Post # 1
is this a hard topic or not ?
I’m wondering, for each of you, how much was your budget for your invitation ?
I’ve been looking some vendors and I think they’re crazy with their prices !
I’m thinking to DIY my invitation, but I’m limited by time.
So, I want to know your experience.
If you DIY-ed your invitation, how much does it cost for 1 invitation ?
And if you asked someone to do it for you, how much is it too ?
Post # 3
I’d say that getting someone to make your invites for you could range anywhere from $2 a piece all the way up to way higher depending on the details, printing, embellishments, label, etc.
I am not sure about DIY at all, but I do know that it could go either way. I know of people who have spent under $100 on all materials for DIY for 200 invitation sets, but I have also heard of people’s stories on here where they DIY and ended up spending way over what it would have originally cost them to hire someone to do the invites.
I think part of the DIY attraction is getting a creative vibe on and getting to design a one of a kind invite…not necessarily saving tons of money.
Post # 4
I had a fairly complicated DIY invitation (pocketfold with 3 inserts) that I made entirely. It came out to be about $3 each (for paper, accessories, glue, stamps, ink) whereas it would have cost between $8-10 each if I had them made professionally.
Post # 5
- Wedding: May 2022 - St. Charles Borromeo Church/Jefferson-Orleans North
I had a pocketfold with two inserts that I DIY’ed and it was $3.87/invite with postage. I still have some supplies leftover that I will use for programs and stuff as well. I think it was worth it to DIY, and like the previous poster said, it’s not just for money, rather, it’s for something truly original that reflects you two. 🙂
Post # 6
I’m getting the paper for my 120 DIY invites for around $120. This doesn’t include stamps or ink (but you don’t HAVE to have those) or postage. I plan on using left over and scrap paper from the invites to make other things like programs and such. I’m hoping the whole thing will come to about $150 for all of my invites.
Post # 7
I ended up spending around $400 for 100 invites so far.
pocketfolds with three inserts, main body invitation with a backing frame, rsvp card, rsvp envelopes, one main envelope, envelope labels (I printed them on my computer as well) adhesive, sticker seals and paper cutting.
I ordered too much stuff, but I will use the remainders for programs, favor cards, etc.
It came out nicely. I used paperandmore. They have samples you can order. Things come in packs so if you find out you need 102 pockets and the packs are 50 each, order two samples to fill in.
Post # 8
If you’re limited in time and still want to DIY (which, unless you’re very crafty may turn out to be more stressful and more expensive than having them done) you can get suites at places like Michaels – all you have to do is print the text and assemble. They’re quite affordable!
I DIY’d my save-the-dates (very basic – nice paper, envelopes, postage & website cost) – they were $2.26 ea. From having looked at a number of places to have them done you can get a suite (invite, envelopes & RSVP) starting at $2 ea.
Post # 9
Ours we had to outsource, due to time and me not being patient!
We’re having them letterpressed. Actually a whole suite, so STD, thank yous, invites, evelopes etc.
Whole shebang will be 1k.
Post # 10
We did one of the packages from Michaels (you can also get them from Target, Wal-Mart, Staples, Office Max, etc…). We also bought some little confetti flowers to glue onto the invitation to personalize it. The sets were $25 for 30 invites (including ceremony and reception invitations, envelopes, response cards and response envelopes, envelope seals, and ribbon). I think we bought one tub of confetti flowers for about $3, so all together, we spent $53 for 60 invites, or about $0.88/piece not including postage. And we’ve gotten a lot of compliments about how beautiful and original they look. 🙂
Also, we bought matching thank you cards, table numbers, and escort cards for another $25. The DIY was really easy, too. It took about 3 hours total for us to print and assemble all of the invitations.
Added note: We wanted to design and create the invitations ourselves, but when we priced out supplies, it would’ve cost about $3.75/piece and 10-15 hours to complete.
Post # 11
Ours are over $1,000, but we’re doing custom designed letterpress — a tri-fold invitation and an insert about the welcome barbecue the night before the wedding. This is one of our big ticket items. I know many people think it’s silly to spend much on invitations, but this aspect of our wedding is really important to me.
Post # 12
We got kits from Michael’s for the 100 invitations that we needed. We paid $24 per box of 30 and needed 4 boxes, so that was $96 total, or $.96 per. The kits included pocketfolds and we made extra inserts using paper that we bought for $10, or $.10 per. The printing was free, done at the laser printer at our office after hours. The pends for writing names and addresses were $4, or $.04 per. Postage was about $.58 for each invite, plus another $.42 for each reception card. So:
.96 + .1 + .04 +.58 + .42 = about $2.10 for each invitation, including postage, inserts, and accessories.
Not bad, considering that what I loved at weddingpaperdivas would have cost at least twice that.
Post # 13
I did 30 invitations for $25.00! Michael’s has these ~amazing~ invitation kits my BRIDES magazine. They are normally $35.00 for the 30, but you can find 40% off coupons in their sunday advertisements. You can also check the website for coupons. The kit includes
paper for the invitations
paper for RSVP
envelopes for RSVP
ribbon to go around the invite
cute little stickers to ‘seal’ the envelope
also labels to print the address on
Inside the kit it has a website that you can go to that has free templates for the invites, rsvp and address labels. Just make sure you have good printer, or that a friend does and you are set! It took me about 20 minutes to get them setup and printed. Longest part was tying the ribbons!
Also, personally, I didn’t want the pocket envelopes to go through the mail, so I did spend another $10.00 for enevlopes that would fit them at Office Max.
Also, here is the link about the kits. They come in several different colors.
Post # 14
I used the same kit sc did! I forgot to add that we did have to buy some outer envelopes for them; we sent a "tester" through the mail and the seal didn’t hold, and some of the edges got torn. So add another $.02 to our per invite total!
Post # 15
I spent quite a bit for a letterpress custom design, but truly it was as much for me as it was for the benefit of the guests. Prior to getting engaged I never really noticed an invitation, so if your budget is small don’t sweat it! People will pay more attention to other things such as food, music and how in love you are!
Post # 16
Oh hey, SusanY, I should have mentioned that making our own invites, although we loved them in the end, was really a giant hassle. Between the printing, the layout of additional inserts, the 10 hours it took to hand-address them, the 4 hours it took to put them all together, and the countless trips to different Michael’s stores to pick which ones we wanted, we probably could have spent twice as much and been much happier because of all the time we saved. So if you’re pressed for time and you don’t have a lot of help with this, I’d really recommend ordering them from somewhere that will do all of that for you, and write the expense off as time saved.