Post # 1
I am a semi-crafty (when the inspiration hits) kind of person. After reading the multitudes of Gocco-using Brides’ posts, I got to thinking "is the money you save really worth it for all that work?"
On average, how much do you save printing and assembling your own invitations? Our wedding will be small, only about 80 people, which would obviously mean under 80 invitations. I’m just trying to figure out if buying a press, and all the stuff that goes with it would even make a difference in price vs. just buying invitations (the nice kind you can order online).
What are your thoughts on this….?
Post # 3
I don’t think it would save you money. My gocco (that I’m getting as a gift from my mother for my birthday) was around $350 and then you still have to buy supplies, etc. I think it’s more of a desire to "do" something for your wedding and add a very personal touch. KWIM? Either way, your wedding will be great though, but if you don’t enjoy it or it’ll stress you out, it’s not worth it. GL!
Post # 4
It could save you money on invitations, but it would depend on what you wanted. If you wanted something simple it may be more cost effective to buy online, but if you wanted to do pocketfolds with multiple inserts/panels, then you could definitely save some money.
For me, I fell in love with pocketfold invites, but it wasn’t in my budget and simplier invitations just weren’t doing it for me. With the gocco, I got exactly what I wanted for a lot less.
Having a gocco also leads to doing a lot more projects. I ended up using it for my STD, invitations, favors, menus, thank you cards, rehearsal dinner invites, Out of Town bags, and a lot of these projects I probably wouldn’t even considered doing if I hadn’t had the gocco. So it can get pricy because it’s addictive and definitely inspired me to be more crafty.
Post # 5
i would say that you should only invest in a gocco if you enjoy doing diy projects and don’t mind putting in the time and dealing with slight imperfections. the supplies are quite expensive, but if you are planning on using the gocco for more than just your invites, it’s worth it.
i just recently made 75 invitations using paper from papersource and gocco supplies. it cost me a little under $100 when i broke the prices down.
Post # 6
I think expense wise it entirely depends on what kind of invites you were thinking instead of whatever you’d do with gocco. Have you looked on Etsy to see what kinds of invites are offered that others will gocco for you? Some are very lovely and fairly reasonable price wise.
I think if we didn’t choose gocco, we would have wanted something letterpressed which is too expensive on a per-invite basis. We too are doing pocketfolds and with some resourceful materials and great paper stores nearby, things are definitely looking cheaper than I’d expected.
For us too it is more about having a personal touch, knowing that we designed and made each invite, while the guests may not realize it, was important to me and to my fiancé.
Goccoing is sort of addicting and admittedly was at times quite frustrating…but now that I’ve got it down, I’m a crazy machine-like goccoing fool!!!
Our address on envelopes? Not a problem!
Favors? Oh yes I can!
Programs and Out of Town bags with stickers? Don’t think I won’t!
I Lurve it! I’m so glad I did it.
Post # 7
My personal opinion is that you should only buy a gocco (or any other type of machine like that) if you feel that you will use it after the wedding. If you think you’ll be doing homemade CHristmas cards etc….otherwise its an expensive toy to have in the closet after the wedding. Most people never factor in the cost of the gocco in the breakdown of their price for their homemade invitations. I think with 80 invitations u should just go the online route.
Post # 8
Do you think you would use it? I craft all the time, so it was only after I had a gocco did I think to use it for our invites. The pocketfold ones were too expensive, so instead I used recycled chipboard cd sleeves, then I gocco’d the information right on them. The inserts were just printed on our inkjet onto super thick paper. It took a lot of patience, but we saved an average of $200.
Here’s a link to a photo of the invite ensemble.