(Closed) Invitations!

posted 6 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I designed mine myself and had them letterpressed and gold foil stamped from a boutique printer in California called Jeronimo’s Lithocraft.  My Maid/Matron of Honor got my bachelorette invitations from a cute store in Charleston called Mac & Murphy.  Maybe you can check them out.

Post # 4
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1217 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I painted a design onto a canvas, scanned it at Kinkos, and made the 5″x7″ invitation in Microsoft word. I printed it with Catprint, and I printed out Mini Moo cards with our website URL and tied those around the invitation with baker’s twine. Pretty simple, and total cost was <$50.

You need to decide what your budget is for invitations! And don’t forget about postage – most invitations end up weighing more than a normal letter, my postage cost 65 cents per invitation. You also need postage for the RSVPs, and for your thank-you cards for after the wedding.

Once you have a budget, you can decide whether to order invitations pre-made from a company (check out Minted and Wedding Paper Divas! They have some beautiful invites!) or to do a semi-DIY invitation, where you purchase a design that is emailed to you, and you print it out yourself. Honestly, just printing the addresses onto envelopes was a pain for me, so I am glad I paid Catprint to print mine out for me (in full-color!) on great-quality paper too.

Before I decided, I ordered samples – I think MInted and Wedding Paper Divas offered free samples, so I ended up with ~10 samples so I could see what kind of paper I liked and general design. You should order samples if you’re not sure!

Ok, so if you’re overwhelmed, here’s an option I would recommend (I ALMOST did this before I decided to paint my own, since I love painting!) – check out http://empapers.com/complete-wedding-sets. They are beautifulllll invitations suites that you print yourself- and they include save the date, invitation, RSVP card, thank you card, table number, menu, etc. that all match. They are pretty inexpensive compared to the invitations that you buy already printed. Then you  can print them out at home, or else use Catprint or Vistaprint or another company to print them out for you. Easy! 

 

Post # 5
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1237 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We are designing ours and printing them with our home printer. They are turning out fabulously! 

Post # 6
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303 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@MsVoyageur:  Wow can you do my inivitations?! LOL no really. I’m dreading it.

Post # 7
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1627 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

Vistaprint in another great option.  Although, most of them sell each peice design individually so it can get a little expensive if you have a lot of guests.  Although, make sure you subscribe to Groupon and Living Social sites…they have coupons all the time that save a lot of money!

Post # 8
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1217 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@MissBabeski:  Aww, I know, it takes some work. You should buy one of the sets from Em Papers (I posted the link above) and have Catprint or Vistaprint print them. Easy peasy and not too expensive! A lot of their designs are prettyyyyy too!

I loved working with Catprint, they were super nice. Their website is a little old-school but you pretty much just upload your image, choose the card size, and pick out a paper, and they print them pretty quickly! I think I got mine in less than a week. I paid ~$40 for them to print out 100 save-the-dates in full color on their highest-quality cardstock.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

I found something I liked on a wedding blog (but didn’t want to pay for letterpress) and made something similiar in Illustrator- PM me for more information about that, if you want.

I’m printing the invite, RSVP card, and info card through Catprint.  They send free paper samples and have a great selection.

I bought envelopes from envelopes.com.  They also send samples, but for $1 (which goes towards your future purchase).  Finally, I got cardstock in the same color as my envelopes from envelopes.com to make belly bands out of.

Post # 12
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1217 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2012

@Phutson84: Hmm that’s tricky! Is anyone traveling to South Carolina for the reception you’re having there? If not, then it doesn’t seem necessary to include that information on your website. As a guest at other people’s weddings, I usually look at their website for travel information and for their registry. If I wasn’t traveling to a wedding and the couple didn’t have a website, I would just ask them or one of their parents where they registered, and I’d look on the store’s website or go into the store and have them look up the couple. Then you could mail out separate invitations for the South Carolina reception with all of the info everyone needs for that. If the South Carolina reception is for people who are local, you don’t need to send a STD for that reception either, since locals shouldn’t need to book any accomodations or flights way in advance. You could then send a separate invitation suite – complete with save-the-dates and formal invitations – to the people you’re inviting to the Florida Destination Wedding, and include your website on those Save-The-Date Cards and invitations. That way you can send them to a website with travel and registry info, and the website will be just for those guests so the South Carolina locals who aren’t invited won’t feel left out.

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