And… They’re Off!

After a long week of constant partying with my Gocco, our invitations are officially out!! I’m really relieved/excited to say that they are on their way to our guests, and I can’t wait to get RSVPs back!

These invites have become my biggest worry, really. I was always second-guessing myself on the design of the invites, because hey, you only do this once, and I wanted my guests to get excited about our big day!

I made everything in our invitation suite using the Scriptina and Optimus Princeps fonts, which are freebies! All of the paper for our inserts, as well as the envelopes, are in Stardream Opal. I found this paper to be cheapest at Anchor Paper online (where I had them cut to size for me at Office Depot and Kinko’s), and I bought the envelopes at Envelope Mall.

I made DIY our pocketfolds, and you can find detailed instructions for those here. I’ll still say, they aren’t as bad to do as it seems. Just tackle a project like this early on in the wedding planning process, so it’s not too much to take on at once!

I used my Gocco PG5 to print everything for our invitations. If you want to see how I made the invitations and RSVP cards, here’s a post on how I made those. For those of you who are wondering, it does take a little longer for the ink to dry on Stardream paper, but once it dries, it will not smear!


These are the direction cards. I added reception and website information on this card, since I had room.


For the maps, I made these bad boys on PowerPoint, using the drawing tools and free clip art from Google. They took me a good 4 hours to make, but I think they were totally worth it!


To seal the deal on these babies, I used the scraps from the bronze invitation background cuts, and sealed them together with glue dots. They ended up being about 2”³ x 11”³ and fit perfectly around the pocketfold. I Goccoed a fleur de lis on the belly band and wrote in our guests’ names with a scrapbooking white ink marker.



For the envelopes, I was going to have calligraphy done by a very talented bridesmaid, Miss K. However, I lost track of time and slacked on sending my guest list to her at a reasonable time. So, I sucked it up and hand-addressed them myself. While my cursive isn’t breathtaking, it got the job done. :)

I will say, the best thing about sending these off is that I have great confidence that these will make it to our guests in tip-top shape! I mailed one to our house two weeks ago (to make sure I had included enough postage and to see how banged up/stamped up it would get) and it came in perfectly, with only one small barcode sticker along the top!


(The actual invitations were written in brown scrapbooking marker. This was just for practice. :) )

Budget breakdown (rounding up to make calculations a bit easier):

Note: I won’t be counting the cost of the Gocco in the tally, since I will be reselling it pretty soon. :)

  • $50.00 – Pocketfold paper
  • $15.00 – All cutting costs at Kinko’s/Office Depot
  • $67.00 – Stardream bronze and opal paper for inserts/invitation backing/belly bands
  • $75.00 – Stardream 4 bar and A7 envelopes
  • $61.00 – 8 Gocco screens, 16 bulbs (due to two messed up bulbs that burnt half the image on the screen”¦blah!), and a good bit of turquoise (mixed with black), brown and white inks
  • $30.00 – 2 packs of bronze brads, glue dots, tacky tape, scrapbooking pens (all purchased at Michaels with coupons)

$89.00 – total postage


$3.87/invite (Eep”¦ a bit over budget, but I have tons of leftover supplies that will be reused!)

$2.86/invite (not including postage)

Compare that to the going rate of pocketfold invitation suites on sites like Etsy, and I saved about $3-4 per pocketfold, which would have been $264-352 in savings since we sent off 88 total invitations! I feel pretty good about that!

How did you feel after you sent off the invites?


Mrs. Ballet Flat

New Orleans
Wedding Date:
May 2015
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  1. deviledegg Member
    deviledegg 1250 posts, Bumble bee @ 9:42 am

    They turned out great! I really love how the belly band completes the set! Great job!

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    missbean 528 posts, Busy bee @ 9:58 am

    They look really pretty – good job! That must feel nice to not have to worry about that anymore!

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    Emilydll 428 posts, Helper bee @ 10:00 am

    How exciting!? Fabulous job Miss Ballet Flat! :)

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    LatteLove 5567 posts, Bee Keeper @ 10:16 am

    great job! I love the belly band! I did you did well cost-wise. Must be such a relief to have them done and mailed out!

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    mascara 859 posts, Busy bee @ 10:16 am

    Beautiful! Great job! I love the colors. I’ll have to check out the sites you used for our supplies.

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    JennyBryde 1168 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:19 am

    I love pocket folds! You did a lovely job!

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    doublemint921 499 posts, Helper bee @ 10:20 am

    These look great!! I think you did a wonderful job! :)

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    flamingo 1365 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:26 am

    Looks great. I love the Fleur de Lys. 😉

  9. joey Member
    joey 1078 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:30 am

    Woot! Woot! Yay for getting them out! I was to happy to see them in the mail.

