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

posted 9 years ago in Money
Post # 18
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317 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

I paid $78 for 50 invites on zazzle.com, but with no inserts.  They have hundreds of templates, with and without inserts, and the printing is beautifully done.  I got them when they were on sale (50% off!!!), but zazzle offers great sales all the time.  They’re also $10 cash back on ebates.

Post # 19
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2013 - St. Augustine Beach, FL

I made mine (80) from scratch for under $100.  I found a Jean M style that I liked and looked fairly easy to replicate.  I bought precut paper stock in two colors, envelopes (regular & response), two types of ribbon, a glue gun, and a scrapbook sticky tape dispenser.  They were similar to these but horizontal instead of vertical: http://www.kaboodle.com/reviews/jean-m.-tea-length-invitation-kit–merlot-white 

The hardest part was printing the actual invitation wording on the paper but after a few mistakes I was able to figure it out.  After printing the invitations on the white stock paper I used the scrapbook tape dispenser to attach the white invitation stock to the black stock paper for a nice trim border around the invitation.  Then I wrapped the thick black ribbon around the left side of the invitation and used the hotglue gun to attach it to the back.  Then I wrapped the thin red satin ribbon around and tied it (I had to add a small drop of glue from the glue gun to attach it to the back so it would stay in place.  Finally, I cheated and used my printer to print addresses on the invitation and reply envelopes.

It took me one evening (3-4 hours) to make approximately 80 invitations and response cards and they were definitely less than $100.  I plan to go this route with my second wedding next fall.

P.S. Nobody believed that I made them myself because I am not a crafty girl.

Post # 20
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

our STDs cost 4$ for paper. $13.00 for new ink cartridge and then $20.00 for postage (us stamps)

our invites may gost a bit more but i will also be making our programs, table numbers, wedding signaeg ( wedding this way, here comes the bride, receptions, till death do us party, banners etc)  

our wedding is as much DIY as possible to keep the cost down.

 

Post # 21
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284 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I saved a TON of money doing my invites myself.  I did mine completely from scratch using the inDesign program at the library (there are lots of online tutorials if you don’t know how to use it – I didn’t…) and just purchased colored scrapbooking paper in bulk (and using a coupon) from Michaels and purchased the envelopes from Magnetstreet.com (you have to go to where you can “reorder” envelopes to be able to just get envelopes without the rest of the invitation.  Invitations for $250 guests (so I think about 100 invites total) ended up costing around $150.  In addition to the paper I paid to have the paper cut to size by the printer (its like $2/cut I think, but ABSOLUTELY worth it), bought double stick tape to hold everything together and some ribbon and a flower stamp to dress them up a little.  Here’s a pic of how they turned out: 

Post # 22
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202 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I absolutely reccommend it! I spent less than $300 for 125 invitations. I ordered all the stuff from cards and pockets, and they even printed my invitation sheets and my accommodations insert! All I had to do was print my RSVP cards, address and stamp the RSVP and outer envelope and assemble the invitations! They turned out great and I’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback!

Post # 23
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

I did 75 pocketfold invites for less than $200 by ordering all the paper products from cards and pockets, designing it myself and printing at home. I overestimated to be sure I had enough supplies and I have quite a bit left over, so the cost is actually probably less than that. If you print at home I highly recommend their linen cardstock, it really looks great!

Post # 24
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

check out Target too, they have nice DIY kits.  I got mine on clearance and got 100 invites for $50.  Sorry, this is the best pic i have of them uploaded.. it came with response cards too that isnt my picture.  It’s not very elaborate, but got the job done.

 

Post # 25
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

double post

 

Post # 26
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2020 - establishment theatre

I did my invites on my computer and bought a box of invitation paper from walmart for about 5 bucks…cost of ink and postage and envelopes..all together was MAYBE 50.00 total and that was for 70 invites or so.

Post # 27
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

We’re doing ours from scratch, just a simple design (just using a local print shop to print and maybe cut).  Fi designed them (he does graphic designe on the side).  It’ll cost us less than $1 for 2 invitations so for 100 invitations, we’re looking at around $50.  With ribbon and inserts, it should be less than $100 total. 

This is a rough copy… still need to fix the location and some of the wording (we already fixed the date).

Post # 28
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

My brother & his gf designed our invites and I had them printed through Catprint. They came out great and saved us about $200! Total cost for printing was $100-ish, plus envelopes and some embelishments for another $30.

Post # 29
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

i bought pocket invitations at Michaels it came in a pack of 25 invites for $29.99 and i had a 40% coupon and spent about $17 per box of 25. i bought 4 boxes so i spent about $70 for 100 invtes vs about $250 if i wouldve ordered them. 

Post # 30
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@amethystbride:  Cards and Pockets is the best. I got all that i needed for my DIY invitations from them. You are right about the envelopes, they have the best quality. 

 

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Post # 31
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I did mine from scratch.  I used word for the design.  I found nice font at fonts.com and I used cardsandpockets for the cards and envelopes.  The papper for the inserts were from Joanns on sale! I spent about $300 for 100 invites with postage.

 

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