(Closed) Do you recommend DIY invites? Did you save money?

posted 9 years ago in Money
Post # 3
48 posts
  • Wedding: March 2014

At michaels they have kits for $35 that contain 30 invites. You just have to print yourself. I got lucky and found mine on clearance for $10! Plus they always have coupons. Check thei site for coupons and i know in brides mag there is a 20% off coupon too.

Post # 4
356 posts
Helper bee

Yes and yes.  I really liked my invites.  I got 70 invites and rsvp cards, with envelopes, for about $65 with a coupon for vistaprint.

Post # 5
37 posts
  • Wedding: October 2012

I think $300 is a very reasonable budget for 70 invites!  I DIYed mine for about $275 (including postage) for 100 invites.

I designed our invitations myself (I am a professional print designer so this was a must for me!) and had them printed & trimmed through cardsandpockets.com.  They were great to work with.  They also had the least expensive and best quality envelopes I found but unfortunately none of the colors were right for me, so I ended up getting mine from Paper Source.

If you can keep the enclosures to a minimum, that will really save your budget.  We are doing online RSVPs to save money.  Other companies I used were Vistaprint for a custom return address stamp, and LCI paper for cute paperclips.

Post # 6
1438 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We DIY’d ours and cost less then $100.  So proud of them.

Post # 7
216 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I got my invites for $1.00 EA with RSVP Card and envelopes. They are just nice simply ones but I love them. I looked into DIY Invites but the price difference wasn’t enough for me to justify spending all the time working on them. Figured for the price my time is better spent elsewhere! But it’s a personal choice. I have seen some lovely DIY ones around.


Post # 8
2200 posts
Buzzing bee

I did mine myself, cost less than $300 and the people that have seen them so far are very impressed. I splurged a little on the postage- I bought custom made stamps which cost about $100

Post # 9
7384 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

I haven’t added up total cost yet, but I designed ours (STDs, invites, RSVP cards, enclosure cards) and am having them printed through Vistaprint. I’ll be using a 25% off code plus Groupons, so I should be getting away pretty cheap. We need about 70-80 invitations.

Post # 10
328 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I will be saving alot of mone by doing mine myself

Post # 11
1783 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I DIYed all the paper stuff at our wedding (invites, place cards, table numbers, I spy, guest book table, thank you sign for the wishing well) and the total cost for materials came in at about $65-70 – plus approx. 20 hours labour all up. This said thou I designed the look and printed everything out myself, cut it, ribboned it, blinged it up hehehe. A lot of work but as I sit here surrounded by place cards I am quite proud of how they turned out 🙂 

If you have time I recommend it 🙂 by the way to get similar invitations made i was looking at between $4-6 per invite ($140-210 for invites alone) so I am very happy with the decision to DIY – I was just lucky to have a lot of willing helpers (I only took my mum, bro and Fiance up on their offers but did have about 4 other friends say they were willing to help :))

Post # 12
7550 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2019

I will be trying to DIY them, we will have about 100 invites, and they are minimum $1.50 per invite (NOT including any inserts), so I want to save money by DIYing

Post # 13
2315 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We DIY’d ours from beginning to end – so we even printed them ourselves and made pocketfolds. We saved hundreds and hundreds of dollars doing it this way, but it was so much work. So start early and be prepared for it to take longer than you expect. And make extras for mistakes.

Post # 14
67 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I wish I DIY, we spent way too much $ and while I love them, I don’t think they were worth the price difference (maybe my sanity thought Laughing). Some of our friends did DIY and the quality is the same!

Post # 15
6533 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2014

I ordered all my stuff from papercircle.ca and will be DIYing them. Probably I could have ordered them done for cheaper, but it would not have been exactly what I wanted and I also really enjoy these kind of projects. 

Post # 16
2360 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We ordered 90 from vistaprint for under $200 with a coupon.

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