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!

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

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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!

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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.

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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!

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(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

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$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?

BLOGGER

Mrs. Ballet Flat

Location:
New Orleans
Wedding Date:
May 2014
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    frenchbulldog 7726 posts, Bumble Beekeeper @ 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!

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    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?
    Thanks!

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    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!

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    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). :)

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    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@aol.com 7 posts, Newbee @ 11:03 pm

    Where did you find your Gocco?

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