Wedding Help-Has anyone here DIY'd their Invitations??
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Posted: 12/28/2012 4:38:06 PM
Has anyone here created there own wedding invites. We are on a super tight budget and the wedding is a super informal affair but I still want to send Invitations.
I was thinking that with Photoshop I could try to do something like these:

Invites

Maybe...

Any Advice?
Also how soon do you send the invites if you are not doing Save the Dates?

(I am also posting this to the GS board)


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Posted: 12/28/2012 4:42:16 PM
Yes I have, and yes you can.

We made our own invitations, programs, and thank you cards.

Do you have Paper Zone where you live? We got all of our paper supplies there. They had to order the color and weight paper that we needed because they didn't have enough in stock. It only took a week or so for the order to come in.

I will caution you: If you're doing a pocket invitation, consider using E6000 adhesive. We tried EVERY adhesive on the planet, and nothing was strong enough to hold the heavy-duty cardstock in place except E6000. Stock up now!




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Posted: 12/28/2012 4:42:43 PM
I have not but I do read a blog where the blogger did so

save the dates
Wedding programs #1 and #2

invitations



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Posted: 12/28/2012 4:43:33 PM
We ordered ours and they were pretty cheap and very nice too. I think between the ink, adhesive, envelope and cardstock costs I wouldn't have saved anything if I did them myself.

Most peas will disagree, but I say send the invites at least 3 months in advance, even earlier if you expect out-of-staters and even earlier if it's a destination wedding. But I am going by our crowd, and since so many people were getting married these past few years if you sent your invited too late many wood be "booked" for a different wedding already.




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Posted: 12/28/2012 4:45:07 PM
Those invites look very simple to me - just consider the cost of the color ink if you are doing a color invitation and printing at home.

I used www.overnightprints.com for my Christmas cards this year. I designed 2 sides of a postcard in 4 color, uploaded the designs, had them round the corners, and they came with white envelopes to fit. With shipping, it was $45 for 100. That might be an option?



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Posted: 12/28/2012 5:37:56 PM
Pennyring- I have never heard of Paper Zone. I will have to look that one up. I am planning on pocket invites so thanks for the tip. E6000 here I come. hehe

Benem- Thanks for the link. Overnight prints very well could be an option for the inserts as we plan on 30 people tops. (outdoor ceremony/BBQ/Picnic reception both in the same place)

Simply Lovely- That sounds about right to me. Everybody save for two people are local. August Wedding so I'm thinking I should send the Invites around June.


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Posted: 12/28/2012 5:54:18 PM
what is a pocket invitation? i can't believe the only glue that would work was E6000!

if you are only doing 30ish, you could easily do that at home. another option you could do would be print at home and then have them color copied at staples or office max. if you have a few different items to print, you may ge able to lay it out so that you have 2 or 3 items on one page of paper. then you cut them apart.

one of my friends has been doing invites like this for a few years. just using papers from HL. you can make all kinds of neat stuff at home.

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Posted: 12/28/2012 6:02:18 PM
The year my daughter got married, my sweet MIL called me and said that Big Lots was advertising boxed wedding items for $2.00. My daughter and I hopped in the car and found tons of Martha Stewart things - all for $2.00 each. We got boxed print-them-yourself invitations (which included reply cards and envelopes), flower girl basket, ring bearer pillow, guest books, signing pen, scrapbooks, boxes of 24 tin hearts with the eyelet design, all at $2.00 each. Amazingly enough, she loved the design (eyelet) as it mimicked snowflakes for her winter theme. We were able to get enough to cover all her needs including thank you cards. She had a tad over 260 guests at her wedding.

She decided to print the invitation wording on vellum, add a photo from their engagement photos to the card and attach with a ribbon. They turned out lovely.

They were definitely not as intricate and fancy as some I have seen, but they looked like something much nicer than the very low price we paid.

I know this is not really an answer to the DIY question, but I wanted to chime in because you never know what you might run into. When my MIL called she thought we wouldn't even look, but it turned out to be the best shopping trip ever!


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Posted: 12/28/2012 6:04:04 PM

what is a pocket invitation? i can't believe the only glue that would work was E6000!


By pocket invitation, I just mean there is a pocket that you fold and glue, made from cardstock.

The card stock wasn't even the heaviest weight either. I want to say it was 70#, and nothing else would hold it. We tried everything. It was so frustrating!

