(Closed) Nice invites without breaking the bank… it has to be possible, right?

posted 9 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2018 - Oakland Manor

If I could go back in time I’d get the cute invite sets from Target, Michaels, or Joanns. Srsly. 🙂

Post # 4
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2010

Check out Michael’s. Its a pain in the butt to gather them all cause they stock about 3 boxes at a time but I signed up on michael’s online, recieved a 50% off coupon per item… printed about 40 and went to town. it took a while(understatement) to buy each item rung up one at a time but it was worth it. My invitations– an invite, rsvp card, rsvp envelope, ribbon and external envelope– was .50 per set. They also had matching programs and thank you cards.

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

The only problem I found with the ones in the store is that it’s hard to get some printers to print on cardstock.  I had such a huge ordeal trying to get my map inserts printed at home and printing the names and addresses on the envelopes for my ‘semi-homemade’ calligraphy.

Post # 6
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Bee Keeper

How many will you need and how much do you want to spend? I found both of my daughter’s wedding invitations on Etsy (different people) and they turned out great! You really should look there. Some very creative people with great prices!

Post # 7
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Bee Keeper

 

Sample of one. I added the black crystals.

 

 

Post # 8
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

If you’re interested in going for a basic traditional look, we used The American Wedding. For 225 invitations with double envelopes (inner envelope lined), rsvp cards w/envelopes, and info inserts, we paid $344 including shipping.

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

I bought the ones at Michael’s and plan on taking them to Kinkos or a similar place and have them print them (I’ll make up the template and save it to a flash drive). I’ve heard of other brides doing this and the printer only charged them $10. I have to go get another box of mine because I added a few people to the guestlist and now I need one more invite than I have in hand!

Post # 10
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

Michael’s, totally 🙂

The only issue you might have is with your printer, like MissAsb said, but ours worked fine and we got a ton of compliments on how cute they were.

The 40 – 50% off coupons ROCK, and will substantially lower the invite costs.

Post # 11
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I def went the Michael’s route after being disappointed in how much it would cost me to DIY my dream invites. So, for well under $1 per invite, I’m pretty excited. It’s not exactly what I wanted, but I’m the only one who is going to know that, and they still fit with the vibe of the wedding. But yeah, gathering all those 40% off coupons took awhile – I was there every week with my newest coupon (and sending my mom to her store) because this bride does not like to pay full price!

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I am buying all the paper online, cutting, folding, and assembling on my own. I am hiring an etsy person to do the actual design (I stink at that). Then I am taking them to a printer just to do the printing.

My overall cost, with stamps, is about $600, for 150 invites (lots of single adult cousins and friends, I only have 240 on my list). I really, really, really wanted the layered pocket types with several inserts (weekend wedding with most people travelling over 1000 miles). If you buy those assembled, they are in the $12 to $15 each range, or $1800 to $2250!!

I am going to cutcardandstock.com for my paper and pre-folded pocket invites (you can save evn more by making your own pockets, but you have to draw the lines somewhere).

Even if you want something more simple, really good paper and a nice design are what really matters. I would find some bulk high quality paper and pay someone $150 to design on etsy.

Post # 13
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2010

I’m def. going to look into Target & Costco has them too (here)

@ jennifer_espos If you’re up for a little adventure – there’s a place on Arthur Ave. in the Bronx that people keep telling us about. It’s called La Galleria. I’ve heard it’s run by little old ladies and it’s kind of old school (there’s no website & the store itself probably hasn’t been updated since the 70’s) but their inventory is up to date & the prices are amazing. A few friends went there for their invites and one friend told me that the staff were extremely nice and the woman didn’t even flinch when she asked to see their most inexpensive book of samples.

I’ve walked past it a zillion times & completely forgot about it. But a number of people have mentioned it to me. We haven’t gone yet but are planning to soon. It’s a great trip to take up to the Bronx, esp. this time of year where all the Christmas decorations are out and you can grab dinner. I’d def. call first – Fiance wanted to go this past weekend but my guess is that they’re old-school Italian & closed on Sundays.

Post # 14
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

I second the recommendation to use Etsy – with their alchemy function you can “name your price” and vendors will bid for your work.  This was great for my shower invitations and in my case, the vendor also had a sweet deal with a printer so offered great rates for the printing.  Good luck and if you want a custom job, know that there are many “mom and pop” vendors who are very artistic and creative!

Good luck!

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Cards and Pockets also does printing, if you can find someone to do the design (or you’re crafty). I priced out 150 color invites (invite, rsvp and insert) to be around $175. Even with envelopes, not bad at all, and you get more say over the colors/design.

Post # 16
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2010

I don’t want to take on the DIY of invites but I found a few great place with options of $100 for 100.

Rexcraft.com – you can order a catalog!

Getmarried.com

Weddingpaperdivas.com – which was already mentioned

123print.com – my friend used them and they have some good choices

finestationary.com

myjeanm.com

Good luck!!

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