Most professional wedding planners suggest the easiest way to reduce costs (by up to 20 percent) is to avoid the peak seasons and Saturday evenings. In addition, an estimated $6000+ can be saved by booking a DJ rather than a band. Today’s brides are serious about minimizing costs, and the trend seems to suggest “doing it yourself” (DIY) is an easy way to save.
The question is what DIY projects can really save you money?
Many brides are tempted to pick up a do-it-yourself invitation kit at the local hobby shop. In reality, you need to be very familiar with your printer and load up on ink in order to produce a product you will be proud to mail. If you are considering making your invites from scratch, most metallic paper won’t work well with typical inkjet printers. You will need to invest in a color laser printer (at a cost of approximately $150); however the toner is very expensive and ultimately may erode away any actual savings. Keep in mind that in addition to purchasing quality paper for printing, you will need a heavy-duty card stock cutter to properly slice the invitations. Plus, don’t forget you need to purchase envelopes to match perfectly (another expense).
You never blink an eye to purchasing a generic birthday card at the grocery store for $3.00. So why do you hesitate spending that amount on a custom printed wedding invitation? Remember that this is the most important day of your life, and you have a gorgeous dress, venue and ring; you certainly need an invitation that compliments the ambiance you are dreaming of. The invitation is the actual preview of your special day; it sets the mood of what is to come. First impressions truly are lasting impressions!
A professional stationer can actually be less expensive than DIY! Stationers have access to numerous vendors for every budget, and she knows what products are a good value. A local storefront’s buying power is something you can benefit from, and their expertise in etiquette and trends can help you avoid embarrassing and often costly mistakes. If you give her a budget, she can show you which particular invitations you can afford. There are so many beautiful options to choose from, and many only look expensive! You can always dress up a very basic invitation with ribbon, jewels, or layers, rather than taking the risk of doing it entirely yourself. Also, check with your bridal salon to see if they offer any invitation incentives when you purchase your dress. It is always to your benefit to keep your purchases local and under one roof.
At Kathryn’s Bridal & Invitations, we can offer significant value to brides who purchase their dress from us. We have a wonderful Invitation & Design Studio with the largest selection to satisfy every price point. In addition, we promise superior customer service and etiquette expertise. Our goal is to ensure each bride is confident that she is in the care of true local professionals who will help make her dream day a reality and within budget. Your time is money and we want to make sure you spend it wisely.
Kathryn’s Invitation & Design Studio, McHenry, Illinois
3807 West Elm Street
McHenry, IL 60050
*all of the photographed invitations are courtesy of Carlson Craft and are available at Kathryn’s Bridal!