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Should I “DIY” my Wedding Invitations?

February 10, 2017

As couples work through their list of wedding plans, they often find it necessary to pick out certain items and projects to tackle on their own. Understandably. Perhaps because they can’t find what they’re looking for, or more so, because after awhile it becomes WAY too expensive to purchase every little thing “ready-made.”

So what about your wedding invitations and stationary?

As a graphic designer, I work with bride and grooms all the time who come in wondering about professional invitations vs the process of DIY. Because I’m a designer AND a crafty person ((who LOVES to DIY)) I can usually help them sort the pros and cons pretty quickly. This short blog is the process I go through with my clients to hopefully help YOU decide your best option, as well!

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SCHEDULES.
The very first question I ask couples is what their weekly schedules are like. If you’re someone with a full time job, lots of hobbies and\or a busy home life then “DIY invitations” are likely not for you. Like starting anything from scratch, it takes up a ridiculous amount of time. So if you can’t do the time, don’t do the craft!

TIMELINE.
Even with a light – moderate schedule it’s important to consider the amount of time you have before you need to SEND your invites. Typically invitations should be to your recipients no later than 3 months before your actual event. Decide if the amount of invitations you can get done {daily\weekly\monthly} will produce the amount you need and still be done in time to mail.

If you only have a few months to produce 100+ invitations it’s probably best to leave the designing and printing to the pros, and focus your attention on other details. That close to the wedding it’ll be nice to have extra time for “emergency planning” situations that may arise, instead of still worrying about such an important aspect of your event.

QUANTITY.
Before I start any craft, I like to consider my attention span and patience. If you need more than 100 invitations ((plus RSVPs, ceremony programs, or additional stationary for wedding info)) the process of creating them is going to become monotonous, boring and even frustrating. Resulting in the potential of your invitations becoming sloppy, in-cohesive, or worse, not done! Save yourself the frustration when the quantities become very high and avoid DIY.

MATERIALS.
Sometimes we like to fool ourselves into believing that DIY is always going to save us a buck. Unfortunately, that’s not always the case. Buying all the individual materials can quickly stack up your bill! Especially because you’ll want good, “sturdy” materials to keep them together. So the next thing you know you’ve spent $150 on craft items and a new $200 printer, when you could have potentially found a professional option for less than $100 and no hassle.

Before you dive in, list out all the materials you’re going to need to buy to get the job done RIGHT. Not to mention, the real possibility you may make a mistake at some point and have to redo something – requiring extra materials and money. Compare the cost of materials vs. the cost of having them professionally made. The outcome may just answer your question for you.

PERFECTIONISM.
Lastly, I like people to consider how much of a “perfectionist” they are, as well. That sounds silly, but it goes two ways.

One, depending on the style of invitation, it’s reasonable to guess your 80th invitation may not be as perfect, or as exact, as your 1st. Which may just drive your OCD over the edge.

Two, on top of inconsistency, it’s important that your invitations don’t fall apart before your guests get them. Which means no cutting corners when you’re getting burned out, or run out of glue, so you start using tape. If they fall apart, your money’s down the drain and your chairs at the wedding are empty.

In the end it’s a commitment that must get done. If you’re up for the challenge gather as much help as possible and get started as early as possible! If you’re not up for the challenge (IT’S COMPLETELY OK!!) just put the craft scissors down and walk away!


 

Did I get you towards your decision, or are you still unsure? Whether professional or craft questions, drop them in the comments and I’ll give it my best!

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On the off chance you now need invitations, check out my online store (more designs on the way) by clicking here —> {SHOP} OR contact me to start a custom project! Until next time…

Happy Creating!

Noel

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Trash or Treasure? Flea Markets and Up-cycling.

August 5, 2013

Hello friends and Bloggers!

If you’re anything like me, you’re always looking for a new artsy project or cool decor, while saving a little green.  My way of doing that is heading out to local flea markets and antique shops to search for awesome finds! But if you’ve ever been to a second hand store, you know that there is a lot of just plain junk. So here are some helpful ways to find useful items and things you can refurbish for your own home, without becoming a hoarder or having an up-cycle project blow up in your face!

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1. HAVE SOMETHING IN MIND BEFORE YOU GO. Before even leaving your house have things in mind that you are looking for. Maybe you need a cool old frame, an interesting vase or a new dresser to repaint. Whatever it may be, remember what you’re going for and don’t pick up random stuff.  Many people look at stuff and say ‘I’ll think of something to use this for later.” That’s when hoarding starts! 🙂 So remember what you need and stick to it.

2. ASK YOURSELF THREE IMPORTANT QUESTIONS. Where will I put it? What will I use it for? Can I buy it new for the same price? If you don’t have useful answers for the first two questions, and you can buy it new for the same cost, this is a bad purchase. When we find interesting things we don’t have a plan for, once again it’s hoarding. This would be my only exception to rule #1. If you find something not on your list, but you REALLY DO have a plan or idea for it, then buy it for “someday,” otherwise leave it on the shelf.  Your, “I’ll think of something later,” box is full enough. We can’t always plan for what we find, but we can ALWAYS know what we’ll do with them before we buy.

3. MAKE SURE ITS DURABLE. This is an important rule to follow when you are buying items or furniture with plans to refurbish. NEVER buy an item without making sure its stable, durable and can handle whatever beating it will be taking when you are redoing it. If an item’s foundation isn’t strong, its a BAD purchase. You’ll end up putting more into remodeling it, then if you would just go to the store and buy exactly what you want. Not to mention, your project will quickly turn from fun to a terrible disaster.

4. THINK ABOUT IT. If you come across something you like but you can’t answer those three questions correctly, LEAVE AND THINK ABOUT IT. The nice thing about flea markets and antique stores is you can walk away from something and it will be there a couple days later. If you are unsure about your purchase, go home, do some research. If you decide it’s a useful, good buy then go get it later. Nine times out of ten, it will still be there or another booth has the exact same thing.

5. SHOP FOR YOURSELF ONLY. Remember not everyone enjoys second hand finds. Don’t buy things for people unless you know they really will take it and use it. Otherwise you just end up with more stuff you don’t need, or force your friends to keep stuff they don’t need!

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I hope this will help you keep your junk to a minimum and help make the most out of your treasures. I always love a good craft project, and cool finds. But when our creativity outruns reality, we need these simple rules to keep us in check. Happy hunting! 🙂

Noel

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