Since invitations are pretty vital to every wedding, I'll start with some ideas to save money on stationary. Many people choose to send save-the-dates ahead of actual invitations, but this really isn't necessary. You can cut down on costs by skipping this step and relying on word of mouth to let your friends and family keep their calendars open for your wedding day. I haven't really found save the date cards for any cheaper than $0.80 per card, plus tax and the additional cost of envelopes and stamps. I really do think that you will be fine with just sending invitations, but if you absolutely have to send save-the-dates, keep them small and simple to save on mailing costs, or DIY.
|Michaels Elegant Swirls Invitations|
As for the invitations themselves, DIY is going to be your best bet if you are looking for classy and elegant stationary at a budget price. I used a BRIDES® invitation kit from Michaels, printed and assembled them myself, and they turned out absolutely gorgeous! If you pay extra, you could also order your invitations from www.Michaels.com, but I preferred the DIY method because it allowed me more control over exactly how my invitations looked.
When you buy the kit in a store, the packaging will have a website from which you can download the proper format for the invitations to use in your word processing program. This is a good starting place to ensure that the wording on your invitations is formatted and spaced properly on the paper.
|Glue pad for rubber stamps|
|Weddingpaperdivas.com Spring Monogram|
Wedding programs are also rather important, but the same money-saving ideas from your invitations can also be applied to your programs. Most stores like Michaels, JoAnn Fabrics, Hobby Lobby, etc..., carry DIY program kits. These are usually plain and simple but can be embellished with ribbons and charms, glitter, scalloped edges, and fancy fonts. Again, you can start from scratch and DIY using all of your own supplies, but please please please at the very least use a good ivory or white cardstock and NOT plain computer paper (that just looks tacky and cheap).
Hopefully these ideas help you; please comment with any questions you have or if you have another good idea to save money on wedding stationary! Next up, music and photography ideas, then possibly some sample/mock budget weddings!