Josh and I checked a big to-do off our wedding checklist this past weekend. We printed our wedding invitations! It’s so funny that for someone who is as obsessed with stationary and office supplies as I am how little I wanted to spend on our wedding stationary.
We made our Save the Dates ourselves and only spent $20 on them. We were so happy with how they turned out we decided to do the same thing with our wedding invitations.
According to the Bridal Association of America the average costs of wedding invitations is $659. Josh and I spotted this blank template from Michaels and the birds spurred the whole theme for our wedding. We love how detailed the invitations are and how high quality they are. Better yet, 150 invitations was $75. We really couldn’t beat the price.
I love how everything fits together and how nicely it looks when opened.
Sorry for being lame and blurring things out (most of which you already know) but you can never be too careful on the internet. Josh and I had so much fun picking the wording of the invitations. We thought this was the perfect blend of formal and intimate.
Probably the thing I was most excited about deviating from the standard on was the response cards. I hated the generic attending or not attending and the confusing M______ line for guests to write their names. We liked accept with pleasure and decline with regret. I think it gives the response a little more pizzazz. We also figured that having people list their names would be easier and that asking them to initial their food choice would keep us from getting confused about who ordered what.
I am in love with how these invitations turned out. The box sets from Michaels comes with software to use to format the invitations. Honestly, this is where I thank goodness that Josh understands computers/ programming. He was a pro and got these done before I would have even figured out how to format the paper in the printer.
Question of the Day: Would you make DIY wedding invitations? Why or why not?
Steph - The Event Crashers says
Erin, those look great! I love the birds and how you deviated from some of the more traditional wording. Good luck with the rest of your planning!
Thanks so much Steph! We had a blast working on the invites and choosing wording that suited us best. I can’t wait to see how it ties in with the overall theme!
Danielle @ itsaharleyyylife says
wow how cute! I have to definitely keep this idea in mind when I get to invitations the cheaper the better in my book!
Aw thank you! We were so happy with how they turned out! I definitely recommend looking into DIY. It is so much cheaper it’s crazy!
Madeline @ Food Fitness and Family says
So pretty! Invitations are wicked expensive!
It’s crazy how much they cost! And at the end of the day you’re buying paper! I’m so glad we were able to make these so cute and so affordably!
So gorgeous! And I’ll have the Eggplant Parmesan, please! 😉
I can tell you from the tasting it’s really good! haha Josh and I are big eggplant parm fans!
Linz @ Itz Linz says
adorable!! love them!!
Thanks girly! I do too! 😀
Those are adorable! Great job! I am totally up for DIY. You saved ton’s of money! WAHOO!!
Thank you! I know I was soo happy we were able to save hundreds of dollars! That’s money we definitely need for other aspects of the wedding!
Lynda @ Hit The Road Jane says
These are so beautiful!! Love the bird theme and the color scheme!
Thanks so much Lynda! I’m so excited to see how it comes together with the entire wedding!
Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl says
So pretty! I love the simple touch of the brown twine tide around the yellow card :).
Thanks girly! Me too, I love how they thought to include that!
Pavement Runner says
Those look GREAT! We made our own as well. That’s what happens when your husband is a designer. It was fun. We made an assembly line: stamp, glue, fold, seal. Something you can look back on and remember that it had a personal touch. Nicely done.
We actually made the First Lady’s birthday invites, too.
Aw thank you, we had a lot of fun making them! If you hired someone to make your invitations I think it would have been a major downgrade. You are so talented! I’m sure the First Lady’s birthday party invites were absolutely adorable! I love photos, I’m so glad Josh and I were able to get the photographer of our dreams for the wedding. Beautiful pictures were number one on my must have list.
Tina @ Best Body Fitness says
They are super cute!
Thanks Tina! We had a lot of fun making them!
Those are adorable!! And how did you make your save the dates? The cheaper but nicer I can make mine, the better!
Hey girly! I’m so glad you like them. Here’s the link to my Save the Date post with all the info on how we made them: https://herheartlandsoul.com/diy-save-the-dates/ Have so much fun planning your wedding! It goes by so fast!
They’re really great!! We did our own as well! We couldn’t justify spending much on invitations and used the money saved there to hire an awesome photographer!
What a great, and in my opinion, much more important investment!!
Emily @ Perfection Isn't Happy says
These are sooo cute! Mine were around $230, which is still pretty decent, but you got an even better deal!
Aw thank you! I was so excited with how they turned out. It’s always risky to do something yourself, but I’ve done a lot of risky things with the wedding so far (like buy my wedding dress used and online from a seller halfway across the country!) so why stop now? haha
It looks beautiful! 🙂 It’s such a good idea to make them yourself. I can’t believe the difference in price!!! That’s just crazy!!!!
Thanks so much! We’re so thrilled with how they turned out!
Jamie @ Rise.Run.Mom.Repeat. says
The invitations are adorable!
“Back in the day” (10 years ago) when I got married, we ordered our invitations online…it certainly didn’t cost us $600. That’s crazy!
Wedding prices in general are crazy! I can’t imagine spending a down payment on a house for one day.
Kelly @ Cupcake Kelly's says
I love your invitations! We didn’t DIY for ours, but I can’t imagine spending so much on invites, 90% of people throw them away anyway 😉
Thank you so much! Exactly, we didn’t want to spend so much just to have them end up in the trash.
Mike McHenry says
These turned out a LOT better than most of the wedding invitations that we see couples do themselves. We’re professional DJs and we work between 30-40 weddings per year, but we wrote a guide that’s trying to help couples do the music and the entertainment on a budget, WITHOUT using professionals. We’d love your feedback as someone who’s done it properly, the whole DIY thing, I mean!