I only have a few requirements when it comes to our invitations:
- Not too formal
- Not too traditional
- Sort of unique in it’s own little way
- NO ribbons
- Modern look
- Fits the theme
Since we are having a “school chic” themed wedding (still not sure if we could pull off this darn theme haha), I thought of doing booklet/book style invites! The other day I google booklet invitations and nearly shrieked with excitement from the inspirations I found! Some couples were so daring and creative to create story book style wedding invitations – their love story in chapters in hard-bound books – all the works!
The stitched book style invitations with letterpress are breathtakingly beautiful!
The “guide to wedding” style invitation books are creative and requires guts and talent to pull off! Definitely not me but they’re so adorable!
These invitation books inspiration are unique and fun but as I’ve said it requires gut, talent, skill and creativity to execute which I admittedly lack of. Further, making “story book” invites is expensive and will require writing skills and the “guide to wedding” style invites will require WIT! So I searched for more “feasible” inspirations that
I think hopefully we could pull off!
But last but not the least, my ultimate peg for our DIY invites and the easiest to execute and most cost efficient in my opinion – “booklet type”.
So yes I am finally set on doing booklet style invites! I just need to source for paper/envelopes and check printing cost. I also need to figure out if I want to bind it using eyelet or by sewing. I need to check eyelet/eyelet setter cost and portable sewing machine cost or we can print it here and sew it at home, which is really my LAST option considering we only have 2 weeks in the Philippines and we need to do trial and error first!
I know DIY invites is a very ambitious project but might as well give it a try!
My biggest wedding dillema right now is our invites. We’re coming home in December/January and we have to distribute the invitations by that time so the invites should be ready in December. I am still contemplating on whether we’ll be doing DIY or ask a supplier to execute the design for us. I started asking for quotations from various suppliers and was really surprised on how expensive these invitations could get! P350 for a single invite – REALLY? L seems to be ok with spending that much with an invite but NOT ME!
Milestones by Adworks sent me a quotation and darn was it expensive. I asked them to send me samples and turns out the invites are too expensive for something I don’t even like. Their invites are not tacky at all, they are actually quite nice but they’re just too formal for my taste. And for something I could do myslef, it’s way expensive – I couldn’t accept it haha!
So now, I’m 80% set on doing DIY. I’ve checked ebay for 2nd hand printers and I found some that costs less than $100 but I didn’t check the printer specs (no. of dpi, paper gsm it can handle, etc) and ink cost. I have yet to scour cost for paper then I can do the calculation.
I’ve changed my mind yet again (surprise) and found a new inspiration for our invites. This time it’s FINAL!! Invitation inspiration will be blogged on my next post!!! 🙂