How much is too much to pay for wedding invitations? That's a tough question! Every couple has different priorities when it comes to their wedding budget. In our current economy, most people are willing to sacrifice a few frills in order to save money – but cutting costs doesn't necessarily have to mean cutting corners. If you're soon-to-be-wed and willing to spend a little more of your time to save some of your cash, then DIY wedding invitations could be the right option for you.
The good news is that the market is catching-up to the prevailing do-it-yourself trend. There are a lot of great options out there, so if you're feeling a little crafty, you will probably not have to compromise at all. You 're just trading a bit of time and personal work, but not quality.
The Envelopments Line, giving you a good idea of "legitimate-looking" DIY wedding invites can be these days ...
The following guide gives you the low-down on the different style and assembly options out there for DIY wedding invitations. We've also done the legwork for you and picked out selections from some of the top DIY wedding invitation retailers online and in Canada.
DIY Wedding invitations may come with one or a combination of the following assembly requirements.
This one photo doesn't even begin to do them justice. The number of possible combinations of layouts, paper, colours, patterns is ... crazy.. check them out: full feature
The Thank You Company carries the Wilton line of wedding invitation kits, including this print-your-own design, "Happy Day." For $30, you receive a set of 25 blank invitations and envelopes, 25 reply cards and envelopes, 25 pre-tied bows with adhesive, and 25 patterned vellum invitation pockets. A lot more options, too many to list here.. try their website
This is as close as it gets to a stationary superstore.. all kinds of envelopes, cardstock & embellishments, in different colours and textures. Canadian-based, quick service, including phone support.
Pretty much exactly as above, only its perfect compliment, focusing exclussively on the every-popular Envelopments® line (which is not available at Wed. Inv. Supplies shop, above). So between these two (and Paper Garden, below) you are mostly covered for bulk paper & stationary.
Milestone actually offers the "in-between" service: they will professionally producse the different pieces for you and then ship them to you "bulk", so you can do your own assembly and save money..
DIY meets eco-chic with these pocket folder wedding invitations, one of the unique DIY items from MDC Designs. These mulberry folders are made from sustainable cardstock and come with recycled PCW paper. . You get to select your own colour and closure style, from satin ribbon to your own personalized seals. Pricing for mulberry pocket kits begin at $30.75 and include 10 pocket folders, 10 reply envelopes, 10 invitation envelopes, 11 invitation panels and 6 RSVP panels.
We featured Paper Garden in a previous article on DIY Wedding invitations and were impressed with their wide selection of 80+ different colours of metallic paper with matching envelopes. They also offer a comprehensive guide on how to choose a design and budget for your invitations. For 2011 they have..
.. added Pocket Folders, Adhesives and Ribbons to our offerings and will be adding more similar items this month. Both the matte and metallic Pocket Folders and matching envelopes have been very popular and we're happy to be introducing Patterned Metallic Pocket Folders, cardstock and papers. There seems to be a high demand for these as they offer a very high-end look for brides wishing to DIY
This is the high-tech solution! Well, hardly.. :-) Print your own invitations, at home, based on a semi-custom digital template someone desgned for you. So it combines customisation and personalisation with affordability and style too.. All you need is a decent printer - or you can go to Fedex/Kinko's!
actually, we ran a short feature on Printvites, last year, but Uniquity is extrmely similar.. Check out both of them, see which one suits your style most. The thumbnails above are Printvites, the photo below is Uniquity
Uniquity Design, digital templates..
Like Paper Garden, Botanical PaperWorks is Winnipeg retailer that specializes in paper – but with a twist. As mentioned in a previous profile we did on the company's plantable seed-paper wedding invitations, they carry an entire line of plantable paper embedded with wildflower seeds, so your guests can actually plant their invitations after the wedding and watch your love bloom!
These are not your only options either. Just a reasonably comprehensive list to get you started. You can find the complete list in our directory, under wedding invitations in Canada (where else? :-) )
If you 'd rather see, touch, feel & smell the invitations, sit down with your vendor, ask questions, explore options etc, you will probably prefer to find a good store in your own city. There a quite a few, usually at least one in most major metropolitan areas. Here is a short regional list to get you started.
For the complete list for each city, click the city name
- we 've linked it straight to the local directory.
Montréal's Over the Top carry both Envelopments, as well as other DIY (and of course custom design) They actually provide full hands-on tips and tools to assist you in making your invitations.
East York's Milestone Moments carries a wide selection of card stocks, papers, envelopes, ribbons, and other embellishments for you to create your own invitations. With so many different types of stationary to choose from, Milestone Moments offers an Envelopments® Mini Swatch Deck for $20.00, which features all of the paper colours and patterns they carry.
They specialise in the Envelopments line also: Their DIY service will either allow the clients to buy all the envleopments components and create their own invitations, or they can actually work with you to design, print and trim the materials and then deliver the pieces to you for self-assembly. Cool..
Vancouver's own, Inspirasian Creations offers beautiful and affordable papers and envelopes made of recycled cotton and embedded with tiny, dried flowers. The "Petals Collection" DIY kit includes 50 Handmade Invitation sheets, 50 Vellum Overlay sheets, and 50 matching envelopes, at around $35 per kit.
Mentioned together because in both cases their DIY component is the ever-popular (and ever growing!) Envelopments mix-and-match line..
Calgary company, Papers in Harmony offers DIY invitation kits in fresh, modern designs; like the "Summer" featured above. Each kit is sold for $65.50, and contains 25 printable cards, sky blue backing cards, and white outer/mailing envelopes.
One of Calgary's most established stationary shops, The Social Page carries just about everything, including paper, envelopes etc but they definitely carry the full Envelopments line as well
If you're really creative and only looking to purchase base materials to start with, Winnipeg-based design studio, arta House sells these 5 1/2" x 5 1/2" folded square pocket folders in Chocolate, Black, White, Cream for $9.90 per pack of ten. They also carry these pockets in Metallic Quartz (White), Metallic Silver, for $13.50 per pack of ten.
Brandon's Enchanted Moments is great: they offer both custom DIY invitation kits (they will pre-make the components for you) as well as the full line of Envelopments mix-and-match products. Check out the minature wedding invitation above.. cute! (but why?? lol)
(sigh!...) Well, as we said, the complete list of everything-wedding-in-Canada is in our directory, but here are a couple of tricks:
Search for "DIY wedding invitations" or "Do-it-yourself wedding invitations" PLUS your city name, on the search page. For example,
Have Fun!.. send us a photo of your invites when you 're done :-)