time consuming then a full DIY invite, and WAY WAY WAY cheaper then ordering them from somewhere.  I ended up spending around $1 each invite including everything.

Post # 11
352 posts
Helper bee

I went the DIY route. I find myself to be quite crafty and good with graphic design (although no formal education).

I made the following which cost me $150 (I got a bunch of Groupons for a local scapbooking store to purchase all my paper, cutter and double-sided tape). Also, I had already purchased an Epson printer:

  • 40 shower invitiations (yes I did my own… and had sooo much fun with it) – included 2 peices of cardstock and envelope, with ribbon


  • 90 wedding invitesinvite (2 peices of cardstock) and envelope, RSVP card (2 peices of cardstock) and envelope, direction card (1 peice of cardstock), 1″ black satin ribbon, 1-1/4″ x 1-1/4″ crest (2 peices of cardstock) to hold the invite set together


  • programs – 1/2 a peice of 8-1/2×11 cardstock divided in half (lengthwise) and folded in half


  • Menu cards – 2 peice of cardstock


I had so much fun doing these. I checked other places to get them done by decided to do it myself and saved a TON on money. I wouldn’t have done it any other way. Invites is no something I wanted to splurge on but also something that I wanted to look awesome. And I am a perfectionist so I think doing them myself was perfect. I have to say that I spent quite a lot of time designing the layouts and assembling them… so you do have to have a lot of time to commit to doing them. Bets of luck!

Post # 12
1476 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

@wishondandelionsI DIYed my invitations and I will never do that again! I did the home letterpressing kit (the lifestylecrafts one). From start to finish, I think I spent 1 hour making just one invite. I lined the envelopes, tied lace bows around them and all. It was satisfying when it was all done, but never again! Also, there were several unexpected expenses that came up with this project that I stupidly didn’t take into account… Like a paper cutter, a cutting mat, etc. After all of the supplies, I think that we spent about $1,500. So maybe we saved about $500 by doing them ourselves.

I was going to letterpress the programs and placecards. But, no way jose! I just ordered all of that plus menus online for $700 and I think that was money well spent.

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