Checkout the full package that arrived in people's mailboxes a couple weeks ago:
All guests received our invitation above plus our RSVP (click to see larger)
As well as our weekend "logistics" card (click to view larger). Bonus, Adam drew the little map in the top left for our card! Thank you very much my multi talented soon-to-be husband.
Everything you see above was designed by yours truly. I used a variety of online printing sources and online retailers for everything from the envelopes to the return address stamp, and here's how it shook out going DIY vs using someone like Minted.com.
Buying the full wedding suite for 125 guests at Minted.com with invitations, envelopes, return address band, RSVP card, and direction card:
Doing it myself AND having to rush ship 2 day air EVERY ITEM to Alaska so I could get these in the mail before our Chicago move?
Even though I managed to save about $170 doing it myself, I kick myself because I could have saved SO MUCH MORE MONEY if I hadn't had to 2nd day air ship all these items to Alaska so they'd arrive before our move. Damn you move! But, they came out how I wanted, people seem to like them, and I still got them for cheaper than Minted.com, and much cheaper than custom designed by someone else. So... I win?
If you're curious about where I got things printed see below:
- Invitations printed at CatPrints.com ─This was a hard one because my invitations are a special shape and not any online printer will print and cut a 6.5 by 6.5 two sided color invitation for you. Who knew!
- Antlers featured in the invitation (and throughout our wedding) was downloaded from a free wedding template at Wedding Chicks
- RSVP and Logistics card from Vista Print ─Bonus savings were had by purchasing two Groupons over the last year getting me great deals on printing jobs at Vista Print.
- Return address stamp from Simply Stamps ─I used this one, but I threw it away after invitations went out because I was in such a hurry placing orders before the move I had "ST" instead of "AVE" on the address. DOH! But I liked it so much I'll re-buy it for our thank you cards.
- Envelopes from Paper-Papers.com ─Again the whole weird size invitation meant I had to hunt for weird sized envelopes! Also, the companies you see all the time advertised as wedding stationary (I'm looking at YOU Paper Source!) want to charge you my whole invitation budget for envelopes. I got two times as many as I needed for what it would cost to buy 20 Paper Source envelopes. TAKE THAT wedding industrial complex!
In the end, doing them yourself is a LOT more work than paying someone else to do it. But, knowing how much pride I get in seeing this on the fridges of my friends and family and knowing it all came from me means I would have done it all over again, even if in the end it would have been 400 times more expensive than a designer.
And as always (shameless plug!), if you ever want me to make you something, please don't hesitate to ask!