Post # 1
Holy cow… went to Michael’s today to see about getting our Wedding Tree framed… good lord they want 150-200 dollars AND THATS WITH A 50% DISCOUNT!
Has anyone done custom framing and know where we can go for a better deal?
Or am I just completely out of the loop and this is what I should expect to pay? HELP!
Post # 4
I wish I knew of a better place, but I usually get my custom framing done at aaron brothers or michaels and it usually costs a lot.
Post # 5
I’ve gotten a bunch of frames from framesbymail.com.
Its a bit hard to guess the color to match exactly, but for the price, its worth it. I got a two tone frame from them… and HATED how the color looked, so I just spray painted it black, now it looks great.
Another thing that i did recently.. was to invest in a miter saw.. .about 100-150 bucks. With that, you can do a 45 degree cut, buy molding from home depot for a few bucks, and make all the frames you want in any size, and you can stain, paint or anything to your liking also.
Post # 6
This is why I looked at frame sizes BEFORE I made my wedding tree!
However, something that I have been doing a lot lately is only having a mat custom cut and then using a standard frame. So for example, if you have something that is 13″ x 17″, you would buy a standard 16″ x 20″ frame, and then have a mat cut to be 16″x20″ with a 13″x17″ opening.
ETA: The mat should run you less than $30.
Post # 7
I have had it done at Joann Fabrics. It’s about the same cost but the quality is so much better.
Post # 8
I recently had something custom framed at Hobby Lobby. It was about $30 less than Michael’s quoted me.
Post # 9
Custom framing/matting are expensive. I’m honestly not really surprised by that price.
Your best bet would be to use a larger standard frame size and get a custom mat made like a PP said.
Post # 10
I’ve found that Michaels often has the best deal. What size is the wedding tree? What are the dimensions? Is there any way to find a standard frame that would fit it?
Post # 11
That’s actually a really good price. I worked in custom frame shops for about six years and dealt with people balking at prices every day. Frames aren’t just for decoration, though. They preserve the things inside them. The glass is UV coated so that your artwork/document won’t fade. The mats are acid free to prevent yellowing, and they act as a spacer between the artwork and the glass so that it won’t stick over time. That is especially true at corporate places like Michaels and Aaron Brothers. They don’t even offer materials that aren’t conservation-grade.
Post # 12
custom framing is super expensive – my dad owns a custom framing store – too bad you aren’t close! i could really get you a deal.
my dad always runs coupons and will beat michaels price – maybe try a small business instead of michaels or fast frames or frame warehouse, small business owners need the business and might be more willing to bring the price down, or at least beat michaels price.
Post # 13
I want to second trying a smaller frame shop. Most of them will try to beat the larger chain stores (like Michaels and Aaron Brothers) and will be more sensitive to suggesting things that are within your budget. Just make sure everything is acid-free (i.e. won’t yellow your print over time). If it’s not to big, you should also look for smaller, thinner frames which will run you less money and then you can always upgrade later on if you decide you want something better. If it’s a larger size…(I’m guess like a 14×20 or a 24×30), you are going to have to get a larger, sturdier frame to make sure there isn’t any bend and that the frame can support the weight of the glass. It’s worth the investment to get the right size frame so you don’t have to reframe it when it falls apart.
Post # 14
Thanks! I will try to find some smaller shops…
My tree is 15.5 by 19.5… so basically 16×20 but i also want a mat so that calls for a larger frame. Fiance is willing to pay for it, i guess he’s had things custom framed before so he was expecting that price- I however was shocked!