(Closed) handmade pocket-fold invitations – is it worth the trouble

posted 8 years ago in Paper
  • poll: Did you make or buy your pocket folds invitations
    Made from scratch : (2 votes)
    10 %
    Bought : (18 votes)
    90 %
  • Post # 3
    162 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: March 2012 - Marie Gabrielle

    I made pocketfolds…  I’d strongly advise buying them.  Mine turned out all right, but the storebought ones you can find online aren’t necessarily that much more $, and they are quite a bit sturdier.  Not to mention all the time you’d save!

    Post # 4
    65 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: June 2011

    I would for sure buy them…I made ONE and it wasn’t worth the time or the effort.  If I had to make all 250 I would go crazy!  From cardsandpockets.com they are only .98 each for the non-metallic ones and that was fine with me!  To save a little bit of money I am making the rest of the invite.

    I actually just posted my invite the other day and it is the pocket from cardsandpockets.com if you want to see what it looks like…

    My Invitations…what do you think?!


    Post # 5
    1250 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    We made ours from scratch and saved SOOOOO much money. Was it worth it? My parents did most of the work, so I can’t really say…but I do love how they turned out and the compliments we are getting about our invitations mean so much, since we did them ourselves! I think its worth it if you have people to help you with them – we had an assembly line going which made it more fun and less time consuming for one person.

    Post # 6
    269 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I made mine from scratch and had a harder time with all the inside parts then the actual pocketfold. I made my own for two reasons

    First was the cost. I got 3 pocketfolds with about 5 inches left over out of every sheet. At a dollar a sheet 33 cents versus minimum 1.25 made a difference when you are making 140 invitations. Plus I’m using the extra scraps for another project.

    Second was I was having trouble finding navy blue that wasn’t the shiny shimmery paper.

    My advice would be to start early, go in stages (do all the cutting, then all the gluing, etc.) and use other people’s help.



    Post # 7
    9056 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I bought mine.  I found them at paper source for $0.50 each, so I figured the savings weren’t worth my time.

    Post # 8
    1570 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: March 1996

    I was planning to make our pocketfolds using Mrs. Daffodil’s tutorial from a long time ago, until I realized how affordably they can be purchased. So, we bought ours, and they look very similar to the vision I had in mind when I was planning to DIY them.

    Just as a side note, I’m currently in the middle of a terrible customer relations experience with Cards and Pockets in which I’ve been treated pretty poorly and been put in a difficult situation regarding an extremely delayed delivery of our envelopes, which were damaged when they finally did arrive a month after I placed the order. So it may be worth shopping around for other pocketfold vendors.

    Post # 9
    494 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    pocketfold are cheap…and for the time you’d spend making them it is SO worth just purchasing them.

    Post # 10
    30 posts
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I bought beautiful pocketfold invitations, that came with rsvp cards, insert cards and all of the envelopes in a kit from Target (no kidding, Ive included a link). They were very sturdy and everyone commented on how classic and professional they looked!



    Post # 11
    1046 posts
    Bumble bee

    I made invitations for my baby shower and wore I’d never do it again… it was an insane amount of work. It took about 48 hours to make invitations for 50 people.

    I wish I could find pictures… They were insane. Although they were awesome it was WAY too much work! Of course I am a bit of a perfectionist so that may explain it..

    Post # 12
    605 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I wouldn’t have considered making my own because, after paying for materials, the savings doesn’t seem signficant enough to justify the time spent. If you’re extremely crafty and/or have a lot of time on your hands, it may be worth doing, but otherwise buy them and don’t look back!

    I had a little sticker shock when taking my prototype (square) pocketfold invite to the post office this morning. I knew about the upcharge for a square envelope, but mine’s NOT (as I understood from the company’s website) under the size limit to be considered flat-rate postage. I’m paying $1.05 each to send them!

    Whether you make or buy pocketfolds, pay close attention to the size and corresponding postage charges, or you will watch your savings evaporate! Good luck.

    Post # 13
    2208 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I bought the pocketfolds themselves, but DIY everything else. IT TOOK FOREVER. Unless you have a LOT more time than money, I would recommend buying the pockets (unless, also, you want a super specific color). Between designing, editing, cutting, matting, assembling, and addressing my invites, I spent at least 100 hours. Three whole weekends in a row were completely taken up with wedding invite stuff. I adore how they turned out and I’m getting amazing compliments, but I don’t think I would do it again.

    Post # 14
    2867 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I made mine because what I wanted did exist. There were no navy ones that weren’t shiny (pocketfolds had discontinued the color) plus I wanted a vertical folder with a vertical pocket and I wanted it to fit in a A7 envelope.

    I found this amazing navy paper with raised pinstripes that I used. So for me it made sense to make them…yes it DID take forever, but I started my invites in March (my wedding is in Sept) so I didn’t have any pressure to rush and get them done.

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