You can have beautiful diy wedding invitations that look like they were designed by a boutique stationer. They won't come with the designer price tag, but it will take time and energy. If you're willing to get crafty, here is how to get the designer look without the cost.
Printing costs can be very high. You can cut those costs by purchasing a customizable template and printing your wedding stationery at home. Get Wed's stationery suites come with a home printer file that has multiple copies to a single standard 8 x 11 sheet, which saves you paper and money. They also come with handy how-to printing instructions to walk you through printing your invitations at home.
Paper plays a significant role in how luxurious your invitations look and feel. Paper is often underrated and makes a big difference to your finished product. A heavy matte "stock" paper is the best choice. It is thick and heavy, and will have an expensive look and feel. You can buy luxury papers from craft stores, or online shops like Michaels or The Paper Mill Store. Cotton cockle is my wedding stationery favorite
Be careful though. Printers have a paper weight limit. Make sure you check your printers paper weight limit, and buy paper that is at, or under, that limit. Download Get Wed's Gorgeous Paper Guide for a detailed guide on the different types of paper finishes and weights, and selecting the right paper for your invitations.
Another cost of printing is the cutting. You can cut this cost completely by doing the cutting yourself at home. This is a meticulous task, and can be time consuming, but it can be meditative and relaxing if you enjoy repetitive, detail-oriented craft projects.
The best tool for this job is a guillotine or paper trimmer. They are reasonably inexpensive, and cut straight, accurate lines quickly and easily. Check out this tutorial on how to use a guillotine/paper trimmer.
If you don't want to invest in a paper trimmer, you can also cut your stationery using a cutting mat, ruler and craft or x-acto knife. Simply place your invitation on the cutting mat, line your ruler up with the invitation crop marks, and use the outside edge of the ruler to guide your craft knife along as it cuts the paper.
You can also use old fashion scissors and hand cutting. This takes a lot of time and precision. You could a lot of frustration because there is nothing to guide you along the cutting lines, and mistakes and jagged edges will happen. However, imperfect lines can be beautiful in their own right, and some may find the meticulous process very relaxing.
Simple embellishments have a major impact on the wow factor of your invitations. Vintage ribbon, twine, embossing and wax stamps can really make your invitations look exceptional with minimal effort. Check out Get Wed's simple wedding invitation embellishment ideas that will make your invitations pop.
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