How can we do our wedding invitations for cheap?

by DIY wedding planner on January 28, 2013


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Trying to save some money in this area so we can use it on other things.

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Paul January 28, 2013 at 8:31 pm

facebook some of your friends and post there invite via a video message… good luck..

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cr January 28, 2013 at 8:45 pm

you can print them at a place like kinko’s. you can do email invitations that look very elegant. or you could do them by hand. get some nice paper and a fountain pen. then practice some calligraphy or something like it. or you could print the info on regular paper then cut it down and center it on a bigger piece of pretty paper. go with a single square instead of a full size card. offer to put a small thanks or advertisement for the print shop on the back of your wedding program and see if they will give you a discount.

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FutureMrsNeal January 28, 2013 at 9:24 pm

check out zazzle.com , we are getting 50 invites for 45 bucks

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Rachel-waiting for 11/21/09 January 28, 2013 at 9:38 pm

Do them yourself from a print-your-own kit. They have tons of kits at Michael’s that are REALLY nice. I personally think the “Brides” brand collection are really beautiful, they are all so professional looking and very affordable … and they do NOT look “home made” in any way.

We have gotten so many compliments on our invites, people are shocked that we made them ourselves, but they were really easy to do, the kit came with everything needed to assemble the invites, and printing instructions. The only thing was we had to print them at his parent’s house because our printer is older and wouldn’t feed the thinker card-stock as well.

http://www.brides.com/planning/invitations/gallery/vendor/designer/brides_wedding_collection/

FYI, if you sign up for Michael’s weekly emails you get 40-50% off coupons emailed to you EVERY week. We have saved SO much money on wedding stuff this way, we get at least 40% of everything we have bought. The coupons are usually for one item only so my fiance had to come with me and we each bought one thing, or I just go a couple of times in one week, but it’s worth it for half price!

The invite kits (we needed two) we bought were $55 for 40 invites, but we got 40% off, so they were like $30 after the coupon … for less than $1 an invite … they look like professional invites that cost like 10x that price!

They are a great way to save money, just don’t forget to budget for postage. Stamping the invites and reply cards adds up quickly … and we never thought about that cost until we started buying the stamps.

Good Luck!

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BUStudent January 28, 2013 at 10:08 pm

I used vistaprint.com for my save the dates and they turned out really nice. Anyway, if you sign up for their mailing list then they will send you tons of coupons, and frequently include one for 100 free postcards and 100 free return address labels. The postcards don’t have a stamp square on the back or anything though, so you could just turn them into invitations quite easily. The paper is thick too. Then they sell envelopes for like $5 for a hundred, which you can even customize them with a pretty print if you wanted. They would be for sure the cheapest that I can think of, and would be professionally printed.
http://www.vistaprint.com/postcards/gallery.aspx?pg=2&filter=9%3a10013%7c%7c1%2c11%3a10016%7c%7c1%2c3%3a10002%7c%7c1&page=1&pagesize=96&sort=p_TO!desc&xnav=pagesize&xnid=96

They offer invitations too, which I just used them for my graduation invites and I got custom printed envelopes also, they ended up being $1 apiece after shipping, slightly more expensive than the postcards that you write up as invites, but still not a bad price.
http://www.vistaprint.com/custom-invitations-multi.aspx?xnav=LeftItem&xnid=InvitationsAnnouncements&dng=1142051

http://www.123print.com/Wedding?affiliate=FaceBook_WeddingInvitations_092409
I also saw these on FaceBook, they are $13 for 25!

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Patricia D January 28, 2013 at 10:32 pm

Go talk to the people at Staple’s, OfficeMax, Kinko’s etc. Make sure you don’t skimp on the weight of the paper. It’s important. It will save you a LOT!!!

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kill_yr_television January 28, 2013 at 10:40 pm

http://www.paperandmore.com/cat-card-stock.html

Buy plain 5×8 cardstock in bulk and matching envelopes ditto. If you can afford the ink, you can Google some really great colored accents and print those graphics along with the text. If you are crafty or thrifty, do some brain storming about stencils, stamping, applique, etc. And consider that it more traditional for invitations to have text only on a plain sheet of good stationery, rather than having little pictures and fancy borders.

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Briana January 28, 2013 at 11:09 pm
JK January 28, 2013 at 11:47 pm

There are alot of ways to do them cheaply and NICELY.

If you are artistic you can do them yourself. But if you are not too craft , buy a design file for $20-$30 like at Gramkin Paper Studio
( http://www.gramkinpaperstudio.com/ )..They can do the actual design for the invites and rsvp if you are having, and then you can print it yourself at home or for 30 cents at kinkos… Or you can also send file to someplace like Overnight Prints ( they always have sales and coupons) to print for $20 for 100 ..They also have different sizes and papers. Gramkin Paper Studio also prints as well, and they are affordable. If you email them, they can give you alot of options for your budget, but I suggest, since you sound like you need them cheap to buy a design file from them, so that way you can print as many as you need…. They did my friends invitations and very nice.

Gramkin Paper Studio at http://www.gramkinpaperstudio.com/

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