trying to decide on wedding invites?

by DIY wedding planner on July 8, 2012


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my goal is to be a DIY bride.
and my first project is the wedding invites
i started to order my card stock
but realized i have no idea what size or weight it should be?
did you make yours?
and what kind of paper did you order??

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tennis chica July 8, 2012 at 6:03 am

I want to be a DIY bride as well. Well you could use whatever weight you want it doesn’t make that much of a difference, especially if you are just doing one page instead of an invitation that opens up. But then size you will need depends on the envelopes as well. So you normally have two envelopes. The outside one with the normal postage on it, and then the inside one that has more of a personal address on it with the invitation inside. I would look at where you can get envelopes and what sizes first and then decide what size invitation you want from there. Do you want more of an oblong invitation look or a more square look? Hope that helped a little

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Rachel-waiting for 11/21/09 July 8, 2012 at 7:02 am

Definitely check out http://lcipaper.com/

They have EVERYTHING you would need to completely design your own invites from scratch and have them look unique and professional. There are a lot of different options you have for size/shape. A7 is the traditional “invitation” size, but they have other sizes (longer, shorter, square) and matching envelopes in basically any colour you could imagine.

They also have kits, but you really can design your won with all the different types of paper and sizes and accents (layer vellum, ribbons, etc.)

In terms of paper weight, just look at the details of what the invite sheets are. They are a bit heavier card stock (65lb to 80 lb usually), but that’s up to the look you want.

It really is quite fun to look at everything they have and put different invite ideas together. I ended up getting my invite stuff from Michael’s Crafts because LCI charges A LOT to ship to Canada, but if you live in the states the prices on everything seems really reasonable.

I bought Martha Stewart Heirloom Ornament invite and save-the-date kits at Michael’s, the theme fits the look my fiance and I wanted perfectly, so it was really easy … and then we are adding some of our own accents to bring our colours/style in.

If you do get anything from Michael’s (which you will because they have TONS of wedding stuff), sign up form their weekly emails because then send you a 40% or 50% off coupon EVERY WEEK. I haven’t paid full price for anything yet! We got over $50 off on our invite kits and I saved at least $45 on my save-the-date cards and accents.

Good Luck!

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April July 8, 2012 at 7:15 am

I just went to a scrap booking store and bought regular card stock. I planned the size of my invites first, then took the measurements with me (I actually made a “sample” with construction paper to take). I chose my invites to be 5 by 6.75 (or right around there- just slightly smaller than 5 by 7 so it would fit in the envelope), with a 4 by 5.5 separate color for the center. My reception invites/info was on a 3.5 by 5 card.

I didn’t worry about the weight, as I knew they wouldn’t weigh too much and I wasn’t making too many. But if you are going to be making a lot or having a lot of layers, what you may want to do is make a sample with card stock similar to what you may get and put everything together to have ready to mail… then see how much the postage will be. If it’s affordable then great, if not then you will have an idea of what you may need for weight of paper or in changing the style of the invite.

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