(Closed) invitations…to make myself or find someone to make professionally?

posted 8 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2009

I DIY my own invites. I wanted pocketfolds and the cost difference between DIY and paying someone was HUGE.

Mine ended up being about .40 each! SO worth it & plus it was fun!

I wish I had pics of them, but I’m on my work computer 🙂

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

I chose to make my invites & my sister’s.  For mine, I really didn’t have a choice.  I had hardly any money to spend on a wedding, but wanted a fancy looking invite.  After all was said and done, I went to Papyrus one day to just look around.  I found a design similiar to the one I created and it cost $5/invitation…just the invitation.  That did not include the envelope/postage.  I made mine for $.91/invite, which included postgage, envelope & invitation.  I sent out 150 invites, so obviously, I saved myself a TON of money.

For my sister, I am making hers for the same reasons…she has little money for a wedding and I’m doing her invitations as a gift.   For her invites, I was envisioning a pocketfold type invite, but even to just semi diy and buy the precut/scored/folded pocketfold was around $1/invite.  It was my goal to make the invite for under $1…so that option was out the window.  I ended up making my own pocket folds for about $.25/pocketfold and about $.75 for the additional paper.  After postage & envelopes come in, I’ll probably spend about $1.50/invite…so, just a wee bit over budget.  I used papersource.com for all my paper/envelopes.

After making the invites, yes I would do it again.  Now, if I had all the money in the world, I would be tempted to have them professionally done.  Making them is definitely a labor of love, but definitely worth it!

Post # 5
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I paid for mine to be done. It was under $2 each set for custom designed invites which included Invite, RSVP & printed envelope with our design and return address

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

We DIYed our invites because we only needed a small amount and loved being able to customize it completely to what we wanted. But after everything, we probably did not save as much (price per invite still came out to about $2.50) than some people you could hire through Etsy. This included envelope, envelope liners, pocketfold, main invite, Hotel Info insert, and RSVP postcard. Oh well, we still love our invites and it was not that hard to do at all.

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

I printed mine on a kit from Michael’s.  Each kit contained 40 invitations for $40.  I used coupons for almost all of them, between 25%-50% off. 

We actually bought a new printer to use – we needed one anyway, so it was a justifiable purchase.  The printer was $109.

They turned out better than I could have hoped for.  The only tricky part was aligning the fonts, etc.  We wasted 3-4 sheets practice printing, but each box came with one extra for practice, so none of the actual invitations were affected.

I would easily do it again.

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I bought a kit with the invitation materials.  I’m planning to do some mock-ups and figure out how the text will look nice on the page and then take it to a local printer to print.

I don’t think I”ll be saving as much money as I originally thought I was going to.  Each invite was about 16 cents.  However, there was no seperate paper for the reception site, so I ended up buying double the invites (so the ceremony and reception cards will be the same).  So, thats 32 cents each.  But, I also bought extras because I want to make sure I have more than enough. So really my invites will cost about 50 cents each, plus printing cost, plus stamps, plus a lot of time.

If you have the time and feel creative (or just have a very low budget), I still think DIY invites will save some cash.  However, if you have the money, I’d spring for professional ones.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’m having mine professionally done.  I’m ordering pocketfolds and will assemble them myself.  I’m not very creative and I have little patience for things like margins, printing, etc so it just makes the most sense for me.  When all is said and done, I’ll probably spend about $3 per invite/response card.

Post # 10
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5388 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: December 2010

I am paying for mine to be done. They were $4 each for the invitation, postcard RSVP, accom. card, and directions. I was going to buy the materials, have someone print all of the info for me, and put them together. Then I realized that i was going to cost me about $2-3 to do that so I saved myself the headache and spent $1 more to have someone else do it.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

We DIY’d our invites. In the end though I kinda wish we hadn’t. We spent so long designing them and making them and wanting them to be perfect that it ended up taking around 6 months for us to design and make them. Once we got all the details down though and it was a matter of printing, cutting, sticking and writing then it was kind of fun. But the stress beforehand wasn’t worth it.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee

I went to the craft store and bought a copper type pen, 2 sizes of ivory envelopes, ivory cardstock and purple scrapbook paper for less than $20.00  The largest cost was the copper pen to fleck the ivory paper and envelopes with.  I also spent $1.00 on raffia.  I had rubber cement, spray adhesive, a nice paper cutter, and a paper punch.  A font was chosen and paper cut, raffia tied-invitations and reply cards printed! 

Post # 13
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

Thanks for asking this – I’m considering DIYing my invites, just because I can’t find anything the actual style I want.  Somehow, I LOVE wedding invitations – you can almost always tell what they are before you open them, and then there’s a slightly sparkly/pearly invitation inside with beautiful writing…  So… Having the right invite is way more important to me than having the perfect centerpiece or accessories.  I also have both illustration and calligraphy experience, so designing them myself is well within my limitations.  I was concerned that getting everything together would be a huge hassle.

Post # 14
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Newbee
  • Wedding: January 2010

I did my invites myself, but then had some stationary made later on for the wedding to match. Msg me if you want the place that did mine… they were amazing! 

Post # 15
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I did my own because I wanted a pocketfold style, which completed are quite expensive.  I’m also picky, and wanted to be able to completely customize it.  I found pocketfolds on sale at papersource for 51 cents each and designed from there.  I paid $248 for all the materials and postage (1.28 each, damn you Canada Post!) for my 70 invites. 

However, I knew I’d overbought, and had enough left over for our programs, menus, “upload your photos to our website” cards, escort cards, some signage… invites for a friend’s baby shower…and I still have tons left over for future crafting.  I might use it to make something for our thank you cards as well.  Haha, the massive bulk packs were cheaper than buying the correct amount.

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

Love this tread! For those of you who said they did pocket folds themselves, did you create the actual pocket fold? or did you buy this and diy the rest of the way. What about the other paper? did you ladies buy pre-cut or cut the paper yourself? 

I would love websites or stores of where you guys got your supplies too!

I am so impressed with how much you ladies have saved! Riddle me inspired!

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