The following is a guest post by David.
A wedding is quite a memorable experience in one’s life. A great deal of planning goes into every detail. It can, however, be a costly affair. For example, if you buy them from Vistaprint you will pay around $6 for 10 invitations. If you want to invite 300 people then you will end up paying around $200. While this is not a lot of money by itself, it adds to the total wedding cost. An average wedding in the US costs $29,858.
Therefore, printing your own wedding invitation cards, is one cost-reducing measure a couple could take.
A Personal Touch
One reason a couple may decide to print their own invitation cards is so that they may give their cards a personal touch.
There are various things one should consider when it comes to printing their own wedding invitation cards. These include things like the wedding theme, your budget, the design, information on the card, time, paper, ink usage, type of envelopes, accessories, and equipment.
The wedding theme will influence a lot of decisions that relate to the invitation cards. This is because the cards offer your guest a pick of what character the event will have. The invitations should thus have elements of the wedding day. For instance the color scheme on the card could correspond to that of the wedding decor.
Another important tip to keep in mind involves determining your budget. This will enable you to achieve a desirable outcome without spending beyond your means. Agree with your partner on how much you are willing to spend on the invitation cards.
Look at Samples
How will your invitation card look like? Experts recommend browsing through various samples to aid you decide on a more professional looking design. The Internet provides you with a library of sort at your fingertips. Look around before settling on an idea. If you have no knowledge on design work you can easily source out the work to a freelance. Various online sites such as 99design, Freelance.com, and Fiverr to list but a few can offer you such a platform.
The information to be communicated is also another factor of consideration. Here you have to select the relevant font type and size. You also need to choose the appropriate paper size. If you wish to communicate more information an A4 will be a preferred standard paper size choice.
How Much Time Do You Have?
The time you have till the date set for the wedding is also important. This will enable you to assess whether you may need some help in other activities, such as paper cutting.
Accessories and Tools
The type of paper to be used is another item on the need-to-know list. The size of paper, quality, and weight are the common factors to account for when choosing a suitable type for your wedding invitation card. It is also important to order more paper than the actual estimated cards you will print. Through this you will avoid the event of printing less cards than the required number.
Ink usage is dependent on the type of paper and design. However it’s advisable to buy an extra ink to ensure you don’t run short.
The type of envelope you will use to enclose the invitations is another thing you need to consider. The envelope should obviously suite the card size.
In printing a wedding card at home, the couple can decide to add embellishing elements such as beads. The use of a ribbon can make the card more appealing.
The last thing a couple must consider before opting to print a card at home is the available equipment. They should have a printer, computer and paper cutter to facilitate the work. The most important of the three is the printer.
You are now set to print your wedding invitation cards.
Advice: Do some practice runs on the printer to make sure the print outs are as desired.