Finally Decided On Invite Style

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    MrsBoucher2B2012

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    Hi ladies i just wanted to share my progress and ideas so far.

    I was just going to have a simple A5 folded invite, i had dome the the research on cost and materials and it came in at about £20 without p&p. I was happy with the idea and mock up i made until i saw some wallet style invite(not sure how else to describe them sorry), they look nice and simple and yet very pretty and then when i showed H2B he wanted them.
    Luckily i haven't brought anything yet and my new task was to make the wallets to hold the invites, i dont want to pay a silly amount for ready scored flat pack ones. So using my trusty card creasing board i have made my first wallet (will post pics later), just added up the cost of this new lot and it will come in at about £11. It will take me a lot longer as i have to make over 80 wallets but i guess thats why i have two years.

    So how is everyone else's DIY bit and bobs coming along?
     
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    poppleminster

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    oooh sounds very cool! I am stuffed on my invites. I made a load of choc brown pocketfold ones with a matching brown ribbon and gorgeous diamante heart buckles - these were to go with my brown dress that I am now not wearing.

    So. I now have Laura Ashley papers that were reduced and am going to use those but not sure what to do with all the brown ones i'd made. They are so elegant and classy but don't match my Enid Blyton High Tea theme. I am torn between side opening pocket wallets and plain A5 cards. SIgh. I think it's a good job I have two years too LOL
     
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    Popplemaster, I am going to have to stay with this site after I get married, I want to know how many times you will change your mind on stuff ha ha ha!! You could set up a wedidng business and help plan other peoples and flog all your stuff lol!

    I had pocket fold invites, but I wasnt clever enough to fold them myself. My friend drew the design though and I printed them and put them together. We added a little sparkle bits too. I loved the finished article. We have had so many compliments, in fact someone my H2b works with said when opening it that she 'just made her own and didnt bother with professional ones' app she looked ratehr shocked when simon told her I had made them.
     
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    I was going for the A5 card because it is so simple and easy but i really like the look of the wallet style invites, i have just been digging around a box in the spare room H2B said there would be some spare random pieces of A4 for me to practice on and guess what i found, about 200 sheets of really pretty linen paper in pale blue and white, also about 50 sheets of card to use to make the inserts. So the invites are now going to cost us about £5 i cant believe it. He has had them for years and they didnt cost him anything because they were given to his dad for free who then gave them to H2B.

    Since the invites are so cheap i can spend more on other bits and bobs yay[​IMG]...shoe shopping anyone?


    Poppleminster have you thought about selling them on ebay, they sound very nice.
     
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    MrsBrown2be I am terrible. I changed my mind on everything because it was really low budget but then I booked the tower and thought that I needed a dress to do it justice and then the invites etc.... I have not changed my mind on the high tea tho - mainly because I love the idea too much to adjust it! Your invites sound gorgeous.

    Dani - excellent idea about ebay. I'll probably get nothing compared to what I spent but would be lovely to know someone else can use them. I'll have to find my camera. How awesome is it about the card????!!

    :rolleyes:
     
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    MrsBoucher2B2012

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    you would be surprised how much you could get, a lot of people have brown as part of their colour scheme so you might get a few people bidding against each other.
     
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    popple- i personally would still use the invitations.

    i know the invitation is supposed to set the mood for the wedding, but ours don't!

    our invitations looks very posh and were hand-made (by big sis), but they don't match the style or theme of the wedding at all.

    oh, wait, is that because we don't have a style or theme? :rolleyes:
     
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    oh, and you really should be banned from doing any wedding-releted things! at this rate you'll be having 20 weddings to accommodate your ever changing mind! :lol: :rolleyes: :lol:

    you should have arranged and planned your wedding in 2 months - then you'd have to go with your first idea. :D
     
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    oh if only I could be married in two months... I'm only on my third dress. LOL. I think the issue was I had very, very little self-esteem when I started so was deliberately going low key, low budget as i'd be rubbish at doing anything else and i'm old / fat / ugly / clinically insane etc etc. That's how I felt anyway. Then I found the theme and h2b was wonderful and we ran with the idea and have got some gorgeous things we've made and sourced for the reception and all really cheaply. Then I came online and joined this and another site and realised that it is my only chance to do what I really want. I've been married once before, very young and very silly and did nothing I wanted, the entire event was well under £1000. I regret that soooooooooooooooooooo much. I had it in my head that I didn't deserve a second chance at a wedding. I truly didn't like anything about my first one, it was a very sad and very difficult situation and I was too young to deal with it.

