Affordable/Budget Invitations and Florist- Chicago

posted 3 years ago in Chicago
Post # 3
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Newbee
  • Wedding: April 2013

WishingWell Forist did a great job working within my budget. As long as you don’t have your heart set on anything in particular Heidi was great at making reasonably priced suggestions. She also gave me a few variations of the same thing at different price points.

As for invitations, I made mine with the help of Cardsandpockets.com

Post # 4
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

@jillafer:  Have you considered DIY?  I did all of my invites (pocketfold, 3 insert), ceremony programs and flowers for less than $450 (materials, tax, shipping, etc).  As long as you have the time, neither are very difficult to do.  I used fiftyflowers and Costco for my flowers and paperandmore for stationary.

Post # 5
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

@jillafer:  minted is great online but also try local copy stores, most have a graphic designer and they do great, unique and really affordable work. I had a friend do 250 invites for $170 dollars at one store and they were so gorgegous.

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

We did our invites via vistaprint and we are doing our flowers from Whole Foods in Wrigleyville. Both, I highly recommend so far. 

Post # 7
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2014 - Morton Arboretum

Zazzle.com or vistaprint for invites.  I used Zazzle you can customize them any way you like if you are good with a computer and their program. 

 

My florist is very reasonable.  We ever went to the wholesalers to pick out flowers I like the best in advance of the final planning.  My day is not until April 2014 but so far she has been great. And very budget friendly. 

cathy@simpleeleganceflowers.com

check her out on facebook

Simple Elegance Floral and Event Design

 

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

@jillafer:  

Forget me Knodt florist, Janessa, will work with ANY budget- meaning I actually don’t have to DIY my flowers. the cost of my flowers diy was 45 dollars less than she was able to do- she’s also a independent owner, super creative and awesomely sweet to boot. i would contact her if you want someone in city.

Post # 9
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Our wedding is next month, but I love the work I have seen from our florist, Becca Blue Flowers, and she’s been great to work with so far.  I am actually not living in Chicago and she’s been great about coordinating my trips to meet with her & drop things off.  She only does one wedding a week so she is focused on YOUR wedding when it is your day.  I liked that.  We are having a small wedding & I wanted to have vendors that understood we were doing that for an intimate & personal feel.  She’s been great.  

As for invitations, I designed ours myself.  Graphic design is kind of a side hobby I have.  Then I just had them professionally printed, although you could cut costs and do them on a home printer too.  It all depends on what you are looking for, but you can PM me if you would be interested in me doing designs for you.

Post # 10
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I don’t have any florist suggestions.  However, I purchased 80 invitations and 80 insert cards from Weddingpaperdivas.com for about $225 (I had a discount coupon after I ordered free samples).

Post # 11
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2014

just commenting so I can follow the thread – thanks for all the suggestions so far!

Post # 12
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 1994

Vistaprint!

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