My then-boyfriend (now my husband) and I are avid DIYers. We both love design and crafts. We are also thrifty people who enjoy a fuss-free life. We knew when we wanted to get married that we would be making and printing our own wedding invitations. Because (1) we don’t want to spend a lot for printing services and more so for wedding invitations that people would forget after the wedding, and (2) we don’t want to be disappointed with any printing service provider who can’t follow our instructions to the dot. So, we created our own.
We were not crunched with time in terms of wedding invite preparation but we did not want to spend so much time either in preparing them either. In fact, when we got formally engaged (that is, after the pamanhikan), almost all of the people we want to invite (who are mostly family and friends) already know when and where we would be married. We sent messages and called those who still did not know. I think we created a Facebook page for the save-the-date, but I knew it won’t be an effective tool of spreading the message because most of the people we were inviting don’t check their Facebook accounts regularly.
Anyway, I made a table of the supplies we used, their prices at the time we bought them, and where we bought them.
We did not buy the printer just for the wedding. I had it four years before the wedding and the printer is now dead after six years of working hard for me. Haha. If including the price of the printer, our total cost for our invites and other papers works was P5,055. If excluding the price of the printer, our total cost for our invites and other paper works was only P1,555!
To make things even easier for us, we worked on the paper invites just every weekend. But because the design was really simple, we were able to finish everything in two months. My husband, who moonlights as a graphic artist, made the design. We had the J&P logo carved in a stamp by a random stamp maker in downtown Cebu.
Downtown Cebu, if you don’t already know, is the place to go to get cheaper wedding supplies. But the vendors there are not as organized as I want them to be. So we spent one Saturday just window shopping and taking note of their names and addresses and the prices as well. Still, downtown Cebu is not complete when it comes to art and stationery products, so I also did a research in the Internet for the other things I wanted to incorporate in our wedding invites. Because I don’t want the hassle of ordering online, paying in bank, and getting disappointed over things that did not meet my expectation, we decided to just work with what supplies we were able to source in the city.
Here are some of my thoughts on how you can save in your wedding invites:
- Priority. Before starting all the wedding preps, assign priorities for each task to do and know beforehand whether wedding invites are something that should be important part of your wedding. If you are both creatives, I am very sure you would want your invites to be an important part of your wedding. Before we officially started doing our wedding preparations, I first made a list of the things we should do and ranked them in accordance to importance. The wedding invitations were at the near bottom of that list, which means it was not important to us as much as the other things we need to do for the wedding. This could not be the case for other couples, which is okay. If wedding invites are at the upper top of your checklist, then budget accordingly.
- Know what you want. Pinterest can be distracting. (Raise your hands if you agree!). My husband and I already knew what we want and how the wedding invites would look like (it actually just look like all the rest of our generic stationery stuff at home). Even if you’re not creatives, you can make a drawing of illustration of how your wedding invites should look like. You can use Pinterest or follow artistic people in Instagram, but I had information overload that I really just went with what I had originally in mind: something really, really simple and fuss-free.
- Be realistic. If you have an idea in mind, assess if it can be executed into reality. If you don’t know how to do it, seek the help of professionals. If it can be executed but can be costly, be prepared for the cost, especially if the wedding invites are important to you. If it cannot be executed into reality or you think the cost is way beyond your budget, see No. 4.
- Prepare an alternative. There are dream weddings that remain a dream because they are impossible to execute in real life. If your wedding invitation is this, then prepare an alternative, and be joyful with that alternative. Don’t let a wedding invitation hinder you from being happy with your wedding.
- Alternative suppliers. There are the well-known wedding suppliers whose Instagram posts you liked a thousand times. There are also less well-known independent artists whom you can commission to make your wedding invitations. I must admit that well-known wedding suppliers are well-known because they do a really good job. But you can also look to independent artists who can also do the same really good job but won’t charge as much because they are not of the wedding industry. These artists abound in Cebu. CraftCEB is a good place to start looking for independent artists and makers. You can check schedules for bazaars and make conversations with the artists and makers there. I highly recommend Meream of Peregrina. You can also go digital. You can create websites, Facebook pages or Instagram accounts for your wedding.