My Invitations: A DIY I Didn’t Do Myself

Going DIY with our invites was the only option on the table. But, I have to admit, I didn’t really DIY. I had others DIY for me.

I decided that those print-your-own invite kits, just weren’t my thing. They were boring and generic. Not to mention that my printer has since crapped out on me. It couldn’t handle a simple document let alone 100 pieces of card stock.

I gave my graphically inclined maid of honor, who is also my sister, a task to design our invitations and RSVP cards. I gave her a monogram I got for free from the Wedding Chicks, the color scheme and the wording. The rest was up to her.

When she was done and I printed out the file, I was so thrilled with it, I cried.

I sent the file off to FedEx Kinkos for a test print. I wanted to check up on their workmanship before giving them my money. A few hours later, I got a call from Adam who informed me that the test print before the test print had come out very blurry. Turned out, the file was set to 72 dpi. Oh…you mean that’s not high enough? Neither my sister or I knew that {See the tips below for more info}. She redid the invite and it was resent to FedEx.

Despite FedEx being slightly more expensive than Staples, I decided to give them my business based solely on the customer service that I received. It would have been really easy for Adam to print me out a card, have me drive down to the store and then charge me  $1.25 for the blurry print. Instead he worked with me. And, when I finally did the test print, he didn’t charge me for it.

My only problem was when I was stuffing the envelopes, I found two completely blank pieces of cardstock, which I’m assuming got stuck in the printer somehow. Since I was smart enough to order more than I needed, this wasn’t an issue. And I’m not bitchy enough to complain about it.  Since I still have Italian wedding announcements to get printed I might mention it just so they can be on the lookout for a potential problem, but there won’t be any ranting or raving from this customer.

And, without further ado, here are our wedding invitations.

Our invitations

A close up

The RSVP post cards


The simple wedsite info card

Honestly, the only issue I have in the placement of some commas in the address. I have looked at this a million times and didn’t see them until I printed 110 of them. Everyone else that looked at them missed it too. Ehh…whatever.

The Numbers:

I’m excluding sales tax in this breakdown because sales tax differs in each area.

Design: FREE thanks to my wonderful sister.

You will find that printing places like FedEx are going to charge you per sheet. They may or may not charge you per cut. FedEx only charged you per sheet but do not charge you per cut, whereas Staples does.

110 invitations = 55 sheets (2 invites per page) at $1.24 per sheet = $68.20

110 RSVP post cards = 28 sheets (4 cards per page) at $1.24 per sheet = $34.72

Total: $102.92 plus tax.

That’s 94 cents an invitation. Yes. You read that right 94 cents.

BUT don’t get your budget hopes up too high. You have to send those puppies in something, right?

Greeting card envelopes, 50 to a package = 6.99 x 3 = $20.97.

But, get excited again because by using post cards I have saved myself from buying another $20 worth of envelopes.

For the invites, RSVP cards and envelopes I paid $123.89 plus tax or $1.13 per invitation.

Unfortunately, we’re not done, but there is some savings here as well.


$ .44 x 110 = $48.40 for the invitations envelope.

$.28 x 110 = $30.80 for the RSVP cards

Because I used a lightweight card stock for both the invite and the RSVP card, and didn’t embellish them with pretty crap, I was able to use a 44-cent stamp instead of a 64-cent. I also included a piece of paper with our wedsite and the information card given to me by the hotel. The lighter you keep your invitations, the less you will spend in postage. For me, this amounted to about $23 in savings.

Simply by nixing the envelope and using a set of size restrictions, I saved $18 on your RSVP cards.

In total, I saved $41 on postage because I kept my invitations light and simple and provided a post card instead of  a traditional card for the RSVPs

The grand total is: $203.09 or $1.85 per invitation plus tax.


The real savings here, came with design. My sister didn’t charge me for her services, whereas other designers will. If you’re lucky enough to have a friend with design skills, just ask if she’d be willing to lend a hand. If you can’t pay her, at least take her out to dinner or tell her to consider it her wedding present to you. If you don’t run in creative circles, put up an ad on Craigslist or at the local colleges looking for some work by design students. Most of these kids have pretty awesome skills with design before stepping into a formal classroom. My sister is completely self-taught (hence the dpi issue). You’d have to pay them, but I’m sure they’d do it for a case of beer……or… $50.

Make sure that the file resolution is set to at least 300 dpi or dots per square inch. It basically means how clear your image is. The higher the dpi, the more crisp the image. 72 dpi is fine for web stuff, but is not good for printing. If you are using an amateur, make sure they know what dpi is.


4 thoughts on “My Invitations: A DIY I Didn’t Do Myself

    • Thanks! I have Jackie to thank for explaining all of that. My sister never knew you had to change it and didn’t know that 72 dpi was only good for web stuff. Sucky part was not being able to just change it and having to do the whole thing again.

    • Thanks hun! My friend Alyson from my old job in NY made it for me last night. She took the photo in Long Beach, which was my home away from home when I was a reporter. I’m so lucky and thankful to have such talented people in my life.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s