(Closed) NOT DIYing your Invites?

posted 9 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I am an invite NON-DIYer… I purchased my invites (Falling Petals) from WeddingPaperDivas.com and I absolutely love them. I think you may be able to find creativity from an Etsy seller but as in all online purchases be sure to check them out before purchasing. I love Etsy and I am so glad I have found them.

Good Luck!

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I ended up DIYing my invitations but I had a blast looking at websites to order from. If I were making more than 50, I certainly would have ordered invitations! I really liked Invitation Consultants. Once you start looking, you’ll find a variety of options.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

i’m not DIY’ing… we want a very classic, traditional invitation (ecru rectangle, embossed frame, the boring kind lol), and i believe we’ll pay less than most DIY’ers.

Post # 6
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2010 - Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery

I am on the fence. Like you, I will be extremely busy and also don’t want to risk them looking less than perfect. But Miss Yorkie’s post today totally inspired me! So we will see. It may depend on how staggering the costs for non-DIY invites turn out to be.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

I’m not going to DIY…I was going to, but my Mom thought I was nuts and convinced me to talk at least to a card vendor before I decided.  I am getting them designed in India, which brings the cost down a lot. But I am getting something that I like and is indeed very unique and personal.  I would think you can have a similar experience on Etsy…and I suspect pricing will be similar (this card is expensive for India, but less expensive than the DIY kit I looked at).  My sister DIY-ed hers, and they did cost more than mine…so esp. if you are having many inserts, the price goes up anyway b/c it’s the cost of paper.  If you buy from a vendor, they probably get paper in much larger bulk volumes than you’d buy (our paper is all imported French cardstock anyway), and so it can still be a better deal.  I’ve had to let go of being so exacting, but the card designer is talented so I like what she came up with.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I was convinced that I could DIY invitations cheaper than I could buy them. Not necessarily the case! I went ultra simple, but even so, I kinda wish I had purchased them via etsy or gone bought the letterpress printables from target instead. They were a lot of time and headache, and though I think they were worth it in the end, I’m not sure I’d do it over again!

Post # 9
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

worcesterbride — where did you get your invites from? that’s the route we are looking to go too…

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: July 2009

I love a good craft project, but I wasn’t up for invitations. My perfectionism would have meant making 3x as many as we wanted to send out.

Soooo, I followed my friend’s recommendation and found an inexpensive, but still good quality, invitation at CostCo. Their online partner is eInvite.com, and you can order samples for a dollar or two, design custom wording, and get an online proof. Ours arrived early and in perfect shape. 

Saving money on invitations allowed us to get photo stamps from zazzle, which were a huge hit, especially with our family members living abroad who had never seen them and with my grandfather who is a retired rural mail carrier. 

Post # 11
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Wannabee

Etsy has a ton of great designers! I do invitation designs for a living so I have worked with a lot of brides that want the DIY look but dont have the time, energy or creativity. 🙂

Also, many designers offer the option that they do the design work, and give you the designs to print at home. So this way they are semi-DIY and you still get to take credit for some of the hard work! That can also be a money saver too! Good luck!

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

We didn’t DIY our invites, however we will be DIYing the other paper products. We got our invites through Write Occasions (vendor in Denver) and the invites are Luscious Verde. I am way excited as we just sent back the proof this morning. I didn’t want to DIY because it is such a huge thing to attempt without previous experience. To make it our own, my Fiance drew an amazing background image that will go on the invites themselves.

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2018

I’m designing them, but I think {unless I get my own letterpress sooner than I think} I’m going to have them printed by another letterpresser {that’s not a word!} after that.

Post # 14
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2009

We were not going to DIY, but we budgeted the time and at less than $2 an invite the price was right!

I’m sure you can find someone to meet your goals and pricepoint!  Good luck 🙂

Post # 15
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Newbee
  • Wedding: May 2009

I am not DIY-ing anything! Haha. As much as I love the look of and thought behind DIY invitations, etc., I do not have the talent, energy or time to properly make my own. I also found etsy to be pretty overwhelming (which is embarrassing because I realize that etsy is like Mecca for most brides… I just couldn’t get the hang of it). I am very lucky, though, because my best friend who is a DIY rock star and recent bride (and actually wrote about her wedding as a bee – hi, Mrs. Magnolia!) started her own business recently in the wedding planning/design industry and helped me out tremendously. She made my shower invites, bridal luncheon invites, and booklets for my out of town guests. They are fantastic. If I hadn’t already ordered my invites and programs, she would be making those, too. I wanted to post because I think something like this is perfect for those brides that don’t want to DIY but also don’t want to spend loads of money on paper. The company is called Jennifer Thomas Designs, and the website is http://www.jenniferthomasdesigns.com. She’s awesome and very reasonable! And she’s also incredibly knowledgeable – she’s been a lifesaver during my wedding planning. I hope she can help some of you out!

Post # 16
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2009

Like KateMW, I am designing them but then sending them to be letterpressed.  I just decided to use Studio On Fire – they have tons of ideas for cutting costs.  The paper stuff is our splurge.  I showed Fiance a picture of using a square doily instead of an inner envelope and for some reason he has latched onto this idea and won’t let go.  We’ll see how that part goes….  I know calligraphy, so I’ll do all the addressing too. 

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