I FINALLY got done all my invitations. I can't even begin to tell you how happy I am that they ar...
This post should have been made over a week ago, but I just haven't had time. I'm sure most of you can sympathize. :)
Well, invitations are done and mailed! I am ecstatic about how they turned out! They were my eight-month-long project. (For those of you thinking about doing DIY pocketfolds, they shouldn't take that long. I started early and changed a lot along the way.) The final project is a result of hours of work most of which was spent with one of my good friends who has an incredible knack for design. (Thank you, Sarah!) I was so relieved to have these. I just could NOT find any pre-made invites that I liked. I can't tell you how much money (if any) we saved. I did the math however, and including postage, each invite cost us about $3.75. For those of you interested in making these yourself, I'll offer some up how I did mine. Obviously there are many options.
Microsoft Publisher- If you consider yourself a DIY bride, chances are that you have a program that you use to create most of your projects. Mine is Publisher. I have become very familiar with the program. All aspects of the the invite were created in Publisher (including the belly bands).
You can adjust the height of your inserts based on number and design preference, but you'll want to keep the widths of everything consistent.
paperandmore.com- I cannot say enough wonderful things about this company! I ordered two sets of samples from them (totally worth it and completely necessary) before I ordered what I needed. Prices are the lowest I found online. The selection and quality is phenomenal. I'd recommend them to anyone! I bought the following from them: pocketfolds, large black envelopes, small pink envelopes ("backing" behind the layers in pocket), pack of 100 pieces pink card stock (used for the invitation mat and pink closure band).
Office Depot- The most frustrating aspect of this whole process was finding a place to print and cut the invites. I went to Kinko's first. Because we needed to assemble 140 invitations, printing and cutting was going to be over $300!!! I moved on to other options. I ended up at Office Depot. They were wonderful and affordable. $0.59/color copy (I provided my own card stock that I bought at Wal-Mart) and $0.75/cut. I ended up getting out of there for $125 (I had a coupon for $10 off) for the invitation parts. AWESOME!
onlinelabels.com- The minute I saw wrap-around labels, belly bands, or whatever you want to call them, I knew I HAD to do them! I did research and found that I could get 100/$11 at onlinelabels.com. (Office Max charges $11/25!) Including shipping, I got my labels for $15. I took them to Office Depot for printing and left for $15. Total for belly bands= $30. I've already received TONS of positive comments about them! I highly suggest doing them. WAY cheaper than calligraphy, and they make a statement! I also got the clear labels for our RSVP invites here. :)
Postage- Not as bad as I thought. I got $0.44 stamps with rings on them for the RSVP envelopes. When I had my invite weighed, I was able to mail it for $0.61. The post office has pretty wedding cake stamps at this price. :) So $1.05 per invitation.
Bridesmaids- I can't thank my bridesmaids enough for coming over and helping me assemble these. It would have taken me FOREVER to put together 140 invitations. With the help of four of my bridesmaids, we finished in about 2 hours!
The result- Amazing! I've already received calls from guests saying that they've "never had such a gorgeous invitation" or "I've never seen anything like this" and that it's "breathtaking." That's what I was going for! I've never wanted a cliche wedding, and these invites have helped to set the unique tone I wanted.