While it’s undeniable that letterpress wedding invitations and hand-lettered save the dates exude elegance, the expense of a whole invitation suite may quickly mount up. Who would have thought the cost of paper and printing would be so high? But if you’re on a tighter budget (and don’t mind a little DIY labor), you can print your own invites at home. Here is a check list to use as a guide when you’re printing those cute wedding invitations.
Is the Price Worth It?
It is still not cheap to print at home, especially if you want to use premium paper or inks that are very saturated. Think about the envelope size, the sort of paper you’ll be using, whether or not your invitations will be folded, and whether or not you’ll be adding a belly band or other decorations. Postage and envelopes should also be included. All these factors will show you whether the savings are worth purchasing from a professional.
Recognize Your Personality Type
You should think about the invitation’s aesthetic before you plunge in and spend hours browsing online. Do you like simple elegance? Vivid and eye-catching? Use of watercolors? Prior to scouring the profiles of designers. In the market nowadays royal blue wedding invitations are very popular. It’s a good idea to have a look at different looks. Weber recommends using a Pinterest board to “define your style” in the same way a mood board might. If you want to see what you’re pinning the most, pin anything you like. Weber advocates looking for designers that have commonalities, such as a preference for a certain typeface or color scheme.
Timetable and Preparation
While it may be cheaper to print your own invites than to hire a professional service, that doesn’t imply it will be done any quicker. Because home printing may become tricky, allow yourself plenty of time, grace, and patience before beginning. According to Amy Gonzales, a designer of Basic Invites, “Invitations should be issued eight weeks before your wedding day.” Be careful to backtrack from the big day to determine when you’ll need the prints ready. Gonzales advises having 10% additional materials on hand than necessary in case of errors or the need to reprint. This includes things like ribbon, paper, ink, and envelopes.
Pick a Store that Makes Printed Materials
Sites like “Basic Invites” on the internet provide aesthetically pleasing invitation layouts for a low price (with coupon coupons available, too!). Moreover, it is not unusual to come across a design that includes everything you need for a full suite, including invitations, menu cards, and thank you cards. Etsy is a wonderful place to find new designers, and many sellers there will allow you to alter one of their premade designs to suit your needs.