Post # 1
I am planning on doing my own invitations. Up until the past week I liked the pocket-fold idea, but now i have decided on a simple invitation. I found cardstock at Archiver’s yesterday that I love and intend to use. I will layer 3 different colored sheets and then tie a ribbon around them. The problem is the price. Archiver’s sells the sheets for $0.66 each. Though 1 sheet of each color would make 2 invitations, this is still incredibly pricey. I have looked a bit online for these cardstock sheets (all are Bazzill brand) and am having trouble. I can find one of the colors for about $0.36 each which is better.
Did you buy your invitation paper in bulk online? If so, where did you find it (and anyone with suggestions please let me know!)? If you made your own invitations, how much did you spend total for each invitation (including envelopes)?
Post # 3
I haven’t made my own invitations (yet) but I know that a lot of bees use Anchor Paper. Have you tried looking to see if they have the paper you want (or something similar)?
Post # 4
I used http://www.envelopemall.com for my plain cardstock. Also make sure that you have already bought the envelopes you are going to use to make sure the invitations you are making are the right size. Some people don’t think about the envelope size until afterwards and have to modify their invitations later.
I know bluedotpapershop.com is also really good. They let you buy samples just in case you need to match colors.
Post # 5
Here are some suggestions of places you can get high quality paper for a cheaper price:
LCI Paper has a large selection of high quality papers at reasonable prices. I would highly suggest the Gmund paper, and they have even recently released a digital compatible cardstock that could be used at your local Kinko’s. They also have a wide variety of matching envelopes in a variety of sizes. I have used them on several occassions for bulk paper orders and have never been disappointed.
If you haven’t checked out paper-source I would highly recommend doing so. Not only do they have nice quality paper, but also have great ideas and sets. Their pricing is a little higher, but the quality is worth the cost. Additionally, if you have a local store nearby I have always found their staff to be knowledgable and extra crafty.
Finally, if you have not checked out the papermill store it is worth a good search! They have an entire section on wedding paper. I have used the Eames paper for several projects and its natural weave is gorgeous and rich for an incredibly reasonable price.
Best of luck with your DIY Invites! What a fun project.
Post # 6
papersandmore.com. I spent about $150 on all my paper products, plus a little extra for printing and cutting and ribbons. Over all, about $1.50 each invitation, INCLUDING stamps, so barely $1.10 per invite. Not including about the dozen leftovers. They have really pretty shimmery card stocks (Kinkos and Office Depot can print, it’s real heavy card stock) and papers and vellums. I bought #10 envelopes because they are the cheapest to mail and I had long envelopes so I could get 2 invitations per sheet. So, needles to say, I was able to fashion escort cards, thank you notes, and programs out of all my leftover papers. So it was nice not to have to buy MORE after my invitations!
Post # 7
Thanks for all the info girls! I am looking forward to researching the information you provided!