(Closed) DIY Wedding Invites?? What did you do?

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Post # 46
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Wannabee

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futurexuekeeper:  I made all my own invites.  I order a ton of paper and envelopes from http://www.cardsandpockets.com and they are super thick and wonderful. I made a word design on the back in the shape of a pint glass (we’re getting married at a brewery) and kept the design on the front super simple.  I definitely over ordered paper and envelopes and only spent $65.  That included ordering an extra 30 pieces of 5×7 paper in blue that my mom ended up using for the shower instead.  They even shipped it really fast.  I think I got them 1-2 days later and I paid standard shipping. 

Post # 47
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

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MeredithWacknik:  you spelled “marriage” wrong

Post # 48
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2016

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bridetobe24:  I just got these this weekend. What did you use to attach the invite to the border?

Post # 49
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Helper bee

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4everhis1:  Oh nice!  The exact same ones?  The kit comes with small square “stickers,” enough to put 4 on each invite – one in each of the four quarters.  My Maid/Matron of Honor and I got them all put together, and small bows put on the top center, in a few hours hours.  (And I had 250 to make).

Any other questions let me know!

Post # 50
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

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futurexuekeeper:  Here’s what I did.  I wasn’t dirt cheap, but it was very little work and the product looked great.

1) I used Printable Press for the design.   Their designs are gorgeous and I was very happy to just pick one, have them plug in our info, and not get all fancy and nit-picky about making special customizations.  Not doing customizations will save you money.

2) I chose to do an invite only – no reply card, no info card, no maps, etc.  All of that was covered by our website.  No need to add cost and complexity by duplicating it in physical invites.

3) I bought my own good quality paper and envelopes.  I don’t recall from where, but Paper Source is alwasys a good option.

4) I had the invites printed & cut at a print shop.  I think it was c alled Minute Man Printing?  it was super cheap and they did a perfect job.  I  htink it was like $20 to print the 80 invites on my fancy card stock.

5) I printed the addresses directly onto envelopes myself, by scamming on the printer at my office after hours.  I was able to sneak this pretty easily b/c of my position in the office.  

6) Side benefit of keeping the invite simple is that it only required one normal stamp.  

It was all pretty easy.  The only “DIY” was printing the envelopes, and I’d done that sort of thing before.  Even with that level of simplicity, I think that all in it cost $250?  

Post # 51
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

I bought a couple of invitation kits from Michaels that came with the invitations, inner & outer envelopes, RSVP cards w/ envelopes, and ribbons to tie around. I spend $60 for 80 sets. They have free templates to use and we’ll just print them at home ourselves.

Post # 52
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

I designed my own invites and RSVPs and got them printed from Vistaprint. I got some free fonts from http://www.dafont.com and some paid clipart from etsy. I then used the fonts and clip art to design the invites using the website Lucidpress (similar to Adobe InDesign). The program was very easy to use, similar to Microsoft Word (textboxes, insert pictures, etc), but better resolution and quality for creating images. The program was about $20US for a month, so I only used it for 1 month. I played around for a long time, and finally saved the images once I was happy with them and uploaded to Vistaprint to print. It was about $155 Canadian to print 80 invites, 80 RSVPs, and 80 info cards. 

I really enjoyed designing my own invites. 

Post # 53
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2015 - Hotel Ballroom

I did my invitations in Photoshop. Part of my college education included a few courses in the software, so I was comfortable. Once I had my design done, I took it to staples for professional printing. It cost $40 for all of them, and another $10 for pretty envelopes.

Post # 54
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Blushing bee

Costco has been my best friend for stationary. I did my save the dates through them and am in the process of ordering wedding invitations. 

Both times I found a design online I liked and just created it myself on Costco’s website. You can use their designs or do a custom one for the same cost. They’re coming out to about $ .79 each with envelopes with printed return addresses on them. 

I also decided to keep my invites really simple and list our wedding website at the bottom that people can visit for more details. I know I’m horrible at keeping track of paper/mail these days so I think most people will prefer being able to access things online. 

Post # 55
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2016 - World\'s Fair Pavilion

I designed our wedding invitation suite using a combination of Photoshop and Publisher. I’m making paper flower centerpieces for our wedding reception, so I took a photo of one of the completed centerpieces into Photoshop and made it into a watercolor illustration. From there, I used Publisher to do the layout.

I work in marketing and was able to get the invitations printed through the commercial printing company I use at work. The total cost for 75 save the dates, invitations, reply postcards and thank you cards was about $200. I spent an additional $60 on envelopes from Paper Source, $100 on postage, $60 on a custom return address embosser, and $20 on a custom wax seal and wax.

Here’s a photo of our invitation suite, including the stickers we’re using for favors (mini boxes of gooey butter cake).

Post # 57
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2016 - World\'s Fair Pavilion

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bananastand:  Thank you! It was great being able to design them myself and get the look I wanted at an affordable price. 

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