With the upcoming marriage of our daughter, there were so many options for invitations it made my head spin. I found several I loved on Etsy at reasonable prices, but when you’re really trying to save every dollar, and you’ve got a large guest list, making them yourself is the way to go.
And with easy-to-use programs like Picmonkey, it’s easy to create whatever your heart desires.
I created this simple design which I uploaded to Vista Print. They ended up being $.70 each, PLUS, a quick Google search for “vista print promotional code” rendered a 25% off code, saving me $26 on my final order!
How to design:
- I clicked on the 5 x 7 design in Picmonkey, found a cute flower and added it (overlay–your own)
- Under “effects” I chose “cross process”, “intrepid” and “rapture”, adjusting them a little to get the desired effect.
- Oh, and if you look closely, just for a fun effect, I added their initials in the background and then used the fade tool.
Using the same flower, I designed a return label and RSVP card, uploaded those as well, and ended up spending $110 for 150 invitations, cards, envelopes and labels.
Another huge money saver: we simply created a free website and a place to RSVP then put that on the card which didn’t require an extra stamp (thus doubling the cost). The perks are, it’s easier for the recipient to reply and it’s easier for you to keep track of replies.
My favorite thing about create your own is how easy it is to reflect your daughter’s personality and get exactly what you want in an invitation for cheaper than you could buy them. You could add photos, art or any other creation you can dream up.
Have you been able to create invitations cheaper? I’d LOVE to hear your ideas!