Which Cricut is best for You as a DIY Bride?
If you have been thinking about investing in a Cricut Machine for your Wedding DIY projects but are nervous about if it's worth it… this post is for YOU!
So you like crafting, but you may not feel like you're necessarily the best at it. You probably have questions, like:
1. Is using a Cricut Machine difficult? What's the learning curve like?
2. Will it actually save me money to use it? IE, enough money to offset the upfront cost?
3. Will I use it again for other crafts or projects in the future?
4. Which Cricut Machine should I buy for my DIY Wedding Projects?
5. How can I save on a Cricut Machine and Supplies?
The Best Cricut Machine for Your DIY Wedding Projects
We know it can be overwhelming trying to decide which version of the Cricut cutting machine to buy, so we've put together this post to help you figure out the best option for your needs and budget!
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THE BEST BANG FOR YOUR DIY BUCKS
Our favorite machine is definitely the Cricut Explore Air 2, which typically retails from $249, though we've seen it drop to $199 for sales! If you can make your purchase at a strategic time, you could save significantly on the best Cricut Machine for DIY wedding projects. The Explore Air 2 cuts 100 materials – everything from cardstock, vinyl, and iron-on to a range of specialty materials, though additional attachments and tools may be required. It also has Bluetooth® wireless technology so you don't have to worry about hooking it directly to your computer, you can create Cricut Projects using the desktop or mobile apps! It can write with a pen to address your invitations or create perfectly written place cards for your reception. The Cricut Explore Air 2 features a fast-cutting mode, so if you're making a large number of projects, such as favor boxes, it could help speed up the process.
IF YOU'RE ON A BUDGET
If funds are tight but you'd like to buy a Cricut machine to create DIY wedding projects (or help a friend with theirs), you may want to consider getting the Cricut Explore Air (first edition, not the Air 2). The main difference between the Cricut Explore Air and Cricut Explore Air 2 is that the 2 offers fast-cut mode, which isn't always recommended for the best cut-quality if your project design is intricate (like our bridesmaids proposal confetti.) The other difference is the Air 2 comes in multiple color options, but that isn't worth paying the higher price, in our opinion. Choose the Air instead of the Air 2, and use the money saved to purchase supplies or other accessories.
IF YOU WANT THE BEST OF THE BEST
If you want the machine that does it all, go for the Cricut Maker. It's the most advanced machine and comes with an adaptive tool system to cut more materials than any other machine! With the Maker, you can cut thicker materials and fabric without having to use a stabilizer. It comes in 4 colors, but they aren't all over colors like the Air 2 models are.
CRICUT MACHINE FEATURE COMPARISONS
Below is a comparison chart of all of the Cricut cutting machines and what they do. You may find it helpful in your decision-making as well!
Is Buying a Cricut for Wedding Projects Worth the Cost?
It's important to note that buying a Cricut machine won't necessarily save you money to DIY your wedding. The start-up costs can really add up! If you don't see yourself using the machine for projects after your wedding is over, we wouldn't necessarily recommend buying one at all. If you can only see yourself using it for a few projects, (such as wedding photobooth props) you'll probably save money by buying your wedding items already completed! But if you're a DIY Queen and want to personalize *every* aspect of your wedding day for less, than a Cricut Machine would be a worthy investment for you.
Cricut Machine Startup Costs
Aside from the Machine itself, you'll likely need to purchase extra Mats, Blades and of course, Cutting Materials to complete your wedding projects. If you buy a new machine, it comes with one blade, a fine-tip pen, and supplies for one sample project. You can then purchase the materials you need to make the projects you are interested in.
Savvy Tips for Buying a Cricut for Your Wedding Projects:
The bundles sold on the Cricut site are not necessarily the best value or option for a DIY bride. Not only can you buy cheaper supplies elsewhere, but you may receive supplies you don't even want or need. Also, it bears mentioning that many users in the Cricut Facebook groups have reported that Cricut vinyl isn't the easiest to work with, and ultimately get their supplies elsewhere! The only Cricut brand supplies you need, aside from the machine, is mats.
Do you have your heart set on a newer model but can't afford the cost? Try checking Facebook marketplace for used models. You may just find another bride who utilized a Cricut machine for her big day projects but didn't plan to continue crafting post-wedding!
Check to see if your local library has a Cricut Machine. We've heard from many DIY brides who have utilized resources available for free at the public library. You'll probably need to bring your own supplies, and perhaps a Mat and fresh blade, depending on your project, but you can bypass the purchase of the machine itself!
Another option would be to use the Machine of a friend instead of buying your own. Or maybe you and another engaged friend could split the cost and have wedding crafting parties together!
The Bottom Line
Being savvy is all about getting creative to bring your wedding to life. Don't be afraid to think outside the box, especially if it means avoiding putting yourself in financial strain!
If you're not super into crafting and can't envision using your machine much post-wedding, you may want to skip this expense. If you want to buy a machine specifically to save money on your wedding day, it may not actually save you anything at all! Remember, the machine alone costs at least $200, before you even begin to factor in supplies and tools. Determine how many wedding projects you plan to make with your machine and ask yourself if you'd actually be saving any money by making them yourself vs buying pre-made items.
It's important to remember that DIY isn't always cheaper, so make sure to truly weigh out the costs to decide if buying a Cricut for wedding projects is the right choice for you!
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✂️ Happy Wedding Crafting! ✂️