Is It Worth The Time And Effort To DIY Invitations?

posted 2 years ago in Paper
Post # 2
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248 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2018

My aunt made my sister’s invites and ended up having a lot of issues so my sister had to buy invites from online. I would not personally diy invites…vistaprints always has sales and wedding paper divas has a sale right now as well…I would just order them online. I ordered save the dates last night for $6.50 from vistaprints.

Post # 3
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42 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2017

I thought about doing my own wedding invites, but ended up purchasing them on the Knot wedding store. I always shop clearance and I was able to get these https://weddingshop.theknot.com/product/pearls-and-lace-laser-embossed-invitations-with-personalization at a really good deal. They have other invites, but I just pulled what I though was super cute and ended up being affordable to me. 🙂 

Weddings are definitely eye opener for how much things cost. But yeah. I’m going to attempt making the wedding programs, but I feel I might just buy those too because I honestly don’t want to deal with the hassle. 😉

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2017

i’m a graphic designer so i diy-ed my save the dates/invites/programs/signage, and printed everything on vistaprint. saved a whole lot of money, and i couldn’t imagine paying all that money for them

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2017 - Poppy Ridge Golf Course

I’ve realized I have neither the talent, patience or desire for DIY projects. Like zero 🙃 Spent about $1.85 per invite with magnetstreet.com, caught a 40% off, free shipping and free guest address printing sale. Totally worth it to me but if DIY is something you generally enjoy then nothing wrong with going for it.

Post # 6
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686 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I thought I could DIY our invites. Then I realized that 2 months is not enough time to master calligraphy, so we bought some gorgeous ones off of minted. It was worth it. 

Post # 7
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Helper bee

I DIY-ed the design for ours, but had them printed by a professional printing company.  I feel like the quality of self-printing is never as good, and in my experience, usually it results in annoyingness (paper jamming, toner running out, smudging the print job, etc.) and hand calligraphy can get really tedious.  

Post # 8
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1940 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2016

I’m crafty and DIYed our invites. It’s not worth it. It takes a lot of time, isn’t always cheaper and is quite hard to maintain perfection over a number of invites. When you come home, regardless of a god day or bad day at work, you need to make invitations.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2017

I’m also crafty and am DIYing our invitations.  The reminds me I should make a thread about them.

I love doing them, I love having a project in the go, and my fiancé is helping out too. I’ve already sent 30 or so which were going overseas and anyone who has already seen them loves them. They aren’t perfect, but Id still rather something handmade.

Post # 10
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880 posts
Busy bee

I DIYd mine.  It was my favorite project. It worked out to 40 cents an invite including thank you cards.  The feedback on them was very positive.  If it is not something you would enjoy in general, skip it.  You could always do a print your own kit.  The quality is not as good as a professional printer but they are going to end up in the recycling anyway. 

Post # 11
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

when you say DIY, totally handmade.  i guess it depends how much is is going to cost you in the end.  my Bridesmaid or Best Man designed mine and i used vista print to print. it was $300 for 150 invitations, rsvp cards, return envelope, outer envelope with address printed on it, info card, and 250 thank you notes.  we ungraded all paper.

most people just throw invitations away so i didn’t want to spend a lot.

Post # 12
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I DIY’ed mine… and by DIY, I mean I bought a card kit at Target, found a few swirls and ‘double happniess’ graphic online and put them together in photosop then printed them out at work.  Came out to 50c an invite.. since the kit was on clearance for $25 bucks a box of 50.  I couldn’t care less about an invite someone was going to look at for 2 seconds and then toss.

Post # 13
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265 posts
Helper bee

It all depends on whether you’re an avid DIYer or you’re all new to it. If you’re into DIY and the trial and error process doesn’t bug you, I’d say do your own invitations.

We chose a style similar to this, with ribbon and two layers of cardstock (image stolen from etsy, not my invites!):

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The first set we received, the card maker screwed up. So I ended up pulling them apart to see how they were put together compared to the perfect samples she had sent while I waited for her to respond (they ended up redoing them free of charge, but it was a hassle). It was simply very strong double sided tape holding everything together.

Looking back, i’d do them myself. I only had about 60 invitations to do and I could have sourced the materials myself and done it much more cheaply. We also didn’t have insert cards, we chose to do a wedding website to save on postage and printing.

Then again, if you want something really simple, just go to a website like weddingwire or vista print and do a simple, one-sided invitation!

Post # 14
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119 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I am not good at DIY and we have a small guest list (about 30 guests) so I ordered a PDF invitation/RSVP combo from Etsy and had the invitations and RSVPS printed at my local college. The PDF was $15 and it was $8 to get 20 invitations and 20 RSVPS printed with envelopes. So for $23 I feel like that’s a good price and it was comparable to what I would have paid if ordering from Vistaprint with their 50% off sale.

https://www.etsy.com/transaction/1302829218

Post # 15
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2016

Ours probably came out to $1-$2 per invite.  We did the typed stuff on the computer, and then we had some stamping and nice paper.  My mom and I have done a ton of stamping/card making before, so it was easy for us, and we only had about 40 to do.  My Darling Husband and dad helped out by cutting paper and working on the computer stuff.  We had a whole assembly line going for an afternoon.  I thought it was fun.

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