I am so NOT good at DIY projects and am totally stressed about invites.  I don't want to spend a lot of money on them but don't think DIY would be worth my insanity.  I looked on the cards and pockets website and love how little and compact the invites are with all the cute pockets.  The website was a little confusing is that all DIY?  Someone please help!!!

Re: Invitations

  • wrdgirlwrdgirl member
    edited December 2011
    Yes DIY is going to be time consuming and if it's something you are not looking forward to then you might want to buy them already completed.  It depends on what your budget is but have you tried or  There are also a few other online wedding invitation sites that may be able to fit your budget ( is another one).  It will also be cheaper too if they are not customized.

    However, if you still want to choose to go with the DIY route but not drive yourself crazy you also have a few options but it'll take a bit more work.
    - Try Vistaprint.  They have some great sales if you sign up for their mailing list.  All you need is to design your cards and have them print them for you.  I've heard so much great things about them you can't go wrong.  Then you can go to and buy the pocketfolds or paper or whatnot to put everything together.

    You can even have print them for you if you like.  There are plenty of girls here who used either Vistapring or to make their invites I am sure they are more than willing to help! :)

    - Try Michael's.  They have some great sales on blank wedding invitations lately, normally you can get 30 or so for about $25 dollars (but depends on the design).  If you can get your hands on a 40% off coupon you can get them cheaper!

    The DIY board also have great advices on how to make your own invites :)

    Good luck!
  • kls114kls114 member
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    edited December 2011
    I am in the same boat and after compairing C&P with a local vendor where I would have personal/visual interactions, I chose to go with the local vendor. Even though yes, it would save some money--I just don't  think I have the patience to do all that DIY.

    Have you checked some of your invite people in your area???
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  • edited December 2011
    I found a really great website that seems to have cheaper pricing than cards and pockets.  I am ordering all of my invites, enclosures, programs, menus, anything that needs to be printed from (like vistaprint, but i like their designs better).  I am ordering pocketfolds, cardstock, and envelopes from

    my invites are going to be 1/2 DIY and 1/2 made.  I was so turned off of thinking of doing all the printing and cutting myself so this was the best affordable option. 

    Also the cutcardstock site can do custom cuts for you - so you don't have to sit there and handcut 100 pieces of cardstock to fit your invite.

    And FYI, the sizes on 123print are not really conducive to the pocketfold sizes.

    My invitation from 123print is 5 1/8 x 7 ~ which was a little too wide for the 5 x 7 pocketfolds.  I ordered the A9 size which has the middle panel at 5 1/2 x 8 1/2.  I am putting a piece of cardstock measuring at 5 1/4 x 8 1/4 in the middle panel of the pocketfold and am placing the invite on the cardstock so theres room enough at the top to tie a ribbon around the cardstock piece to put something in the blank space. 

    Heres a pic of the mockup - the colors are not exact.  Cutcardstock sent a sample of the pocketfold in brown and a piece of the pink to show the colors.  The ribbon is not the right color either.

    So in closing I will have to tell you that even 1/2 DIY took a lot of figuring out but in the end saved a lot of $$$.  My invites were quoted at over $6 each.  I will be able to do my whole paper budget - programs, menus, escort cards, favor tags, etc. for the cost of the invites alone. 

    Hope this helps a little.  and ps. I am not a DIY girl in the least!  But there are great resources online and you can google videos to show you how to do almost anything!  I used a video online to learn how to do the flat bow on the middle panel! 

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  • SuMmErKuTiESuMmErKuTiE member
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    edited December 2011
    I never thought I'd be able to make my own invitations either, but I honestly didn't see anything that I really liked at stationers or other websites. Everything looked the same and I wanted something different.

    I spent a lot of time on the DIY board during my planning process and a lot of the girls on there talked about Cards & Pockets so I checked it out. I figured out what design and colors I wanted and went from there. I even lucked out and ordered a bunch of my supplies during their 20% off sale. Basically all I did was design my invitation and inserts in MS Word and converted it to a PDF and sent them the file and they did all my printing. All I had to do was assemble everything with double sided scotch tape. I was surprised by how easy it was and I just worked on 5-10 each night after dinner while watching tv.

    It's totally up to you, but I'm so glad I did because I saved a lot of money and got so many compliments when people found out I made them.
  • Vanessa630Vanessa630 member
    1000 Comments Fourth Anniversary
    edited December 2011
    I'm right there with you. I love the pocket invitations but I get quickly overwhelmed on the website. This is really helpful!

    Like Kim said, i've also been talking with a local vendor because it just feels less stressful. 

    Good luck :)
  • edited December 2011
    Thank you ladies so much!! This is exactly why I love this site :)

    **SummerKutie** -- I sent you a private message just to talk about wedding details since we have the same venue and I would be interested in talking more about your invites.  Hope to hear from you soon!
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