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When it comes to wedding planning, every decision feels like a big one. Sorting through different vendors and options can feel overwhelming–especially when you aren’t quite sure what to splurge on, and what you should save on. It’s easy to feel like every detail is important, but it can be challenging to allocate your budget to match everything you “need”. Don’t worry – I get it. In this post, I’m going to share what items I think you can save on and what items I think you should splurge on wedding stationery. Plus, don’t we all just love a save or splurge post? I know I do!
As a wedding stationery designer, there are two places I recommend most couples save if they can: ceremony programs and wedding favors!
Let’s start with wedding ceremony programs. You don’t need as many as you might think, and not everyone will take one home with them at the end of the night. Planning to do less than 50% of your guest list will reduce the number of extras you have, which will save you some money, or you could even skip the programs altogether. Instead, you can display important information, like the wedding party and schedule of events, on a sign in the entrance.
Favors can be a great way to say thank you to your guests for sharing your special day with you. However, they can also be expensive. While personalized favors sound fun and fitting, they can easily be more trouble than they are worth. Consider a late-night snack or bite instead that guests will appreciate much more.
The caveat here is that if you are doing something special (for example, one of my couples is handing out Saratoga Springs, NY Olive Oil and another couple is doing mini bottles of Limoncello), then you are going to want to create a special tag or sign to indicate why that favor holds meaning to you. But other than that, this is a place to SAVE.
If you have room in your budget to make an investment, I recommend focusing on three elements specifically: welcome itineraries, custom signage, and calligraphy!
When it comes to wedding stationery, spending a little extra on a welcome itinerary can be one of the best investments you can make – especially for your out of town guests. The welcome bag is the perfect place to include them so that visitors know what to do around town and when all of the weekend’s events are. After all, your guests are taking the time to travel to celebrate your wedding with you, so giving them a thoughtful itinerary is a nice way to show your gratitude. Plus, having a keepsake piece to remind guests of their time at your wedding is always an added bonus!
Now, let’s talk about custom signage. These are the pieces you see and swoon over on Pinterest and Instagram. Personal touches like this are what your guests will notice and rave about. Splurge on custom signage with illustrations of your pet portraits in the signature cocktail menu or venue on your seating chart. This is something every guest will stop to look at and contribute to the overall ambiance of your big day. It is also a beautiful keepsake for you and your partner to remember your day for years to come.
Last but not least, custom calligraphy is another beautiful addition to your special day. It adds a touch of elegance, refinement, and personality that is sure to delight (and impress) your guests. Consider spending a little extra on high-quality calligraphy for your menu cards and place cards. You will be amazed at how much it transforms standard, printed cards into a personalized work of art.
When talking about where to save and where to splurge on wedding stationery, I would be remiss not to talk about a few extra things that I am loving right now. If you have room in your décor budget, consider:
I have years of experience in providing brides with beautiful stationery that is truly unique to their own style and vision. I can create custom designs for everything from save the dates and invitations to menus, programs and thank you notes all crafted to reflect your individual taste and preferences. If you’re looking for personalized stationery for your big day, learn more about working with me here! I would love to chat with you about how we can work together to make your day one of a kind. Contact me today and let’s start designing something special!