Post # 17
we spent about $1K because we had to make a set of invitations in french and a set in english. we couldn’t write both on one card nicely. the upshot is that we will have 2 lovely sets of cards to have as keepsakes.
Post # 18
Thank you bees.
I think I will leave it to the pros (if I met a designer who fits my budget) since DIY-ing 1000 invitations will surely kill me… Thank you all !
By the way, if I change Rupiah (Indonesia) currency to US %, I’m totally amazed that with $1 only, you could get a quite luxurious invitation here ! Really! The common invites(without boxes, no hard cover), screen printing process on local paper costs max 0,5$ !
Post # 19
I’m DIYing mine. they cost me under $1 each when all is said and done (obviously not including postage). They are folder invites with 3 invites with embossing. I’m excited to start making them.
Wait, did you just say 1000?! That’s a lot of invitations!
Post # 20
i recently changed my mind on invites. we were going with the whole letterpress, with pocketfolds, etc. etc…it was going to be about $850 for the whole enchilada but after a couple weeks of thinking about it, i realized…i didn’t even keep invites from the nice weddings i went to! i don’t think i can truly care about the invitations i’ve received, when i didn’t even keep them…this is me, whose kept strange things from weddings! (i’ve kept a lot of ugly favors, pressed some flowers from bridesmaid bouqets, and even kept some of my bm dresses) so i slashed my budget in half and i’m going to go with someone from Etsy (trying to decide between two sellers). I think food, favors and entertainment are more important to me, thats what my guests will remember more.
Post # 21
I didn’t want to spend more than $200 for my invitations…INCLUDING postage. I did it with about $30 to spare.
I think they’re lovely pieces of artwork, but in the long run, I wanted to spend my money elsewhere. Plus, my invites turned out great, everyone is commenting on how great they look and "who designed ’em?" Uhhh, this kid <—-
Post # 22
I wasn’t sure what to expect when I started shopping around for invitations – so I didn’t set a budget, just felt determined to be reasonable.
First, I went to a stationer and found some really simple invitations that I liked from Carlson Craft.
Then, we registered for tuxes with Savvi Formalwear and I just so happened to notice that Savvi had Carlson Craft books. We got them for 50% off!!! For 125 invites, envelopes, inner envelopes, reception card and RSVP cards we spent just under $170.
I could’ve DIYed it, but didn’t want to deal with getting ink. And did I mention I’m not terribly crafty? 🙂
Post # 23
Yes, invites are cheaper in other countries!!! My Indian friend said they are definitely having Indian Invitations b/c they are SOOOOO much cheaper (and way nicer) than American invites. THey do scrolls and neat little things like that!
Post # 24
i did the STDs DIY and they cost about $60 for 55 including postage – but I fell in love with a letterpress design from Cheree Berry Paper that is costing $1700 for 75 invites with response and reception cards. I have a crafty mind, but no crafting experience so I decided to bite the bullet on the invites (and we were pressed for time) – and I absolutely love our invite design. Ps. if you want to spend the money – Cheree Berry is great.
Post # 25
Don’t forget to add the cost of a therapist after you’re done 🙂 As a professional calligrapher for many many years, I often get a last minute emergency project from a bride who tried to create her own invitations. If you have time.. excellent, be sure to get LOTS of extra stock for mistakes. and at least 20% more envelopes for errors and changes, or hire someone who does this for a living.
Post # 26
My friend got hers from another country as well. She got it cheaper with quality materials. They even done everything including assembly so she was happy she didn’t need to worry about anything. She got it from http://www.CraftMasterInvitations.com
Post # 27
I just did reeeeally cheap invites from rexcraft.com Well, they aren’t really cheap but as far as invitations go they were. Initially I wanted to get nicer ones, but I eventually just threw my hands up and said "screw it" because people aren’t going to be keeping the invitations most likely, except for maybe my mom or my grandma. I didn’t want to waste a ton of money on something that would be trashed. I know it’s supposed to set the mood for the wedding, but in all honesty, I just didn’t have that money to blow even though I WANTED something nicer and fancier. I just sucked it up. It was my intention to get the cheapest ones on there (they did still look nice, imo, just very plain) but I gave my fiance the choice between two that were decent and cheap and he chose the other (of course). I’m satisfied enough with them. I was going to DIY, but it was just a huge PIA. I designed something that looked really nice on the computer but when I printed it out, it just looked HORRIBLE (it was pixelated). No way I could mail something like that, even on nice paper. Finding all the correct paper sizes and colors for what I wanted was no easy task either. Luckily I hadn’t ordered any of it yet.
Post # 28
I am glad I read this post today… we’re going to look at some invitations (just looking!) today and I KNOW I am going to fall in love with some beautiful letterpress design that’s going to cost a small fortune. Seeing other people’s budgets will help me keep things in check. I hope!
Post # 29
Hello bees, I’ve decided.
I’ve designed my own invitation, then I asked my fiancee’s brother to print it. (He owns a design firm)
That way I can have my invitation at a very good price !
Thank you for all of your advices and experiences. It helps me!
Thank you bees !
PS : I’ll post the invitation after it’s finished. This is the result of printing in Indonesia.