There’s a reason I’m not DIYing a lot on this whole wedding thing. I’m not very good at it. But I thought I’d give the invitations a go because there are so many free templates online and I know how to use a printer.
Or so I thought.
I found this free printable kit. I think it’s super pretty. And it was really easy to input all of our information. Then I went to print them. The invites themselves came out easily enough. And then I tried the RSVP cards. I had this crazy idea in my head that I’d just use them as postcards, printing our address on the reverse and saving a little bit of money on postage. I could not get the front to line up with the back for the life of me. Then, when I finally found a quasi solution, I went to cut them. The pattern says they’re 3.5×5, which is the smallest a postcard can be, but I guess what that means is that they will fit into a 3.5×5 envelope. Which makes the whole postcard idea impossible as the card is just a little too small.
So I ran out of paper. And my printer ran out of ink (only the color that I kept using for the damask on the side of the invitaiton.) Plus I now needed tiny envelopes. Which I tried to print addresses onto from the computer because my handwriting isn’t the best. (Another epic fail…I think this printer just hates me; I’ve printed envelope addresses in work settings before.)
But I finally got it done.
First Michael’s trip for paper and envelopes: $13.35
Second Michael’s trip for more paper and tiny envelopes: $8.87
Printer Ink: $15
Four nights of headaches and swearing at my printer after the kids were in bed: Priceless.
What I Wish I Had Done Instead
I should have just ordered them online. With unfortunate timing (I had just finished addressing the envelopes,) Invite Shop contacted me about working together. We’re affiliates now because I wish I had used them. They have really cute designs and are priced right. If I had bought from them, my costs for the invitations and RSVP cards would have been around $44.19 including shipping. Plus I would have bought envelopes (which I would still just do at Michael’s; the price per unit is better there, though it’s not enough of a difference that it should keep you from “splurging” on convenience if that’s what you’re after.) So add $10-ish to that. In retrospect, I’d pay $17 more to get those four nights of my life back.
So I found super cute invites. And even though it’s too late, I messed around with the personalization tool. And it’s amazing. You can move everything around if you want to. I wouldn’t on all of them, but you can get really detailed. Like I can make this heart over Pittsburgh instead of Seattle-ish.
And you can put engagement pictures in here:
Or just keep everything the same and go classically elegant:
As a total aside, I’m pretty sure this would be the fiance’s pick. If he cared about things like wedding invitations. And if I hadn’t already mailed those suckers out:
I found matching RSVP cards for all of them, too. We’re having a very small wedding, so I thought I was up to the task. Not that many invitations. I was wrong. If anytime you try to do something DIY you hit a snag or major pothole, save yourself a headache and just order them. Prices weren’t that different, and it would be so worth it to not have to spend hours at something I hated and hated me back equally.
How did you do your wedding invites?