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I ordered my paper for my invitations last week and they all arrived while I was in Knoxville! I'm hoping to print and assemble my invites this weekend! Seems like a daunting task but I hope to send them out on Monday! Wish me luck!

Here's a breakdown of what I ordered:

  • 100 sheets of SeaGlass Metallic Cover= $54
  • 100 sheets of IceBlue Metallic Cover= $54
  • 100 sheets of Opal Stardream Cardstock= $21.95
  • 200 Opal Stardream Envelopes= $37.90

Total: $167.85 for all the papers

I created cutting templates so that I can take the papers to Kinko's to get the papers cut. They charge $1 per cut. The invites are 3 layers in different shades: Seaglass, Opal, and Ice blue. The ice blue layer will be the only printed layer of the invite itself. The paper I purchased will yield the 3 pieces for each invite, plus a response card and map card to also go inside the envelopes.

I am assembling the invitations with a tape runner I purchased at Walmart. More on that later, but you can see the assembly process here. I just centered the layers using my best judgment and attached them with the tape runner.


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PRO TIP: Be sure to print your designs on your paper BEFORE trimming/cutting. I didn't do this, and feeding the pre-cut papers through my printer was an absolute NIGHTMARE. Take it from me… you don't want to do that. I highly suggest printing the designs (multiple on a page) first and then having them cut or cutting them yourself. Save yourself the agony. Trust me.

My invites are going to cost me a little more than $1 per invite (not including postage.) You can see the cost breakdown here. Plus I have extra paper left over for menu cards and other miscellaneous paper products. There have been alot of questions about my invitation creation process, all of which I answered in an FAQ post here. Hope that helps! 

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  • shamika

    How are the invites less than $1 a piece when it costs $1 to cut. How many can they cut at once? Just curious because good idea. Also did you make the template using a program

  • Shamika

    you are so crafty! I would of never thought to do that. I am learning so much from you. Thanks for all the tips

  • shamika- They can cut 100s of sheets at a time. It should cost me $16 total for all the cuts for all the different papers. I will post another update first of next week with the breakdown. I made the templates using Adobe InDesign. 🙂

  • Omaira

    where did you order the paper from?

  • I can’t wait to see how they turn out!

  • Beautiful colours! I can’t wait to see how they turn out!

  • Amy

    I so wouldn’t trust myself to do this, but I have faith in you! I hope it all goes well. I can’t wait to see them.

  • Beatriz

    Hi! I´m Beatriz, I´m from Spain and looking for the web I find your blog. It´s very good, I like very much and I try to undertands everything but I speak english a little. I promise to be a faithful fan. I have a blog about general weddings too in spanish. If you like I waiting your comments.
    Thanks to a fashion blog, it´s no normal at the internet and sorry for my english.

  • Nicole R.

    Love the colors and can’t wait to see what you’re going to do with them! Yey for DIY!

  • CL

    explain how you printed them and how much it cost to print them

  • Jackie

    I agree with the other bloggers, you’ve done a great job with these. Where did you order the paper from? I am looking to start my invitations and would love to know where you got such great stock!

  • Taysha Urquhart

    I love the step-by-step!! Thank you

    Anyway you can post the file for the template??? or know of any online site.

  • Jess

    I love the finished invites! How did you come up with the cut guidelines? I’m racking my brain over this aspect!!