Post # 1
Yes my friends I have several quandries and this is one of them!
Since we’ll have a smaller wedding (less than 75 for sure), I am very very interested in trying to DIY many aspects of the wedding (and here’s the kicker) WITHOUT ruining my good vibe or stressing myself out.
I think I can create menus, table numbers, flowers for the rehersal dinner, and favors. That is totally do-able for me.
But my question is this. Should I spent the money LEARNING how to DIY std’s and invites (buying cuttlebug and possibly a letterpress machine) or just spent the money on having a pro (found several I’m in love with) make fabulous std’s and invites for me?
What would be your choice of what to do?
Post # 3
I’ve wondered that same thing bellenga because I don’t own any crafty stuff either so I would have to buy them to make my invites/STDs. In reality it sounds like a lot of pie charts or mathmatical calculations to figure out which would be better to do that I really don’t feel like doing so seeing other peoples opinions would help haha.
Post # 4
When we have our bee meetup in September and go to paper source, I am going to consider taking this very quandry to their manager or a “specialist” there and talking and finding out what they would do. I’m also not opposed to taking a special class on things either, I just do not want to waste both money and time and end up making something less than up to my standards. (not to sound snotty though).
Post # 5
Well, I would say that if you want an STD/Invite that is letterpress I would use a letterpress designer to print them. I know a bit about letterpress and I’m not so sure that the DIY letterpress is going to return the results that people are hoping for. We’re planning on designing our invites and then having them printed, so ask me in a couple of months how i feel about that plan. 🙂
Post # 6
I just learned how to letterpress and I am hooked. It is very tedious work, but very gratifying. You do not always have to buy a press. If there is a studio in your area you can rent studio space and use their equipment. They usually require you to do an introductory class for a fee to make sure you are using the equipment properly. I really enjoy hand setting the type, but it is not for everyone. I am a huge perfectionist, so I am also worried about having a very professional looking invite. We will see how mine turns out.
I did see that small letterpress machine that was posted here a few days ago. I would not invest in it, because I think you will not be happy with the results. Especially if you have spent as much time as I have pouring over letterpressed invites. You will be very limited to font and design when using that press. If you are interested in learning more about letterpress send me a private message I have a bunch of links with good information.
Post # 7
I have had very good experiences buying high quality paper goods meant for adding your own text and printing yourself.
My fav source: http://www.paperdirect.com
If you do a search for wedding or floral or whatever, the results page will have a bunch of hot links to various categories of items like invitations, rsvp cards, thank you cards, etc.
This way you can use one or two designs for everything and get a coordinated look.
I sometimes plan fundraisers for non-profits. I do the invites myself w/ PaperDirect blanks. The invites go to wealthy people so they have to look good.
I do the text and layout using MSWord when working on a PC and use PageMaker when working on a Mac.
Good luck and have fun!
Post # 8
If you want to be cool as a cucumber and still loving your projects and are not already an uber paper person… I would say DIY the menus etc for sure, but let a pro handle the save the dates and invites. Thats what we did and the outcome was perfect. I felt very connected to everything that I did, but wasn’t hating it for being slave driving or detail disorienting. That being said, if you really want to try to DIY, start with the save the dates and see how that goes (but keep an eye out for pro for invites just in case you learn you hate it.)
Post # 9
I’m having a very small wedding as well (probably less than 50 guests) and because the budget is such a HUGE factor for me I’ll be ordering out for my invites and such because it’s just cheaper than trying to do it myself. I’m still going to DIY some aspects of my wedding, just not the invites.
Post # 10
I think it all depends on how much you plan on DIY’ing in the future. I wouldn’t buy those expensive machines unless you’re planning on using them a lot in the future, or selling them.
As far as learning goes, it should be easy enough. A lot of local scrapbook stores have machines like that and if you go in and ask for help they can show you. They also have classes from time to time. It might be the same for Michael’s and the like.
At the same time, you may be able to find your invites somewhere for a reasonable price.
I’d say it all depends on what you do with the machines afterwards.
Post # 11
- Wedding: March 2010 - Calamigos Ranch
Unless you think you will use the letterpress in the future for other, Not Wedding Related projects, I’d go with a professional. Graphic design is hard to learn quickly, and things go wrong with these types of projects ALL the time. Let someone else stress!!
Post # 12
I think your DIY plans are doable, but I agree with letting a pro do your invites for a couple of reasons…you’ve found some you’re “in love with” (important to follow your heart when your budget allows), invites tend to be pretty important as they are kept as keepsakes by family and they serve as the first impression of the wedding for guests, sounds like you’ve already got plenty of DIY projects on your plate…by the time you get through 75 invites you may be over the whole DIY thing, many of the pre-made DIY invite packages look great in the package but use thinner. cheaper looking paper for universal printer feeding (can end up looking super homemade), and unless you’re experienced with cardstock or printing with different templates it may be a bigger undertaking than you’d expect.
I had originally planned on going DIY for everything, but ended up having my invites professionally done after I was disappointed with how my DIY attempts looked. I DIY’d my program, menu cards, rehearsal invite, name cards etc. and was happy with those, though had I been able to find what I wanted for those online, I may have gotten some help with those too . Check out some of the posts for std magnets….easy, good DIY idea.