DIY Invitations--how time consuming?

I want to semi-DIY the invitations.  I will get the main invitation printed somewhere and I'll buy the pocketenvelope.  So how time consuming do you think it would be to do 50 invitations with the reception card, weekend events, reply, etc.?  I have until March to get them done, but if I'm only going to save a few bucks  and it's a lot of time I'd rather just order them.

Posted on November 25, 2009 at 6:20 pm
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MrsFonz
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It depends on how many layers you want for the invitation part and how you want to decorate the outside. I have more to say, but I'm gonna PM you the rest :)

Posted on December 3, 2009 at 7:46 pm
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I am doing the same thing. I ordered my pocket fold invitation and put a layer of  wallpaper damask down for the background and red paper to outline the invitation that matched my theme, then had a local printer print the invitation and the fillers. When we sat down and did them one evening (myself and 1 other person) we were able to do 75 in one night. I think you should def. be able to get them done  before they need to go out. Just round up some friends and start an assembly line. Hope that helps :)

Posted on December 14, 2009 at 1:30 am
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I haven't done mine yet but I'm going to DIY. I did a read a tip that says if you really want to save money on invites, also consider if you really need all the inserts.  Bulky invitations also mean more expensive stamps and are less eco-friendly.  So I think you'll save money, time, and stress if you do them yourself and keep them nice yet simple...

Posted on December 21, 2009 at 3:32 am
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It depends on how complicated a design you're doing.  Mine are bilingual pocketfolders...and are taking FOREVER!!  But I find it worth it!  The design you described sounds doable... just try to get done as many steps as you can as soon as you can.

Posted on December 23, 2009 at 6:48 am
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Oh Id say a weekend easy. But if your worried about it taking too long, make a little party of it and invite a few girlfriends round to help. 

Posted on January 7, 2010 at 11:16 am
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Ours took a little longer than expected but they turned out great so it was all worth it. We spend a few hours (~3h) over 3 days, I think. The days were spread out so it wasnt too overwhelming...my DH and SIL/BM helped. Preprinting and cutting all the pieces made the assembly part easier. We made about 120 invites.


But if factoring in the design process...would be more because i did a little every day over a couple of weeks.

Posted on January 7, 2010 at 1:03 pm
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The design you're talking about sounds like it could be done in 1 weekend. It will go much faster if you have help.

Posted on January 26, 2010 at 6:30 am
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I did about 40 and it took 3 hours. I think it really depends what you're doing. I did some embossing, glueing of crystals and envelop inserts. :)

Posted on January 26, 2010 at 10:09 am
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I think you could do it over a few evenings or pop it out in a weekend. 

Posted on January 26, 2010 at 10:22 am
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For my wedding invitations, I bought a do-it-yourself kit from Target for about thirty dollars. It contained everything I needed- invitations already complete with design, reponse cards, envelopes, and extras for printing samples. It also came with some sample wording for the invitations. It was very easy to do, once I set my printer for the right dimensions and designed the invitation and reponse card in Photoshop. I was very pleased, and everyone thought they looked really professional!

Posted on February 21, 2010 at 5:38 pm
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Get your maids together for a long Saturday afternoon get together. Music, wine, and some eats and you can get them done in one afternoon with that kind of help.


Good luck!

Posted on February 22, 2010 at 1:34 am
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I am making about 50 invites with insert cards and it's completely DIY. It has taken some time (I'm a bit of a perfectionist) but the end result is WAY worth it. I made a prototype first of all, and then invited all the ladies over for an invite party. Each one had a task, and before we knew it, they were all together! and it was a fun bonding time too :). And the final product is so special and unique, and I only spent about $150!! I say, GO FOR IT!

Posted on February 25, 2010 at 5:51 am
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I guess it depends if you are adding anything to the invite.  If you are just assembling then it should be really quick. If you are adding embellishments then it becomes time consuming. 


For example, I did semi-diy too where I ordered letterpress invites and rsvp cards. I didn't want to spend extra to letterpress directions, maps or accomodation inserts so I created a single insert myself.  Then I wanted to embellish it so it didn't look so simple. So here's what I added and how long it took me: 


 - Designed, printed and cut a vellum insert, directing guests to our website for directions, accomodations, etc. Approx. Time: 4 hours


 - Designed and printed envelope labels. Approx. Time: 2 hours


 - Crafted an invitation band, made of ribbons and bows. Approx. Time: 6 hours (+ drying time for gluing the ribbons together and gluing the bows on)


 - Assembled everything together. Approx. Time: 2 hours


Total approx. time:14 hiours. 


I spread this project over a week + weekend wherever I could squeeze in time due to having to get other things done (like eat, sleep, work and even move - yuk!).  Anyway, I felt like it was a never ending project.  If I could do it all over again, I would just block out 1 weekend and knock it out to be done with it!


Hope this helps and good luck!

Posted on February 26, 2010 at 5:20 am
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it depends how you do it..if its simple just a matter of days..but if you have some helpers..its more faster..goodluck

Posted on March 27, 2012 at 8:42 am

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