Samples, samples galore! I’ve been collecting invitation samples for quite some time now, trying to find the most cost efficient yet still give us that classy and elegant style!
I’ve been in love with minted.com and their Minibook invites - where I could write in our love story into the invites - but we’re trying to cut back in costs and these babies are a bit pricey! May be a good inspiration to DIY for our programs though ;) Rummaging through minted, I stumbled upon their sweet scallop wedding invite:
Loved the simplicity, but for the flat card itself its ~$2.34, the RSVP card would be another ~$1.73. Plus, I’ve always envisioned myself getting pocket fold wedding invites! So I set myself on a mission - DIY-ing pocket fold invites and making the entire suit as close as $2 as possible - and by suit I mean the pocket fold, the invite, the RSVP card, and any enclosure cards that may go in it! At least, less then $2 would be the ideal price range.
I could have taken the easy route and just get the wedding invitation kits that they have at Michael’s or Target, but I’d be limited to what color options they give me and some of the quality of the pocket folds just felt cheap. I know, I know beggars can’t be choosers.
I went a little more sample crazy with Paper and More get samples of not just their pocket folds, but their paper samples and envelopes. I have to admit I liked the quality better from Paper and More plus it would be a one-stop shop since it had more options for paper and envelopes.
My organized self started to plug everything into excel so I could see what would be the most cost effective :P
For the actual invite portion, I took the sweet scallop inspiration and whipped out Pages to make myself my own invite :P I liked the cotton luxe paper from minted, so I tried to find some other paper alternatives where I could just print the invite on.
From my fellow bees on the Weddingbee, I found out about Moo (the first pic in this entry) and CatPrint. I really liked the MiniCards from MOO - but it is just an added expense that really isn’t needed. It is unique though! Would have been great with the Save the Dates or something… still would be cool, I’ll wait for a deal to get 50 Free or something, where I just pay for shipping. What I do like about MOO is that you can get unlimited number of different designs within each set :) Which is pretty nice. They are a bit on the high-end, but still affordable I say.
CatPrint had really nice paper and they would do the actual printing, but after doing the math - it was bit expensive.
I realized that just going to OfficeMax - or actually Costco, would be a much more cost effective option!
So after getting all the samples… decided to do a test run for the invites, and with much approval, I got them down to less then $2/invite! So excited, especially since it looks so much better then I imagined it to be! We initially wanted a green pocket fold, but the green made our picture look so dark! So we opted for the Champagne Linen Metallic - we love the texture and look of the linen and the metallic brings in the glitter to make our invites shimmer :) We then decided to just go with a clean classic look and went with all champagne, adding the hints of green and pink within the invites ;)
So without further ado, here’s a preview of one of the many drafts we came up with my bff Pages :P Still need to figure out how to perfect how to cut the enclosures so they’re all the same width, but it’s getting there!
LOL need to fix the RSVP card! I also have no idea what our food options are going to be since our food tasting wont be until March, but I figured to add those options just in case :P Now to get the info for “Cheaper Hotel” ;)