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    perfume 82 posts, Worker bee @ 10:33 am

    Congratulations! These look great! Would love to know more about that map!!!!

  11. bruschetta Member
    bruschetta 5565 posts, Bee Keeper @ 10:42 am

    Your map looks awesome!

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    purpleHaze79 874 posts, Busy bee @ 10:48 am

    They look awesome!!! It’s a wonderful feeling of accomplishment to get such a big task off your plate…

  13. peeptoe Member
    peeptoe 1804 posts, Buzzing bee @ 11:00 am

    Congrats!! They look awesome!

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    LzzNYC 882 posts, Busy bee @ 11:10 am

    The look amazing! Great work – I’m sure you are so proud :-)

  15. balletflat Member
    balletflat 852 posts, Busy bee @ 11:15 am

    @Miss Perfume: Thanks! I guess I have a tutorial blog post to write now! It’s not too complicated, I promise. Just takes time. :)

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    FutureMrsMorgan 638 posts, Busy bee @ 11:45 am

    Im impressed! Maybe you should keep the Gocco and start a side business?

  17. balletflat Member
    balletflat 852 posts, Busy bee @ 11:51 am

    @FutureMrsMorgan: Thanks! Mr. Ballet Flat suggested that, but since Gocco supplies are so hard to come by, I’m definitely going to sell it once I finish a couple more projects for the wedding.

  18. balletflat Member
    balletflat 852 posts, Busy bee @ 11:52 am

    @Mrs. Flamingo: I am a little partial to it haha! It’s EVERYWHERE in our wedding!

  19. duckling Member
    duckling 1415 posts, Bumble bee @ 11:54 am

    They look awesome! I love the belly band and map. Please make a tutorial!

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    cottoncandy 62 posts, Worker bee @ 12:12 pm

    Truly beautiful! Just simple and elegant and all the more special because you made them yourself! Great job!

  21. frenchbulldog Member
    frenchbulldog 1088 posts, Bumble bee @ 12:27 pm

    Your invites look fantastic! I love your folders! I really want to do folders too, I’m going to send this too my invited friendor :)

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    kenziegirl 339 posts, Helper bee @ 12:56 pm

    I used Scriptina too! I partnered it with Occidental and loved the combo!

    I love your invites!

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    mary-alice-me 1864 posts, Buzzing bee @ 1:05 pm

    Those are so gorgeous! I especially love your directions card and the use of color on it. It doesn’t look too crowded.

    I was really proud of my invitations, too, so much so that I considered inviting more people!

  24. glitter Member
    glitter 986 posts, Busy bee @ 2:53 pm

    They turned out beautifully!! Very elegant!

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    Coffee Girl, Guest @ 3:25 pm

    These are amazing! I should have hired you to make my invitations.

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    driftslikesmoke 1224 posts, Bumble bee @ 3:56 pm

    Your invites are BEAUTIFUL! I am totally going to borrow your idea of a belly band with the invitees’ names on it in lieu of an inner envelope. So snazzy!!

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    mmechery 10 posts, Newbee @ 6:07 pm

    These are gorgeous Miss Ballet Flat – SO impressed by your DIY skills! Would you mind sharing what color/brand the paper you used for the turquoise pocketfolds was? I’m looking for something similar for my materials. Did you also buy it at Anchorpaper?

  28. mssushi Member
    mssushi 1479 posts, Bumble bee @ 7:09 pm

    ::sigh:: I love paper. :) Doesn’t it feel great to have such a big job done?! Especially when you know it looks great. You did an awesome job!

  29. balletflat Member
    balletflat 852 posts, Busy bee @ 7:19 pm

    @mmechery: It’s called Strathmore textured paper in Marina Teal. I purchased it through Mister Art, but Anchor paper did send me samples of it as well (after I purchased it through Mister Art). :)

  30. crabcake Member
    crabcake 834 posts, Busy bee @ 8:54 pm

    They look great!! I swear we’re getting our out this week!

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    MarryingtheNavy 233 posts, Helper bee @ 9:55 pm

    Hooray for Scriptina! I used the same font for our pocketfold invites. Congrats on getting such a big job crossed of the to-do list :)

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    honeymyheart 764 posts, Busy bee @ 2:26 am

    beautiful invites! i love how the envelopes are shiny.

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    MightySapphire 7632 posts, Bumble Beekeeper @ 11:49 am

    Wow, these are really great!! I love your stardream confection! And really that’s not a bad price for a pocketfold invite!

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    caffeinelover247 7 posts, Newbee @ 11:03 pm

    Where did you find your Gocco?

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