You’re engaged! Congratulations, what an amazing feeling, right?
Now it’s time to sit down and start planning the wedding, but what a minute? That can’t be right… the photographer has quoted how much? The venue manager is asking for that! And has the caterer accidentally added an extra zero onto their quote?
Planning a wedding is an amazing but expensive experience. Once the research begins into just what is needed to put together a dream wedding, reality suddenly hits that, wow, this is really going to cost a lot of money to pull together.
Or is that really the case?
Frugal weddings have emerged as a popular trend over the past few years with couples deciding that actually, they don’t need to break the bank in order to celebrate their love. This means they’re finding ways to cut back on cost and doing more themselves. One relatively easy way to reduce expenditure is by creating and sending out your very own DIY wedding invitations.
Whilst this can be as easy as booting up your home printer that you bought online, buying some high-quality paper and pressing print, it doesn’t take a lot to make these invitations have the wow factor. Here are a few techniques to make your designs really pop.
Add some flair with edging
Using a patterned stamp cutter, you can make a really effective edged border around your wedding invitations. These can be bought from a variety of craft stores online and can help make your invites ones that people will be happy to display on their calendar or noticeboard.
Simply manoeuvre yourself around the border of the invite making a nice even patterned edge. It might take you a few attempts to nail the technique, but it’ll be worth it for the effect!
Have you noticed how little we write on paper nowadays? More often than not we’re typing rather than putting pen to paper. This fact of life will make the appearance of beautifully presented and bespoke calligraphy on your invites an extra special inclusion.
Now, learning calligraphy can be tricky but over recent years evening classes on the subject have become popular and there are plenty of free resources online to get you started on your journey.
Twine, tags and ribbon
Whether you’re handing invites out by hand or posting them through letterboxes, you want your invites to make an immediate impact when they are seen by the recipient. Tying and embellishing them with twine, ribbon or both is a great way of capturing attention and making your invite stand apart from the rest of the usual mail.
These flourishes will cost a little bit extra but can make the world of difference in terms of impact.
Emboss your envelopes with a personalised crest
A final flourish. When you’ve inserted your invite into its envelope, emboss the seal using a personalised embosser to add a touch of elegance. This can produce an expensive looking effect, all the while costing you very little, with personalised embossers available online for reasonable prices.