    Anyway. I've stopped thinking I should do what's cheapest just because I feel really insecure at times. I'm with a man that I love more than I imagined possible and he's not been married before. I can't be hurt anymore and I don't have to be told how useless I am etc. Old habits are hard to break. With the support of my very amazing and patient H2B I'm now doing what I have honestly never done before and i'm spoiling myself. I've lost a lot of weight over the past few years and whilst I still struggle with hating my body, I tried that dress on the other day and felt beautiful and that's how I want to be on the day. I'm still a size 22 dress but was much, much bigger.

    Even with the three dresses I bought, I spent less than one would be new and i'll sell the first two. I joke a lot about it all but realistically, a few months ago and this Poppleminster would not be brave enough to wear a dress out let alone wear a wedding dress! My original budget was £2000. That's now extended to £3000 but as almost everything is now covered, shouldn't rise more than that! If it does i'll be ebaying h2b and the kids out for temporary hire! :rolleyes:
     
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    The idea of running a wedding company is awesome tho... I could buy more things! :rolleyes:
     
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    aww, well, i think you deserve it all. :rolleyes:

    you'll have to start your wedding business to pay for all the superfluous stuff! :D
     
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    you know if I could think what to do, I would dearly love to run a wedding business jut not sure what. I considered a kind of prop company so people could hire everything for a particular theme in one place rather than sourcing from all voer the place so i'd specialise in historical and quirky tuff but then I can't imagine anyone using me LOL.
     
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    I have struggled a lot with my weight going from almost size 18 down to a size 6 in a matter of months, i promise it was not a eating disorder, the glands in my throat swelled up so much that i was on a almost liquid diet for months only have just over 500 calories a day. I am now a size 10 but still very shy and weary of showing my body (you wouldnt believe me if you saw some of my facebook photos) I am a great fan of faking confidence and it really does work.

    I would love to run a wedding business or something wedding related. H2B keeps saying i should sell card online, he is very geeky when it comes to computers and he has offered to make my website bless him. Im just scared no one will like the cards
     
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    Mrsbboucher give it a try babe!!!! You have nothing to lose especially if h2b can do your website for you. Nothing ventured nothing gained!!!!
    Know what you mean about faking confidence. Think its always different when you are round people you know & love. Very different when with strangers xxx
     
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    There are a few things to sort out first such as pricing, i have no idea how much to charge. What would you ladies pay for an A5 handmade card and for an A6 card?
     
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    I used to run a small craft co-operative in Hastings and we used to recommend people make up some cards and take them to local cafe's and places like garden centres where people are likely to pay more money for a nice card than in a card shop. If you supply the stand (cheapest on ebay or amazon) then they are more likely to take them. I sold mine through a small cafe mainly and the agreement was I supplied 100 cards and a stand then re-stocked every 2 weeks. I invoiced them for any gone (this way you are covered if any get shoplifted and not reliant on them telling you how much you sell). I charged them £1.50 per card and they sold them for £2.75. Nice money for them and not too bad for me. I ensured the cards I made never came to over 50p in costs and made about £60 per month from them. Not a lot but pocket money :D
     
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    Yes I would pay. Definatly if I had the budget for it & it saved me making my own if I didn't have the time. What you have to remember is that not everyonehas the time to make their own but love the handmade effect. Once you have made some list them on ebay or as poppleminster said. Even if it gave you just an extra bit of pin money for treats for you Abi & h2b xxx
     
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    I love homemade stuff :) I'm making my own pocketfold invites too and the first part of them were super stressful but once I got the design and measurements right they've gone quite well :) And much nicer to be hand made and a talking point!! :)

    Also making my favour boxes / place cards, wishing tree tags, table plan, etc xx
     
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    You clever thing! Love the wishing tree idea, how does it work exactly?
    I'm not at all creative but managed to make my evening invites, they are quite simple really, but as you say hand made are nice and it gave me a real sense of achievement! I bought favour bags cheap but am making my own truffles to go in to them and we are putting some seeds in which I am making the envelopes for, possibly going to make personalised charms for the favour bags but will depend on how easily I can source the materials.
    I'm making my own signing frame and sewing my own ring cushion too (God knos how that'll turn out though, he he)
    Keep up the good work Clarantino! Can't wait to see some pictures! xxx
     
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    Aaah Clarantiono we need to see pics of your invites!!! and all your other bits when you have done them.
    These are my favours that I am making myself. I have done with a white organza ribbon but it will be with a cerise ribbon.

    They are laid out on a table as I was going to make them & sell them on ebay but getting them made up & transportting them ready made would have been difficult, they probably would have been damaged in transit

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    Sorry for mahoosive pics!! xxx
     
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