Day 2 of #WeddingWeek: Personalized Paper Products

Buying custom save the dates and invitations is super, I mean outrageously expensive, and it doesn’t need to be. So again, continuing with my theme, I took a very conservative, but personal approach. The save the date was in a digital format, and both the invites and ceremony programs I created in Publisher. This may seem rather basic and boring, not elaborate enough, but it was actually perfect. I was very hands-on, as with any DIY project, and I really enjoyed getting creative with it!

Save the Dates

Since most of our guests are on Facebook, we decided to save some dough and make a FB event for people to RSVP and get more info. This way we could keep track of who hadn’t responded and reach out to them a month or so before the Big Day. In addition, it allowed guests to post pictures at the event! And we used it to update everyone about the change in ceremony location – womp womp.

save the date

Cost: FREE!

Invitations

The invitations I did end up creating myself. These were easily accomplished in Microsoft Publisher – super simple, but really effective. I had a lot of freedom with the layout, wording, colors and size in this regard. I really just “winged it” so-to-speak, first finding a semi-workable template and then tweaking and going from there to customize it. The wording came from a little online inspiration and my own literary flair, ha!

Costs:

  • Design – free
  • Printing – $70 from OfficeMax
  • Envelopes – $11 from Amazon
  • Stamps – $110 (the ribbon made a bump, so each one needed a $0.66 stamp, blah) from USPS

Ceremony Programs

Again, the ceremony programs I made in Publisher. These were also fun to make – with the help of templates I found online, namely Pinterest, and personalization based on our structure and wedding party. We had lots of family involvement, so it was pretty cool to recognize them in the program. Of course, there were some last-minute issues with weather and people not being able to make it, but overall it gave our guests something to read while they waited. I also tried to carry over the theme from the invites into the programs – uniformity, consistency and all that. In addition, I bought a pack of paper that had four colors in the coral family, to fit our scheme, and had them printed on all four.

Costs:

Being creative with all the paper products for your wedding is a fun way to incorporate your individual style, with significantly lower costs than a professional printer. There are more sophisticated programs out there than Publisher I’m sure, but I suggest you go with whatever suits your comfort level and the vision you’re aiming towards. For more wedding planning tips see my first Wedding Week post.

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Today’s TREASURES from the Sept. Goodwill 50% Off Day

Today my hubby and I ventured to my all-time favorite Goodwill store, the one on Keystone, across from Glendale. At first it seemed our luck wasn’t that great with a less than stellar home goods section, but in the clothes section I found some sweet steals. There were so many sweaters, and looking through them made me giddy with excitement in anticipation of autumn. Mmmm…hot apple cider, Halloween, changing leaves, orchards, haunted houses, pumpkin pie. This year, reflecting on it, my enthusiasm for fall is greater than normal. Perhaps it’s because this time of year has all the best holidays and leads up to my favorite holiday – Christmas. Either way, with my super successful day of shopping I now have some new additions to my fall wardrobe. Check them out!

Dresses:

1. Purple dress: Kensie brand, $3

2. Rose colored dress: Lush, $3, with the tags still on

Sweaters:

1. Plum knitted sweater: American Eagle, $2.15

2. Coral sweater: Target brand Massimo, $2.15

3. Red sweater dress: H&M, $2.15

4. Tan, patterned cropped sweater: Forever 21, $2.15 – so funky, love it!

You should consider going to your local Goodwill 50% off day sometime soon. For the Indianapolis stores it is every first Saturday of the month. Try and get there early or you may miss all the good finds, it is sooo worth it! Oh, and maybe shop around the Goodwill stores in your area to see which is the best – then spend your time there on 50% off day. Or, you can visit several, make a day of it! If you have some fabulous Goodwill fashion finds you’d like to share, feel free to post them in the comment section below.

Fireplace Candle Holders and Wall Decor Flowers

Candle HoldersThis weekend my hubby and I went to our local Goodwill for the first time. There was a sad selection…with the exception of a super rad set of candle holders. I spotted them on a shelf and knew I had to have them. And…it was only $10 for the pair, plus an applied discount from my rewards card. A clear win if I do say so myself! They’ve made their home in front of our fireplace. Now all we need are some candles to go with them.

The second fabulous find this weekend was actually a surprise from my husband. He knew I wanted this set of 25 wall flowers from Silver and the City. I may have mentioned it to him a few times (or seven) in the past few months. So, after church we drove to Mass Ave and walked into the store determined to find this lovely little set of wall decor. However, my heart almost broke because we couldn’t find them – they had been on sale for a few months. But, by shear fate, and Aaron’s searching skills, we found the last box of black flowers on a shelf, hidden at the back. I was thrilled, and even more enthused when we rung up at the cash register and the set was only $12.50. I put them up in our bedroom this afternoon and they look wonderful!

Wall Flower Collage