(Closed) need invite advice

posted 9 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

you could always do something unique and cool like get postcards of the place you are getting married and send the out to say wish you were here… on x/x/0x.

I am making all my own invitations and the most expensive part will be the stamps for sure. I went to an art supply store and got really nice paper and made the invites long and thin (read can be sent in #10 envelope) we bought clearance envelopes and we are tying lace around them so they look super fancy but at $4.99/yd – 40% the lace is super cheap. I bought a rubber stamp to stamp all the paper so it looks like a set and an edge cutter (also 40%) off to make the tops fancy. here is my prototype (before i changes colors) [attachment=216796,21309]

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2018

also i won’t handwrite the stuff it will be all printed- this was just a rough mock up

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

Hi!

I did my own Save-The-Date Cards but the invitiations were a little overwhelming for me. The computer stuff if you need tricks, please PM me and I’ll try to help out. I think once you narrow down a particular graphic you like or a style of wedding divas, you could try to imitate the style yourself. The thing that I found hardest was actually just narrowing down a few things that I actually wanted in the invite and sticking too it. You seem like a very creative person and any two or three of those ideas would probably be great.

I did use vista print for my STD, they turned out really well. Just make sure that the resolution on your graphics is always 300 dpi so that you don’t get pixelated images.

I hope that was helpful!

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I used GIMP softward to design our STD’s and Invites (PM me your email address if you want to see our invites).  GIMP is like Illustrator but free and I thought it was a lot easier to use.  I taught myself to use it, so if you decide to go that route and get stuck, let me know!

Post # 8
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

Have you considered posting on Etsy to get an artists’ quote for your invites?  I know there are a lot of talented people on Etsy who are willing and happy to work within any budget.

Another suggestion is to cut costs in other ways like: just one invite card (no RSVP card, Reception card, etc.), that will also cut down the weight and possibly make postage cheaper.  We used Erin from "Proud to Plan" to make our invites and I think her prices are amazing!  She does high quality work and has tons of different styles/designs.  Her website is http://www.proudtoplan.com. 

HOpe this helps! GOod luck and happy planning!

Post # 9
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

If you’re going with a watercolor daisies it might be really cool to handwrite the invite I think that some nice script on watercolor paper (a la Mrs Deviled Egg) would be very personal, since your wedding is small.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

There are plenty of cost saving alternatives to the usual invitation prices.  I’m actually just launching an invitation business, since I made my own and other invitations for my Future Sister-In-Law.  How many do you need.  If you don’t feel you can undertake the project, I would definitely be willing to work within your budget. 

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

Oh I’m a total dork, I just reread through your post and saw you need 35.  That is easily doable for under $100. 

Post # 14
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Newbee

Hey!

I just wanted to see if you have thought about doing semi-DIY invites. I know it sounds weird, but I have my invites created for me, and then I was e-mailed the file and I printed it off my own. We invited about 100 people as well, and I think we paid about $30 for the design, and paper was pretty inexpensive too. I think I could get 2 invites per page, and I didn’t spend a ton of money. PM me if you want to know who I got them from. I think she’s just starting to set up her Etsy site, but I know her through a friend.

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