(Closed) Torn Between Two Invites

posted 9 years ago in Paper
  • poll: Should I go with my dream invite or a more budget friendly version?
    Dream invite - $325 for 50 : (8 votes)
    20 %
    Budget invite - $75 for 50 : (22 votes)
    55 %
    Tryout DIY or Etsy : (9 votes)
    23 %
    Something else : (1 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 3
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    Busy bee
    • Wedding: May 2011 - Trinity Lutheran Church & Idlewild Country Club

    I feel like budget invites are a good compromise between the expensive ones and the diy ones.

    You’d save some money and I’m sure they’d turn out great.

    Post # 4
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    1481 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2010

    I like both invites…but seeing that I bought a box of $40 DIY invites from Michaels arts and craft store…and seeing that you got laid off I think the ones from 123print are a great way to go if you dont want the DIY kind. Myself…I just think $325 is way too much for something people might throw away after your wedding…esp if they arent close family members. Your mom and such relatives might save them…but would anyone else?

    Post # 6
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    436 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: September 2010 - Casa Real at Ruby Hill Winery

    I would go the etsy route. Then you could get the look of the more expensive ones but nicer than the cheapest ones. I wouldn’t want you to strain yourself financially for something so trivial as the invites. What does your FH think?

    Post # 7
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    159 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    whenever weddings are over, I throw away the invites.  I just cleaned out a drawer of last year’s invites… 

    go with budget…the green design on the side is cute.  

    Post # 8
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    1276 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2009

    Hmmm…I’m torn b/c I do think the 123print invite looks good, but still feel the more expensive one provides more oomph…I do prefer them.  To me, invites are not all that important, though, so I might opt for the cheaper option if it were an issue.  But it sounds like they are pretty important to you.  I think it’s probably worth examining your overall budget.  If you have to revise due to your job change, do so overall (not just item by item) and then see what fits into it.  Maybe you can cut somewhere else instead on something less important to you.  B/c I also think that it’s important you be happy with what you decide.  And I’m getting the impression you will not feel happy with the cheaper ones.

    Post # 10
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    2208 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I think this is one of those areas where you ask yourself what kind of wedding you are having. Is it a more fancy affair (not just formal, but highly detailed), then try etsy or go with the dream invite. If it is more casual, the less expensive one is fine. I say this because a fancier invite will set the tone well, for a cost that isn’t that great compared to the flowers, for example. I know I would be a little surprised to get a fancy invite for a simple punch and cake wedding, and vice versa. This isn’t a value judgment on the two poles of weddings. Frankly, the happiest, best feeling one I ever went to was a simple church ceremony with punch and cake afterwards. It would have been weird getting a fancy invite for that, though. Conversely, the fancy pocket invitation set I got for a fancier wedding a month ago set the mood perfectly.

    Post # 11
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    7082 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2009

    We did DIY and I’ve been pleasantly suprised at how easy it has been so far (we’re in the printing and assembly phase).  The best part is that we could buy whatever awesome card stock we wanted.  We love our invites!

    Post # 12
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    102 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: May 2010

    Wow.  I have been having THIS VERY SAME dilemma!!!  I just got my sample invites in the mail from TGK and 123print this week.  I took them to my sister today and she said to go with the 123print ones to save some money.

    http://www.tgkdesigns.com/product/gallery/358

    http://www.123print.com/Wedding-Invitations_Dark-Citron-Swirl_Design-BABBEGAF

     The ones from TGK really are beautiful, but the ones from 123 will do just fine.  The #100 paper was my favorite out of the three options.  The only thing that I really really don’t like about the 123print invites are the envelopes.  You only get one instead of the traditional two and they are pretty flimsy.   

    Good luck 🙂 

     

    Post # 13
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    Worker bee
    • Wedding: July 2009

    You could do some sort of DIY blend.  If you got the 123 invites, considering one of the aspects your really liked of the tgk ones, you could add a backing yourself.  I am not a very crafty person, but I’m currently not working, so I figured with my time I would DIY my invites.  If I can do it, I feel like most people can.  You could buy a nice paper at papersouce and then zyron it to the 123s or something along that line.

    Post # 15
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    7053 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: July 2010

    I love Etsy and one of my top 2 choices for invitations is from an Etsy designer.  Impeccable quality for the price.  Thus, I pick etsy.

    You could always find a backing at paper source and DIY that too.  Good idea.  And maybe get some upgraded envelopes too.  But take a look at the cost to do that vs. hiring a pro from Etsy.

    Post # 16
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    1813 posts
    Buzzing bee

    order the invites then do a DIY trifold or envelope decor if you still feel like it, but at least the basics will be done at that point

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