(Closed) Who’s Invites were Completely DIY?? What is really involved in the process?

posted 8 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
14186 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Oh ours were cake. I decided to make them A9 envelope size (to cut down on psotage cost)…long and narrow. I bought the paper backing i want, in a slightly thickened cardstock. I use microsoft word (2 invites/page) and printed them off at Kinko’s. Then i had them slice them in half for me so each invite was about 8″x4.5″ or so. Then i  layered sparkly vellum over top, punched holes in the top, and threaded some ribbon in. Then stuffed them in a (single) envelope and called it a day. Total cost: under $120 for the reams of paper, envelopes, and vellum from Paperstock. I think it was 9 cents/page to print at Kinkos. Maybe $40 total. Assembly time: i had my 6 bridesmaids help and i threw a lasagna in the oven.

I just couldn’t justify buying them when i figured a) nobody cared about nice stationary (not even me) and b) i could save a few hundred bucks. I used leftover cardstock/scrap to do escort cards, too!

I actually have only received 2 professional invites in the mail. All my friends just print them and do the easy/cheap route. I also think this was easy for me b/c it was like, the thing i cared least about.

Post # 4
466 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I designed our invitation and RSVP card in Photoshop and had them printed at a local printer.  Total cost for 85 invitations, RSVP cards, and envelopes (A7) was about $105. 

I’m going to put a belly band (wrapping paper) and monogram (ivory cardstock, printed on home printer) around them.  I also lined our envelopes with matching wrapping paper.  Total cost for wrapping paper, cardstock, and ink about $50.

Our invitations were very simple: no pocketfold or extra inserts for accomodations, directions, etc.  All that can be found on our wedding website, which I included on the invitation.

I would definitely reccomend DIYing your invites, however you want to do it.  It was really easy and really inexpensive.  I’m also very pleased with how they turned out!

Post # 5
11325 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

Well I didn’t make my own paper do I still count as completely DIY? ๐Ÿ™‚ If so:

I am buying 8×11 paper and A7 envelopes from paperandmore.com. It was the cheapest I found it. I designed a simple invite design (no pictures, just words) in microsoft word that will print two per page on the 8×11 and then i’ll individually cut each of them out (I have a paper cutter that I borrowed from work… I think that they are about $50 if you have to buy your own).

I should mention my invites are slightly complicated in that they are multiple pages. Cover page, 3 pages (invite, details, rsvp), back page. These will be held together with a small metal brad. I also bought some stamps I may or may not use to decorate them.


$100- paper and envelopes

$10-15- brads

$40 in stamps and ink pads and embossing powder that i may or may not use.

Post # 6
195 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We did ours and I couldn’t have been happier! We kept it simple, did everything in Photoshop and bam, all set. Since we had our ceremony/reception at the same place that helped too, and we had all of our info listed on the website. I just went to Michaels and purchased an invitation kit we liked and designed it ourselves. I think the total cost of ink, shipping, etc was $100.

Post # 7
705 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Mine are completely DIY.  I made the actual invite in Microsoft publisher using our engagement pics.  Some people don’t like this but I didn’t see a problem with it.  I’m using cardstock to back them and all corners will be rounded with a corner punch.  RSVP cards and direction inserts were made in publisher as well because it’s a little more user friendly than word.  I fit four on each page and had them printed at Staples.  I bought envelopes at Staples and made my own envelope liners out of scrapbooking paper.  Cost broke down like this:

Envelopes: $17 for 100

Scrapbooking paper for liners: $10

Photo invites: $18 for 100

RSVP cards:  $5 for 100

Direction inserts: $5 for 100

Cardstock: $5 (yay for finding Martha Stewart at Marshalls!)

Total before postage: $60


Post # 8
295 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010 - The Atlantic Beach Club

Our are diy. I used Microsoft Word to design them and also bought a stamp that matches our theme to emboss a design on it. I bought all of our paper supplies at paper-source. I haven’t done the final tally of what it cost yet, but when I did a rough estimate, they were much cheaper than the invites I found. But, I know many times diy ends up costing more. So before deciding, I’d get a rough idea of how much they cost vs. how much it would be to get them done professionally or off a website.

I know Michaels has semi diy options. I think a few members in the hive have used them, but added diy elements. I’ve seen them and there are some cute styles. ๐Ÿ™‚

If you deicde to diy, make sure your printer can handle the smaller paper. I had a printer that I used for our save the dates printing A6 cards, and the printer couldnt handle it and broke. When we bought a new printer, I made sure it would work with smaller pieces of paper. You can probably google your printers specifications.

