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Hive, I apologize. I promised myself when I got my acceptance letter from Mrs. Mouse that I would not just drop off the face of Weddingbee earth and stop posting (drove me crazy as a reader!), but all of a sudden I did just that…oops! To be honest, I’ve been so ridiculously busy between getting a new job, studying for the licensing exam that goes with the new job, schoolwork, the finishing touches on the wedding, and going back to New England for a couple of weeks to visit my family. I can’t believe a whole two weeks has gone by since I last posted. Time flies when you’re having fun! Rather than waste an entire post on my absence I’m just going to get right into the fun details I’ve been so anxious to tell you all about!

Remember my love/hate relationship with DIY invites? Well, I’ve finally received all of the RSVPs I’m going to receive and hunted down kindly inquired about those that haven’t been sent in, so it’s time for the big reveal! (Side note: If an invite can go to Denmark—the country—and RSVP returned, there’s no reason for someone in the same country to NOT get their RSVP in. #frustrated)

Initially Cruise and I started playing around with different designs thinking that we would go get them printed at an Office Depot of sorts. I went down to the store with my flash drive, and they said that I could get it done for approximately $1.30/page. We had a total of 50 invites going out, so we figured for under $200 we would have everything printed…not too bad, I didn’t think. Although, they didn’t quite have the paper I was looking for. No probs.

Our next stop was Paper-Source. Oh. Em. Gee. It’s like a mecca for all things paper. Not only will you find books and books of paper ideas (invites, programs, place cards, etc.), but you’ll also find every color paper you could imagine, in more cuts than you could dream of. Half-moon invites? No problemo. Square? Sure! I literally spent 45 minutes working out different options. Finally, I decided on a square folding invitation to sort of mock an inner envelope. The color? Charcoal gray with a pearlescent ecru overlay.

Then I realized they only had 15 left. Bummer. Cruise, at this point, was ready. to. go (Note to self: Don’t bring Cruise and Little Cruise on these sort of shopping trips!), and he also wanted to send invitations out that week. We really were getting down to the wire at that point. My next choice was a standard shape (rectangle, if you will) invitation—nix the inner envelope. I figured 1) it’s extra costs for paper and for additional printing and 2) the invitation will weigh more when it comes to postage. The other thing I nixed was envelope liner. I love a good envelope liner, don’t get me wrong.

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Source: Paper-Source

It’s a fun way to add a little pizzazz (and you know I love me some pizzazz!), and with the glittery paper I found it would have been ah-mazing. However, I also thought about the fact that this was an envelope that was going promptly in the trash as soon as our wonderful guests opened it. Unless, of course, you’re my future mother-in-law, who will oh so sweetly slide the invitation back into the envelope and put it in our memorabilia box of our wedding stuff. (Hive, she’s adorably organized when it comes to things like that. I hit the jackpot when it comes to in-laws!) Alas, since not everyone cares about our invitations as much as our moms do, and most of our guests won’t pay attention to the details that those of us in the hive care about, I saved the few dollars and the time it takes to add envelope liners.

I got enough paper to do more invites than we really needed—75 I think. We were planning on 50 going out but wanted to leave ourselves room for error. Since you can’t purchase single things, 75 it was. I got envelopes, invitation backers, invitations, RSVP cards, direction cards, ribbon, a paper cutter (because I don’t trust myself with straight lines!), scissors (because Cruise called me out on the fact I’d complain about our current scissors not being sharp enough—busted), and glue for…$181.15. If you’re keeping track, we’re at about $2.42/invitation, before printing, of course.

Excitedly, I went back to Office Depot the next morning (and by morning, I mean I was waiting for the doors to open) only to find out they don’t print on pearlescent paper. Are you kidding me? Is it different? Answer: Apparently. So, I went to Office Max, FedEx/Kinko’s, and Staples…all of which either told me they couldn’t print on pearlescent paper or they couldn’t print RSVP size. Something about their printers not recognizing paper that small.

With no one willing to print on her paper, and no print shop under $2.50 per print available for the next two weeks, what’s a bride to do?!

Buy a printer. That’s what she did. And a freakin’ awesome one at that!

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Epson WF-3540 / Source: Epson

It does everything—more than I will bore you with now, but I’ll tell you this much: It prints as small as RSVP (slightly smaller than 3.5 X 5), and if you’re willing to put a little money into a printer you will not be disappointed. We paid about $150 for it, but we decided that we were in need of a printer anyway. Plus, it’s still cheaper than the cost of printing at a print shop. Ink is a little expensive, but after printing all of our invites, less than 1/8 of the ink was used, so it’s fairly efficient.

Finally, after hours of printing, gluing, and ribboning, our invites were done.

Excuse the crappy cell phone pictures.

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  • Paper: $181.15
  • Postage: $50
  • Total: $231.15…$3.08/invitation
  • Printer: $150
  • Total with new printer: $381.15…$5.08/invitation

DIY invitations don’t always save you money. In fact, DIY anything can quickly become as costly as having someone else do it, but I’m so happy with the money we saved by doing these ourselves. They ended up being exactly what we (just me, maybe?) were picturing, and we got a new printer out of the deal!

How are your major DIY projects coming so far?

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Mrs. Cruise Ship

Location:
Charlotte, NC
Wedding Date:
August, 2013

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    Miss Wellies 1425 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:12 pm

    Welcome back! :)
    Your invites look great! I think it’s awesome you were able to print them yourself (and invest in a new printer)!

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    Mrs. Gondola 951 posts, Busy bee @ 7:58 pm

    I love the ribbon!

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    jdashiell17 152 posts, Blushing bee @ 4:44 am

    I am having a baby girl in a few weeks and we are naming her Paige! Awesome invites by the way! Very classy and elegant!

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    Mrs. Waterfall 1299 posts, Bumble bee @ 6:17 am

    Those were my exact reasons for not doing an inner envelope and liner!

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    Miss_Mimosa 189 posts, Blushing bee @ 8:24 am

    I couldn’t agree more sight the DIY can cost more sometimes. As much as I’m obsessed with DIY projects they often cost me more than just buying whatever I’m making!

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    in-the-media 1722 posts, Bumble bee @ 10:35 am

    These look awesome!

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    graciej 164 posts, Blushing bee @ 10:14 pm

    I just bought a new printer and got a better model justifying it by the fact we’re intending to print our invites. It’s so good to be able to see your similar experience and glad it went well for you!

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