Ribbons, monograms, embossing...there are so many gorgeous options out there for your invitations, programs, and signage. Unfortunately, all of these choices come with an insane price tag. Whether you've already experienced stationary shock or it's still months away, know that there are ways to snag pretty paper goods for way less.
- Office supply stores have dozens of invitation papers- nice, heavy cardstocks in white and ivory, with embossed borders. If you want something a little more dynamic than your typical black script, try playing around with different fonts. Plain paper definitely doesn't have to equal plain invites. You can download free fonts in every style imaginable at dafont.com. Add some zing with colored envelopes.
- Forego the invitation papers altogether and do it all yourself. Microsoft Publisher and Adobe InDesign are desktop publishing programs that help you create every stationary-related item you can think of, from invitations to response cards and tri-fold booklets for programs. When I could neither find nor afford exactly what I had in mind, I used Publisher to make my wedding stationary, which is in the picture at the top of this post. I downloaded a pattern I loved to make the pink background, then slapped a text box with a border on top, where I could type in all the details. I grouped the background and text box together to make a template for everything, and bam. Coordinated invites, programs, and reception signs without having to start from scratch each time. Such a stress saver.
- If you're not feeling the creative juices, look into websites that offer print-it-yourself designs. Typically, you pay a flat rate to download their documents and are then free to print as many as you need, which, if you ask me, is a pretty sweet deal. My favorite source is Printable Press, which has a bevy of gorgeous invitation suites, complete with Thank You cards. Check out these beauties:
|Metropolitan: Traditional and original|
|All Lit Up- How magical do these look??|
|Ribbon Twist- I love how girly and preppy these are without looking gaudy.|
What path are you taking for all your paper?
Next up: Remember your guests, well, memorably.