DIY yay or nay?

I'm in the beginning stages of planning and I'm very excited about all the projects to start. I was thinking of making the invitations and programs myself, and I've heard this is quite the undertaking. But I have some eager helping hands, so maybe it won't be so bad. DIYers--how long did it take you? And were you glad you did it or would have rather paid?
Posted on August 16, 2007 at 8:51 am
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I'm DIYing my invitations, they aren't traditional invitations though, so even if I wanted to pay I couldn't. They are a mix of a wedding favor keepsake as well as the initiations. I wanted people to want to keep them, rather then toss them in the trash. I designed them myself and I'm even making the handmade paper... Making the paper will probably take the longest amount of time...

I haven't done them yet, once I get all the materials I'll start. I'll let you know how long it takes me and I'll post a photo of the final product. If all goes well I may turn this into a business. I have sooo many ideas for unique non-traditional keepsake invitations.

PS if anyone knows where I can get lightweight wood boxes about 6.5x6x2 wholesale I would greatly appreciate the info.

Thanks =o)
Posted on August 16, 2007 at 9:35 am
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We made our invites and it didn't take too long and they're quite simple. We got chocolate brown cardstock from a clearance rack at a paper store, along with ivory paper and envelopes and blue satin ribbon. So our invitation has brown cardstock on the bottom, ivory paper in the middle and a blue ribbon tied at the top. Our inserts (rehearsal dinner and brunch) will be basically the same, but without the ribbon. We don't have reply cards because we are having our guests either call us or RSVP on our website. We had everything cut at Kinko's,which took about 30 minutes and putting them together took a few hours, but we broke it up over a a number of days. Our total cost was about $90 and I'm glad we did it! We're also making our own programs.
Posted on August 16, 2007 at 10:05 am
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Wow She1, I'm anxious to see those!
Posted on August 16, 2007 at 10:26 am
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I'm really happy with our DIY invitations. PIB. I knew what I wanted early on and had to make adjustments to my vision because I had to have the information in two languages. That addition would have made the invitations really expensive had I ordered them from a pro.

Total cost for our invitations was about $250, including postage, for 90 invitations. One major cost saver was all of the tools we used. My mom and her friends are big into scrapbooking, so we just used their fancy paper cutters and adhesive.

I ordered the ivory paper, ivory envelopes and burgundy cardstock from a website that sells in bulk. I'm using the leftover paper and cardstock for centerpieces, programs and signage. The leftover envelopes will be used for thank you cards. So, that $250 also goes towards those items.

My mom pilfered address labels and ivory cardstock (for the RSVP) from her work. All of the printing was done on the laser printer at FI's work...after hours.

As far as time... about 7 of us got together one afternoon and did all of the paper cutting, scoring and a little bit of the assembly. I did the rest all on my own, finishing a few every evening while I watched TV. I found this method easier on my sanity. Breaking up all of the steps over time is really a great way to go.

I created step-by-step instructions for my invitations for the ladies who helped me that day. If you'd like them, email me at abattyref at yahoo dot com.

Good luck!
Posted on August 16, 2007 at 11:55 am
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I can't speak to DIY'ing invites, but I did my first DIY this week and really loved it. I did my bridesmiads newsletter (PIB). It was my first time working with desktop publishing. I felt really inspired and accomplished by the time I was done. I can't wait to send it out.

Batty - your invites are great.
Posted on August 16, 2007 at 4:06 pm
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Batty, those are amazing! And also, I feel lame, but I can't figure out what PIB means...

Wilcox, I've never heard of a bridesmaids newsletter, that's a great idea! I love desktop publishing, so I would love to do that.
Posted on August 16, 2007 at 4:50 pm
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PIB=Pic In Bio :)
Posted on August 16, 2007 at 5:08 pm
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Batty your invites turned out beautiful and you guys are so cute together =o)
Posted on August 17, 2007 at 12:57 am
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I'm all about DIY. I too am in the beginning stages of planning, and I've already got all my projects mapped out and most are sketched up....I guess its the Interior Designer in me :) I think DIY projects are great way to add personal touches while saving money!

For DIY beginners or those of you short on time, there are some really great resources out there. I really want to make my own invites, but I'm concerned about time since I'm taking on a lot of projects. Instead of making the pockets/folios myself, I think I'll order pre-cut ones and then add my layers and details with the printed invite myself. This would save soooooo much time measureing and cutting. In my searching I found a couple sites that are tailored to DIY invites.

www.cardsandpocketsstore.com
www.mygatsby.com
Posted on August 17, 2007 at 5:47 am
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Thanks for the compliments!

its.nicsknack is right that the DIY projects add a very personal touch to your wedding. Plus it's a great feeling when someone asks who you hired to make the invitations. You can say, "It was me!"

For a DIY beginner, I totally recommend cardsandpocketsstore.com. I was going to use them before I had to make my invitation in 2 languages. The pockets are time consuming to create.

Good luck!
Posted on August 17, 2007 at 6:16 am
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I think I would have enjoyed my DIY projects more if I wasn't:

1) working full time;
2) doing my MBA part time; and
3) planning a 100-person destination wedding

all at the same time! I hardly had any time to breathe! =(
Posted on August 17, 2007 at 11:47 am

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