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Do-It-Yourself Wedding Invitations and Stationery on a Budget
DIY wedding invitations don't need to look cheap, even if they are cheap! Creating your own wedding stationery can help set the tone of your own unique wedding, with the added bonus of providing a handmade keepsake that friends and family can treasure.
So how do you make the perfect DIY wedding invitations?
- Start by being realistic. Are you a crafty person? Do you have the time for the project? Hand making hundreds of wedding invitations can be extremely time consuming, so make sure you have the time, energy and expertise to get the job done!
- Give yourself plenty of time for the project. Don't expect that you'll whip up 150 wedding invitations over one weekend. It can sometimes take weeks to get your design perfect. The more time up your sleeve, the more time you'll have to be creative and enjoy the process.
- Do your homework! Research wedding stationery trends and ideas before you start purchasing your materials. Look online, browse magazines and take note of current trends in colours, fashions and design.
- Think about your theme. Choose colours and a style that suits your wedding. For example, if your cake is adorned with butterflies, you may like to carry that through to your wedding invitations with a butterfly motif. Alternatively, a delightful scattering of starfish may herald your nautical or beach themed wedding.
- Be innovative. Try out a few different designs; make mock ups of your favourite concepts to see which one works the best. This will also help you finalise your stationery shopping list.
- Get organised. Write a detailed shopping list, paying particular consideration to quantities. You may need paper, trims, ribbons, envelopes, pens, adornments, cards and glue - all of which can add up if you don't stick to your budget.
- Set up shop. Set aside time and a special area at home. You'll need plenty of room for your equipment and for a ‘production line'.
- Call in the troops. Ask your bridesmaids, mother or future mother-in-law for help. They'll feel honoured to participate, and you'll appreciate the special bonding time together. Don't forget to stock up on lovely thank you gifts for those who have put in plenty of time to help you.
- Share your love. Let your guests know that your invitations were made by hand. Proudly write "made by..." on the back of your card.
- Keep a spare. Make sure you keep an extra set of wedding invitations for your wedding photo album or scrapbook.
- Blank invitations are a good compromise. If handmade cards seem too much work, consider blank wedding invitations. These are often an inexpensive yet high quality alternative. You'll find many options online that can be either printed by the supplier, by your local printer, or even on your own laser printer.
- Don't forget it doesn't end with the wedding invitations. You'll need to consider making menus, place cards, programs, seating plans and thank you cards.
If you're a crafty person, creating your own wedding stationery can be a highlight of you wedding planning. With the right materials and know-how you can create a beautiful, bespoke wedding invitation that sets the tone and style of your big day.
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