(Closed) DIY day-of stationary

posted 5 years ago in DIY
Post # 2
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486 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

Dr.Mrs.B:  Welcome!

I made my most of my own stationary for the wedding including the programs, menus, and escort cards.  I used the #10 cards from paper source (http://www.papersource.com/color/10-Note-Cards/2505.090/209.html ) for both the programs and menus.  And I used the printable place cards (http://www.papersource.com/wedding/wedding-place-cards.html ) for the escort cards (they come with a template which makes life so much easier).  Depending on how you want to display the escort cards, flat business cards are also an option.  I set the documents up in Publisher instead of Word so that I could get the exact size of the #10 card.  I just sent everything right through my at home printer and it turned out beautiful (I used all kraft/paperbag paper and printed in black ink only).  It took a little practice to get everything perfect so definitely buy extra cards for all those practice runs!  And leave yourself plenty of time to get it all done!  You don’t want to be dealing with printer trouble the week of the wedding!

Good luck!

oh– I also invested in a font that I really loved ($50) because the standard Microsoft fonts didn’t cut it for me.  There are also plenty of free fonts out there too!

Post # 3
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302 posts
Helper bee

I made all my own menus, programs, table numbers etc… Using microsoft word and a program called inkscape. It’s super easy to just use word though. I set everything up to print on 8.5×11 paper. For example the menus I made by creating a table with 3 columns that was oriented horizontally. This way I could paste the menu into each column and I could get away with only making 40 ish copies. I borrowed a guillotine cutter from the art department at my company to cut all the copies. When I get home tonight I’ll take pictures to show you!

 

I would have have loved to use a heavier cardstock, but I only had $100 to spend on printing and paper so I just used an off white 65lb pack from michaels.  Thsee were easier to print on a copier than the 110lb I wanted, but are still thick enough to hold their shape well and not flop around like paper. 

 

I really like cards and pockets.com for stationary supplies. I got my custom color envelopes and belly bands from there – totally reccomened checking them out!

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Post # 4
Bee
32 posts
Newbee
  • Wedding: Smith Barn at Brooksby Farm

I’m designing all of my stationery for our wedding! I bought most of my paper through a store called Paperworks – they have several locations but also a website you can order through. For invitations, I used 110lb cardstock which is heavy and luxurious. For programs, menus, and placecards, I think something around 80lb would be an appropriate weight.

Post # 5
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Honey bee

Our escort cards and programs/menus (same bi-fold paper), were bought through Bed Bath and Beyond, online. They’re made by Gartner Studios and have a template, although I found it easier to use Word, in 2 columns, for the programs. I think the programs/menus were $10 per 50 and the escort cards $5 per 50. They have pre-scored programs/menus, for easy folding, and pre-scored escort cards, which are easy to separate. They came in at least 3 choices. I added some rhinestone embelishments.

Post # 6
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772 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014 - Gold Hill Gardens

I did all of our paper stuff. We only ordered our invitation and response cards – everything else I designed and printed. I used screen shots to capture images from our invite suite (for some reason, WPD only has a very small selection with our design) and used them throughout. I ordered card- and paper stock from http://www.paperandmore.com and used it for the extra enclosures in our invites as well as all of the paper stuff for the day of. I bought a font that I fell in love with (we actually used it on our invites, then I tracked it down online and bought it myself) and used the same three fonts for everything. I used Adobe Illustrator (CS4, old, but what I had . . .) which allowed me to access the glyphs on that font, so I could achieve a harmonious look. The only things I didn’t print at home were our “Field Guide” programs. They were 8 pages, so I had them printed and cut in half at FedEx. When I ordered paper and card stock from Paper and More I chose based on color – not weight, because they didn’t have all the colors I wanted in every weight. Color to me was much more important.

Post # 7
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

I did everything by hand using 110lb paperstock from michaels and my printer 🙂 Worked out great!

 

Post # 8
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Blushing bee

We got all our paper from hobby lobby and Michaels. Texture was more important that weight but either way I would suggest ordering samples.

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