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Featured September 2021 Ontario

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Hank, on August 3, 2021 at 15:12 Posted in Before the wedding 1 11
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Are you doing a lot of printing for your wedding? Is there anything that you are opting out of?

I know a lot of you are very gung ho about printed invitations but it's not our thing. Even without the pandemic, we were going to go with e-vites. It was the easiest line in the printing budget for us to cut.

Some venues like conference centers and hotels offer digital signage at their doors and lobby so you could opt out of printing event signage for the entrances and just use their screens to project your image or have your event listed in their directory. In our case, we get exclusivity of the space so event signage is not as needed as other people won't be wandering around looking for another event.

We're toying with the idea of printing an enlarged photo from our engagement shoot but we'll also have a slideshow on a projected screen at the wedding. It's more of a nice to have than a must have.

I debated about printing name cards for the tables because I didn't want to assign people to a specific seat but the venue may need it to serve meals. The guests will be assigned to a table but I didn't want to force them to a specific spot. Something I'll need to ask the venue about.

We're not going to print program cards for the ceremony but we will print menus for the reception.

I've seen some people print out life size cardboard cutouts of themselves to be used at the photo booth. Other little things people may print are cake toppers, guest books, seating chart vs table cards etc.

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So what will you be printing?

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Latest activity by Kani, on August 10, 2021 at 20:35
  • K
    Beginner July 2021 Ontario
    Kani ·
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    We just had our wedding 2 weeks ago. It was only 53 guests due to Covid.

    Printing/stationery/signage was minimal or basically non-existent. This really saved money, but also saved so much time on planning little things that we felt nobody remembers and gets thrown out after a few hours that day.


    So far, we have only spent a total of about $130 on printing stuff/stationary/e-vites etc. We also expect to print Thank You Photo cards and buy postage, but will try to keep it around $100.

    Here’s what we spent $130 on so far:
    $55 - Appy Couple for wedding website, and digital invites / e-vites. RSVP and meal choices were also done online from the Appy website.
    $27 - 55 custom sticker labels from Etsy for mini hand sanitizer bottles. This was our wedding favour and placed at every guest’s dinner plate. They were a hit - everyone used this favour during dinner and all guests took it home!
    $34 - 55 simple menus printed in black text on nice white cardstock from The Printing House, a chain of print shops. They are very reasonably priced with have excellent service. Highly recommend!
    $7 - 100 folding place cards/name cards for guest tables from Amazon. We only needed 53 but it was good to have a few extra to practice writing on, or if we made mistakes.
    $5 - metallic gold/bronze markers from Dollarama to write names on the Amazon place cards.


    Here’s where we saved money by either DIY or just not doing certain things:
    $0 - emailed out free Save the Dates using an free online template to create the STD
    $0 - Receiving table signs - we made/printed our own signs at home with free templates, and put them in our own picture frames for signs like “Cards and Gifts” or “Take a mask if going inside"
    $0 - Seating chart. We didn’t print a seating chart. We used a free Canva template and we autoscheduled an email with the seating chart to guests via our joint Gmail account. Email went out a few hours before the ceremony. We also had place cards with names set on the guest tables. We only had 9 tables with 53 guests.
    No guest book - we don’t care for it and would never look at it.
    No signage - no welcome sign, no ceremony take a seat sign, no signs for the bar, no physical seating chart etc.
    No ceremony programs
    No printed photos of us. We had a lot of pics posted on our website gallery anyways

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  • Hailey
    Featured June 2022 British Columbia
    Hailey ·
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    I got mine for my birthday as my FH they are not that cheap lol but he knew I wanted it specifically for the wedding..
    thanks! I’m sure they will and if they don’t I can just take the names off LOL 😂

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  • Rayanne
    Featured June 2022 Ontario
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    I have a friend with a cricut she's going to cut it in vinyl for me
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  • Hank
    Featured September 2021 Ontario
    Hank ·
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    I feel like everyone has a cricut lol. Are they that cheap?

