Post # 1
Good Evening All …
I am scouring the internet to find templates/tutorials for handmade pocket-fold invitations and I am coming up short. There are some out there fore sure, but what I did find was a lot of brides buying the pocket folds and diy’ing the rest.
So I ask you …
Are trying to make your own pocketfolds worth the trouble or is it best just to cut your losses and buy them
P.S. I am all for DIY’ing… i just wonder what other brides experiences were making their pocket-folds.
Post # 3
- 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
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
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
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
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
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
pocketfold are cheap…and for the time you’d spend making them it is SO worth just purchasing them.
Post # 10
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
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
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
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
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.