Post # 1
I was fiddling around on the website with the invitations we like, just to get a sense of cost…after all was said and done (including the cost of the RSVP cards and envelopes), the cost ended up being double what I was expecting.
I’m pretty sure we were going to add some DIY inserts–hotel info, family dinner info (possibly with its own RSVP, something I need to think about), and who knows what else I’ll think of before we need to actually do the ordering.
I really like the invites we chose, and they don’t seem TOO expensive…DIY seems a bit much for me to take on (especially since I see we have to assemble the invites ourselves). So, my big question is, would it be okay to have the invites professionally made, but everything else, including the RSVP cards, done by hand? (That level of DIY-ness I feel like I can handle). Or would that look too umm…tacky, or weird, or inconsistant? I feel like I’m artsy enough to replicate it…but I don’t know…
Post # 3
Tacky? No. Tacky to me means you did something that reasonably offends someone else.
It will probably look inconsistent, though, unless you can replicate the font and/or color. Are you sure that the invitation alone is that much cheaper than the suite?
If you do decide to DIY it, I reocmmend that you don’t attempt to fully replicate the design. I’d just try to get the font or one that’s complimentary and do just text without any design elements. If you can’t get the main color to match, then either get as close as you can to the secondary color (if there is one), or if your invite is say, aqua and white, if you’re having another color in your wedding theme like red, then go with that, or simple black will be fine. Unless you get extremely close to the shade that the printer uses, if it’s a little off it’ll look jarring to the eye. THere’s sort of a “uncanny valley” with these kinds of things…(uncanny valley refers to in virtual reality and robotics when an artificial replica looks so close to human, but not quite, that it actually freaks us out–we want either the real thing or assuredly fake. That’s my rule of thumb for DIY-meets-pro too!)
Post # 4
@JennyW1: Thank you! That’s some really helpful feedback, and I will definitely keep that in mind. Luckily, the free ink option was black, which will make any sort of replication easier, at least in regards to color. And because there are so many font choices, I think it’ll make sense to choose one I also have.
Luckily, I have a long time before I need to seriously consider this. Thank you though…you brought up a lot of good points I probably wouldn’t have considered.
Post # 5
We are doing something similar and working very closely with our letterpresser because I wanted a more elegant professional feel and Mr. really wanted a more DIY/vintage/mix-match so we are going both. I am also luck enough to have a bridesmaid who is an event designer so she can print professional quality stationery for free! (I just have to pay for supplies) So first we decided the inserts and we are having our professional pieces matched to our inserts to make sure the fonts, color, paper, and designs are all consistent.
Hope that helps!
Post # 6
i’ll probably add moo cards with our website to the invitation suite — not quite diy, but much more cost-effective than using another insert card.