When you’re planning a wedding it can seem like the costs are never ending. There are so many expenses to cover, from beauty services to dress to favours to décor and more. I say, whenever there’s an opportunity to DIY something with professional results, get all over it. Here are two ways I saved hundreds of dollars on paper goods and printing. What I will show you can be used for save-the-dates, wedding invitations, destination welcome letters, wedding day itineraries and thank you cards.
Option 1: pick a design then have it customized and locally printed
Originally I went to Etsy.com and found an invitation design I liked (pictured above) from Sea Paper Designs. I sent the money, the designer added our names and dates, and then I downloaded a zip file. I easily sourced a local printer, emailed him the documents and picked up the proof same-day.
Total cost: $34USD (design) + $35 CAD (printing) + cost of stamps
Option 2: use Canva.com to painlessly create your own design
Unfortunately, when it came to ordering welcome letters for the welcome bags my Etsy template was no longer available. This conundrum actually led me to a cheaper, more creative alternative.
Step 1: sign up for Canva.com (totally free)
Step 2: determine the dimensions you need (4×6, 5×7, custom dimensions)
Step 3: download a background. I bought a high-resolution pineapple print from a stock image website.
Step 4: upload the background to Canva, then drag-and-drop a white rectangle into the centre of the design. Insert the text. I added a delicate line around the edge for embellishment. To find one such line in Canva, just type ‘border’ in the search field. It will provide you with a few options.
Step 5: when you are finished hit the ‘download’ button. You will see four options. Select ‘PDF for Print’ and the file will download to your computer.
Step 6: inspect the design and make sure you like it. Email the document to the printer and ask for a proof. Inspect the physical sample. If it’s just how you want it, order the total number you need.
A word on Canva.com: like any design software, practice makes perfect. Tinker around with the options and get comfortable with adding elements. Canva is a much easier alternative to Photoshop that anyone with some simple computer proficiency can master.
Total cost: $35 for the printing
Unless you’re after gilded, laser-cut or embossed invitations there’s really no reason to pay $1, $3, $5+ per invitation.