I’ve started a little series on my blog all about the details of our budget wedding. I am constantly searching new ideas on how to save money on the big day and have also figured a few things out on my own. I want to share all my little tricks and tactics in case there’s anyone else out there that is getting married on the cheap (but still wants to make it perfect and amazing and magical).
“Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed”
The amount of money that people are happy to spend on invites for a wedding is astounding. To me, it’s a piece of paper with some information that ends up lost or in the trash at some point. To hear that some couples (or their parents) blow up to $1000 on their invite stationary causes my eyes to almost pop out of head! People, people… this just isn’t necessary. We spent $12 on our engagement party invites (for 40 people) and $35 on our wedding invites (for 60 people). Interested? Well, here’s how it’s done.
First step: decide to marry a Photoshop-savvy man. No, only joking. But this helps, a lot. We designed our own invites each time using Photoshop, however you by no means need to be a genius to use it. Even I’m not half bad when navigating myself around the program now! The only downer is that it costs a bit of dosh to buy in the first place. But in this day and age, we all know someone who has access to it. Call around and see if you could use a friend’s perhaps! Anyway back to the point. Once you’re sitting in front of Photoshop (or a similar program – keep in mind there are many free downloadable versions which would also work a charm) you open a new project and begin your design.
But, before you can do that, you need to download a few other things. No one likes the boring old fonts that come with the program, so you head to the fabulous Internet world and source other fonts. We use a site called www.dafont.com. There are so many, you start to get a bit dizzy looking at them all and eventually they all look the same. So find a few that you love, and then get the heck outta there. Next we wanted to find some downloadable graphics to prettify the invitations. This proved to be quite difficult, with our goal of not wanting to pay for them. And most of the graphics online are butt-ugly.
Finally I found one of my new favourite blogs. Honestly, this woman is a god-sent. She’s a graphic designer and uploads FREE downloadable graphics for anyone who wants them! Amazing. You can find her blog at www.welivedhappilyeverafter.com. And she posts about many other useful and interesting topics as well.
Once you have downloaded your fonts and graphics, you can begin creating. If you’re totally lost and new to Photoshop, just head to YouTube (www.youtube.com) and search for Photoshop ‘how to’ videos. Seriously, you can learn about anything in the world there!
We spent a good four hours getting everything positioned correctly, and fiddling with finer details. Keep in mind our invites are super simple, but really cute and definitely do the trick. We also didn’t order any extras like RSVP cards, gift registry info, the menu, etc. as we decided to do a website instead. I created it on WordPress, just like this blog, and set up an RSVP page using a contact form and will be putting all our accommodation information plus other things on there. Costing me absolutely nothing, while making life a lot easier for our guests, I’d say it’s a win-win for all.
For our engagement invites we printed them at home using card stock which cost me $12. And for our wedding invites we uploaded our design to vistaprint.com and they printed them and sent them out to us, including envelopes, for $35 (bargain!). Here are a few snaps of how both our engagement and wedding invites turned out. I’m pretty happy with the outcome!
And just as a side note, I’m definitely not taking a stab at people who decide to put more money into their stationary, as it could be a top priority for you. This is just some insight into how I’ve juggled my own priorities. Please share any DIY’s or money saving tricks you came up with for your own wedding, or have seen elsewhere! I’d love to learn more!
Ps guys it’s only 8 weeks til we get married! Less than 2 months! 58 days! Yay!