Making your own stationery is a great option for your wedding or event if you have the time and the inclination. It may or may not save you money. That all depends on what you want and how complicated you want your design to be. I had a very specific idea of what I wanted in my wedding invitations. I didn't save money by making my own invitations, but I did get everything perfectly coordinated and exactly the way I wanted it. It was definitely a learning process, but I think it was totally worth it! Let me just be perfectly honest with you. I spent hours upon hours working on these invitations. If you are going to tackle this project, be willing to invest a lot of time.
My stationery package consisted of wedding invitations, wedding programs, wish cards, table numbers, cake labels, escort cards, thank you cards, envelope liners, tags for thank you gifts, and other things here and there. Wow! Typing it all out really makes it seem like a lot of work. I can hardly believe I did all of that. Once I decided on my basic design, the small things were fairly easy to do. The first and most difficult part was deciding on the design. I had to choose the clip art, decide how I wanted the clip art to look on the page (I think I had about 5 versions), choose the fonts, choose the font colors, arrange the text on the page, choose the fonts sizes. . .I could go on. There are hundreds of options. At some point you have to just choose something and go for it!
First I'll show you the invitations.
On the top left is the folder the invitation was packaged in. That's what it looks like closed. To the right you'll see the coordinating thank you card I made to use after the wedding. I ordered a custom stamp from Etsy to use for the return address for the reply card and for the thank you cards. I blurred our address in the picture, so it looks a little funny. On the bottom you'll see the open folder. The invitation is on the left. To the right in the information about the reception and the reply card.
Here's a closer view of the "celebrate" page and the reply. You can see that I designed the reply card to be filled out horizontally, but when it stands up in the folder, you can see the RSVP date (see picture above).
In the picture above you can see the cake label. We opted to have five smaller cakes instead of one big wedding cake. They were all different flavors. More on that coming soon. Beside that is the "escort card." We really didn't have escort cards. I made one card for each table. Below that is a "wish card." Each guest wrote a wish for us to hang on a wish tree. Beside that is a table number.
|inside the wedding program|
There you have it. If you'd like any information on exactly how I put put everything together feel free to comment below!
Style on a Budget: Pocket folders and paper
Lovetocreatestamps: Custom stamps
Nashville Wraps: Raffia for the folders, programs and various wedding related crafts
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