If a 40-50# weight was available for the pocket material, that may have been the better option. At the time, they just had 24# and 70# though... so we had to use 70# for the pocket. We used 24# for the "inserts".





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Posted: 12/28/2012 6:04:18 PM
My DD will be getting married next fall...we are weighing our options as far as having invites printed or doing them ourselves. I have a friend (with a Silhouette) who has offered to help.

But we will need rsvp cards, envelopes, maps, etc....kinda wondering if it would be more economical to just have them printed.

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Posted: 12/28/2012 6:05:03 PM
If you only need 30 then DIY!! I was doing 75 and the minimum was 50 to order so in your case it would be much cheaper.




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Posted: 12/28/2012 6:08:44 PM
I did too. I had my friend do our engagement photos and took the best one for our invite. I dreamed a photo invite so I used a sepia print and the wedding details on a pink background with brown letters. (our colors were pink & brown). I found a fancy heart corner punch so I matted the photo invite on heavy chocolate brown cardstock. It came out beautiful and people could not believe I made it. I did our programs, rsvps, place cards and thank you cards.

I used a local a shop to buy the cardstock in bulk. It was so cheap and had so much left over that my wedding party also used it for the bridal shower invites and other goodies.


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Posted: 12/28/2012 6:10:01 PM
I did mine (150) with some design help from a friend.

You can do it!


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Posted: 12/28/2012 6:12:05 PM
I've made tons of wedding invites. For adhesive (I use it to make custom envelopes) I use the 3M double sided tape (I usually just buy it from Michaels or HL (ask the framing department for a couple of rolls, they usually charge me $5.)

If you have any specific questions feel free to pmail. I'll try to upload some to my gallery.


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Posted: 12/28/2012 6:36:31 PM
I think that DIY will be my best option. I am horrible with cutting a straight line though so there that obstacle but other than that Awesome.

MyMissyGirl- I will definitely be on the lookout for anything discounted like that. That is awesome.

Thanks for the encouragement guys. I am worried that I am in over my head as I am doing EVERYTHING myself.

I have 8 months. Wish me luck.


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Posted: 12/28/2012 6:42:31 PM
I made my own- shaker cards with rice in . They were really pretty but a little time consuming. I loved doing them, though, and I know many people kept them afterwards. We also made our own order of service. I was very disorganised with those and was still finishing them the night before!


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Posted: 12/28/2012 7:59:02 PM
Did our own too, took TWICE as much paper (speciality paper at that) as we figured but, but damn it, we did it ourselves!

I used Word and PowerPoint for the formatting too! This was way back in 2001.


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Posted: 12/28/2012 9:37:39 PM
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Posted: 12/28/2012 9:47:56 PM
I did my own (actually am in the middle of it right now!) and am doing something pretty complex, but I love paper crafts and design so it was a priority for me. And it is saving me about 75% by doing them myself.

Other people have given you great tips, so I'll just throw in a few generic ones:
- The right tools are essential. If you're cutting/gluing/writing/whatever, make sure you have good tools. A good paper trimmer was the #1 thing that made my life easier.

- Give yourself more time than you think you need. Lots more. Finish them early.

- Stay organized, especially with addressing. Use Excel/Google Docs to your advantage so you can keep track of whose invites you have completed and whose haven't, address changes, etc.


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Posted: 12/28/2012 9:56:23 PM
I did my nephew's wedding invitations last summer at Sams Club. I took their engagement pictures and used them (5 pictures) in a generic card template. I had typed their wedding invitation and scanned that to use in one of the openings in the template. It cost $25 for 100 and this included the envelope that had a silver lining. They were 6x8 inches and came out very nice.

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Posted: 12/28/2012 10:15:27 PM
I did my own! I even had the pockets inside the invite with the RSVP and directions if you need help let me know!


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Posted: 12/28/2012 10:54:22 PM
I got my paper at Paper Source on clearance, but the killer was buying the envelopes. I think I bought enough to do 100 invites, but only did about 75...and it came to $100 for the paper alone. The envelopes were something like 70 cents each and you need at least 2 (I only used 2). I basically called looking for a specific kind of paper and they looked at the clearance to tell me what they had, and that saved me a bunch of $.