    Right on with the mason jars. Hopefully people take them!!! Otherwise you're left with cups with other people's names on them sitting around your house. At least you'll know who took them and who left them behind hahaha

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  • Hank
    Featured September 2021 Ontario
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    For your mirror sign, are you printing it on a decal that you stick on the mirror or are you handwriting it?

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  • Hank
    Featured September 2021 Ontario
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    Haha, our family is huge on food and we're likely doing like 6+ courses so I figured our guests salivate from reading the menu as the food comes out. We wouldn't do one per person though, it would be more like one per table.

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  • Hailey
    Featured June 2022 British Columbia
    Hailey ·
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    I made all my save the dates and starting to make the invitations now. I personally love getting mail.
    Im doing a RSVP through a Facebook group as stamps are $$ and can put all the information like menu etc there.
    I’m also using my Cricut machine to make all my signage (table numbers, welcome sign, bar sign probably an itinerary sign)I’m making wood burned coasters with a design & our date for the favorsFor the names I got a good deal on mason jar cups so I’m personalizing them with everyone’s names to keep as-well.
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  • Rayanne
    Featured June 2022 Ontario
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    We want to print our invitations. I'm making a sign on a mirror that will be welcome and itinerary. We aren't doing programs. We will have ceremony and walk down a hallway to reception. We can have MC make any needed announcements. I'll also have to do the name tags so everyone will know which table to sit at. Hopefully we have have the family style dinner we had planned rather than plated so our servers won't need to know who is on which seat. We never bothered with save the dates, everyone invited are close enough that we told them in person. The venue will have menu cards on each table with us so we don't need to worry about them either.
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  • Samantha
    Super June 2021 Ontario
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    I printed and designed everything! lol I'm a graphic designer and work for a printing company so I had the tools and know how at my disposal, so I thought I may as well save some money and do it all DIY and this way everything was 100% our style and was able to make sure that colours and fonts matched from piece to piece. But then we postponed and had to drastically cut down on our guest list, so a lot of it went unused in the end unfortunately. So we did:
    Digital save the dates- to save on postage
    Printed our entire invitation suite- we knew our parents and grandparents specifically wanted the physical keepsake, so we just did them all that wayPlacecards- since our caterer's waitstaff needed to know who got what mealMenu cardsDirectional/welcome signage- there were numerous entrances and we wanted guests to come through a specific oneOther cute little signs- one being for our signature drink for the bar topFingerprint guestbook- I printed it on canvasVinyl stickers for some decorThank you cards
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  • Carmel
    Featured December 2020 Ontario
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    There was no doubt that we'd do a physical invite - I love getting mail and like the formality. This was a gift from a graphic designer friend of ours 💜 I addressed the envelopes with my cricut and we bought a return address stamp on Etsy. We didn't bother with a save the date - everyone knew.
    Programs & menus - huge waste of money in our opinion. Don't see the point... Our website gave any of the Jewish traditional explanations of the ceremony etc. Guests picked their main course in advance and do they need a menu otherwise right before they eat? No...
    Made our own escort cards to attach to noise makers (NYE) and had the meal choice sticker (also made with the Cricut), seating cards at the ceremony (these matched our invites - no pics of these I just discovered 🤷🏻‍♀️), and we used acrylic name plates on our napkins/charger plates. I loved doing all this. Our welcome sign was on wood and I used the Cricut for that as well.... As well as other signs like for our guest bottle, kippahs, the bar, photobooth, etc. that I made on acrylics (last minute had to add gold tissue paper behind them as I forgot we had black tablecloths 😆). Making these things cost me pennies in comparison and I loved the outcome! Printing 2
    Many had been picked up by the time this pic was taken 👇Printing 3
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  • Megan
    Frequent user July 2023 Ontario
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    Invitations - print, I personally like the idea of a physical copy

    Save the date - digital, waste of money in my opinion

    Name cards - on coasters for guests to keep (only because my parents are covering the cost of it lol)

    Menus - nope, it'll be on our website

    Program cards - nope, we will just do some sort of large itinerary sign

    I hadn't thought about the venue needing name cards to know which meal to serve (or specific assigned seats). But they will need sort of way to know who gets what. Ill have to touch base with my venue closer to on that one Smiley smile

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