{Jess} Creating a Theme | The Budget Savvy Bride
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I knew that I wanted my wedding to be cohesive. Maybe I am a crazy person, but I HATE when you get the invitation to a wedding and go only to find that the program is a completely different font and style. Or worse yet, an invitation and reply card that don’t match. Okay, I sound neurotic.

Anyways from the save the dates, to the invitations, to the programs, to the decorations at the wedding, and finally to the thank yous I wanted all of the pieces to flow nicely together. So I set my artsy cousin to work (you met Julie here). I am not craft-illiterate so I had some good insight, but the whole thing was really her masterpiece….and I must say: I’M THRILLED.

(Do you notice the lines? And the knots? And the font? Keep those in mind!)

Our Save the Date magnets went out with our Christmas cards this year (which weren’t exactly “cards” they were rack cards…read SAVINGS…and they didn’t exactly match…but it did have the same font and color scheme) to save some $$$ on postage…also a Julie design:

Next we went to work on putting together all of the invitations, envelopes and liners, maps, and reply cards. It only took eight (LONG) hours of assembling with my wonderful family (thanks guys!), but because we were able to shop around for prices on the invitations with our own design and then put them together ourselves we were able to save big bucks!

Making Our Own Envelope Liners

I didn't take pictures of the inserts myself, but here is the printing proof!

I learned how to make my own wedding map here, it was SO easy!

 

Next, my wonderful Granny B put the program/fans together. It is missing the bow at the bottom, but you get the idea! I created a crossword online here and then Julie did some design magic on it. I think they turned out pretty cool.

We (and by we… I mean Julie) haven’t started working on the thank yous because we’re trying to get all the details taken care of for the wedding because it is right around the corner. I can’t believe it!

In the words of Ferris Bueller and some great wedding advice: “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”

Cost Break-down for Invitations (all numbers rounded up):

Printing of invitation, reply card, and map/accomendations (200): $210

Envelopes, Paper, and Ribbon: $115

Total Cost per Invite (without postage): $1.63

Printing of the fans: $104

Popcycle sticks: $4

Total Cost per Fan (ribbon was purchased with invites): $0.54


    • Krista
    • June 27th, 2011

    Love the fans! I'm looking into making my own for my nuptials. Can you post some more info on how you put them together? Where you got them printed/How heavy of a cardstock/what you used to glue them together. It would be greatly appreciated!
    Thanks!

      • Jess
      • June 30th, 2011

      Hi Krista! We got our fans and invites printed at a place called Corgi Graphics (corgigraphics.com) in Troy, Ohio. We ordered 150 sheets of each for the fans (I think that there were more in there) on 7 x 5 pieces of paper. We told them what they were being used for and they suggested the weight of the paper (I can’t remember!), but the total cost for the printing was $103. To glue them together we used Tacky Glue (~$2 a bottle at Michael’s). We first glued down a popsicle stick (a box of 300 at Michael’s was ~$5…we got the extra thick ones, not the thin ones. They have white sticks too, but they were WAY more expensive) to the back of one side of the fan. Then we ran a thin line of the Tacky Glue around a ½ an inch from the edge and glued the other side of the fan on. We then used a tool that we picked up from Michael’s to edge the fans, so that they were rounded as opposed to square. We then used ¼ thick ribbon at the bottom to tie a bow and a drop of Tacky Glue to keep it in place (not shown in the pics). If you have any more questions feel free to email me -Jess

    • Tee
    • June 27th, 2011

    Please, please tell me where to buy paper for making our own invitations, save-the-dates, envelopes, liners, etc. Pretty please? Thanks.

      • Jess
      • June 30th, 2011

      Hi Tee! We ordered our invites and fans from corgigraphics.com. BUT we ordered our save the dates from overnightprints.com. I think that overnightprints.com or vistaprint.com are great, affordable sites to order invites that you have designed. They are affordable and if you sign up to be a member, they send you deals all the time! When we ordered our magnets, I had a 40% off coupon that I cashed in. For the envelopes and the paper that we cut and glued our invitation to as well as the liners, we bought those from a local store called Marco's in Dayton, Ohio. We went in with our design and they cut the paper to the perfect size for our liners and for our invitations. If there are locally owned stores in your area (as opposed to Hobby Lobby or Michael's), I would go there because they are so knowledgable about the paper and can do the cuts for you..otherwise, that is a lot of cutting :) Let me know if you have any more questions and good luck :)

    • Miekspeak
    • June 28th, 2011

    I am also interested in the fans. What type of paper did you use? Where did you get them printed? Did you create the template yourself?

      • Jess
      • June 30th, 2011

      We got our fans and invites printed at a place called Corgi Graphics (corgigraphics.com) in Troy, Ohio. We ordered 150 sheets of each for the fans (I think that there were more in there) on 7 x 5 pieces of paper. We told them what they were being used for and they suggested the weight of the paper (I can’t remember!), but the total cost for the printing was $103.

      My cousin Julie created the template for the invitations. She is on vacation this week, but I can ask her to send it to me if you are interested in using it. Good luck :) – Jess

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