(Closed) Is making your own invites worth it?

posted 7 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
883 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I loved designing my own. I have also designed friends in the past. It was also super cost effective, the ones online that were on my taste level were way out of my cost level. If you aren’t excited about it though, I would put your efforts elsewhere. 

Post # 4
9056 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2010

I loved doing mine most of the time, and was really happy with how they turned out.  I thought it was worth it, but like the PP said, if you aren’t excited about doing them, and are happy with a simple invite, or can afford to buy ones to your taste, then don’t do it.

Post # 5
74 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I got mine professionally printed. Saves me the time, effort, mess, headaches…. =)

Post # 6
1145 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

@vicozzie: If you are already not really wanting to do it, I wouldnt. It is as time consuming as you make it..

Post # 7
1401 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Fiance does graphic design stuff, so we designed our own and then had them printed (letterpressed) professionally. On-screen creativity without the time-consuming craftiness. Made them a bit more expensive than 100% DIY, but a lot cheaper and more original than the readymade ones online!

Post # 8
449 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I’ve DIY’ed mine, but I’m still torn on this. On one hand it was worth it financially. We spent 80$ on paper and envelopes and we only used about 1/3 of the paper and will use about 2/3 of the envelopes. So, per invitation cost is very low. I also like how they were really personalized to our taste. However, they did give me a lot of headache because I could not come up with the design that I liked and printing was difficult. I spent a few weekends on them.

Post # 9
38 posts
  • Wedding: August 2012

oh this is one that I am currently working on but ultimately last week I bit the bullet & bought an L Letterpress online… it just arrived today & I am super excited to get started! I know that the design element is going to be hard but I am looking forward to putting them together & (even If no one else knows it) I guess I’ll be (hopefully) really proud of the final product! (I never went to design school so I’m going to look for stockfile images online – my idea is baby blue birds/ floral design element across the board!)

For me I was sold on the idea when I started to cost all the extras like – personalised Menu Cards, STD’s, Place Cards, Ceremony Booklets, Table Numbers etc!

Plus, once I’m finished with the Letterpress I’m going to sell it on to another Bride to be… hopefully she’ll enjoy it too! Win win! – Good Luck! ~Belle

Post # 10
834 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@vicozzie: Designing my own was tooooooootally worth it. I saved my peace of mind knowing I spent less than $200 for cardstock for EVERYTHING. This included invitation, rsvp, invitation envelope, return envelope, stamps, return stamps, hotel info, reception info, wedding programs, table number cards, escort cards, guest book pages, and I still have extra! Just remember to keep it simple, and be true to yourself! Do you have any vector software? This made the design process SOOOOOOO much easier, and so much faster! Anyway, I got all my cardstock from paperandmore.com. The 80# cardstock is beautiful, comes in a dizzying array of colors, and is actually a very nice quality. Shipping is cheap, quick, and they package everything very meticulously. I went the cheapest route, and did all the cutting myself (but their cutting fees are only 5.00 per 100 sheets or something like that) I don’t have any photos of my invitation yet, but I’ve recieved tons of complements on them, and I’m super proud of them. I also printed them myself from my home printer, which was cheaper and more convenient than going to a professional.


ETA: it shouldn’t be so bad, since you’ve had Graphic Design training before. I wonder if, like me, you are nervous because this is YOUR wedding. It’s a bit frightening, because you want all the details to be just right.

Post # 11
1326 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ

If you can do it easily and you have a fairly low-budget wedding (10K or under), I’d say do it since you have the background. I’m a graphic designer, and so ours were very easy to make. I designed them in a way that would be easy to put together, so they weren’t “traditional” invites, but they were very classy.

That said, if I’d had a bigger budget, I would have paid to get them done. I’m all about easy and non-stressful, and I originally wanted to purchase them from a website that had some gorgeous semi-customized options (colors and sizes) – and not worry about it.

As it is, we spent less than $300 for over 50 Save-The-Date Cards (with magnet), invites, a new printer with extra ink, and eventually programs and Thank You cards (not yet designed, but all our paper and envelopes are purchased). I couldn’t beat that price anywhere else.

You can see the final product here (STDs here).

Post # 12
16213 posts
Honey Beekeeper

Making our own invitations was SO worth it. Both for the sentimental and economical reasons. 🙂

Post # 13
654 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

My DIY invitations led me to Michael’s coupons in hand to get their boxed invites. I spent less than $100 on 200 invites and dressed them up with the different fonts and stuff.  Love them.

Post # 15
3866 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

If you’re artistic and able to handle a computer and design stuff that way, it’s worth it.

If you don’t, then you can get frustrated VERY quickly, especially when it comes to wanting to get them printed.  

For me, like several of the others above, it was a walk in the park because I know graphic design and do digital art.  For me, making our invites look artsy was as imporant as making them fit our theme and keep the cost low.

I used resume’ paper for the pocket folds (though you could also use a heavier cardstock), and printed everything else on plain paper.  It looks great, was cheap, and since they’re just going to be tossed anyway, not a lot of money “wasted”.

There’s a DIY on my blog, if you’re interested in making the pocketfolds.


Total cost for mine was around, maybe 75 CENTS! each!

Post # 16
1326 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Tre Bella, Mesa, AZ

@Belle Italia: Illustrator. It uses points and paths (i.e. mathematical equation to display shapes) instead of filled pixels like Paint or Photoshop. 🙂

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