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These are beautiful...you should be so happy with the end results.  The wording, how it is put together, everything is perfect and a lot better than some of the professional ones I have seen.


A couple of questions if you do not mind.


How many did you end up making?  Do you think it would print out the same on a home laser printing if you do not have a "good commercial quality office laser printer" to use?


How much did they cost to mail?


And how much do you think you spent total on making them?


Thanks in advance

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Thanks so much for the compliments!  And thanks for the nomination for the February contest!  Oddly I haven't heard much from our guests - I got so many e-mails/texts/calls on the boarding pass STD's but only about 2 for these which I think are far superior.  Oh well.


akamikey11 - I made about 50 invites which didn't seem too daunting.  It cost me about $200 total but half of that was "press" printing the covers.  You can totally do it for less if you don't have the special printing.  I figured the rest of my printing was free so I could justify it.  I'm sure you'd be fine with a home laser printer.  You might want to stick with a more white color but I think its fine.  The weight is thick enough for the invite (especially since I basically doubled up the covers by gluing them) but not like cardstock which I think is harder to feed through printers.  And I think envelopes would be easier on a smaller home machine and might not need "tricking" like mine did.  I used a $.61 stamp to mail them which is standard for wedding invites.  If I hadn't have made the folders it would have been a regular $.44 stamp but that extra paper pushed it slightly over an ounce.


Good luck!

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THESE ARE AWESOME!!!! I would love to get this done for my wedding but I know I don't have the time. In your travels have you seen anyone do something on the level that you have? I'm dying to get these!

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Steph those are fantastic you are very talented, i do not have an artistic bone in my body! I lived in Nassau for 2 years I lived at harborside resort which is part of Atlantis. You and your guests will have such a fun time. I left 2 years ago now and still really missed it. If you would like any suggestions on restaurants outside the resort let me know. Victoria

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Yes, DIY projects like do take a lot of time.  it's rewarding in the end though.  I tired to spread everything out over a month so as not to get overwhelmed - do one thing each night while watching TV.  I definitely have not mastered the art of efficiency - I bet if I tried selling them and added up the hours I spent, I'd end up making about China's minimum wage :)


Funny thing is I'm am a CPA - the most boring, uncreative (well except for those Andersen folks working on Enron) profession there is.  I guess that's why I go overboard in my personal projects - I need an outlet to express myself.


Kiwibride-I may need some recommendations for Nassau items - I'm looking to have a low key (ie not Senor Frogs) bachelorette party 2 nights before the wedding. Any ideas? 

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