Post # 1
Well, I had a plan, get the invitation kits from Micheals, they are cheap and easy and just get the invites done … after doing my DIY save the date magnet layout, I decided I should do my own invitation layout “for fun”
Le sigh … I LOVE what I came up with, but purchasing the pocketfolds, and doing all the printing will cost likely about 4X more than what we had budgeted for the invite kit.
Now the dilemma … go with the cheaper invites with are FINE … or bite the bullet, spend the extra $$ and do the DIY invite that I think I LOVE …
Just to take a peek, here is the (uncompleted and edited to remove identifying info) invite draft.
Post # 3
I think if you really want to DIY and you are OK with the expense, then go for it! If money is an issue, then you might need to decide if you want to still DIY and then maybe scale back another project somewhere else to save money.
I did mine myself. It was far more expensive but I wanted them to be really personal and I had a very certain look I was going for.
Post # 4
make your own. could you maybe save somewhere else……cake, flowers, etc.? these are great, btw! just an fyi (if it matters to you), the date should read “two thousand ten.” a pro on the board (or maybe a bee?) does invitations professionally and she blogged about tips and such…..and she said this was her biggest pet peeve. miss lightning also posted the invitations she created and someone thought she was wrong for putting “two thousand nine,” but everyone chimed in to say that she worded it correctly.
Post # 5
Thanks for the note on the date, it is a rough first draft that I tossed together in about an hour, while eating pizza, in front of the TV so it would go through several proofreading and wording edits before they would be printed.
I just did the invite draft “for fun” not expecting to actually LIKE it … LOL!
Post # 6
My Fi and I are kinda getting DIY invites. Were designing it and picking out the papers by envelopements and putting it together ouselves. With the paper and printing of 80 invites its about $250. i don’t know your budget, but that worked for us!
Post # 7
If the money won’t kill your budget, do what you love and DIY! I like the design! Making them yourself will make it more personal
Post # 8
You should have invitations that you are happy with! Definitely DIY them. There are tons of ways to save money when doing your invites. Have you looked into VistaPrint? You can design your invite and then upload the design and have them print it for you.
Post # 9
- Wedding: January 2010 - Mr. P's GrandparentsÃ¢Â€Â™ Ranch
I agree – if it does not hurt that much – you should go with what makes you happier! 🙂
Post # 10
If you love them you could totally go the DIY route but I’m sure there is some sort of printer-friendly semi-DIY kit you could buy with just a black border? I would try looking into that too!
Post # 11
They match your STD’s so wonderfully… If you have the extra $$ for it, I’d definitely do these… Either way I’m sure they’ll be beautiful!
Post # 12
You can totally DIY! You don’t have to buy the premade pocketfolds, make them yourself! I am currently DIYing my pocketfolds & its ending up to be about .40 each! I followed Mrs. Ballet Flats instructions (execpet I made sqaure pocetfolds that are 6 x 6) and it is easy! I’m almost done too!
Post # 13
<3!! I think they are really cute! I know some people say not to pour money into invites bc they eventually just *GASP!* end up in the trash (something I refuse to let myself envision). But for me, the invites were truly a labor of love and can set the tone for your event. If you can make it work, go for it! If not, don’t despair too much. As long as they are pretty, serve their purpose and have no blaring etiquette faux-pas (like asking people to send $ to pay for their meals), most people won’t think twice. 😀
A few quick thoughts: black background= professional printing. Some people go the home printer route to save $, so maybe you could print on a lighter color and back it with black cardstock. Also, there are tons of cheaper (and beautiful)alternatives to pocketfolds. I’m sure if you are interested, all the crafty bees can help you brainstorm. Good luck! :o)
Post # 14
First of all. Yay date twin!
Secondly, I would suggest going out and looking at some of the premade kits. Remember you can always doctor them up a little. If you don’t find anything you like and you are willing to put in the work then diy! If I had found a kit I liked then I would have tried to use one. Instead I spent $30 on sheets of paper for my pocketfolds and after 2 days worth of work (with some help) I have about 110 pocketfolds ready to stash away. If you have a few friends to help you, then they really aren’t that hard to make. If you are smart about how you buy your paper, it doesn’t have to exceed your budget.
Post # 15
I think we are going to spend the extra money to DIY, FH has a professional quality large-format photo printer that we can print the invites on, since we want a glossy finish to the products, and we will buy pocketfolds and envelopes from cardsandpockets.com I think. It will end up being somewhere in the neighborhood of $2-3 per invite. I will use white cardstock as a backing to the glossy printed products, I think, so I will need to buy a Xyron, but thats not a huge investment … it also gives FH the excuse to buy a professional quality proof cutter to cut all the paper products, so it shouldn’t be too difficult to get pro-looking cuts and such.
I have already re-sized the invite to fit into a 5×7 pocketfold, and amended some of the working, we will test print when we print our save the date magnets (soonish I think)
Post # 16
I love the direction your DIYs are going in!
I say go for it and save somewhere else 🙂