So we've been doing some crafting for the wedding and I wanted to share what we have so far. We've been making an effort to keep the cost down and so far, I think we've done really well so I'll share that info too in case others are interested.
We sent out our save the dates a while ago (February?). My fiance designed them. We had a photo card which was printed for only $.09 each through Snapfish and a magnet which we ordered through Vistaprint for $9 for 25. The photos were taken by our photographer Jeff Simpson (http://jeffsimpsonphoto.com/wedding/) whom we found through Craiglist at about half the price of the other photographers we considered.
We're working on the invitations and created a proto type last night. I think it is very close to what we'll do. I fell in love with this paper through Paper Source:
(http://www.paper-source.com/cgi-bin/paper/item/Peacock-Print-Fine-Paper/3105_006/115235.html) and knew I wanted to incorporate it somehow, however it was a bit pricier. I was able to create paper sashes so we only had to buy 4 pieces for about 120 invitations. We also used their card stock for our little pocket folders. I really liked their peacock color and couldn't find it anywhere else for cheaper. Bought 200 pieces for $26 which is way more than we needed. They sell smaller quantities but we would have only saved a few dollars that way and this way we'll use it for something else. We cut each piece down the middle length wise so that each 8 1/2 by 11 sheet creates 2 invitations. We're having people RSVP through our website and/or by phone to keep the cost down a bit. We're thinking of having the writing printed at Staples or similar store. They quoted 20 cent per page and we get four invitations per page and 9 RSVPs so it seems reasonable. We were also trying to use a rubber stamp on the inside of the pocket folder and on the envelop flap, but the ink seems to take forever to dry (it has been almost 48 hours and still smudges). Doe anyone have any advise or experience with stamping? I used this gold Colorbox ink. Maybe there's another kind that would dry more easily?
Outside invitation with sash:
Opened, RSVP removed:
I have almost enough cobalt blue vases for the centerpieces. I've been picking them up here and there for cheap ($2-6 dollars). If anyone has experience working with peacock feathers, I'd love suggestions of where to get them. I've seen a lot on-line, but have heard concerns about the quality. It is hard to know what they'll be like just looking at the pictures.