Post # 1
I am so thrilled with how our invitations came out. We used Image3D to make the viewmasters and used our engagement shoot with our amazing photographers Rettig Photo for the images. Then we used the software on Image3D’s site to insert the words because the company can make them 3D! The photos tell a little story about us getting married.
Included in the box was an RSVP with stamped envelope, and attached to the lid is a black pocketfold I made from cardstock bound with a white ribbon and sealed with a gold wax seal. My lovely parents helped me do the wax seal on all the pocketfolds, because it’s pretty impossible to do with one person. Also, I burned my father’s thumb several times. Sorry, Dad!
Inside the pocket-folds I printed a menu card with full menu so they know what they’re selecting on the RSVP, the official invite, and an accomodation card.
Due to the small size of the box I couldn’t buy any of that stuff without having everything totally custom made, and although it was a lot of work I’m glad we saved the money by making them myself (especially since we splurged on the viewmasters!)
Making the pocketfold was time consuming but surprisingly easy, so if anyone needs a tutorial let me know.
We have gotten a ton of great feedback from guests who love them.
Also, (shhh big secret) we will be sending a new “reel,” the inside part with all the photos, with our thank-you cards. The reel will have photos from the wedding. Hopefully everyone holds onto the viewmasters until then!
Okay here are photos, the first few by Rettig Photo and the last two by me.
Post # 3
Those are absolutely amazing! Love love love them!
Post # 4
Wow, that’s incredible! Very nicely done 🙂 Love the idea of re-using them for thank you photos.
Post # 5
- Wedding: August 2013 - Brookfield Zoo
Oh man. JEALOUS! That is sooooo cooool!! They look awesome!!
Post # 6
These are amazing and truly unique!! I would be blown away getting one of these in the mail. I chatted with you about them on another thread and love the photos on here. How many of these are you doing?
Do you feel comfortable sharing your estimated cost per invite? What did they cost to mail?
Post # 7
@NAvery: Thanks! We made 100 invitations but only needed to send about 77. We made the extras because 80 cost the same as 100 (the cost goes down per viewmaster the more you buy) and so this way if I messed one up or someone lost them we’d have extras and still have some to keep ourselves.
The cost a little less than $2.65 to mail. I ended up using stamps and spending a few cents more per invite than using printed labels because of the system the USPS has. I’d have to sit there with every individual invite and have them type in the zip code and they would stick two huge ugly labels on each one. So, instead I used 2 $1 stamps and the wedding cake 65-cent stamp on each. Not gonna lie, the postage cost hurt a bit.
You can see the viewmaster price list here: http://www.image3d.com/celebrate/price-list
I’m honestly not sure how much extra it cost me for all the paper, cardstock, ribbon, wax seal and ink cost, but it couldn’t have been more than a dollar or two per invite. I ordered the cardstock online and got everything at Michael’s (my other boyfriend, lol!)
Post # 8
@viewfrmhere: Thanks! They are awesome and totally worth it. I LOVE your idea to send a new reel with the thank you notes. What an awesome touch. I think you’re really making it stand out in your guests’ minds.
The cost really isn’t that much more than what people spend on letterpressed invitations & calligraphy, possibly less. The quantity discounts make such a big difference.
I can’t wait to see your re-cap. I know you’re waiting to not give everything away, but if I got this awesome invitation, I’d just be like “OMG, I can’t imagine what they’re going to do at the reception to top this!” And I bet you will!
Post # 9
@NAvery: OMG thank you so much! I’m really hoping the rest of the wedding lives up to the hype we may have created.
I think this invite was a great way to show off our personalities- we love games and retro stuff (we own a few pinball/arcade machines) and so I think people were surprised first, and then probably said “I can totally see them doing this!”
Post # 10
Wow. Those are incredible. I want to come to your wedding 😉
Post # 11
@rainbowglitterbride: Hahaha if I could afford more food I’d totally invite you to stop by. Thank you! That’s quite a compliment.
Post # 12
AHHHH What a great idea with the “thank you” ….You have sold me on this idea…I love it too much 🙂
Post # 13
These are amazing!! I’m planning to order the viewmasters as well 🙂 I LOVE your pocketfold invites! Would you mind me giving a tutorial or a link if you’ve done one already? They look great and fit PERFECTLY!!! Thanks!
Post # 14
- Wedding: April 2014 - Doubletree by Hilton-Monroeville, PA
HI there! You’re so creative!! I would like a tutorial on how to make those pocketfolds. Please let me know. Email: [email protected]
Post # 15
@viewfrmhere: Thats really cool an to note: Even if people throw out the viewmaster by the wedding you did notice (of course you did, you’re the bride) that there’s the little mobile scan item at the bottom of the reel. I think people should be able to pull it up on their phones by scanning that 🙂
Post # 16
@viewfrmhere: Woo Hoo….. me and my daughter have been looking for a way to include their wedding and reception information with a viewmaster invitation. I love the pocketfolds you made for this information, and was wondering if you would share how you did this. Email: [email protected]