(Closed) Invitations are expensive!!!! Where did you get yours?

posted 9 years ago in Paper
Post # 32
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’m designing my own, and having a local shop print them on nice paper. I think it will come out to about $150 for 170 invitations, envelopes, rsvp cards, and inserts.

(I found that printing black and white on this fancy, shimmery paper is the same price as printing color on plain cardstock! so that’s certainly a way to save money…)

Post # 33
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

Honestly I spent less than $20 on my invitations, including envelopes, reply cards, and a small insert with our personal information and wedding website for 200 invitations.  I found them on clearance at Wal Mart.  I recieved a ton of compliments on them.  It wasn’t something terribly important to me and they’re just going to end up being trashed for the most part.  My Maid/Matron of Honor said they looked almost identical to hers minus the vellum and she spent  $700+ on her invites.  Of course this doesn’t include postage. However since I went for more simple invites postage was only the standard 0.44$.

Post # 34
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

I absolutely refused to pay tons for paper. I found http://www.123print.com, and wow… inexpensive and great quality. And their customer service is seriously amazing. I got 80 invites for $60.

Post # 35
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2100 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I am getting mine from Reaves Engraving and for engraving and letterpress they were very reasonable and they have been great to work with.

Post # 36
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

@napabridekelsey: We just bought those invites at Michael’s this weekend! I love them. I really like what you did to them with the patterned paper and the colored ribbon. I thought they were a great value for the quality of the invitations.

Post # 37
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I’m using Minted.

 

Have you considered purchasing a digital design and printing it at home?  I think it’s one step up from the Michael’s route.  Check out:

1.  Wedding Chicks has free downloads that you can customize: https://www.facebook.com/video/video.php?v=10150683024375057

2.  Fourth & Folded – used to be a Wedding Bee member, Miss Gloss: http://www.fourthandfolded.com/

3. EM Papers: http://www.empapers.com/complete-wedding-sets

4. Printable Press: http://www.printablepress.com/

 

There are Etsy sellers who do the same.

 

Post # 38
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2010

Zazzle.com

Not as pretty as some of the ones on Etsy. But so many artists and you can contact them directly and see if they will do something custom for you.

STD post cards- $75 for 75

Invite- $121 for 80

Respond post card- $80 for 80

And I got a steal on custom postage stamps–keep an eye out for sales! I paid $40.60 for 4 sheets of 20 each. That’s only 50 cent for 44 cent stamps.

Post # 40
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I got mine at Target, they were on clearance (50 invites w/ envelopes, 50 responce cards with envelopes) for $20 each, I bought the last 2. They are plain white card stock with a black edge, a sliver “pocket” and black envelopes. This was the 1st thing I bought and started our black and silver (I’ve since added eggplant purple) color scheme. They’re DIY invites and I will either be having them printed at Kinko’s for 59 cents each or a print shop, 75 invites and 75 responces for $100. I’m debating if I want flat print or embossed print, we’ll see. Since they’re a little plain Im going to stamp and emboss a design in the corners.

I think you should check out several DIY invitations and see what you like. Look online or if you have a Walmart, Michaels or Target by you I know you can save $$$ by doing them yourself. The other bee’s have great ideas and use their experience to your advantage. God knows, I have!!! Good luck.

Post # 41
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241 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

We are getting ours from Zazzle.com. They are about $1.90 per invite, but they drop to $.70 due to being bought in bulk.

Post # 42
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I designed and made ours, so I was able to minimize the amount of paper to purchase (one 8.5 x 11 sheet makes 3 vertical strips that are 3.5″ wide, and the extra 1/2 inch was used as a belly band!). I backed these with #10 note cards that would fit in a #10 envelope.

I was happy that making them ourselves meant that we could adjust some of them – local friends did not get an extra card regarding hotels, etc.

Post # 43
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Okay we got ours from Vistaprint, and I’m pretty happy with them. The background is black with white writing and design, and to ME, the black isn’t a very DARK black, but I’m still happy with them. My question for you ladies now is:

It seems so PLAIN to just stick the one sheet invitation in the envelope, but I can’t find those tissue papers ANYWHERE!?!?! Has anyone ordered JUST the tissue paper to insert in your invitation?

Post # 44
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

@HoneyBear:  AMAZING i was super impressed. they have me as a customer for life 🙂

Post # 45
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2657 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I would definately go with Michaels!!I bought mine on sale a few weeks ago.I bought 3 packages of 30 count.They include the invites,jackets,respnose cards,envelopes,ribbon,tags,menue or direction cards,wording examples and printing instructions.I think I paid about 30 for each package.

Oh and ladies Michaels also sell Save the Date Magnets!!!30.00 for 3 packages.30 count in each!

U can put whatever u want on these magnets.For help they have a website u can go to.

Post # 46
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@Earlybride:I like the fact with my Save the Date magnets,everytime my family and friends go to their fridge they will see my Save the Date magnet!!What a huge bonus.

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