Weddings are, or at least can be, expensive. Let’s face it, the days of the blushing virgin and her handsome prince are long gone. Soon-to-be-married couples have (usually) been living together for at least a while, share bills, mortgages and are normally significantly older and a bit more money-savvy than our baby boomer counterparts were at that stage.
So, when it comes to planning weddings, modern couples look to save the hard earned wherever they can – and fair enough too. And the best way to cut financial corners is to employ the good old D.I.Y where you can.
Now, there are some areas where doing it yourself isn’t the best idea. For example, unless your Mum is a dressmaker, I wouldn’t leave the wedding gown to anyone bar the professionals. Nor the photography, nor the bridal flowers. Table centrepieces, for example, a whole different matter. A good rule of thumb is if your grandchildren won’t be able to see it in the wedding photos, don’t stress about it.
The same goes for your stationery.
Of course there is always the option of outsourcing and having your stationery professionally printed, or going one step further and employing a professional calligrapher or designer to really personalise your wedding with a totally unique design that is yours and only yours (www.traceydawes.com.au – just sayin’).
Having said that, the stationery is one thing that really does lend itself to D.I.Y. After a bit of digging, I’m overjoyed to be able to confirm that the days of those horrible tear off the pad, newsagent invites are long gone. You can find some really lovely, professional looking stationery for not a great deal of outlay.
Planning a wedding can take a lot of organisation and planning and can (if you let it) be stressful. So to give you a hand with just one aspect, I’ve created a series of blogs on my top 5 D.I.Y wedding stationery providers. I’ve taken into account delivery times, quality of materials, such as paper stock and print type, labour intensity, turnaround time, level of customisation, and, of course, price.
A lot of what I found is more what I would call semi-D.I.Y. What I mean by that is stationery is chosen by you from options provided on a website, you personalise it all online with your information, place and order and sit back and wait for your delivery.
I’ve kicked off with what I have found to be the most affordable (I don’t like to use the word ‘cheap’. Something can be inexpensive without being cheap).
Welcome to the first in the series. Let’s have a look at ………
They have packs of 10 ready printed cards and blank envelopes. These are actually really nice – there’s a variety of contemporary designs, and are very budget friendly at $4.29 for a pack of 10. They are perfectly nice as is, but if you want to pretty them up a bit, they also sell embellishments (lace-look tape, bows – that kind of thing).
The downsides are, they are quite labour intensive – you’ll have to sit there and fill each one in yourself, along with addressing the envelopes. Also, I couldn’t find any other co-ordinating stationery, such as place cards, or R.S.V.P’s. They may be there, but I couldn’t find them.
The upside to these is you can probably get out of it for under $100.00, and there’s no waiting. You grab them off the shelf and you’re away.
For something a bit more personal, they also offer a custom printing service for your full wedding stationery suite, or you can pick out the bits you want. You can order co-ordinating –
Save the Date cards
You have the option of either choosing one of their designs, and they have plenty, or uploading a PDF of your own.
They offer 6 kinds of paper stock (including gloss, satin and re-cycled) and a choice of 3 sizes. You can also choose whether or not you want to include envelopes, although plain white and blank is the only choice, here.
Prices start at $16.00 for 10 invitations (that’s 105mm x 148mm on linen paper) for invitations. Other stationery comes in at between $5.00 and $9.00 for 10, depending on size and paper stock. You’re looking at a delivery turnaround of 5-10 working days.
If you’re on pretty tight budget, but still want something nice, I think this is a pretty good option.