(Closed) Savings with DIY invites?

posted 12 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
10216 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 2010

I am pretty sure it depends on the type of design that you incorporate.  I believe savings on invites could range from 100-1000 depending on the design, the level of intricacy, and the extras

Post # 4
175 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

How much you will save is relative.

I will still be spending A LOT of money on my invitiations. However, for the quality/type of invitation I will be making, I would have spent a lot more to buy it. On the flip side, people could say that there were invitations I could get that were cheaper than my DIY ones, they just wouldn’t be as good.

Going into DIY invites, I told myself, "I am not doing this because I need to save money." That has helped me justify spending a lot of money on double-faced satin ribbon, for example. The justification is that if I had ordered invitations with that ribbon, I would have been paying 5x more than what I paid for it. 

Post # 5
2725 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2009

I think it depends. So far, for my DIY invites, I’ve only spent $25 on paper & envelopes. I am using Microsoft Publisher (which I already had) and I did research to find the best price on the paper and envelopes I need. I found a local store where the paper was waaay cheaper than what I found online. I have yet to find any free graphics online that I like so today I think I’m going to go get a stamp. All and all, I’m hoping to spend less than $40 (not including postage). 

Just remember DIY doesn’t mean cheaper. Our invites are going to be relativley simple. The more elaborate, the more expensive. Another thing that brings costs up are the pocket folds. They are nice, but they are pricey.

Good luck!

Post # 6
2022 posts
Buzzing bee

I thought I would save more by DIY!  But then I ended up wanting to use pretty pocketfolds and nice thick paper and letterpressy mimicked paper.  The cost is about 400 total (not including postage…) but we are ending up with a nice pocketfold, letterpress design paper (letterimpress from target), japanese linen paper backing, and two inserts.  I think if we bought the invites, they would have easily cost 1000.  When they are all assembled, I will post pics and pricing.

Post # 7
56 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2009

We did half-DIY invitations in that we designed them ourselves and bought the paper, then had a print shop do the actual printing and cutting. We assembled the invites using bellybands we cut ourselves. I thought we were going to save quite a bit of money, but we really liked the look of offset printing vs color copies. The cost of offset printing put our invites at a total of $5/set, which is more than I originally budgeted and on par with what you can get from stationery stores and Etsy.

That said, I don’t have any regrets. We both loved how the invites turned out and I liked the autonomy we had in designing the suite ourselves. I’m still more excited about the invites than any other aspect of the wedding so far, including my dress! And we’re using the same graphical motif in other stationery like our Save the Dates, favor tags, ceremony programs and table numbers. All of those paper elements are DIY, and are definitely cheaper than if we had hired a designer to make them for us. So perhaps the cost works out across all of our paper goods.

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