No, it’s not me – been there and done that seven years ago! Thought I’d share something I’ve been working on; a special request stamping class with a wedding theme. It’s possible to save lots of money doing your own invitations, order of service, place cards and the like, as long as you’re organised and stick to a theme.
Here are some tips that I’ve come across, and also things I’ve learnt myself the hard way!
- Don’t spend too much time surfing the net looking at different designs. It’s great to get inspiration, but it can also bamboozle you a bit with so many ideas floating around in your head. Once you see a design you love, stop looking!
- Keep it simple. If you’re stamping, maybe pick 1 or 2 stamps that fit in with your theme, and repeat those images. Also be restrained in your use of colour – only have a few colours that match your theme and a neutral. Making one invitation is easy peasy. Times that by sixty, and you’ll appreciate simplicity!
- Ribbons are gorgeous on invitations, but try to keep your embelishments flat – it’ll save on postage.
- Once you’ve come up with an idea for your invitation, make a simpler version of it for thank you cards.
- If you’re having bonbonniere, simple is best. Don’t blow out your budget – most guests will appreciate some chocolates or something small presented in a beautiful way. (Or you can do what we did – we didn’t have table gifts and had nicer wine instead – our guests definitely appreciated it!)
- For family and friends who have travelled a long way, it’s nice to put a little welcome basket with a hand made card in their hotel room – some nice soap, jam for breakfast, perhaps some local cheese and wine – it’s a little gesture that can make their visit start in an amazing way.
- Get help! If you’re making invitations, make a party of it. Invite all your female relatives around, divide up the cardstock and get stamping. Just make them earn their supper and keep the wine out of reach until the end 😉
- If you’ll be making them all by yourself (don’t forget your other half, it’s his wedding too!) make a goal and stick to it. Ten a night, twenty a week, whatever works for you. Don’t leave it until the last minute and have to make 100 the night before you take them to the post office!
- Work out ahead of time exactly how much cardstock, ribbon, dimensionals etc. you’ll need for your invites – there’s nothing worse than having only two to go and running out of something crucial.
- Invest in some tools to make life easier for yourself – a paper trimmer and bone folder are a must – snail will make assembling your cards much faster too.
- If you want to save money, why not make a simpler invitation, which includes the address of your wedding blog, and have all the information about accommodation, weather, dress code, whatever on there, rather than printing it and including it with the invite. Most people have internet access now – if they don’t, you can always print out the information on request. We set up a wedding website and it saved a lot on postage and last minute questions from people that had lost their invitation. It also meant they could RSVP there, and we didn’t have to include RSVP cards with the invite.
- Weigh your completed invite at the post office – don’t just guess the postage, or you might find you have lots of them returned to you.
Here’s what I was working on yesterday for the private class – an invitation, thankyou card, place card and treat holder. Not the best photo I’m afraid – it’s very rainy in Sydney today, and I just couldn’t get the lighting right.
- CS – Kraft, Old Olive, Rich Razzleberry, Naturals Ivory
- Ink – Rich Razzleberry Old Olive
- Stamp Sets – Vintage Vogue, Tiny Tags
- Accessories – Big Shot Sizzlet – Lots of Tags, Old Olive Striped Ribbon from the new catalogue!!, Very Vanilla Grosgrain Ribbon, Scallop Circle Punch, 1 3/8″ Circle Punch, dimensionals
If you’ve got a special occasion coming up, and would like to learn how to make a professional looking invitation for less, why not give me a call. I’d love to help you learn the tricks of the trade.
Thanks for taking a peek!