(Closed) Is making your own invites worth it?

posted 9 years ago in DIY
Post # 32
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Newbee
  • Wedding: November 2011

mine are handmade…this is what I did for my rustic/vintage/chic wedding : )

 

 

 

Post # 33
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

@Junkgypsy: That is awesome! Wow.

Post # 34
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I think it is totally worth it!  We did semi-diy with invitation kits from Michaels.  The kits were on clearance, $12 for 50, then my Fiance who is a graphic designer designed the invitation and we had them printed at Fed Ex Office for $16.  So 100 invitations done for under $40?  Yes please!  MyFI and I chose not to spend a lot of money in this area though, so that is something to think about…

Post # 35
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@crwbride2011: It only took you one week? I worked on mine for at least a month and a half. The printing and assembling only took two days, once I made a “mock up”. 

I do agree though, if you are going to do it yourself, keep it simple.

Post # 36
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I would have to give a whole hearted YES IT’S WORTH IT on this! I was torn as well before I started to do it, and I ended up going above and beyond doing box invitations, and it was by far the best idea I could have had. As soon as those hit mailboxes I had SO MANY compliments from almost every single person we sent an invitation to (close to 100 sent, and I’m pretty sure I got texts / emails / phone calls / facebooked about 75 of them!)

Totally worth it, you’ll feel so accomplished after they’re out, especially knowing that you made them yourself and it’s exactly what YOU envisioned, instead of clicking “buy” on a website!

Post # 37
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

If I had to do all of my invite creation on my own time, I’d say ABSOLUTELY NOT WORTH IT. I made pocketfold invites from scratch and designed my own inserts. Every part of it is ME. Which I love.

But the design work all happened while I was AT work. I have the type of job where I’m on the computer all day kind of waiting for something to come up….so I was able to design everything while I was at work. I also used the work papercutter to to cut the pockets and the folder and the inserts. I folded the pockets  at work and glued them on at work. I made my belly band at work. I addressed the envelopes at work. I stuffed the envelopes at work.  Basically the only part I did at home was printing the inserts and assembling the invite.

If I had to do all of that on my own time at home, no way. I’m not even sure how long it took me to figure out the sizes of the inserts and how to fit the info on them and messing with fonts and font sizes, etc….I spent HOURS doing just that part…then researching types of paper to use and prices on the paper, etc. 

Unless you plan to do something less labor-intensive than pocketfolds, I’d say just buy them since you are already trepidatious about doing them yourself. OR if you have less than 75 invites to go out… I had 180.  

Post # 38
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

You can do a combo–get the Michael’s pre-made invitations. We did that and they turned out GORGEOUS! We got so many compliments on them! We got them on sale and it ended up costing us just around $100 for everything–4 invitations packs (160 invites), card stock for inserts, and ink. We designed the actual invitation, adding a few design elements here and there, and made the inserts really pretty. The pack came with beautiful envelopes, jackets, a ribbon for the jacket, RSVP cards and envelopes.  Nobody knew that we made them ourselves. I highly recommend this! The only con I can think of is that it takes some time to assemble them, but if you get a few volunteers to help it’s really not that bad.

Post # 39
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

@Junkgypsy: those are GORGEOUS!!!!!

 

@vmblai1019: heh… I got mine done in what equaled about a week, total, I guess.  Probably less if I’d done it all day and not on the weekends or when I got home… or lunch breaks… BUT I also had several different versions!!!!  By the time I figured out EXACTLY what I wanted, it was a breeze since I had everything almost completely done (copy and past is my best friend sometimes. LOL!)

 

@Mrs.Mittens: have you discovered Ron’s brush collections?  OMG, soooo love them!  My Fiance gave me the ultimate collection a while back and they are to DIE FOR!!!

Post # 40
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

@Zinzerena: Yeah, the figuring out what I wanted it to look like part is what took the longest. Once i got that nailed, it was a breeze. I also decidede NOT to do pocketfolds. One, it would have been too much work, and I didn’t need that many inserts. It was way cheaper and way easier to do a regular envelope in the color I wanted. 

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