Thursday, February 25, 2010

All about the paper

There has been some A-M-A-Z-I-N-G wedding stationery out there lately and I couldn't help but post them....and talk a little about the importance of your invites {and how to get a unique look for less}.

What I love about each of these invitation suites is that they all have a unique character.  Its important when choosing your stationery that it speaks to who you are on some level.  If you are a whimsical couple who enjoys theater, a stuffy overly formal invite isn't necessarily the "right" invitation for you!

Sending the right type of invitation that compliments your wedding can really fire up your guests for your big day.  If budget is a concern, there are many ways to keep your invitation costs down!

1.  Do a design only option and print the pieces yourself!
2.  Instead of an RSVP card, set up a wedding website that can track responses and have your guests RSVP online.
3.  If letterpress is more your speed, single color letterpress is the perfect solution.  Using a mix of textures can really add some pizazz to a single color design.
4.  Skip the reception cards and add your reception information to your invite.
5.  Love all of the added embellishments but hate the high price tag?  Think about having your stationere print your items but add your own special touches which avoids the assembly charges.
6.  If you are wishing for hand addressed envelopes and don't have the time to learn the art of calligraphy, consider using printed wrap around mailing labels to coordinate with your invitations.
7.  Love the look of die cut invitation shapes but don't even know where to start to create it on your own?  Scrapbook stores are an AWESOME resource for not only die cut materials but also decorative corner punches that can easily achieve the same effect.
8.  Digital printing is the most cost effective way to print your invitations but if you want a more luxurious look, upgrade your cardstock to a more luxe type of paper.
9.  Looking for a fair priced way to have your return address printed on your envelopes?  Consider having a custom embosser created to match your invitations.
10.  Love the look of layered invitations?  Using items that you can buy in bulk, like doilies, packs of coordinating scrapbook paper, quilting fabric bundles or paper bags, can really add a fun textural element to your invitations but provide a cost effective way to get there.  Baker's twine, raffia, yarn or embroidery thread are fantastic {and cheap} alternatives to pretty satin ribbons to tie your elements together!

There are a ton of alternatives to a traditional flat, engraved invitation that you find in a wedding stationery book at your local wedding boutique.  Working closely with a stationere can also give you some awesome budget alternatives but can also help you to hone in on a design element that speaks to you!

What are some of your budget friendly alternatives for your paper goods?

1 comment:

Nicole-Lynn said...

So many great ideas you listed to save money... We're doing a lot of them!