Wedding Invites-DIY Invitations for a budget Bride

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Posted 12/28/2012 by AshleyCrafty in General Scrappin'
 

AshleyCrafty
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Posted: 12/28/2012 6:12:41 PM
I posted the same thing in the NSBR board.

I am getting married in August. I am on an extremely tight budget and we are having a very informal wedding but I would still like to send out formal Invitations. (formal in form not appearance)

Has anyone here done their own invites? Hints or tips? Any insight would be greatly appreciated.

These are the invites that i like:

Invitations

AND

Other Invites


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Posted: 12/28/2012 6:19:49 PM
I made my sister's invites this summer & bought my cardstock from CutCardstock.com . Their prices are really great & they will custom cut anything to size - which is nice if you are making a lot b/c that task alone can take a lot of time.

If you're good at graphic design/typography, then you should be ok. If not, hiring someone to do that can be really expensive.

For my own wedding, I bought one of the simplest designs available from a wedding invite company & then added a stamped image that I embossed in gold. It was easy to do, was custom & looked perfect with our theme, & ended up being cheaper than buying the supplies & printing myself.



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Posted: 12/28/2012 6:39:54 PM
Julie-
I am not great with graphic design but my soon to be sister in law is really great with Photoshop. So I am hoping to get her to do the design. I found the fonts I want on dafont.com. Thanks for the site as I can never seem to cut a straight line.

Thanks,
Ashley


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Posted: 12/28/2012 7:46:22 PM
I did the invites for a friend of mine several years ago. We had a rubber stamp made (local office supply store) with the wording. We used cardstock and stamped and embossed the image -- I think with gold embossing powder. We used glitter around the edge of the card; in this case we used a pale yellow as yellow was one of her colors. At the top we tied a small small bow with yellow ribbon. They turned out nice and didn't cost a lot. I think we used a 5 x 7 cardstock; we were careful to pick something that we could find envelopes for at a reasonable price.

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Posted: 12/28/2012 8:13:11 PM
I made my dd daughters invites. She had a more formal style but I think that's all about the fonts you choose. We designed in photoshop and then found the cheapest way to get printed was to use a local print shop not a big box store. They were willing to cut all the inserts and we had ordered the paper to fold into the outer folder.
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Posted: 12/31/2012 1:49:51 PM
I have made invitations for 3 different weddings: mine, my sister's, & a friends. This was WAY before Pintrest too!! I have been married for 5 years now. I helped plan 5 weddings in one year!

Mine: I bought a kit that looked like old parchment paper. We had an "old time" photo taken in wedding attire and used it as the base for our invites. I printed the info on velum and attached it over the photo with a ribbon in one of the wedding colors. To add some flair, I used a gold leafing marker type pen to "ink" the edges of the velum. They were simple and beautiful. **I played around with embossing as well and in the end liked the look of the "flat" print on the velum.

Sister's: I ordered the cardstock in bulk quantities from an online vendor and envelopes from a local printer. Then, I cut them from my Cricut and one day my 3 sisters and mom had a crafting day to put them together and emboss a wedding cake on the belly band that kept all the pieces together. The RSVP I did on a postcard type layout for ease. It was fun but I learned the crafting limitations of my family members VERY quickly. These were more of a fun type which is what my sister wanted.

Friend's: She bough a "kit" from one of the box stores. After she settled on font and saying, we printed them up. I added some embossed trees and out they went. She wanted something more simple than what I did for my invitations.

Tips:
1. Each of you need to make a list of who you want to invite
2. Make sure you have enough supplies to complete those invitations PLUS 20 or more. You will make mistakes and you will also want to have extras in case you forget that third cousin twice removed.
3. Even printing your own can get costly when you take into account the ink, supplies, and the fact that YOU have to do it.
4. Shop now for paper and/or kits. There are several box stores (even WM) that make some really nice kits. Watch for sales and use coupons to make your money stretch even further. Check out online photo invites or make postcards if you want to do some "save the date" cards.
5. Play around with your fonts and verses. Included in many box kits are several examples to get across what you want to say. Plus online spots have some great ideas too if you want something a little less "traditional". I used regular copy paper and printed out 3-4 different selections for my DH to approve of. Together we selected what suited us best.
6. Pick a font that is easily read! You don't want Uncle Fred to not show up because he has no clue who is getting married let alone when or where!
7. After you set your date and venue, start making invites!! It takes time and the last thing you want is stress over trying to get invites in the mail.
8. Get your FDH involved with the process. His handwriting may look like a serial killers, but he can stuff envelopes and put on stamps!
9. Use a wet sponge to moisten envelope flaps! (You don't want an episode of Seinfeld to be the end of the beginning!)

Sorry this is so long. Good luck! Remember to have fun! The best advice I ever got was this: "The wedding day goes by so quickly. Enjoy and relish in each moment."


~Amy~

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Posted: 12/31/2012 2:33:02 PM
I finally remembered we got our paper from Anchor Paper (they are online and super friendly). They will send you samples and you can get custom cut sizes. I thought 12x12 would work and I could easily get it from the SB store.. but in reality to make those pockets you needed a larger size.


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Posted: 12/31/2012 2:36:22 PM
We did a box kit from Michaels for my SIL, and it turned out gorgeous! And pretty inexpensive as you can use the coupons and get them 1/2 off. Price wise, and hassle, it's the way to go, imo.

Congrats on your upcoming wedding!


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