Post # 1
I love making things and keep thinking about doing my own invites/place cards. Thing is I’ve never had a crack at cardmaking before and even though I love making things, I have a feeling my attempt at invites would more than likely end badly.
Please show me your DIY invites and place cards, how easy/hard they were to make and whether or not you would do it again.
For me it isn’t an attempt at cutting costs, I kinda feel like buying all the supplies could work out more costly? But I’d hate to get half way through then decide I want to go the professional route.
Post # 2
For me, I am a creative person, but invitations (and most other wedding DIYs) have been my own personal hell. DIYing has been far cheaper than buying, but at the expense of my own sanity.
Excuse the long rant… this is a sore subject for me…
My first attempt at invites (top), were made with coffee-stained cardstock that was aged in our oven. I printed directly on top of this paper with our inkjet printer. Then I attached some contact paper to more cardstock to make the wood print backing. I glued the aged paper to the contact paper with hot glue dots. I planned to include a paper printout with RSVP info along with these invites. Alltogether, they were $9 for 50 invitations, which is SUPER reasonable!
Unfortunately… my Fiance, who was supposed to be proofreading the invitations, missed a biggie. (Spot the typo!) I had a meltdown when I finally realized, but at least they didn’t get sent out like that. LOL.
Second attempt (bottom pic) came after my meltdown had subsided. I sloppily doodled some wording onto my chalkboard, made a sign for my dog to wear, grabbed some biscuits and had my dog pose for the camera next to the sign. Definitely not traditional and the lettering is a mess (chalk did not adhere well to the chalkboard–go figure), BUT my Fiance really loved the way this turned out and begged me to just go with this (possibly for his own sanity and to prevent another meltdown). The backside has the RSVP info and wedding website printed on it. Through Vistaprint, 50 of these (including the white envelopes), were $30. NTB.
Post # 3
I cant find a great pro photo of our pace cards, but here is what they looked like (from a guests photo).
In the second (pro) pic, you can see them at the top of the plate on the pink napkin. It took probably 30 mins to pick enough magnolia leaves and then my aunt used a gold paint pen on the leaves, which probably took 90mins?
Post # 4
This is one of my biggest concerns – even if they turn out halfway decent, the stress may not be worth it.
I’m not surprised it’s a sore subject for you, I would have had a full on meltdown especially since everything apart from the typo turned out so well! Lol I LOVE the one with your dog. What a wee poser.
Post # 5
BeachBee1988: Those place cards are amazing, I’m jealous of anyone who can write nicely. My handwriting is atrocious! I love your table decor, gorgeous colours.
Post # 6
bdjhxo: Yeah, I’m wondering if I just don’t cope with stress well and if there are other bees out there who do. 🙂
Post # 7
I like to think of myself as an artsy person and said to myself, how bad could making your own invite be? I even tried to keep it super simple. 3 days tops.
Well the good news is that it did save us a lot of money. All I did was buy these gold stickers with the Chinese double happiness sign on it to seal the envelopes. We even made our own “envelopes” although they’re not really envelopes, but more like card stock folded to enclose the invites. And the invites only cost us maybe…$10 at most? Materials and printing were free because my FI’s family covered it.
The bad news is that I nearly lost my mind doing it. It took me 2 weeks just to get both my dad’s and my fiance’s approval. I had to make two versions, one in English and one in another language. Luckily the obsessive proof reading meant that I caught all typos. Then I flew to my FI’s country where we spent two nights hand making the envelopes and ribbons to go with it. I’ve hot glued my fingers so many times, they probably lost some sensations.
The good good news is that I have a digital copy of my invitations. That means I was able to send them online and modifty the content when needed.
So I guess it was worth it.
Post # 8
My DIY invites! I haven’t done my placecards yet but they are the basic ones where I’ll just be printing names in caligraphy font from the computer.
Post # 9
I didnt do diy invites but I did our place cards. I potted little succulents for our guest gifts and then stuck tags in them from hobby lobby. I had my mom write them since she has the nice handwriting. Potting plants took 45 min, and tags took 20 min. It was an easy diy.
Post # 10
naturalflight: lol your poor fingers! It sounds like so much work but as you said, atleast you have a digital copy.
beautyofdreams: Your invites look great! I plan on keeping my place cards simple too, just plain with their names written on in rose gold ink. Just need to find someone with nice handwriting.
gingerkitty: Your table decor looks so fresh and clean. Love it!