Trying to find invitations that were the colors I needed, the designs I liked and the bling I wanted, I figured out my invitations would need to be custom designed. After getting quotes anywhere from $750- $1400 for invitations (50 total) and hardly liking what looked like someone made it in 2 min... I decided to make my own.
I purchased the Pockets through a vendor for $120. (Gold and Bronze paisley pattern)
I purchased 2 ribbons (matching the colors of my accent colors), tied a bow and added a jewel brand to the middle. Approximately $20.
I ordered the actual invitation card, "additional" card, envelopes, response card/envelope from MyGatsby.com at a discount for $110.
I mounted the invitation, added the swarovski crystals that I bought at Myfusionbeads.com ($70) and hand wrote every invitation. I spent $375 dollars for 50 invitations ($7.50 each finished invitation) and it took about 15-18 hours of my time. I saved us so much money and am really proud of them! I know they're not everyone's taste, but they certainly go with my ornate taste (fiance calls it gawdy, lol).
I just wanted to encourage you girls that are still worrying over the cost of invitations and disappointed by what you get for your dollar- that you can do them very affordably and to your taste with a little imagination. : )
They've been mailed! Woohoo!