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Weddings can cost a small fortune! However, if you work with wedding professionals they can direct you to the best values, which will ultimately save you money.

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Wedding planners will suggest the easiest way to reduce costs (by up to 20 percent) is to avoid the peak seasons and Saturday evenings. Today’s brides are serious about minimizing expenses without sacrificing. The latest trend seems to suggest doing some of it yourself (DIY) is a way to save. We caution you to think long and hard about which DIY project is actually realistic for your skill set.


Brides who are crafty, artsy, and love the challenge of making something beautiful completely on their own, may be capable of printing their own invitations. Experienced crafters know projects require a commitment of time, energy & money. Beginners often make costly mistakes.


It’s tempting to pick up an inexpensive invitation do-it-yourself kit at the local hobby shop. How hard can it be to add the who, what, where and when details and just print them at home? It sounds easy, but what you aren’t aware of is that you need a professional grade printer capable of producing an invite that does not smear and smudge.

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We all have purchased a pre-printed birthday card at the grocery store for $3.00, without blinking an eye. Why then do you hesitate spending that amount on a custom printed wedding invitation for the most important day of your life? The invitation is the actual preview of your special day; it sets the mood of what is to come. Your guests can often determine their attire and your gift from the quality of your invitation.

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A professional stationer can actually save you money because she has access to numerous vendors for every budget, she knows what products are a good value, and is able to direct you accordingly. Her expertise in etiquette and trends can help you avoid embarrassing and often costly errors. If you give her a budget, she can show you which particular invitations will work for you. There are so many beautiful options to choose from, and many only look expensive!  Your local bridal salon may offer premier invitation service specifically designed for their brides, so remember to ask for their help. 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 Bridal
3807 West Elm Street
McHenry, IL 60050

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