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    • CommentAuthorCarolineG778
      Posted: Sep 29th 2014
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    Hi.

    Did any of you make your own invites? I was just wondering whether it really does save money, or if it works out just as expensive as buying?
    Thank you in advance

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    • CarrieD26
      CommentAuthorCarrieD26
      Got married 5 years ago
      Posted: Sep 29th 2014
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    I guess it varies depending on your materials and where you source it all. I am planning on making my own too, so will follow this post for inspiration!
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    • barbie86
      CommentAuthorbarbie86
      Got married 6 years ago
      Posted: Sep 29th 2014
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    I made most of our stationery, with the exception of the invitations. I had planned to make them, but ran out of time for various reasons.

    You do save, but not a colossal amount. The materials I'd have need to make my own would have come to around £4.50 per day invitation, and £3.50-ish per evening invitation. We paid £7.20 for the day ones, and £5 for the evening ones. We didn't have a huge guest-list, so I think the additional total cost was about £200, and for us it was worth paying it at that point to save the hassle of making them.

    However, we saved quite a bit on the other bits we did eg our individual menu/name cards set us back about 90p each and would have cost £3 each from the lady who did our invitations; table plan cost us £65 instead of £150; etc.

    Also, if you have a simple design it will save you more. We had a lot of materials with ours (the day invitations were pocketfold and involved a triple layer of card, ribbon and diamante buckle, individual RSVP/menu choice cards with SAE, and an information card, and came with pearlised envelopes with another double layer of card with the addresses on), so the simpler the deisgn, the more you'll save generally speaking, as essentially you'll just be paying for, say, 2 sheets of card (if you do a flat design for example).
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    • InDreamland
      CommentAuthorInDreamland
      Got married 8 years ago
      Posted: Sep 29th 2014
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    We got our invitations printed with matching RSVP's and envelopes with [email protected], I can't remember exactly how much they cost but remember them not being that expensive.

    Slightly off topic but our table plan cost approximately £20. I cut a cardboard box and stuck 2 sides together to make a very thick and solid board that was light weight then wrapped it in a gold textured sparkly piece of wallpaper which was a free sample from a DIY store. I then cut up red card then printed the lists on ivory paper myself at home and stuck on with glue.

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    • InDreamland
      CommentAuthorInDreamland
      Got married 8 years ago
      Posted: Sep 29th 2014
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    • CarrieD26
      CommentAuthorCarrieD26
      Got married 5 years ago
      Posted: Sep 29th 2014
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    Wow. That is awesome! Have been trying to think up ideas for the table plan design, so this is very helpful! Is it an easel you have used to display it on? I already have one of those!
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    • CommentAuthorCarolineG778
      Posted: Sep 29th 2014
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    Oh I love that table plan, and so simple! I saw some lovely picture frames in the range which had multiple frames on a tree kind of background. Thought they'd be ideal for table plans too... I'll see if I can find the picture.

    I'm planning on fairly simple invites, with gatefold cards, some ribbon, stamps for the wedding invitation/evening invitation bit then printed inside. Hopefully that won't cost too much! I've ordered a sample pack from a website of types of card/ribbon/embellishments etc, so I'll see how I go with that before I go for it! Also kinda realised that if I'm doing my own invites, then need to do order of service, table plans, menus etc if I want them all to match! Eek!
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    • CommentAuthorCarolineG778
      Posted: Sep 29th 2014
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    photo frame from the range that be used for table plan
    photo frame from the range that be used for table plan
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    • CommentAuthorCarolineG778
      Posted: Sep 29th 2014
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    another one
    another one
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    • sALLY
      CommentAuthorsALLY
      Posted: Sep 29th 2014
     
    I have made mine and yes they have been cheaper for us. i have kept the design very simple and managed to make 25 day invites, 40 wedding poems, 30 evening invites for around £10
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    • sALLY
      CommentAuthorsALLY
      Posted: Sep 29th 2014
     
    i love the tree frame....i have a memo board i bought just gotta make it into my table plan
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    • CommentAuthorCarolineG778
      Posted: Sep 29th 2014
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    Wow! £10 that's brilliant! Think mine will be a bit more than that, but all quotes have been £1+ per invite, and I recon I can do it cheaper than that! Plus the personal touches matter I think!
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    • CommentAuthorCarolineG778
      Posted: Sep 29th 2014
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    Was the memo board expensive?
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    • InDreamland
      CommentAuthorInDreamland
      Got married 8 years ago
      Posted: Sep 29th 2014
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    Thanks ladies, yes the easel was provided by the reception venue so just had to make the plan itself. I was so proud of it, it did look amazing and perfectly matched our theme and colour scheme but was soooooo cheap.

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    • sALLY
      CommentAuthorsALLY
      Posted: Sep 30th 2014
     
    My memo board is a Laura Ashley board I paid :£20
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    • AH86
      CommentAuthorAH86
      Posted: Oct 1st 2014
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    I designed our invites myself and got them printed at a local print shop (day and evening in one go to save £). I bought the card myself so for them to print them, double sided and cut them to size cost £50 total. I couldn't print them myself as I used that textured card and with my printer the quality would have been awful. I bought personalised RSVP cards and envelopes on the bay of e on matching card with little heart cut outs in the corner and they also put return address labels on all the envelopes , really really reasonable. Bought the invite envelopes on the bay also and the menu cards (on which guests made their choice) were designed by me and printed on Matt photo paper at home. I designed it all on publisher and have had so many compliments. I'm not going to lie, it was stressful at times but then so is looking at the extortionate prices of made for you! I couldn't believe it.

    Pic below is of one side of the invites, the other side is all the details etc. best pic that I have sorry! The border goes right the way around.

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    • AH86
      CommentAuthorAH86
      Posted: Oct 1st 2014
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    • Whovianbride
      CommentAuthorWhovianbride
      Got married 5 years ago
      Posted: Oct 1st 2014
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    I was gona make my own but have settled for making them on V1$sta pr1nt. and really happy with the design, gona order then late november i think after we give notice end of october.

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    • AprilS61
      CommentAuthorAprilS61
      Got married 6 years ago
      Posted: Oct 1st 2014
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    Love that design AH! We made ours ourselves but spent more than we should have really as we bought things then realised we didn't need them or it wouldnt work with the final design we chose. We also went for pocketfolds so they were more expensive than if we decided on a folded card.

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    • CamilaL
      CommentAuthorCamilaL
      Got married 3 years ago
      Posted: Oct 2nd 2014
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    I've made my friend's wedding invitations. It's pretty simple, as I want mine. We are printing them off in a local print shop, to assure the quality. But I'm not planning to expend much money on this part...
 
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