In September last year we spent about £110 getting Save The Date magnets made and posted out to people, along with some postcards giving the address of our wedding website. (We made a bit of a fail on the fact that the thickness of the magnet and postcard in the envelope increased the amount we had to pay for postage - oops!) After this little splurge, we were conscious that we didn't want to spend too much money then sending invitations out, as, whilst I'm a total stationery nerd, these aren't generally things that people keep for years to come, so I didn't want to blow the budget on paper goods (okay, I did, but I reined myself in!)
For our invitations, I initially looked at free printables where you could simply add your name and details and it would generate a graphic, but I couldn't find anything that felt exactly right. We thought we wanted to have them printed on kraft paper but none of the designs I found were bold enough to be able to printed on kraft (you really need only quite dark, bold colours or the design gets lost!)
Eventually I had the idea of looking on Etsy for printable designs that could be customised, and I came across several sellers with designs I loved, such as Fate and Fourtune and Printable Wisdom. After a lot of deliberation and whittling down (and realising that Tom and I have completely different taste in designs!) we decided on this chalkboard-esque effect invitation. I loved the fact that the botanical design fitted with our rustic/woodland theme. (The fact that it was £8 including RSVP cards was also a big plus!) After ordering, the designer sent us through the proofs for the invitation and the RSVP card (we reversed the colours for the RSVP so people could write on them) and they were ready for printing.
We also wanted to include an information card with information about accommodation, where to send the RSVP and some other bits, like when to turn up! I made the information card in Photoshop as it was just text and a little foxy picture (which meant I finally had a way to use kraft paper!)
With our invite, RSVP and information card ready to go, we set about finding a printer. We found printed.com's Wedding Collection through a Google search and fell for their range of paper, textures and card stocks, as well as how easy it was to upload designs and choose different sizes. We had the invitations printed on laminated silk paper, the information cards on kraft paper (might have mentioned that already!) and the RSVPs on unlaminated silk paper (so people can write on them). In total, 60 copies of each of the three elements of the design printed, along with A5 kraft envelopes and postage, was around £65, which I thought was really reasonable.
Our invitations are now all ready to be posted. I'll be printing the envelopes at home as it's really easy to do in Word, then they'll be going off in the post - eek! I definitely recommend printed.com - the service was absolutely great and we're chuffed to bits with our lovely invites. We paid for our invites but since then Printed.com have kindly shared a discount code for anyone wanting to get their own wedding stationery (or stationery generally) printed - you can use ARO10 for 10% off.
What do you think of our Save The Dates and invites? Are you a stationery lover like me or would your priorities be elsewhere?
(I also must apologise for the photography in this post - I couldn't seem to get the flashgun working in a way that looked right so I reluctantly used my phone - soz! What an amateur!)