Sure there is the exception... I did invites from Michael's for my friends wedding and spent just around $50. But when I weighed out the options of fabulous custom invites to doing it myself it seemed like a no brainer. Now I'm doing the math and wondering.
When I first got engaged my obsession was pocketfolds. I'm an organized person and the thought of everything neatly tucked and organized in a beautiful metallic envelope just tickled my fancy. Had to have it. Then I researched... Holy smokes! $4, $5, even $7 a pop per invite?! I'm going to need at LEAST 100 invites, I couldn't even imagine spending that kind of money on something so many people care less about while I on the other hand love some good stationary. So I started thinking of alternatives on how I could get something as fabulous but on my budget...
So this is what I decided. I would purchase the pocketfolds and then do all of the printing myself. Simple enough right and I'm sure super cheap! So I went on Cards & Pockets and fount the pocketfolds I wanted on sale for like $.70 each. Didn't sound too bad. I was convinced now I could do each invite for about $1 without postage. Psh, this is just the beginning.
They're back to $1.38 each, I scored.
I then started designing things and realized I didn't like any of it. Nothing I had was great and I just didn't have the best design skills to do something I wanted to portray for MY wedding. So like always I started searching around on the Weddingbee classified. I found a ad for a designer who was starting to do wedding invites and looking for some people to design for to use for her portfolio. I've told you tons about Leslie from Slieberry Designs. She's awesome, and was my invitation hero. I got her services free of charge and she did all of my design for all of the pocketfold inserts as well as the actual invite. She even offered to do any other stationary needs so I had her do the menu and all of the other things I just ended up taking care of myself.
Everything turned out great and I was so happy with the results. Since my RSVP card insert was double sided and because I'm a horrrrrible person to use a paper cutter I decided to leave this to the professionals. It probably wouldn't have been TOO bad to have them print... but I forced them to also cut them all for me... and I HAD to have the maching pearly metallic paper! I ended up spending almost $300. The paper was pretty pricey and after all of the "design" fees (to fit everything on the paper to get the most of the paper), the printing, the cutting, etc. it really added up.
Because of the price this was all ending up to be I ended up forgoing my belly bands I designed and didn't even decide to seal it. I didn't seal it because I decided to go with clear vellum envelopes, which with the fuschia metallic pocketfold underneath it looked GREAT. I purchased 100 vellum envelopes on eBay for like hardly anything. Do envelope shopping on eBay people. I'm always successful with that. People try to charge rediculous prices for envelopes.
Next fee increase? Forgot that a pocketfold is clearly going to make my invite weigh more then an ounce. That's going to make the price go up. So I had to get the <>100 pocketfolds with shipping - $75.00
100 vellum envelopes - $10.00
100 $.61 stamps - $61.00
100 $.28 stamps (for RSVP postcards) - $28.00
Printing - approx. $300.00
Design Fee - FREE (God bless you Leslie)
Price per invitation WITH postage: $4.74 each
Worth it? Sure. I guess. I've had GREAT compliments on my invitations, which if I didn't I probably would have been pissed. LOL I still think for all of the work I had to do myself it was a little pricey.
What I'd do? Make an impact. Write on a 3x5 card the date and info, tape a few dollars to it. Your guests will thank you and they will never forget your invitations. :)
So did you try to go a DIY route to save money and in the end realize you didn't save any money at all? I want to hear your stories!