I did a faux letterpress on my cuttlebug, using a template from boxcar press. I spent about $50 on the template and $30 on ink and a brayer...that all sounds expensive per invite, but to get letterpress runs somewhere on the order of $6 per invite, so I think I did pretty well.

If I were only doing about 30 I might just go buy a box of invites at Target or Michaels, they had some really pretty stuff, but I had my heart set on letterpress, and that was really my only "spurge"

Good luck, it was fun at times (buying paper) and frustrating at times (printing envelopes at 11PM) but in the end I was so happy I had done it myself.

My other suggestion is to print out all the info on a colored 4x6 and send out those in envelopes from staples. That's what we did for save the dates, and I swear to you I got at least 10 phone calls from people thinking that was the big invite. I just used a template I found in the Kodak Gallery software and imported a photo we took of the words save the date written in the sand at the beach. That would be super cheap and easy.

You might be able to even "splurge" on that and do the 6x8 costco photo card print with the envelopes if they offer that still (I did those for christmas) It was $15 for about 50 of them and the envelopes have a pretty silver foil liner and everything.


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Posted: 12/28/2012 10:54:32 PM
I made the invites, response cards, and announcements for my niece's wedding. They turned out really great. I designed them and she picked out paper from the Paper Source and then I printed them.





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Posted: 12/28/2012 11:03:42 PM
I think they are nice - my cousin did a similar looking invitation and they were really pretty and fun.

I did my own too and made about 70 of them. I gave myself plenty of time to get them done because they can take longer than you expect. Try and find paper local to you or make sure you order extra for those that don't turn out properly. There will be mistakes. Someone else suggested a good paper trimmer which is essential.

We sent ours out well in advance (not quite a year) but we had invitations for people overseas and interstate. We wanted to give them time to save up the money if they did want to attend. We also let those people know the date as soon as we picked it, so they could get a jump on saving. I think the general timing is 3-6 months prior to the wedding for invitations. Someone correct me if I'm wrong though.

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Posted: 12/28/2012 11:05:38 PM
Thanks everybody for the tips and tricks. As i stated above i only have around 30 guests so i should be good on time (8 months) lol. Good luck to all that are in the process of making yours. I will post as I figure things out. Now to figure out Photoshop.




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Posted: 12/28/2012 11:09:08 PM
Mine are in my gallery. That was 7 years ago I made them. I actually bought a template on line and then printed them out on cardstock and cut to size.




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Posted: 12/28/2012 11:41:49 PM

Do you have Paper Zone where you live? We got all of our paper supplies there. They had to order the color and weight paper that we needed because they didn't have enough in stock. It only took a week or so for the order to come in.


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Posted: 12/29/2012 8:31:20 AM
I would totally do my own invites. I was married in 2000 when there weren't as many options as there are today, at least I didn't know about them.

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Posted: 12/29/2012 9:22:43 AM
I'll preface this by saying I work in the industry.

For additional inspiration you may want to check out Oh So Beautiful Paper, 100 Layer Cake or Style Me Pretty.

If you're planning to run them through an inkjet printer I would invest in a fine quality paper. I really love the Moab paper from Legion . You can also contact several paper companies to see if they'll send you some samples. In addition to Legion I'd look into French Paper Co. and Neenah Paper.

I use the blank cards from Waste Not Paper (wholesale division of Paper Source) for my screen printed greeting cards but I wouldn't recommend them for wedding invitations. Their stock is good for items like place cards, menus or table numbers on the day of the wedding though.

If you decide you want to do a pocket I highly recommend Paper Presentation. I buy from their wholesale site, Soho Paper on a regular basis. I was fortunate enough to see the entire line in person at this year's Stationary Show. Fabulous quality.

And when it comes down to printing everything I would gang the pieces up on 8 1/2x11 sheets and cut them down afterward. Two A7's (5x7 invitation) on a page and Four 4 bar or A2's for the reply cards. If you go with an A2 the page can be quartered which is the easiest way to cut them down. 4 bar is more popular for a reply card but there's more trimming involved.

Also, if at all possible, I would lay the design out in Illustrator, not Photoshop. It works much better when it comes to a text heavy design. Save it as a PDF and you're ready to print.

If you have any questions please don't hesitate to ask!

ETA: Whatever you decide, buy a few sheets of inexpensive card stock as well. Test everything out on that first. Create a sample and make sure no adjustments need to be made before you print on the high quality paper. And practice the trimming once or twice.


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