(Closed) DYI invitation kits

posted 6 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Ill tell you next week. My colours are white black and purple and we got them at micheals. We used the 50% off coupon so they were very reasonable. By wednesday we will have them all printed and ready so Ill let you know then how they worked.

Post # 5
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2009

I did buy a DIY invitation kit and they turned out just fine. My only advice is make sure you run a test print invite just to make sure it comes out right and only load one invitation at a time in the printer. We did not even hardly use any ink printing ours off it was a huge money saver.

Post # 6
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

My mom did a kit like that and they turned out fine, she miscalculated the inserts that came with it, thinking that there were two inserts for each invite and ran out half way through since there was really only one, so she went and bought an entire extra kit. After having to buy two kits, I spent a lot less and I did pocket folds and printed my own cardstock. I had to do a lot more work, but they are completely unique and the exact colors I wanted.

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@naturalysam:  I bought this same kit at Micheal’s lol. My wedding colors are purple, green, and pink. Let me know how these come out. also what type of printer do you plan on using? I was thinking top loader so the invites dont have to travel around rollers. Thanks so much. 

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We used these invitations in my Bestie’s vow renewal ceremony in October. (Married five years, two children and never had a wedding til then). They turned out great and were really easy to work with. I’ll try to find a picture I know I have one somewhere……

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: March 2012

I purchased a kit at Michael’s as well. I have an HP Photosmart all-in-one printer. Everything turned out great. It was very time consuming as I did them all myself, so I would recommend doing it in intervals. A friend of mine is a graphic artist and she designed the invites for me. I saved money doing this, I think the kit was like $20. I bought ink from Costco, but barely used the ink. If your patient, and willing to spend the time doing it I would recommend DIY

Post # 11
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I bought mine at Target, and the one on clearance happen to be my favorite one too.  I ended up paying $25 for a kit of 50 and printed them on a laser printer at work.  Oddly enough, with the laser printer, dont feed one at a time…. it takes FOREVER to print that way because the printer doesnt realize its there and waits if tehres nothign in the tray after it grabs one.  It printed just fine in stacks of 15 or 20 for me. Not the  best pic, but the only one I have now.

Post # 12
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

Thanks ofr posting this, I bought a kit at michaels, but I havent used it yet, and this has been really helpful for me too!!!

Post # 13
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I did the Michael’s Brides kits too. They were kind of time consuming, but not too complicated. We also have an HP Photosmart printer and they printed great per the directions on the website.

I bought them with coupons and they ended up being really cheap! I know we spent under $100 on 140 invitations. We didn’t even use up a whole ink cartidge. I think they were definitely worth it!

Post # 14
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

I know this thread is a little older, but I was wondering if anyone could be a little more specific instead of just “time consuming.”  I’m really interested in using one of these kits, but I also don’t want to spend an hour per invite.  Also, how helpful are the instructions/do you have any tips not included in the instructions?

Post # 15
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201 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

@gingerlylove:  I bought the wiltons invitation kit. it took me 4 days dedicating 2-3 hours a day doing 75 invites( i added a small ribbon to the actual invite as well). after you get the test papers lined up correctly the printing goes pretty smoothly. the test paper for the monogram closure and the rsvp card wouldnt feed through my printer, i guess because the paper was too light in weight and small. the actual rsvp card which is made on card stock paper, etc went through fine. I dont recommend doing all your invites in one day. break it down in sections. like one day print out all the actual invites. the next day print out your rsvp, etc. Then one day print out all your labels. and so on until you complete them. because if youre doing alot, it will get “old” pretty fast!

Also, with wilton its best to use the Word template instead of the online template they offer. i used some of the wording from the online template but when it comes to printing, the alignment was way off using the online template. 

Overall, you will be very proud of yourself once youre done! Its not that hard!

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2012

 

@trbickham00:  Thank you so much for your help!  Everyone’s vague answers had me kind of worried! Invitations are pretty far down on my list of what’s important, so i just can’t see paying the hefty prices that come with custom stationary shops.  We have about 110 guests and are sending about 75 invitations as well, so I’ll be in the same boat as you as far as time (hopefully!)

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