I had bought Michaels DIY on clearance and for the whole kit for 100 invites it was going to be something like $100, then I also bought a custom stamp and ink pad to add some spice to them which was another $25 or so, and was going to print them off myself, so whatever it would have cost for ink. However I really didn’t like the template or font options to print the invites when it came time to do so, and have no idea how to use other programs to do it myself, although I am sure if would have been easy for someone else. I also was scared to mess them up while running them through the printer – I am a klutz!
So I renturned them, and bought 100 4×6 outer envelopes with the credit (on clearance, it was $40 for the envelopes). I just went into a local printer close by and asked if they could do something along the lines of what I wanted. They did a great job with design. If anyone wants to use them in vancouver, they are http://www.vanprint.com/
For a 6×8 invite which folded into a 4×6 envelope, and a 4×6 rsvp postcard inside, along with some cheap raffia ribbon for like $8, it cost me $235 for 100 invites, and saved me a LOT of time and hassle, and looked wayyyyyy nicer than the Micheals ones – these ones are visially so much more appealing, and so personal to us as well! and in COLOR rather than black and white:) I happily spent double what I had originally planned.
I used a $20 calligraphy pen from Michaels to handwrite all the addresses (this took a few hours over a few weekends!). And I bought a $35 return address stamp from Etsy which looked really cute with our design, and saved me soooo much time writing our return address!
I also bought those personalized stamps from Canada Post with one of our engagement photos on it – everyone has loved them so far, I have had so many comments! And they only cost about 0.35$ more than a regular stamp, so they were an extra $70 onto the budget, but I don’t regret it.
TOTAL COST (200 personalized canada post stamps, return address stamp, raffia ribbon, 100 invites/rsvp, and envelopes) = $525 (or $455 if you had regular stamps)
$325 for invite pacakge alone without stamps. I think your budget is fine! You might even save, and you don’t have to do the whole thing DIY besides writing out the addresses (some people are even printing sticky labels these days to save time, I considered it but since I didn’t mind doing the calligraphy myself and thought it looked nicer I chose to do that:)