Wedding Invitations DIY or Professional?

by DIY wedding planner on December 13, 2011

I have been thinking about purchasing a DIY kit for my wedding. I am only having a small private ceremony and then inviting everyone to the reception after wards. Would it be appropriate to spend a lot of money on having my invitations printed when there is not actually going to be a “ceremony?” I don’t know if I should spend the extra money for the convince or, if doing them myself would cost just as much (kit, ink ect). Does anyone have experience with this sort of thing? Any help would be appreciated.

Anyone have any good websites??

Thank You

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just me! December 13, 2011 at 9:27 am

if it were me i would diy the invitations – why spend a huge amount of money on an invitation? i would use the money i saved on something else for the wedding or something for our new home together!
whatever you decide i wish you the happiest of wedding days!

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snake_girl85 December 13, 2011 at 10:04 am

It’s really up to you. If you want to keep them simple it would be fairly easy and cheaper to do them yourself. If you want something fancier, it may honestly be less stress to get them done professionally.

Our invites are/were printed on vellum, and then attached with a ribbon to a handmade paper backing with flower petals in it. They look gorgeous and we have had a ton of compliments on them… They were in an invitation box kit and were a pretty decent price.

However, as much as I love them, printing them out was a very stressful ordeal. Among other things, the printer kept crumpling and destroying the vellum sheets, we didn’t realize the RSVP cards were perforated so we only had half what we thought we had, and the printing always seemed crooked. Also the 3 boxes we got all had slight differences, such as different envelopes or different colored ribbons.

When all was said and done, we ended up buying our own vellum and cutting it to size, and had to use 2 or 3 other kinds of paper for the RSVP cards. Really the only things we used in the box were the backing, ribbons, and envelopes…

They turned out amazing in the end, but I think if I could do it over we would have had them professionally done. My fiance’s sister did a simpler DIY invite and they turned out great.

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Pookie December 13, 2011 at 10:54 am

I think youll find that by the time you spend money on the paper, the envelopes and the ink and of course your time, that its cheaper to just have them made, you dont have to worry about messing up, and you can re-direct your energy to all the licking and stamping and sending that will need to be done!

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Nats December 13, 2011 at 11:16 am

If it is only a small wedding I would DIY my invitations. I actually make invitations for a living so in my experience, sometimes it easier and cheaper to do them yourself. Sometimes the DIY kits are expensive and with a bit of imagination it doesn’t take that much to walk into a paper shop and see the huge range of gorgeous papers to suit your day. That way is even cheaper.

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shihtzulover123 December 13, 2011 at 11:25 am

Doing all our own wedding stationary even letterheads. Invites, save the date,programs,RSVP”S and thank you’s. Our stationary for the wedding with 150 people would have been better than $250(285 and change) dollars plus postage, (no letterhead). DIY about $100-$125 plus postage. We found some great kits at Walmart( around 15 bucks/50) and many great supplies at Michaels not to mention we are having fun doing them together with attendants and family.

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Laura December 13, 2011 at 11:28 am

My mom and I just got done making invitations for my sister’s wedding! It was so easy and FAR less expensive than having them printed professionally. We went to Michael’s and got a DIY kit. We had no idea how easy it would be! Michael’s often has coupons, too, so we spent a total of about $100 for about 150 invitations after being quoted at about $700 having them professionally done. We used a pocket one which had the invitation, the RSVP, the envelope for the RSVP, and an extra card we put in with directions and charity information, since they’re requesting donations to charity rather than gifts.

All you need to do is figure out what direction to put each item in for printing off your computer. My mom has a Dell printer, and we just had to tell it the size of the paper and that it was cardstock rather than regular (thinner) paper. It was so quick and easy- we’re never getting anything professionally printed again.

Here’s a link to some Michael’s invitations, although the one we used is in stores but not shown here: http://www.michaels.com/art/online/search?searchWords=bride+invitation+invitation&type=0&search=yes&visibleSearchWords=bride+invitation&searchScope=within&as_fid=4

The kits come with 40 in a pack, although plan on wasting a couple from printing wrong, putting the card in upside down, etc.

The invitations, like I said, look really professional despite the fact that neither of us have a creative, artistic bone in our body. Good luck!

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that one girl December 13, 2011 at 12:12 pm

My wedding invitations were 10 bucks haha. I couldn’t care about the invitation! It’s all about the ceremony for me.

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Darlene L December 13, 2011 at 12:17 pm

I made my own invites and they came out great. I bought the invites at Michael’s and printed the up.

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Briana December 13, 2011 at 1:11 pm
Nate's mom December 13, 2011 at 1:38 pm

We DIY our invitations but not with a kit. All the supplies for 300 invitations cost us $100.
I say DIY. Even if you buy a kit it will most likely be less expensive than ordering invitations.

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***B2B 5/21/2011*** December 13, 2011 at 2:33 pm

I think that you should get nice professional invitations to only the closest people for the ceremony, and do a DIY for the reception afterwards.

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