Post # 1
Let me start by saying I am a frugal..thrifty…”cheap” person. I had fully intended on doing my invites on Vistaprint. I found an invite I could “live with”, but it certainly wasn’t anything that I was in LOVE with….along came a friend who recommended a company that did her baby shower invites. She drafted me up a copy of an invite that I absolutely fell in LOVE with! So much so that I couldn’t even eat lunch I lost my appetite I was so excited! 🙂 It was everything I would want..matched the theme and style of our wedding…I don’t think I have ever been so excited to see a paer product in my life 🙂
The price difference is about 250.00 between the two. Im having a hard time justifying this. SO and I are paying for our wedding…we both work full time, and if I really wanted to purchase these invites would not be a problem.
However..beig cheap, thrifty, frugal my mind tells me to go with Vistaprint…my heart says the beautiful custom invites.
I’m torn! What would you do? 🙂
Post # 3
I went with Vistaprint but paper was like the last thing on my priorty list so I couldnt pass up 80 invites, labels, and envelope seals for $73! I say for you, if you love the nicer ones that much and it wont be a hardship you should get your dream invites!!
Post # 4
- Wedding: February 2013 - Mansion House at the MD Zoo
I took basic invites and fancy-fied them. (I swear I will take pictures of this one of these days.) But basically I took basic cards with words printed on them, used a paper punch to punch a design, used adhesive-backed lace along one side, tied everything together with a $0.50 ribbon from Michael’s…. We get a bajillion compliments on them, and I don’t think we spent $250 on the invitations, materials, and postage combined. Just a suggestion–try to split the difference. If you post pics of Vistaprint vs ideal invitations you’ll probably get more suggestions.
That said, our Save-The-Date Cards, place cards, and random paper stuff came from Vistaprint. I am very happy with their quality and would have no qualms recommending them.
Post # 5
I had a lady on etsy design ones that were exactly what I wanted and just paid for a digital download and then got them printed on vistaprint. Best of both worlds and super cost efficient!!
Post # 6
vistaprint! Save your hard earned money… most of them will eventually be recycled anyway :/
Post # 7
Hmmm I wish I had gone with nicer than VP. My 50 invites were 25.00 from VP. The ones I wanted originally from etsy were 10.00 each so that would’ve been 500.00.. I sort of freaked out and in a moment of panic went on VP and ordered the cheapest invites I could find… I wish I had gone with something in the 2-4.00 range. I think you should really consider the pricier invitations if your heart is set on it.
Post # 8
Anything paper with regards to my wedding were the lowest priority on my list. I bought invitation kits on clearance at Target, and printed/formatted myself and did some DIY decorating using leftover supplies from my DIY wedding card box to make them look more expensive. For 100 invitations, envelopes, response cards with envelopes, and adde decor I spent $30 dollars. Does not include the cost of stamps or DIY address labels.
I ordered my Save The Dates from ebay, I got 100 save the dates with envelopes and shipping for $42 dollars.
I made my guest place cards for the wedding, for 116 guests, and some added DIY decor to dress them up I spent $30 dollars.
DIY ‘in lieu” of gifts we did a donation favor cards I bought a pack of heavy card stock paper and formatted and printed them myself, paid $16 dollars for the pack of paper and have used it for tons of wedding related stuff.
We are not doing programs.
Figure out what is improtant to you. For me, paper is going in the trash, some will save this stuff and put it in a album, most will trash it.
Post # 9
If it were me, for an extra $250, I would get my dream invitations.
We will be paying for our wedding and our wedding stationary is something that is a priority to me. If you can afford it and it is important to you, I think you should get it.
I plan on keeping a couple of mine, to go in our wedding album, others may throw them away, but I want to keep a little piece of everything I can from our wedding day and I wouldn’t want to keep invitations/stationary which I didn’t love.
Post # 10
If she did a copy of an invite that you love…why not just have those printed through Vistaprint? I designed all of our papergoods myself and had them printed through Vistaprint using Groupons. They’re gorgeous.
Post # 11
@Mischka: Exactly!! I will be keeping 2 or 3 invites and I know both of our parents and grandparents will save the invites as well. I have got to love these invites since they will be one of those things I will hang on to along with the photos! Get the invites you love if you can afford it.