Is It Worth The Time And Effort To DIY Invitations?

posted 2 years ago in Paper
Post # 17
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Helper bee

Etsy has a lot of really cute, cheap templates available for download for wedding invitations. I bought a template for $5, and then printed them at home on cardstock from Hobby Lobby. Cheap and easy.

Post # 18
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2018

I am DIYing…I got my template on etsy for like $10 and I bought some heavy weight cardstock to print them on. 

Post # 19
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Busy bee

I semi DIY’d mine. My sister is a graphic designer so she designed mine for me and I printed them at a local print shop. I used my cricut machine for addressing the envelopes because I wantred the caligraphy look but it took forever! I didn’t really save any money, i just had a specific design in mind. I was dissapointed at the end because I thought I would get more compliments on my invites. lol, no one cared! 

Post # 20
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I DIYed tons of projects for my wedding including making all the bouquets and centerpieces out of scrapbooking paper. I worked on projects every single night for 10 months straight. And would I do it all again? Yes, everything except the damn invitations. I HATED that project, and it was so not worth it.

Post # 21
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2017

I got an invite kit from Office Max (actually two of them) when they were 50% off because they were closing down. I used the template on the website the kit was from, and changed the font. I was very happy with the result. It took me about two hours to design, print, and stuff envelopes and address them (used a Word mail merge to do address labels). Totally worth the time and effort  

 

Post # 22
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

It depends on what’s important to you. I’m not craftsy at all, but I wanted to save money and didn’t care too much about what the invitations would look like (given that most people throw them away immediately). I found 80 unused printable invitations at a thrift store for $4. After finding examples I liked on Pinterest to base mine on, I downloaded some free designer-looking fonts and imported a graphic similar to my icon for our music themed wedding.

I’ll admit it did take me the whole weekend between getting the design right and printing out every invitation, RSVP card, and envelope, but I think it was worth it. I’ve received several compliments so far on what was easily the cheapest part of this whole process.

Post # 23
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

My Fiance designed our invites, RSVP cards, and thank you cards. We then uploaded the design to Vistaprint while they were having their 50% off sale. I DIY’d the envelopes (added shimmer paper to the inside to thicken up the paper a bit. Vistaprint was great for our invites, but screwed up our wine labels, three times. The first time we ordered they sent extras of one type (totally fine), when we found out we needed to order more, they sent us a pack with a totally blank sheet. They then told us they would have it delieverd to us before we left for the Okanagan (so we could actually label the bottles) and they didn’t deliver on time. The replacement they sent us was also screwed up…something happened with the sheet (there’s a paper sticker on top) and it smeared the labels. Luckily our wedding isn’t for another 2 months, but instead of having all of the bottles labelled already, we’ll be doing it a few days before the wedding. 

So my advice, is if you want to go with a company like Vistaprint, give yourself enough time for any errors. Their quality control is really spotty.

Post # 24
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2017

I think if you love doing diy and crafty things then it’s worth it. It also depends on how intricate you plan on doing things. I just printed a basic invite from vistaprint (we designed it). I didn’t have any rsvp inserts or bands or bedazzling.

Post # 26
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2017

loveyandsweetheart :  Semi-DIY invitations sounds great! We ordered our invitiations on Vistaprint as they were super affordable. We made them feel more ‘luxe’ by upgrading to the linen cardboard finish and made our own bellybands with guest names on them.

Post # 27
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262 posts
Helper bee

loveyandsweetheart :  

I’m currently making our invites, and LOVING it! I downloaded a free trial of Photoshop and designed the invite including two insert cards, I spent a lot on really nice paper and cardstock from a stationary store and am printing them at work. I then add ribbon and finish it off with a wax seal stamp. I also bought good quality white envelopes and taught myself a bit of calligraphy to address them by hand! 

I don’t know if it works out cheaper than say, vista print but I included a lot of info (didn’t want a wedding website) and they are so far the best crafts project I’ve worked on and I’m so proud of them!

If you enjoy crafts then do it!! I love receiving handmade invites and keep them all for my scrapbooking.

Post # 28
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Wannabee
  • Wedding: November 2017

gravity523 :  that’s great. im no designer but i plan to customize my invitation and have them print by vistaprint. What is the recommended paperstock? my design has alot of different bright colored flower borders.

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