Post # 1
I just ordered the supplies for my invitations and am very excited! I am a total nerd and have done a breakdown of costs on all my DIY projects.
My invitations, including postage, will be $2.70 each. For those that we include RSVP mailing cards for, it will be $3.02. About 10% will get RSVP mailing cards, the rest will be a card with the website or phone number to RSVP.
They are heavily DIY – supplies from Cards & Pockets but then I’m cutting/printing/gluing/addressing them all myself. Outer dark gray envelope, sparkling merlot pocketfold, invitation on inside left, 4 inserts for Reception, RSVP, Accommodations, and Directions.
A similar invite on Etsy would be $8 + postage (and frankly, at that price, I don’t know how they make enough money to justify the time it takes!!).
How much will your invitations cost and how much DIY work do you have to put in to accomplish that cost? Or are you paying more so you don’t have to mess with it (I’m sure that will seem VERY smart to me when I’m on invite #125!)?
Post # 3
No DIY at all. I paid about $230 for 100 invitations, envelopes, response cards, etc.
Post # 4
My sister designed ours and then we paid aobut $160 for printing and pocketfolds for about 100 invitations.
Post # 5
I’ve got a bunch of pocketfolds and envelopes and I will print out the inserts myself and cut them all to size. So it will be a fair bit of work, and they’ll end up being probably $3 each. I’m realizing I probably could have done it cheaper and easier by ordering them, but I do enjoy this type of project so I guess I don’t mind.
Post # 6
Cause I’m from England mine will all be in pounds. To make ALL of mine it has come to about £20 and then we just have the cost of sending them on top of that but not worked that out yet. Hoping to keep that cost low by handing them out to people.
The only reason we have got it soooo low is because a) I’ve made them and b) they are really unusual so didn’t require too much work other than printing them at home 😀
ps I have made 60 day invitations and about 30 evening invitations!
Post # 7
@NAvery: Or are you paying more so you don’t have to mess with it?
Yep, I spent about $300 on 50 invitations, which included the invitation itself, an informational insert card, an RSVP card and envelope printed with our return address, and a printed return address on the outside envelopes. This was through weddingpaperdivas.com. I knew that invitations were not something I wanted to take on myself (it was enough work just addressing the envelopes!!) so the extra money was worth it to me.
Post # 8
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
I’m doing Paperless Post (classy emailed/online) ones. I added a few of the perks that aren’t free, so it’ll be about $40 for 200 invites. They’re super cute, easy, green, and cheap. We don’t have the kind of friends or family who would judge us for doing it this way, so it’s the perfect solution all around. We’re also sending postcard save the dates so people can have something to put on their fridge, as well as a few “real” invites to older relatives.
Post # 9
I am a psycho and a glutton for punishment, and my invitations were roughly $7 person (including all postage) because again, I am crazy. We are sending out ~150 invitations.
And I DIY-ed everything, except the printing because I had foil stamp done. So I designed them, and then glued/cut/tied/sealed everything together.
Post # 10
Vistaprint for 60 invites came to around $400 – that was the STD, invite, reception card, direction card, RSVP’s, thank you and associated envelopes. I got the bare bones level of card stock and think they came out quite lovely.
Took about an hour for my fiance and I to put them all together to be mailed. The STD’s took minutes.
I did not hand address ANYTHING. Labels. Don’t care what people think, I am 54 and have a herniated disc in my neck that effects the use of of my hand and wrist.
Post # 11
We are using a kit that we jsut print onto, so ours are costing $65 for 100.
Post # 12
I’ve only had Save-The-Date Cards printed yet, but I designed everything myself and had them/will have them printed through Vistaprint. I also purchased kraft paper envelopes through envelope mall because I like them more over the white ones.
Save-The-Date Cards: ~$52 including stamps, envelopes, and return address labels for 60. Total time to stuff, address, and affix return labels/stamps, maybe 2 hours? I hand wrote the addresses on these.
Invitations: ~$130 including stamps, envelopes, and return address labels for 60 (invitation, RSVP card, reception card). I think I’m going to print the envelopes on my printer at home, though.
Post # 13
@LizLemon: My kind of girl!! I love your invitations. I just pinned the labels you used on your other envelopes, they are great.
Post # 14
I think i spent between 2 and 300 on mine which where completely DIY. We bought the pocket folds from cards and pockets. Then came the cutting, 1 colored mat for each of the info insert, the invite itself and the rsvp card, then 1 white one for each, printing of each, calligraphy addressing every envelope, printing of the return address on every RSVP envelope, stamping, and even embossing. OY! Biggest most time consuming project I’ve ever done but they turned out absolutely beautiful.
Post # 15
I just purchased mine today at a whopping $639.60 for 100 =0 When I see that number I sometimes can’t breath, but man, it made my life SOOOO FREAKING EASY!
The seller on Etsy did ALL of the design work, cutting, finishing, printing and is even doing my addressing for RSVP envelope and outter envelope. When I get them, all I have to do is put them inside of the muslin bags I ordered ($30 for 100 and then had our monogram made into a stamp and stamped the bag), slide them into the envelope, put on the postage and SEND THEM OUT!
I trully admire those that DIY their own invites but I would have pulled my hair out!!!!
Post # 16
I went a little wild on my invitations. They had custom drawings of us. They came out to around $8/each before postage and calligraphy. That being said, I love them and was very happy.