Weddings – even the most lavish of them – must be arranged according to finite budgets. When arranging their nuptials, many couples will be eager to economise. But many will also be wary of cutting corners. Fortunately for such couples, there are a number of components which you can arrange yourself – thereby saving money for important things, like dresses, cake and venue decor.
One of the area to save money could be the wedding stationery. There are lots of independent printing companies offering wedding templates and we recommend Manchester Printers with an easy to use wedding stationery design services and UK delivery. However, many might be looking to have some fun and go down the DIY option. Almost every household in the country has access to a printer and the other necessary materials like good quality paper and card, plain or coloured envelopes and a good supply of printer ink. Depending on your design you may go through quite a bit of ink so ensure you can get hold of some supplies in a reasonable, companies such as Internet Ink have a wide selection of toners and cartridges and fast delivery.
Let’s briefly examine some of the ways in which printing can help to save you money on your wedding.
When designing a wedding invitation, there are a number of factors worth considering.
One of the most important stylistic considerations your wedding invitations will require is the choice of font. This is your chance to go for something elaborate and stylish – this is a wedding after all. This decision is one of aesthetics and as such, it will be almost entirely be informed by personal taste. However, there are also more practical considerations. You want your guests to be able to read what you’ve written. This is especially true if you intend to invite older relatives, whose eyesight is perhaps not what it was.
Needless to say, Comic Sans is to be avoided.
It is important to ensure that wedding invitations are printed on appropriately weighty paper. In offices across the land, the prevailing standard is 80 gsm (grammes per square meter). This should be considered the bare minimum for a wedding invitation; ideally, 100gsm should be used or if you want that professional quality 250gsm to 350gsm would be perfect. Overly thin paper will give a flimsy invitation and the impression of a cheap wedding.
A great deal of effort is often poured into the design of wedding invitations, often at the expense of the envelopes those invitations are carried in. This is unfortunate, as, properly done, an envelope can be just as elaborate as the invitation it contains.
Those tasked with organising a wedding will have enough to worry about without the additional bother of having to address them all by hand. Instead, you will need to get envelopes printed individually. Fortunately, almost every modern printer allows for this; you need only adjust the size of the document in your word processor accordingly. That said, you will need to make stylistic choices, foremost of which relating to the font.
Envelope liners can be used to lend a touch of class to your invitation. You will doubtless want to impress upon the recipient the significance of the envelope’s contents, after all.
Some envelopes will come already lined and these can represent a tempting option for many couples. Often, the additional cost of buying ready-lined envelopes is negligible and easily offsets the labour involved in lining each envelope by hand. However, an envelope liner can provide an additional canvas on which to further personalise the package. It might carry a picture of the couple, some additional text, or a simple design.
Once you have gotten your envelopes sorted, you might spend some time considering exactly what you want to put in them. In some cases, the contents of your invitation might consist of a number of separately printed items – perhaps bound together with a ribbon or something similar.
It is important that you include a card with which your guests can confirm their attendance. It should ideally carry a return address, along with a space to write exactly how many guests will be attending.
While response cards might seem traditional, they are actually quite a modern development – until fairly recently, guests were expected to actually sit and write a letter confirming their attendance. To paraphrase the popular saying: there isn’t anybody who has time for that.
While the practice is not as old as one might think, it is one for which Facebook simply cannot substitute. It should therefore be considered indispensable.
It is worth impressing on your guests the importance of responding – as it will be difficult later to keep track of who will be attending and who will not be. It is worth, at the very least, warning your guests that if they don’t ‘respondez, s’il vous plait’ (RSVP) they will need to bring a chair and a sandwich.
A map and directions
It is important that your guests are properly appraised of where they have to go. Unfortunately, this presents a difficulty; printing images is trickier than printing plain text. It is advisable that a simplified map of the area is obtained, in order to ensure clarity. In many cases, the venue hosting the reception will already have such a map available; in others, you will have to procure or create your own.
Many couples include with their invitations details of the food the guests can expect. This is advisable, as it allows those with special dietary requirements, such as vegetarians and religious devotees, to make their own arrangements. It also affords you with an opportunity to tantalise your guests.
Place cards are another printed item necessary for the big day. Fortunately, place cards can be manufactured very easily. They can be bought in a variety of shades and textures and printed using any good laser or inkjet printer.
Once you have assembled your guest list, you can set about printing a stack of place cards. Simply compile your list of names and set them up so that only one appears per printed page. This can be done relatively easily on any word processor; in Word it is possible to alter the font so that a page break is inserted after every line.
Achieving the right result
Depending on the quality of both your printer and monitor, your prints may vary from the results you see on screen. Achieving the right results will therefore hinge on some trial and error. It is important, therefore, to make a few test runs before committing oneself to a huge, time consuming run whose results may not be of the desired quality.