Weddings are an expensive business, however going down the ‘DIY’ route is a great way to reduce costs without having to compromise on those ‘nice to have’ extras. Wedding stationery is one area where it is possible to have your –wedding – cake and eat it, as with careful planning and good design you can create professional looking stationery yourself at a fraction of the cost compared to purchasing it ready-made, sometimes saving as much as 50% or even more depending on volume.
Not only does creating your own wedding stationery save you money, there are lots of other advantages: you can create a suite of stationery that is truly personal with a design that is unique and meaningful to you; absolutely everything can co-ordinate, from ‘save the date’ cards, through to orders of service, wedding favours, place cards, thank you notelets and even your guestbook; you are in control, which means you can ensure each item made looks exactly as you want it and you can work to your own timescales. Lastly, it can be great fun – making your own stationery is a great way to involve the groom, or other family members, with each taking responsibility for a certain element. Equally, it can be a great opportunity for a pre-wedding get-together with friends, or even a hen activity to make the table favours and any other items that don’t need to be sent out in advance.
If you’re reading this and like the idea, but are thinking to yourself ‘I’m not a crafty-creative type, I just wouldn’t know where to start’ that’s where I come in! As an independent Stampin’ Up! Demonstrator, I can supply a fully co-ordinated range of cardstock, ink, ribbons and embellishments in such a wide range of colours that you are sure to find something to tone in with your chosen colour scheme. In addition, Stampin’ Up! has an extensive range of stamps, punches and framelits that enable you to tie in your design to your chosen theme with ease, from classically elegant, to quirky and fun.
The service I offer goes beyond simply supplying the materials you will need though: more importantly, I provide a free of charge two hour consultation where we can discuss ideas, themes and fully understand your requirements in order to tailor a solution that fully meets your needs and budget. Once we have agreed the key elements, I will then go away and work up your chosen design for all elements of your wedding stationery package, from ‘save the date’ cards to thank you notelets and everything in between. I will compile a complete shopping list of all of the items you will need to produce your chosen design along with accurate costs. On delivery of your chosen supplies, I will provide you with complete detailed step-by-step instructions and measurements, in written, photographic or video formats, that will make it easy for you to recreate your chosen design in your own home at your convenience. I will be available to answer your queries along the way if you need any help or advice. I can also arrange a private class or party and come along to help you kick-start the making process . This is a great time to enlist the help of your bridesmaids or other family and friends for a day or evening – you’ll complete your stationery in no time and have lots of crafty fun along the way. You never know, you might find it opens up a whole new world of papercrafting and a creative side that you never knew existed!