Having to host your own event can be exhausting. There are a lot of things that you have to do to make sure that it’ll go smoothly as possible. On top of that, planning can be awfully expensive, too. Of course, you must pay for your suppliers, and you don’t want to settle for cheap suppliers who provide cheap services.
If you’ve already spent a ton with your suppliers, you might not have enough money left over for your invitations—having to use an invitation service can be quite expensive, especially when you want something a little more extra.
Even if you’ve considered skipping on invitations, their absence might be felt by the attendees. Seeing an invitation makes an event feel real, and it makes them feel included and important to receive an individualized invitation.
What you can do is to push through with creating your invitation, but on a budget. Listed below are the things that you can do:
Who says that invitations should only be printed? Nowadays, most people rely on technology for updates from their family and friends. If most of your invitees are tech savvy and can work their way around computers, then sending an e-invite like from a service like Greenvelope would be incredibly helpful for you.
E-invites have become common in today’s world. Not only are they more accessible, but they’re also a cheaper alternative to physical invitations. There are free websites that offer e-invites—however, they come with limited features as well. Some e-invite websites only require a small price, but you’ll be getting an extraordinary service that you’ll surely appreciate.
Of course, you could always create your own invitation. This can be quite rewarding and a great way to engage your creative side. You can also ask for a family member or a friend to help you out and you’ll be able to spend quality time with them during the process.
However, if you feel that you’re not on the creative side, there are a lot of websites that offer free invitation templates that you can choose from. This will allow you to pick a design that you would like without having to design it yourself from scratch.
If you think that you can’t match your dream invitation supplier when it comes to creating invitations, don’t be afraid to challenge yourself! There are a lot of ways on you can add a “wow” factor to your DIY invitations—in fact, guests might not even be able to tell that you made them:
- Write the Address in Calligraphy
If you have a talent for calligraphy, now is the perfect time to put that skill to use. People are patronizing paid calligraphy services from other people so that they could provide their envelopes with that delicate touch. You, however, can provide your own calligraphy with careful enough of a hand. That being said, ou might want to purchase your calligraphy pen and ink and practice on some blank paper before applying it to the actual envelopes.
- Seal it with Wax Stamp
You can get a customized wax stamp for a cheap price. You can either get a specific sigil, or and elegant monogram of your initials. Sealing your envelopes with a wax seal can make your invitation feel a lot more luxurious for a comparatively cheap price.
To do this, you’ll may want to purchase a wax stamp kit for easier heating and transfer on paper. For the actual sealing, all you have to do is to melt some wax in a small spoon or by holding a lighter to your wax stick, pour the melted wax over the end of “V” of the envelope in a circular motion, and immediately press you wax stamp hard on the melted wax until the wax hardens again. This will help to seal your invitations while providing a luxurious and glamorous look on your invitation.
- Stamp or Emboss it
If you don’t want to go for a wax seal on your invitation because it requires too much work, but still want to make your invitations personalized, you can get a personalized stamp or embosser. You can stamp or emboss the flap or the middle part of your invitation. This will surely add a distinctive touch to your wedding invitations without the need to spend excessive amounts of funds.
- Add an Envelope Liner
Nothing looks better than opening an invitation envelope and you already see great decorations from the inside. Adding an envelope liner helps to add an expensive touch to your invitations, even it’s only DIY. There are a lot of resources on the Internet that will allow you to create an envelope liner for a cheap price.
- Gild the Edges
Wouldn’t it be nice to see a plain white invitation turned into something expensive-looking and classy? If you think that your design is too plain and boring, you may want to gild the edges of your invitation to a pop of color or gold. If you have a special theme for the event that emphasizes blue, add blue to the edges of the paper. However, gold works best for all kind of events as it adds true luxury to anything.
Gilding the edges is extremely easy to do. All you have to do is go to a well-ventilated place, place your invitations on a table allowing them to be on top of each other perfectly without any slipped edges. Place plain paper on top and bottom of the invitations and add something heavy on top of the invitation, like a book or a pot, and spray on some gold paint on the edges to give your invitations a classy look.
Having to do your invitations on a budget doesn’t necessarily mean that you have to produce low-quality invitations. There are a lot of ways you can save a lot of money while still giving your guests an amazing invitation that they won’t forget.