(Closed) Invites…REALLY? (Venting)

posted 4 years ago in Paper
Post # 4
773 posts
Busy bee

Oh it’s so frustrating! Because then it’s not just invites and rsvps it’s thank you cards too and postage is so expensive! I’m thinking of going to michaels with a 40% off coupon and buying my invitations, then it ends up only costing me 30 bucks for tons! It includes all the rsvps and envelopes! Not a bad deal for something no one will look at again!

Post # 5
1671 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Church

nestle:  Oh, they can get up there in price, that’s for sure! (I was lucky that Future Sister-In-Law owns an invite company and she custom made ones for us as a gift) A couple of other options is to get custom made ones, if you have the financial means. There is also Vista Print – you can order a whole bunch and it won’t cost you an arm and a leg.

Post # 6
883 posts
Busy bee

nestle:  I got my invites at annsbridalbargains.com. They were way cheaper than anything else I found. I was really pleased with the quality. They often have some nice sales. I believe I saved an additional 30% off the already lower prices.

Post # 7
595 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

I feel you. They’re either ugly, expensive or both! I got lucky and asked a friend where she had hers done. Turns out her friend does custom paper for a living, and since I “name dropped” she agreed to beat my budget. Do you know anyone like that? Saved my sanity because I was mentally preparing myself to pay more than $500 for mine. My girl will do my Save-The-Date Cards, menus, invites and calligraphy.

Post # 8
6339 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2014

nestle:  We paid a fortune for our invitations :-s I had planned to make them, but was running out of time and already extremely stressed so didn’t need extra worry, and when I priced up the materials, we were basically saving about £2/$3 per invitation, and for me that saving just was not worth all the work. 

We made the rest of our stationery (table names; individual menu cards; seating plan; save the dates) and it was very time-consuming, but at that point I had the time, plus the saving was more significant percentage-wise (it would have cost more than twice as much to have them paid eg seating plan cost us £60/$96 for the frame and materials; to have one made I was getting quotes for £150/$240, so, a big difference. 

Also, having made a lot of stuff myself I can see why the prices are what they are; it’s fiddly and time-consuming and the profit margin isn’t massive. So I guess I didn’t see our invitations as a rip-off, even at $12 each.. :-/

Post # 9
285 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

I made mine using a template from weddingchicks.com.  I even came into work after hours to print them using cardstock that was already in my office, glued them to scrapbook paper and put them in kraft paper envelopes.  The whole project cost me like $30 including postage and it was the best decision I ever made. I created a website for more detailed information and RSVP’s.

I’ll admit they weren’t the most beautiful or elaborate invitaions, but who really cares?  Everyone has the information they need in the end, and they still matched my theme so I’m happy.

I should note we are having a 50 guest, laid back wedding at a small inn, so I didn’t feel the need to get too elaborate with them

I vote for DIY!

Post # 10
135 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

We made our invitations on Zazzle.com and watched for good promo codes before ordering.

Post # 11
611 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2015

nestle:  diy might not be so bad. I made my own invitations & it didn’t take me that long to make them & print them out. Cutting them out took a while but it still wasn’t too bad. I didn’t want to pay a fortune for my stationery & I think they look nice

Post # 12
1378 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

nestle:  I hear ya. Either they were needlessly complicated (and glittery) or they were hugely expensive. So I designed ours, and we’ll have them printed locally for 1/3 the price (with envelopes!). Which gave me more money to spend to get Harry Potter stamps. The important things, ya know. 😉

Post # 13
351 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

nestle:  I did a partial DIY for my wedding invities. I purchased some pretty ones from Zazzle (http://www.zazzle.com/origamiprints).. The great thing about zazzle is occasionaily they have 65% off coupon codes. I happened to order when they had this awesome sale, so I paid pennies per card.


Then I assembled them in a Invitation Jacket, I purchased from The Paper Source



Just added lace ribbon on the inside and outside to tie it closed and that was it


I also purchased Coral Envelopes to coordinate


So in the end I had really fab invitations and ended up spending about $2 per invitation which is buy far cheaper than anything i found.

I have a completed invite at home, I will add a picture as soon as I can

Post # 14
234 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: Aug 30th, 2014

Postage is so expensive, it was about half the cost of my invites! (The other half was nice envelopes with a liner. I DIY’d everything else but didn’t want to use a plain or flimsy envelope, so I splurged)

You can also buy invitation templates of Etsy and print them yourself! Or take them to a print shop to be printed and cut at quite a reasonable cost. That’s a really cost effective way of doing it without designing them from scratch.

Post # 15
4892 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

I made a post like this 5 months ago (it shows up in the related topics, ha)… as I was having a hard time finding exactly what I was looking for but not breaking the bank. We had two invitations… one for ceremony only guests and another for reception invited guests. I was having a hard time finding an invite that allowed for more writing, but still looked great in format.

I ordered sample after sample, and still was not happy. I did finally decide on some awesome inviations from WPD, but the $500+ cost was not great to see. So, I combed through the Vistaprint website and found an invite that I was alright about. The prices were great (they’re just getting thrown out anyway), and it allowed me to write whatever I wanted, move stuff around – fully customizable (minus background color). So, that was it and they were ordered during a 40% off sale a month ago. It saved me over $300 with what I really wanted, and I was happy with how they turned out – many compliments!

But, if you know someone who can make them for you, you can still use Vistaprint to order everything. My sister had a friend make my shower/bachelorette party invites and she just uploaded the PDF file – and they looked great!

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