A couple of months after I became engaged, I found the most beautiful DIY- wedding invitations at Target. They were the perfect color, had a gorgeous design, and were simple. When I first found them, they were $20-something for a box of 50. Knowing I would probably need 100, I would have spent about $50 for two boxes. This, of course, isn’t a drop in the bucket compared to most people’s invitation suites. But, as I had a very small budget, I put off buying them. A few weeks later, I went back with my fiancé and a good friend. Lo and behold, the invitations were marked down to only $15 or so! I bought all of my invitations for only $30!!
(Excuse the lighting; I live in a tiny little apartment and our light fixtures are horrible.)
To me, these invitations are completely gorgeous. They have the details I wanted, without being over the top or tacky.
One way I was able to save so much money is by printing the invitations myself. I used a font called English (which I can't, for the life of me, remember where I found it). I tinkered with the size and the spacing. Gartner Studios (www.gartnerstudios.com) provides templates for both the invitations and the response cards on their website. I was able to edit them in Microsoft Word, which I am most comfortable with. I printed out some test copies, then set to printing out the real things!
I set up an invitation station at my kitchen table, with my printer hooked up and ready. I've had the printer for six and a half year- a graduation gift from my late grandmother. The printer took me through a Bachelors, a Masters, and miscellaneous other life events. But when it came time to print my WEDDING invitations, it died! RIP HP Deskjet Printer.