Post # 1
I’ve been busy planning my wedding which is under 3 months away and wanted to share with you my recent experience of designing and assembling my wedding cards.
Like most of you, Mr Bear and I are on a budget. We fell in love with the vintage peacock card sold by House of Hazelnut’s but at $8/piece and 200 cards, we couldn’t afford it. See pictures below
A friend of ours had offered to print us the cards for free so we figured we could bring down the cost per card to about $5/card. Boy was i wrong! Soup to nuts (sample cards, tape, etc landed up costing us $8.50/card). Yikes! See info below on all our efforts to find cheapest items possible and yet going over budget.
We ventured out looking for A7 pocket cards and scoured through cards on http://www.cardsandpockets.com/ and https://www.paperandmore.com/ and after purchasing several different samples we settled for the pocket invitations from http://www.envelopperinc.com/ EnvelopperInc is more expensive than either of the other 2 but the only site that sold pocket cards in the shape that we wanted.
Next came the peacock feathers. I managed to buy a whole lot of them at a discounted price from http://www.save-on-crafts.com/
Mr Bear and i went on youtube and taught ourselves how to use Adobe Illustrator and signed up for the 30 day free trial and got to work. We designed the invitation, an RSVP postcard and itinerary. Here’s what it looks like.
A dear friend owns a printing press and offered to print the cards for free. Thank the Lord!
Finally I went to Michaels to pick up supplies to glue everything together. Dispensers with double sided tapes were quite expensive and we needed about 10 of them! Here’s what the assembled card looks like.
AAt the end of the day the home assembled card cost us $8.50/card! We did land up getting the graphics, text and quality of card we wanted but it came at a price 🙂
Good lesson learned for me to add 15% overhead to my estimated DIY projects since last minute items like tape, etc can land up costing you the same as an assembled card.
Post # 3
You’re so right, I’m also finding that DIY doesn’t necessarily mean cost savings.
Your invitations are beautiful, and really personal since you and Fiance created them 🙂 Congrats!
Post # 4
YES! I have definitely found that not all DIY is the best way to go! Some things are just better left for the pros and save ourselves any pre-mature greying or wrinkling! hehe!
I have found that getting your printing needs via a VistaPrint or MagnetStreet is really nice, but you can definitely add your own personal touches by cutting costs! Im using “Printable” Invitations by Anna Griffen! I love them, and we still get to jazz them up we like and use our own wording! So with the help of Coupons, I bought my 60 sets of invites for 39.99+40% off! I plan to use a nice font from dafont.com as well! I really wanted to spend the money on beautiful pocketfolds, but the thought of people tossing them shortly after the wedding made me cringe!! Oh please dont throw out my $10 invite!!! lol Cant expect them to keep it forever (besides moms and dads and what not!)
Post # 5
I actually like yours better!
This is some great advice as i’m looking into doing my own pocket fold invites as well.
Did http://www.envelopperinc.com/ have samples? I would like to maybe order from them since the quality “looks” better that the other websites.
Post # 6
@Lilubird:Aww…thanks for your compliment. We are happy with ours and our only regret is blowing our budget on cards! 🙂 Yes envelopper has samples. They don’t advertise it on their website but if you email their customer support, they will happily ship you up 5 samples for Free!
Post # 7
Those are really awesome though! Where did you get all your paper?
Post # 8
Totally feel ya there on the cost, which is why I’ve been carefully budgeting. And cutting corners, lol.
I’m gonna TRY to print out the inserts soon at home and see how many I get done before the printer starts saying “low ink”. Should prove interesting!!!
You did an AMAZING job and these look GREAT!!!!
Post # 9
@sarahh.sf: I’m with ya! I probably spent about £50 on stuff for the invitations and have since learnt it may have been cheaper than that to get them done on Vistaprint. But I do get a nice feeling looking at them knowing I made them.
Post # 10
@Ryna a tip on at home printers.. if all you’re printing is black txt, you might try going into your preferences and seeing if you have an “economical print” or on mine it’s “quick print” I usually can’t tell a difference in look on blk text and is saves TONS on ink use. For color… this method usually doesn’t work well b/c the colors don’t look as good but it’s still worth a try 😉
Post # 11
I agree that DIY is not always cheaper. As someone who also sews, that is often the case. BUT…in either case, you get a custom product fit to yur specifications.
I did not even add up what my invites cost. Did not want to know! LOL
But…once again, I had a very specific color scheme that I was able to achieve and they were unique. When people find out that I did them myself, they are even more impressed. Plus, when I ran out of invites (FI inflated the guest list), I was able to source locally materials to create the additional items. At that point it was probably cheaper.
I definitely feel your pain.
Post # 12
@runsyellowlites: thanks! I’m gonna have to try that!!! Looks like tonight is out, since my youngest son had a concert tonight.
Plus, I’ve still gotta find the right photoshop brushes to finish up my STD’s. *Sigh* Best laid plans, and all that, lol.
Post # 13
I love your card better than the original but I have had the same experience with DIY. You have to be careful and really figure all the cost. By The Way great post
Post # 14
I agree with not everything DIY is cheaper, but I’m excited to be able to put my own touches on my wedding. 😀 I think it makes it more unique.
Beautiful invitations though!!
Post # 15
I’m DIYing our invites 100% we’re talking printing, cutting, folding. Everything is being done by me.
I already own a few key piecesof equiptment such as the paper cutter so that’s a huge savings. I also already do embossing, so again a savings.
Our card stock for 60 invites cost only $50
The card stock for the inserts was about $20
Kraft paper for bands and envelope liners (yes I fricking DIY’d envelope liners and this is the only part I DO NOT RECOMMEND) $8, other misc expenses such as new ink for stamps and embossing powder, glue probably $30
We only had 60 invites to do, so DIY was totally possible from scratch. But it saved us HUGE because we’ve got $5 invites for significantly less
Post # 16
@kermie: Very impressive work there! We have 140 invitations and finished 50 last night. Super glue to the rescue although I can’t feel my finger tips since they’re caked with super glue 🙂