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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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Now, while sending digital formal invitations (evites) are still constroversial to today’s modern brides, digital save the dates are definitely something to consider. Get your date on your guests’ calendars without spending a lot with these digital save the dates that are not only beautiful, but they’re economical, environmentally friendly, and customizable! Pink Lily Press on Etsy.com offers a wide variety of save the date cards that you can send to family and friends through e-mail, and if you don’t see a design you like, they’re happy to create a custom design just for you to coordinate with your wedding scheme. For a one-time $12, you receive a .jpg file of your save the date card to send to as many people as you want! Cheap and chic indeed!

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