(Closed) Going crazy, ripping my hair out, stupid invitations!

posted 9 years ago in Paper
  • poll: Am I insane to consider DIY invitations if I am absolutely NOT crafty in any way?

    Yes, it's so hard.

    No, it's so much fun and they look great

    Likely, but you will be happy in the end

    I did it and don't regret it

  • Post # 17
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: April 2012

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    @Take The Reins: there’s a limited space on the PM’s.  I’d suggest trading email addresses and doing it that way, since email allows for attachments, too 🙂

    Good luck!!!!!

    Post # 19
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    Helper bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    People don’t really care about the invitations. I couldn’t be bothered to measure paper, but I did design my own invites through VistaPrint.

    I used an oversize postcard (they have sales all the time), for the invites, and a postcard for the RSVP card, then got the accompanying envelopes (Vistaprint sells 100 for $5). That way, I got to design, but I didn’t have to print or measure any thing.

    I did my own bellybands.

    Post # 20
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    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I did ours completely on my own, but ours were very non-traditional.

    I copied a style online and revamped it for our style and colors in photoshop. Then did all the printing, cutting, folding myself. Bought envelopes separately, printed on the envelopes, stuffed on my own, and mailed.

    It was really not that hard but I do have some photoshop experience.

    It’s up to you, if you’re seeing those details in kits then I’d imagine you have a good enough eye to do them by yourself but it depends on the level of complexity you want.

    Post # 22
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2011

    You can always order them off Etsy & then print everything off yourself. I ordered my off of there, she printed everything for me also but then I actually assembled the pocketfolds myself which saved me well over $100 on that alone.

    Post # 23
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    I refused to cut or print.  I bought all the non-printed stuff from cards & pockets (pocketfolds, envelopes, invitation mat, and bellybands).  I printed the invitations and inserts at staples, and also got them to cut (you can request laser cut, which looks great but can take a few extra days because not all locations do it on-site).

    I glued (along with friends!)  The worst part was the bellybands and I really regretted it at the time, but I think they made the invitations look so much better.  If I had to go back and do it again I would do the same thing, minus the monograms. I would have those done at staples as well, it would have been cheaper.

    Post # 25
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    Yes, I made the electronic file myself.  I didn’t do anything complicated though, just the words and some hearts at the top.  If you go with laser cutting, you also need to create lines for the laser to follow (a box around the area but continue the lines further so it looks like a grid or a # sign).

    If you print at Staples they only charge a $3 flat rate cutting fee.  I ended up doing my programs there as well!

    Post # 26
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    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: January 2011

    Staples also has invitation kits.  I preferred to do my own thing, but they might look better than Michaels.

    They also have templates for wedding stuff (it’s on their website, under the print & copy centre stuff).  I just wanted simple black & white though, so didn’t bother with their template.

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