Post # 17
There’s SO much pressure online to be a “diy bride.” I felt it too, and there were things that I felt like I should do just because I could. Don’t beat yourself up by having someone else do the work for you — if you found invites you love and that fit in your budget, go for it! It won’t be any less personalized or special, and really, making tens (or hundreds) of invites gets really freaking boring anyway!
Post # 18
Catprint offers a free hard-copy proof (sample) if you request it when ordering. It took about a 4 days to arrive, and you call them to okay it, or make any changes. Luckily we hit the nail on the head in the first go, so we send them straight through for processing..
Unfortunately we had a little hiccup. Because all e-mails go through their American site, whereas we’re in Canada, the American side didn’t transfer the message to the Canadian counterpart, so we had to call and make sure everything was okay. Customer service was incredible, however, and printed them that day, and shipped overnight to us.
Post # 19
no…don’t feel like a failure at all…
You did the RIGHT thing
I DIYed my invites, and I think out of ALL the things I DIYed for my wedding, these were the most “deceptively” time consuming…In other words, it didn’t look like it should have taken THAT much time and effort
You have to get some awesome rotaries, guillotines, printers, computer programs (i.e., adobe software and microsoft office) and die cuts just to get started. Don’t even get me started on the glues, tapes, paper punches, scissors, and of course, PAPERS that you need to buy. I currently have an ongoing love/hate relationship with Paper Source since I started planning my wedding.
Then there is the learning curve…you have to learn about something called paper curl and how glue causes paper to wrinkle, etc. etc. Then u need to bug ur fiance about making u a book press in order to deter from getting paper curl…then u need to go through HUNDREDS of proofs because u wont notice these little mistakes you’ve made until you’ve made hundreds of copies…then u need to find ways to recycle everything you’ve mistakenly made because u can’t stand the thought of waste…and then….ahhhhh!
in short, it’s a DIY nightmare.
Post # 20
I just finished getting our invites printed and it was seriously easy! I designed them myself in Photoshop Elements (after taking a few days to teach myself how to use the program). Then I did nothing with them for two months. After looking at them again with fresh eyes, I made a few tweaks and changed some of the wording.
Then I bought paper (from paperandmore.com), and took it with my USB drive to FedEx Office. They formatted everything for me, let me look at proofs of everything, and told me to come back in 2 hours to pick it up. For 132 invitation suites (1 5×7 invitation, 1 double sided 4×6 response card, 1 4×6 info card, and 1 4×6 thank you card), as well as cutting everything so it looked like it was full bleed, I paid $160. The paper I bought was $40, and the envelopes were $40. For 132 invitations, I think under $250 is a good deal!
(Of course, that’s not counting the postage, or the Divine Twine I’m tying everything up with, or the address and monogram stamps, or the embossing powder…hmm…maybe it’s not as cheap as I thought!)
Post # 21
I designed, printed and assembled our invites. The stationary for the invites cost me around $2 per invites. But that doesnt include postage nor ink. For printing, a friend of mine, who has a photoprinter, offered to print my invites and didnt want me to pay for the ink. It was stressful and time consuming to assemble. But in the end, it was really worth it. FH and I did look at invitations online but there was nothing that tickled our fancy. We really wanted something that represented us. So in the end I hand-drew what was the background of our invites (a dreamcatcher and some loose feathers). When I saw the end product I was so happy. And people seemed to really appreciate them especially when they found out we made them ourselves.