Since my friend, Dena, is the one who has been helping with wedding preparations for her son, I asked if she would be willing to guest blog these posts firsthand, rather than me trying to share secondhand. Below, Dena shares what she did to create custom wedding invitations at a bargain price.
The first step in coming up with a great invite is to find something you like to imitate. Browse invitation shops or online to see what styles you like and if you can find something to imitate. My future daughter-in-law liked this invite and I had to agree. It’s gorgeous! Unfortunately, it only came in the one color (and we’re not using orchid) and 75 invites were $453. That’s $6.04 per card, if you don’t want to do the math. Yikes!
Once she had her colors nailed down I did some shopping and created a few samples. In the end, I was able to come up with something very similar. Here is our finished invite:
I was able to get the paper on sale at JoAnn’s Fabrics, when it was on sale at half price. They didn’t have as much as I needed, but I was able to special order it in at the sale price. The total for all the paper was right around $40. Surprisingly, the thing, glittery black was over twice as much as the heavy, linen cardstock. Even with the ribbon, sticky tape, and envelopes, the invites were well under $1 each.
To save myself having to cut all the paper, I took the two black papers in to a printer who cut them on their machine. Some places will gladly do this for free, while others may charge a nominal fee. It’s well worth it for both the time savings and having perfectly cut papers. The pink linen paper was a 12X12 sheet so I cut it in half and ran each half through my printer, printing two invites to a sheet. (This left one blank 4X6 section to be used later, for rsvp cards) I then cut the two 4X6 pink sections. Our invites are 5X7, with the inner, glittery, black paper cut to 4.5X6.5 and the pink 4X6.
If I do say so myself, they turned out really nice. One mistake I made in my test invites, was that I kept buying my ribbon too thin. You need a good, wide ribbon to make them look lush. I cut each piece 7″ and they were perfect for knotting and attaching behind the wording. I also learned that you don’t want to use glue. Use atape runner type contraption. I picked mine up at Walmart. It was inexpensive, VERY sticky and worked wonderfully.
I purchased envelopes for $20 for 100 at www.ActionEnvelope.com. I’ve now ordered from them twice and have been pleased with both the quality and the service. I was less pleased with UPS who delivered the package to our local grocery store (!?!?) rather than my house and after seeing the tracking number show the item delivered to my home, had to search them down. Thankfully, we live in a small town and I found them. To this day, I have no clue why they ended up at the grocery store! We have a wonderful UPS man so I can only assume there was a substitute. Still….but I digress)
If you’re looking for even simpler options, stores like Staples and Walmart have invites with coordination envelopes, ready to just print and mail. Michael’s craft store now has a Wedding Shop with lovely invites, that can be easily personalized. HERE are some ideas from their website. I regularly get coupons for 50% off any item at Michael’s. If you used coupons with these invites kits, it seems you could get a pretty good deal. Sign up HERE to see their weekly ad and get coupons emailed to you.
Have you made or seen some neat, inexpensive wedding invites? If so, please share them in the comments. I love seeing what others have done!