Here are some diy posts: http://www.weddingbee.com/2007/03/13/diy-invitations/

Post # 9
236 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

mine were about $120 for 150 invites.

They consist of an envelope, belly band, hand stamped invite, reception card, direction/map card, reply card, reply envelope.

May suggestions are: start by picking an affordable envelope and make  your invite to fit that. We actually folded our own envelopes, which was time consuming, but the paper was 4 cents a sheet and we were able to get the outer envelope and a reply envelope out of 1 sheet, which was a great deal.

Consider single page unfolded invites to cut costs on paper and postage.

Post # 11
721 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Mine are totally DIY, from design, to printing, to finishing.

My design was very simple.  I have a flourish design a the top (made by someone on Etsy), then a very simple text.  I bought 8.5×11 paper from Paperandmore.com and printed on my inkjet printer.  I cut everything out myself (with help from family and bridesmaids), and glued it all together with rubber cement.

For finishing, I added a strip of red vellum to add color, and sealed it with hot glue and a faux wax seal (also DIY).

I knew I wanted an A7 envelope, so I knew my invitation (largest piece) had to be 5×7.  From there I designed everything in Microsoft Powerpoint with free fonts that I found online.

Here is a picture of my suite.  I also have a directions card and I don’t have a picture of everything tied up yet.  The cardstock backing is black linen 80# cardstock and the text paper is 80# Sand cardstock.

Post # 12
721 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

Mine came to $117 for just under 100 invitations.  I would highly recommend the process.  It was super easy and I can’t wait to send them out and see what people think of them!

Post # 13
120 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

100 invites, $200.

pocketfold, 3 inserts (not including vellum, which was also in there).  and two envelopes.

designed in photoshop. ๐Ÿ™‚

Post # 14
2867 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2010


More here: http://boards.weddingbee.com/topic/another-one-bites-the-dust-pic-heavy

100% DIY. I cut and designed every single piece of them (even the pocketfolds and the mat behind the invite). I’m going to do a post on the whole process when I get a minute (it’s only about 1000 steps). Designed in InDesign.

Colored Strathmore Paper = $22
Outer envelopes, RSVP envelopes & 250 sheets of paper for invites/inserts = $50.30
Ribbon = $10.53
Time = I started these in March and finished in June (I only did a little at a time)

Total = $92.83 for 70 invites + $56 postage

Post # 15
10851 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

Mine are completely DIY. I designed them, printed them on my HP Photosmart C5180, and then threw them through the sewing machine to stitch them together. I never do anything easily though, so my invites were 5 pages plus the RSVP postcard.

Overall, I thought it was really easy to do. I like having done them start to finish, I get a sense of satisfaction out of that. We bought all our supplies at a paper shop, but because our invites/RSVPs needed 6 pages of 5×7 each, it was nearly 1200 pieces of paper and about $450 for the paper, envelopes, wrap around stickers, and address labels. So that’s about $4.85/invite, but I’m totally fine with that because I love what we ended up with! If I had done a far simpler invite it would have been a quarter of the cost, but c’est la vie!

What probably took me the most time was actually designing them. I did it all in Illustrator, which I’m not an expert at but have learned a lot about. I would say if you’re intimidated by it, go to Michael’s or even Staples and look at their invite packages. They have tons of really beautiful ones! Plus you can use the 40% off coupons for Michaels and go every day (or twice a day) and pick up a pack at a time. That’s a great deal if I ever saw one!

Post # 16
1408 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

My invites (invite, 3 inserts) were 100% DIY by me (well, I didn’t make the paper, the envelopes, or the pocketfolders (although I tried!)). My invite suite had an invitation, RSVP card and envelope, Reception card, and a dual Directions/Brunch Invite card. I bought a pack of white 110lb cardstock from Office Depot (though since I’ve found it cheaper at Sam’s Club!), Pocketfolders and envelopes from cardsandpockets.com, baker’s twine and an anchor stamp from etsy, and various glue/dots from Wal-mart and Michael’s. I made 100 invitations with TONS of things left over which are being used in other projects for the wedding.

  • 250 sheets Paper: ~$10
  • 230 Envelope Liners: Free (My dad gave me the printer paper, I made my own template from the envelopes, and I printed the design on my printer.)
  • 100 pocketfolders (100): ~$ 88
  • 230 Envelopes (invite and RSVP): ~$30
  • Anchor Stamp: $5
  • Ink Pad: $3
  • “bubbles” punch: ~$8
  • Embosser: $23
  • 125 yards Baker’s Twine (with lots left over): $5
  • Various Glue and Glue-like items: $$10

TOTAL: ~$182 or $1.82 per invite (without stamps)

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