Post # 1
can any uk bees help me, or any of the bees suggest suitable ideas?
we have a little budget for invitations. I’m not very tech savvy but do have some good printing contacts
is there somewhere I can get cheap invites? Of course I understand Ill have to keep them simple but would like them to be elegant
I was thinking of asking my printing contacts to do something on a nice card but would still like word and layout suggestions for the invitations and associated info.
any bargain finds or suppliers? Please share your experiences with me. Thank you thank you!
Post # 2
Here’s a suggestion… Buy a personised template from etsy, they’re all around £10 – £20 and use your printing contacts to get them printed off for you?
You literally pay for the personiised pdf and then you’re free to use as you wish. We’ve done this other occasions in the past and you end up the most professional invites that cost half the price.
Hope this helps xx
Post # 3
I was just about to suggest a template as well! I’ve seen loads on etsy or most of the bridal magazines I’ve bought have free ones in that you can download xx
Post # 4
Have you tried etsy? There are lots of downloadable ones that you can edit to your liking.
Oops didnt see the other replies first!
Post # 5
Vistaprint do some nice designs, otherwise there is a site called PDA card and craft, they do diy invites and printing for very reasonable prices. I would highly recommend PDA, we got a bargain with our pocket fold invites.
Post # 6
Kattyspill: kittysoftpawz: MissStoGee:
I’m new to Etsy. What shall I search to find them “invitation templates”?
right I’ll check them too
ill tell you what bees, you’re flipping fab. Thanks for the speedy replies. Thank you.
Id love to see what you had done if you used these options btw.
Post # 7
We searched for printable invitations and loads of different templates came up, we actually found out about these personlised PDFs through pintrest. Etsy and Pin Trest have become my life haha we used these for a tiki themed Hen… So cute, cost a tenner and the lady had them rewritten, proof read and returned to us within 48 hours. We just had to buy some posh paper to print them on
Post # 8
they are super swish. Love em!
off to search now.
Post # 9
Sounds like mine were not as inexpensive as they could have been, but in case it helps……
I used Papela on Etsy. The lady, Linda is in California and her designs are stunning. I ordered 75 Save the Dave cards with envelopes which- including express international postage- cost £138, plus a customs charge of £35 (ridiculous- I mean it’s paper!!!!). She will tweak colours etc for you and is one of the most helpful people I’ve dealt with. Full marks for American customer service. I’m very pleased with mine and they are more stylish than anything I found from a UK supplier (I’m fussy and didn’t want the typical designs I kept seeing!) It was a cute package to open too!
The big negative is the time it takes to get anything from the US. Mine arrived slap bang on schedule in the UK on 11th December and it’s taken until today to get them into my hands!
Lots of Etsy suppliers will sell just the design so you can print yourself which might save you money (although I know from family experience that printing yourself can end up costing more than you anticipate)?
Another negative whch seems to apply to all suppliers is that every little thing is extra. The stock photo always shows the invitations with a band, with coloured envelopes, with personalised addresses; then you see all of that is extra. But wherever you order, that will be the catch.
Let us know what you choose!
Post # 10
I’m in the same boat (UK, small budget, want elegant, happy to print myself) and was a bit overwhelmed by my initial Etsy search, but this thread has been helpful!
Post # 11
I DIYed but I’m pretty sure it turned out being more expensive than if I were to use vistaprint to be honest, nice cardboard and envelopes can be surprisingly expensive! Vistaprint is often having really good sales like 40-50% off, if I were you I’d just wait for the sale and go that route.
Post # 12
fellow UK bee, we used vistaprint – i think we ordered 100 invites for around £36 – they were dead nice and we got them super quick
Post # 13
I used photoshop to design my invitations, and then uploaded the design to Vistaprint and had them printed off as postcards. Very cheap! Alternatively, why not use stencils? You could buy stencils or block prints, and then get a load of cheap card stock in and make them yourself.
Post # 14
I know this may not seem like a great suggestion but would it be worth buying some nice packs of invites somewhere like tesco and hand writing them. Yes they won’t be unique but I have seen them and though that they look nice enough and won’t break the bank.