Post # 1
We all know a coordinated stationary suite can look great. Save-The-Date Cards, invites, reply cards, programs, escort cards, menus, thank you cards etc. We also know all of this can add up quickly.
So what did you choose to do?
For instance, did you skip RSVP cards- opt for postcards or instruct guests to respond online or call?
Did you use a single menu board near the buffet or escort card table instead of individual menus? Or use table tent menus or none at all?
**What were your paper splurges and paper save alternatives?
Post # 3
Everything of mine matches, font & paper wise, but I’m making it all myself so it’s a huge save.
Post # 4
So far we did postcard std’s to save money! Saved on postage and printing.
Post # 5
@CurlyCue: We did our invites, thank you cards, and return address labels all through vista print. They’re all one print. They were super cheap and we got a great discount on top of the sale price!
As for programs, table numbers, menus, escort cards… we haven’t decided yet what we’re doing. Ideally I’d like them all to be the same motif. So we’ll see what happens. I’m not sure there will be enough time to get the menu cards printed after we finalize and before the wedding.
We are doing an online only RSVP. And we’re hand delivering as many invitations as possible. It’s $3 to ship our one piece invite overseas and 75 people on our guest list are overseas. If we did a stamped reply card (which I firmly believe they should be) it would be $6 per overseas invite in postage alone.
Post # 6
All of our match, we used a local print shop and designer. std and reply cards were postcards. We are doing a large chart for seating, small cards with their names on ribbon on the napkins with a menu tucked inside the napkin fold.
std, invites, replys, menu, seating chart, place cards, info cards, thank yous, programs, buffet food tents total cost us under $200 including postage for 25 sets/60 people.
Post # 7
I must confess to being a paper and printing nerd.
I actually spent more on paper than I did on my entire wedding look, lol. My background in communications meant that, for YEARS, I had dreamed of having a formal, engraved invitation suite (invitations, reception cards, response cards, reply envelopes — my outer envelopes were blind embossed, the inner envelopes had no printing, and my accommodations cards were off-set printed) and engraved informals (thank-you notes) and, so I did.
However, although my eight-page, Crane wedding programs matched my Crane invitation suite (fonts and ribbon), to save money, they were off-set printed and not engraved. Also, my wedding menus and rehearsal-dinner invitations were printed in-house at the stationery boutique instead of by a printing company, so that saved some money as well.
ETA: Actually, I just did the math, and it actually wasn’t more than my total wedding look, but it was in a similar ballpark, lol.
Post # 8
@CurlyCue: We cheated lol…..FI’s cousin designs beautiful stationary and so she designed our Save-The-Date Cards, invitations/reply cards, and programs for free…..and then we just bought some nice cardstock for $10 from Walmart and printed them ourselves. They looked great!! And everyone thought we had gotten them professionally done 😀
Post # 9
@CurlyCue: We just hired someone to do all of our paper stuff for us. She’s getting everything to coordinate. So we are getting invites, programs, menus, place cards, and photobooth picture frame inserts.
Post # 10
I spent $30 on a temlplate and printed everything myself… I will be doing table numbers and place cards with the same template…
Post # 11
@CurlyCue: We did electronic save the dates through Paperless Post. Saves money, and it’s a great way to collect addresses! We’re mailing paper wedding invitations, but will have our guests rsvp online. We won’t be doing programs, and if we do a menu, it will only be one per table. We’re not assigning seats, so won’t be doing placecards, and we haven’t decided about escort cards vs, seating chart yet. I plan on having our invite designer design all paper pieces so that they coordinate.
Post # 12
- Wedding: June 2014 - Gold Hill Gardens
Ordering invites and response cards from Wedding Paper Divas. I found a very similar paper on paperandmore.com and ordered it in white, light blue, medium blue printable, and the same colors plus dark blue in card stock. Planning to do our own labels with images screen captured from our invitation suite, information & hotel inserts using the paper and card stock I ordered, use the paper and card stock for our Field Guide programs, signs, and escort cards. We are doing menu by table signs, as well as table numbers, and on the third side of the table thing a sign about how to get us to kiss. As much as possible I am using aspects from the invitations for each of these. I will also order Thank You cards to match everything. We will also be using the paper and card stock to make the tags for our home chocolate chip cookie favors. WPD doesn’t have a whole lot in the suite we chose (Lovely Hummingbird), so I am hoping to get high quality images I can work with from them. Oh, and I have ordered a bunch of origami paper as well, and it looks like I will be ordering more. In all, I will have spent about $550 on paper goods . . . I think!
Post # 13
We did invitations and response cards. The price was really good, got them through Zazzle.
For the seating chart, I made it myself, it was a single board by the guest book table. I just used black bristol board and made it fancy! It was pretty easy and turned out really good!
Post # 14
We used a local designer so we could colostomies everything and have it match… I have OCD when it comes to things matching 😉 ours is isnt overly cheap but we did email rsvps rather than cards and we’re doing 2 menus per table (of 9-12 guests).
Post # 15
@CurlyCue: I don’t think menus are necessary unless your guests will be ordering off of them the day of the wedding. I’m doing the vast majority of the printing myself, but my major splurge was the custom invitation design.
Post # 16
@CurlyCue: We splurged on the actual invitation. We had letterpress on a really high quality paper. But, we didn’t include RSVP cards and are having all guests reply online.
I haven’t actually figured out our escort cards yet but we will probably cheap out on those.