Post # 1
The venue we are looking at is quit pricy but it’s beautiful and I love it so I want to DIY as much as I can to save money. I’m a teach so DIY is kinda my thing and my mom and aunts are really good at doing things as well. My mom is amazing at centerpieces so she is doing those, my aunt is a professional cake designer so that won’t cost me anything. I’m good at scrapbooking, etc… However, I still want to get the best prices of supplies and be able to trust the online stores I buy from.
What are ways you saved? How did you cut cost? Can you recommend any ways I can save or websites that offer cheaper prices but good quality? I’m talking about everything… Stationary, how to do STD (I.e. vista print, etc)… ANY ways to save or buy in bulk or just awesome products. Thanks all!
Post # 3
I saved by creating all of my paper products (STD, invitation, menu, program, etc.) and printing through Catprint or on my home printer. Vistaprint is another good option, but I found Catprint’s paper and color to be better quality for a similiar price. For the design aspect, I used Adobe Illustrator but Powerpoint is a good, less tech-saavy option.
ETA: for my programs and escort cards, I’m using Wilton’s print-at-home versions. You can find them on Amazon or at craft stores.
More edit: I got my envelopes and matching cardstock for bellybands from envelopes.com.
Post # 4
Another vote for Catprint, I used them for my DIY save-the-dates and invites and they turned out amazingggg. Super high quality color and paper. And very cheap. I bought my envelopes from Paper Source – probably are cheaper options out there, but I wanted size A7.5 kraft paper envelopes, and they were the only vendor I could find for those particular envelopes. To design all of our paper products, I used Pixelmator – it’s an app for Apple computers that’s much cheaper than Photoshop.
I bought frames at Goodwill and spray painted them with gold spray paint from Michaels. I really bought a lot of things at Goodwill and at thrift stores.
I dutifully clipped coupons for Michaels and Hobby Lobby each time I went to buy more craft supplies.
I bought some things at Ikea, like cheap candles. Ikea is great for wedding supplies! A lot of bees bought frames there, like cheap frames.
Post # 5
Look into vocational schools in your area for florists 🙂
My friend gave me a lead on one where she got her wedding flowers. Because all the arrangements were made by students, she merely had to pay for the actual flowers! The teacher ensured that the flowers were gorgeous in the end 🙂
DIY your cake or get a very basic cake covered in buttercream only and add your own flowers/ribbon around each tier. OR get a cupcake tower.
Look into consignment dresses! Or into stores like Group USA/Camille La Vie that carry really affordable dresses. OR wear your mother’s if she has it.
Post # 6
@MsVoyageur: Can you put up pictures of how your catprint invitations/stds turned out?