(Closed) Where to start with DIY invitations? What would be my 1st step?

posted 5 years ago in DIY
Post # 3
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Start with setting a budget. Invites can cost anywhere from 50 cents to 12$ each.

I would start a trip to Michael’s WHERE YOU DON’T BUY ANYTHING. Take a look at what they include with the wedding invitation kits – I found them to be great value, and didn’t have to modify very much. But many people don’t find what they’re looking for. 
But sometimes you can use part of the kit (such as the fancy envelopes, or whatever.) 

Next, do some googling and see what’s out there. Figure out what parts you want to have to your invitation (RSVP card, accommodations card, reception card etc.)

I was able to use one of the kits from Michaels and add only some glue and fancy ribbon. Etsy is another place to look for templates (although it might get expensive.).

Before you buy anything, figure out which parts you need and make a list, Otherwise it gets expensive.

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

I know a lot of brides here get kits, but if you want your invites to be designed completely by you, there are a lot of 30 day software trials.  I would get an idea of what you want first before you sign up for the trial.

I made pocketfold invites and cut the inserts myself, this means I can get an invite with 3 inserts out of 1 piece of 8.5×11.  I purchased all the paper, cardstock, and envelopes  online from paperandmore.  I cut everything with a scrapbook cutter that I already had.  I made my own templates using photoshop and InDesign (I think Adobe has a free 30 day trial).  I know other bees have used illustrator and publisher, but I’m not familiar with those programs.  Feel Free to PM me if you want. 

Post # 5
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327 posts
Helper bee

you should browse around and get an idea what you want and then if you have trouble finding the stuff, you can post it here, the lovely ladies here can help you with it

Post # 7
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8461 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@puggleperson:  If you want to cut them yourself I’d recommend a scrapbook cutter and a corner round punch.  I think there are places that will also cut and print them for you, but then you won’t save as much money.  The outside pocketfold card part I would just purchase, unless you can get large pieces of cardstock for super cheap.  I got mine online, I think this is something close to what you’re looking for http://www.paperandmore.com/product/2254/ruby-purple-metallic-a7-himalaya-pocket-invitations.  Hope this helps

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: October 2012

I made my invitations myself. I don’t have one with me or I would post a picture. I got all the paper from http://www.cardsandpockets.com and I bought a year subscription to http://www.weddingclipart.com for $30. We spent about $4 per invitation making them myself. It was a lot of hard work but I was very pleased and receieved so many compliments on them. When I get home I can post a photo of the final product!

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I just went to michaels and bought a kit. It cost me $52 total.

Post # 10
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I would message that bride and see what she did and suggests– the magic of weddingbee!

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