(Closed) How long did it take to make your DIY invites?

posted 8 years ago in DIY
  • poll: How long did it take to make your DIY invitations?
    one day to one long weekend of hard work : (2 votes)
    12 %
    several days to a week : (6 votes)
    35 %
    more than a week but less than a month : (3 votes)
    18 %
    more than a month : (6 votes)
    35 %
    other, please explain : (0 votes)
  • Post # 3
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    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    I started mine in May and they went out in July. I think the most important thing if you’re DIYing invitations is to start early. That way if you run into problems you have time to fix them.

    It makes the process move a lot more enjoyable if you can space it out over several weekends rather than trying to finishe them all at once. I’d suggest getting everything printed and trimmed out (if necessary) and then getting some help with assembly…just don’t expect to get everything done in one sitting and you’ll probably be finishing them up yourself.

    Post # 6
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    1260 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    I also second starting early! You probably have a time frame in your mind about how long it will take to you to complete them…now take that time and double it! Mine were VERY basic and it took us nearly a month to get them done, and it was only to send out 35 invitations. We bought pre-cut cardstock and envelopes, printed the text using our own printer, and stamped a green leaf design onto the cardstock with a brown ribbon at the top. Sounds simple, right? We ran into troubles getting the printer to take our invitations, and making all the margins fit. It took time to actually cement down the wording of the invitations themselves, and the envelopes kept getting mangled in the printer!

    If you want to design your own, and have them professionally printed, you usually have to use cardstock from choices offered by the company, or ensure that your cardstock fits their printers. We tried to get ours printed after all the troubles with our printer, and the company wouldn’t do it because the cardstock was already pre-cut and wouldn’t fit their printers. Boo!

    Just make sure to give yourself more time than you think you need 🙂

    Post # 7
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    1260 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: June 2010

    Oh, I just wanted to add that I did the invitations entirely myself, with a little bit of help from my husband. My family wasn’t in the same province, and neither were my bridesmaids, so they couldn’t help me. The more help you have, the less time it will take 🙂

    Post # 9
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    2866 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2010

    Three months is enough. My little sister helped when she came to stay with me one weekend but just know that “helpers” will weary of the project before you do. But mine had a ton of parts (pics).

    I had to order paper and ribbon and envelopes and do lots of test runs so the sooner you start the better. If you get them done early then they’re just ready to go – but you don’t want to be scrambling and stressing the weekend before you need to send them.

    Post # 10
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    4137 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    i would definitely start on the envelopes now! i had plenty of help from fi on our save the dates, and i spaced them out so it probably took 1 month total. pretty much any paper can be printed on at a copy shop – i used cardstock shimmer paper and had no problems. just make sure you print a test copy, because colors can show up a little differently.

    Post # 11
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    Newbee
    • Wedding: February 2011

    Mine were handwritten onto folding fans (think lumpy, curved shape and generally a pain in the backside to write on!) – a few evenings and a weekend with Glee Season 1 in the background, not too traumatic at all!

    Post # 12
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    30 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    I voted in the one day-one weekend category. We went to an invitation store, but they screwed up.  Five weeks later, they informed me that they didn’t have proofs done yet. I freaked out since we had a four month engagment, so I went on paperandmore.com, bought all the stuff and began a few all night sessions. It wasn’t too terrible since the invtes were already planned out and we had the wording, but I would definitely not do it again. We made 200 pocketfold invites with three inserts. The people at kinko’s knew us on a first name basis when it was all over. Definitely would not do it again.

     

    Post # 14
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    752 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2010 - Ocean View Villas/Jasmine Seafood Restaurant

    You can see my DIY envelops and DIY tri panel pocketfolds on the blog.  They were pretty intense.  I designed them, DIYed all of it, faux wax sealed it, liners, and had inserts.  I worked on it on weekends and afterwork mostly.  I also went for weeks in between when I was busy with work/school not doing anything for them.  I made 250 of them.  It took me 1 year! So cut back on the details of them if you’re making so many, don’t have a ton of help, and don’t have that much time.

    Post # 15
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    241 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    It took me a while to design exactly what I wanted and I have not started”building” them yet, but I’ll probably spread them over a couple of weekends.  I’ll get my bridesmaids involved by having them over for some wine and apps.  I want it to be a fun process for everyone. 

    I bought lots of watercolor paper for mine over time to not get sticker shocked.  I purchased navy blue envelopes online (I don’t think I’d have the patience to fold every envelope myself…good luck to you!). 

    My biggest projects involved are having my girls trace the white/silver pen on my navy envelopes (see my DIY post here). Add rhinestones to my invitatons and package them all up together.  I don’t want to stress and my key thing for every DIY project is not to wait till the last minute.

    Post # 16
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    30 posts
    Newbee
    • Wedding: November 2010

    @ellabee: I used paperandmore for the cardstock (copper, and I actually have a ton extra I’ll put up in the classifieds soon) pocketfolds, envelopes, and rsvp envelopes. We printed the invites on cream colored paper that they had at Kinko’s.  Because they printed 4/page and they had a papercutter, we just stayed there and the two of us set up an assembly line of sorts. We used the same cream paper for the inserts (glued on copper or gold cardstock). I was actually happy with the way they turned out, and it was MUCH cheaper than what the invite store quoted us at. 

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