(Closed) What are your thoughts? Etsy Invitations?

posted 3 years ago in DIY
Post # 2
9803 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2016

Well you’re only risking $5 so yeah I’d probably just go ahead and buy it.

You aren’t really buying the invitations from Etsy, you are just downloading the template, making the adjustments yourself and then you will either need to print them yourself or use a printer like vistaprint. Not a lot of risk in just buying a template.

But if your wedding really isn’t until October 2017 I’d say it’s a little early to be worrying about invites.

Post # 5
731 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

diybridejade :  I did etsy invites and they were amazing. I’ve got a few comments on my experience with my invites below.

1) Vista print and print yourself kits have weird sizes so make sure you’ve got the correct size including the “bleed” (aka spillover). This was hard on a home printer. My computer was weird about printing in the right size.

2) if your doing all color know that most home printers leave a white margin you’ll have to cut off. Ours look really really terrible when we printed ourselves and the quality was not as good as vistaprint. It wasn’t easy at all either. I would have given up if I had to do 50.

3) printer ink per ounce is more expensive than champagne. I had 50 invites and it was cheaper to buy on vistaprint then buy printer ink. My hp ink was more expensive…

4) ask how many proofs you get from etsy. Ours took 2 weeks to proof (each proof took 3 business days turn around). The seller had a nice template but had all sorts of typos in almost every proof

5)Vista print has extremely great promo codes. Our invites were 60% off when printed and we got free envelopes which may make a difference for you. Their newsletter has wonderful promos and retail me not.Com is a great way to get promo codes without signing up

Post # 6
228 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2017

We’re doing ETSY invites too! We have the option of the PDF or having her print 100 sets for $150. We planned on going with Vista Print if the prices are better! 

Post # 10
2507 posts
Sugar bee

diybridejade :  my sister tried printing invites at staples and it was a disaster. definitley go with VP if you want professional printing.

Post # 11
104 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

diybridejade :  I went to Office Depot! I believe my total investment was about $120-$140 for detail cards, the invite, and rsvp cards on their highest quality paper (about 120 of them). I purchased the template on Etsy for $15. Once I had all of the templates ready on a flash drive, my entire set was ready on the same day. They also printed out a sample for me before beginning the process. Invites on the more popular sites I looked at were going to cost me at least 3x the price! I am very happy with my decision.


Post # 12
136 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2016

I used Etsy vendors for my STD and invitations (printed and sent to me), and also our escort cards (template, printed on cardstock on home computer). It worked out well for me- they were beautiful, arrived promptly, and came out way cheaper than traditional invite vendors. 

Post # 15
400 posts
Helper bee

diybridejade :  girl I planned 15 mos in advance too and boy am I sure glad I did.

Lemme say this without offending anyone: I went the custom made route. They were pricey and the process was…well a process. My mom got invited to a wedding and the invitation for that wedding arrived the same day as mine. Hers was a generic template found on minted or wedding paper whatever it’s called. Mine were gorgeous while hers looked like the ones I’ve seen over and over and over again. These you have linked to seem like the latter. I wouldn’t use those. Just my 0.02

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