I planned my wedding on a single-salary, grad-school budget. As a compromise with my husband (he hates paper stationery), and because I am forever traditional-but-not, I used a combination of paper and electronic wedding stationery for my summer wedding this year.
Since our wedding was a two-day affair, it was easy to draw the paper/electronic line: We went paper for the ceremony and electronic for the party. This was a decision made easier because we already had the mailing addresses of our ceremony invitees (our immediate family members) and electronic stationery is easier to track, which was great for our big party invite list.
I made my own paper wedding stationery using our printer at home, a $20 paper cutter, basic card stock, regular pink envelopes, a gold diamond stamp and stamp pad I bought on Etsy, gold heart stickers I bought on Etsy, and confetti and fasteners from the dollar (well, Euro) store. It was so easy to make these that if I published a DIY-tutorial here you would roll your eyes: Design on Photoshop/InDesign, print on card stock, cut with the paper cutter, punch a hole in the top corner, and fasten with a brass fastener.
I sent our electronic wedding stationery through Paperless Post (we used the Kate Spade templates). We sent our electronic invites before Paperless Post launched their new paper cards (ironic). So, for our guests who didn’t have email access (like our grandparents) I printed out our Paperless Post cards, trimmed them with my paper cutter, and mailed them out.
our paperless post stationery, via Instagram
The grand total for our 350+ paper and electronic save-the-dates, ceremony, and party invitations, and international postage (about $0.75 a stamp) was $200. My grad school bank account was happy. My husband and I were happy. Win-win-win!
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