Archive for the ‘Invitations’ Category

I found this really great blog when my amazing photographer, Amanda, posted that some of her work was featured on it…her work is amazing.  Seriously, go check her out. Anyway, after ooh-ing and ahh-ing at all the pictures, I perused the site and found these FREE invitation templates! How fantastic is that?! And not only do they offer these lovelies for our frugal enjoyment, Love and Lavender is a great site for beautiful (and practical!) wedding ideas. So go check them out and take advantage of these ADORABLE invitation templates (and everything else)!


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Everyone loves the look of handwritten calligraphy on their invites. It’s beautiful, meaningful, and personal. The outside of those envelopes is the first thing your guests are going to see about your wedding (well, minus the save-the-dates if you’re sendin’ those out…in which case, this will also come in handy!)…and you want that envelope to look gooood. But not all of us have the penmanship (I don’t) or the money (I sure don’t) to have the luxury of handwritten calligraphy on our invites (or save-the-dates).

Well, not anymore!…Goodness, I sound like an infomercial…Alright, down to the goods. Designsponge, a lovely daily website dedicated to home and product design run by Brooklyn-based writer, Grace Bonney, found an awesome DIY solution to our calligraphy dilemma- faux fancy handwriting.

Here’s how it works:

  • Choose your favorite font on your computer (you can find alternative FREE ones at http://www.dafont.com/…or purchase fonts on other sites for relatively low prices)
  • Then print each address on the envelope in a slightly darker ink color so it is faint enough to see after printing (so if your envelope is baby blue, print in a slightly darker blue)
  • Then go back over the lettering with a paint pen, covering up the printed portion and giving it a more hand-written look. Side note: depending on how thick your pen ink is, you may want to increase the space between each character on your envelope (To do this, go to Font –> Character Spacing).
  • And you’re done! You now have the beauty of handwritten calligraphy without the price or the stress of keeping your lines straight.

Just another way for you to achieve that chic, yet cheap day. Good luck! If you try this, please let me know how yours turned out! 🙂

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The UPrinting network is offering my readers a chance to win 200 custom postcards or custom greeting cards! For you, my lovely weddingistas, this means 200 free save-the-date postcards, 200 reply cards to go along with your invites, or 200 thank you cards! And they’re completely custom! Send in a design you’ve created, or have had created for you, such as a design from Pink Lily Press that I blogged about here. The ideas and options are endless!

Now, for the details.
To enter,
simply leave me a comment telling me how you’d use 200 custom postcards or greeting cards for your wedding. Do you want to create a quirky save-the-date like the one above? Or are you just dying to have custom reply cards, but the budget won’t allow it? However you wanna use ’em, I wanna hear ’em.
*Don’t forget to leave your name and e-mail address so I can contact you if you win.
The winner will receive:

  • 200 Custom Postcards (choose your size: 4×6, 4.25×6, 5×7″); 14pt gloss or matte, 13 pt uncoated
  • Full Color on both sides (4/4)
  • Shipping must be paid by Winner. Offer Valid for UNITED STATES SHIPPING ONLY.

The winner will be chosen (at random) on September 3rd, so please get your entries in by September 2nd, no later than 5:00 pm PST.

If you don’t enter, then you can’t win! So enter away, and be one step closer to the chic and cheap wedding of your dreams!

Good luck!

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If you’re going the DIY route for your invitations, #1- Good for you! If done correctly, you can save a lot of money by tuning into your craftier side. And #2- START EARLY!! This project will take you more time than you think (says the girl who spent a whole day punching, embossing, and gluing hundreds of punched out snowflakes…and that was only one of around 32 steps to completing these invitations. Whew!)  However, there are ways to make your life easier during this process.

One way is to use stamps! I love Impress Rubber Stamps. They have such a wide variety of images to choose from, including the option to create your own custom stamp if you’d like a custom monogram or have an image you’d like turned into stamp. Their stamps run from $5.25 up to around $18.00, depending on the size of the stamp, and whether or not it is custom-made. They even have a Wedding Ideas page, showing you how their stamps can be used for you own projects. These are some of my favorites:

These elegant stamps not only make your invitations beautiful, but they make them easy. And you can use these stamps again on your programs, thank you cards, escort cards, coasters, or wherever else you’d like to carry on that image.

A simple way to make stunning and inexpensive invitations?  Done and done. 🙂

Happy planning!

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Alright, this issue seems to be one of the more debated ones in wedding planning these days…especially for those on a tight budget. When printed invitations can cost you upwards of $500-$1000 (or more for letter press), and practically everyone (even your grandma) is online these days, it only seems natural that wedding evites would be a practical choice. Not to mention, they are environmentally friendly…for wedding couples trying to go green, this is a great way to save money, and trees.

But are they tacky? My simple answer to this is, they can be. if you do it right, evites can be a great way to save money on your wedding, while still accomplishing the purpose that invitations are for- inviting people to your wedding! In fact, they have the potential to be more effective than printed invitations in getting quicker responses, as even though dropping a pre-stamped envelope in the mail is pretty simple, a couple clicks on the computer (where most people spend a large amount of their day anyway) is even easier. And with the influx of couples creating wedding websites where guests can find out more information about their wedding, having the option to RSVP right on the website is not only smart, it just makes sense.

So, where to find these “classy evites?” Evite.com is one of the most popular, and simple to use, sites out there. And their selection is quite substantial. While they have some not-so-great designs, some of them are actually quite pretty:

And with the option to customize colors and fonts, add a map with directions to your event, add music to your invitation, and even provide links to your wedding registries, these evites are packed with features that even expensive letter press  invitations can’t beat. Evite.com also includes a “reminder” feature, reminding guests who haven’t RSVP’d to do so, and you can set the reminder for whenever (and how many times) your little heart desires.

Sendomatic.com is another evite site, with some beautiful designs. They can even create a custom design if you don’t see what you like. However, there is a little catch to this one. The first 50 evites are free, but they charge after 50. In addition, if you want your evites to be advertisement-free, there is a charge. $7.95 for up to 50 evites, $13.95 for 50-100 evites, $24.95 for 100-200 evites, and up. Or, sendomatic.com gives you the option to send out the link to your evite yourself, instead of through Sendomatic, for $39.95. but with this option, you lose the RSVP tracking tool that Sendomatic offers.

For your $7.95 for 50 advertisement-free evites (or more), you receive the RSVP tracking, picture/logo upload, polling features, email reminders, weather checking tool, voice/text/phone reminders, as well as a “synch with calendar” tool, allowing guests to synch your event with their google, AOL, yahoo, etc. calendars. While this site does charge, $7.95-$24.95 is still cheaper than printed options.

So. Are evites the only way to save money on invitations? No. If your heart is set on printed invitations, there are still many options for you to consider that I will post soon. However, evites are something you may want to consider, as they are both budget and environmentally friendly.

Happy planning!

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