Post # 1
i’m trying to figure out how much i should be spending on menus, place/escort cards, and programs for 200 guests in manhattan. since i’m having my wedding in manhattan, i’m used to ridiculous prices. but since everything has basically been overbudget, i’d like to save on this cost. what did you guys spend on these things? any ideas for cost cutting?
Post # 3
hi – i’m also getting married in manhattan (approx 160 ppl) and my stationary will probably cost approx $1,500. this includes letterpress invites, DIY save the dates, DIY menus/placecards/programs and regular (ie store bought) thank you cards.
Post # 4
I would think to cut costs you could do it your self and keep it simple (you can spend tons of money doing it yourself and not keeping it simple). I don’t live in Manhattan so I’m not sure what help I’ll be but I plan on spending about $70 on 200 programs – we have a hook in with a printer, am not doing menus and haven’t seriously researched escort cards yet but I’m thinking about $50 for DIY.
Post # 5
you can get most things online, so it doesn’t really matter if everything is inflated in manhattan! i’m getting letterpressed stds, invites (including enclosure and rsvp postcard), and thank yous for 1400 (i should mention that we designed them ourselves, so there was no design fee). we’re diying the menu cards and programs, and we’ll have escort cards too (all about 150). calligraphy is really what’s killing our budget…i would diy that if you don’t really care. we would’ve, but we found the money from other areas.
Post # 6
I am doing it all myself to save money.
For instance with my thank you cards, I created them on photoshop (the graphic) and then ordered them through vistaprint.com – much cheaper then ordering them from a pre printed by about $200 +!
I’m also printing my menus at home, the paper wil cost about $25 (metallic to match the invites). That’s a lot cheaper then the $2.75 each some places want.
I do have a lot of design background so this is a bit eaiser for me, but you can download a free trial of photoshop online and learn to work it quickly, if you have the time to put into learning. It as it’s not exactly a "point and click" program – but easy enough to do if you get Elements which is a smaller version. And I think a lot of the Hive know how it works and can offer help as needed, me included.
Post # 7
I am DIYing 50 sets of invites, RSVPs, programs, menus, favor tags and thank you cards for about $600. Like Sweeney I am a graphic designer, so I designed all of them myself and then take a letterpress class at my old college (I get 50% off tuition as an alum).
Class + extra workshop time: $300
Paper (PaperSource): $175 (including envelope liners, enclosures and ribbons)
Photopolymer plates for the letterpress: $125