How to Get Wedding Stationery for Less
Welcome to Wedding Wisdom! Every week, wedding planner Tami Smallwood-Brown, CEO of blush|WEDDING & EVENT PLANNING FIRM gives tips to help you plan your dream nuptials from engagement to “I do.” This week, Tami gives tips for getting great stationery on a tight budget.
Wedding invitations can set the tone for your wedding and provide your guests with important details, such as location and time. Furthermore, the colors and style of your wedding should be communicated through your wedding invitation.
In addition to the invitation, other wedding stationery items such as menu cards, programs, table numbers and other paper details can require up to 5 percent of your budget. Let’s talk about how to get the most out of your money!
To save the most cash, you can DIY the entire stationery process.
Keep in mind, however, that designing, printing, producing, and assembling your own stationery will be very time consuming. Be sure to leave some room for trail and error. Remember that DIY means more of your time (stationery is a VERY tedious task) and potentially more money due to errors.
Should you decide to move forward with handling it yourself, be sure to have a paper party (or two). When assembling my personal wedding stationery, I called on my bridesmaids, the moms, and even my grandmother to help assemble the menus, table numbers, and wedding programs. Even with six people, it still took several hours!
Buy Local: I always recommend that clients work with a local graphic design professional who specializes in weddings. Inquire about assembling, addressing, and shipping your invitations yourself. It could save you a couple hundred dollars!
Skip the calligrapher: Though I love the art and look of calligraphy, you can achieve a similar look by selecting a similar font from your computer. Calligraphy for the outer envelopes can cost $3.00 each, depending on your region. Design and print your own stationery suite using programs such as Microsoft Word and Publisher. You can also find calligraphy style fonts online – many are free!
K-I-S-S (Keep It Simple Silly): When you sit with your stationery designer, keep the look simple and classic. An elegant panel card design, like the one below, will be a lot more budget friendly than a multi-layered pocket style. Elaborate styles can equate to more money for materials and labor all equaling higher costs.
YOUR TURN: Are you designing your own wedding stationery? Let us know in the comments!