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What are you printing vs not printing?

Hank, on September 19, 2022 at 19:59 Posted in Plan a wedding 0 27
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What are you printing? Anything you opted out of in favour for digital?

We opted for digital invites so they don't get lost in the mail or give our guests extra garbage. I'm web-savvy too so coming up with a website that can send invites, auto-set reminders, designed to fit our theme, and collect customized information for our wedding was a no-brainer compared to buying and printing hundreds of pieces of collateral and spending time addressing them, stamping, etc. The bonus is, digital invites are free!

I've seen some people print out life size cardboard cutouts of themselves for the entrance or to be used at the photo booth. We opted out of that and displayed a digital slideshow with photos throughout the evening.

We didn't print name cards because we didn't want to assign seats. Guests were assigned tables and can sit wherever they want at said table.

We opted out of a printed guest book and instead used a website that allowed guests to share their thoughts via text, photos, and videos.

We didn't print program cards for the ceremony but we did print menus for the reception so guests can look forward to their meal and pre-plan their drink order before going to the bar.

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Latest activity by Rebecca, on October 10, 2022 at 19:42
  • R
    Curious July 2023 Ontario
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    We are getting RSVP cards printed

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  • Hank
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    Hank ·
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    Not even the RSVPs? I've been to 10+ weddings and I have only ever had one couple make me mail back a rsvp card lol.

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  • R
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    We are printing all of our wedding stationary. I'm not doing anything online

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  • Hank
    Featured September 2021 Ontario
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    For us, it wasn't even a budget issue (though online being free is definitely a plus). The customization of online and the ease of communication for notifying guests of updates, setting reminders, including a ton of details made online invites appealing. And our families actually prefer digital because it's so easy for them to re-access information without accidentally losing the invite.

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  • Amanda
    Featured August 2022 British Columbia
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    I completely agree!
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  • Julia
    Newbie August 2023 Alberta
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    Agreed! My personal opinion is that a wedding is such a special occasion and if you can fit paper invitations, etc. in your budget it’s definitely worth it!
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  • Thug
    Newbie September 2022 Nova Scotia
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    Manufacturers offer online resources to help you work through your most troubling printer issues and we've got some basic tips covered right

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  • Keegan
    Newbie July 2024 Ontario
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    Sending out the actual invites and then RSVP, menu selection etc. is all online!
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  • S
    Beginner September 2023 British Columbia
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    We only did evites! Super affordable to get them out instead of printing. A lot of people just end up tossing the invites anyways so to pay that extra money just didn’t seem worth it. We decided to put the extra money elsewhere!!
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  • Hank
    Featured September 2021 Ontario
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    We didn't do Save the Dates since all our guests were local. We just did online invites and RSVPs online.

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  • KELLY
    Featured October 2023 Ontario
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    Hank, did you send out STD cards or was everything online?

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  • Hank
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    We're the opposite. Surprisingly, every guest of ours, even the elderly, were very active on one form of social media or another so it was very easy to send digital invites even if they don't use email or a computer.

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  • KELLY
    Featured October 2023 Ontario
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    Surprisingly we have quite a few people who don’t have computers. The plan is to send STDs about 6 months prior with our wedding site included to RSVP, and those who don’t have a computer will get a mailed invitation 6 weeks prior to the wedding.
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  • Malyssa
    Featured October 2022 Alberta
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    I am always one that promotes these devices. They can do so much stuff, even if you aren't looking to sell anything, the amount of praise I get for gifts and cards I make is amazing! I got mine second hand, so I know for sure I've gotten my moneys worth haha!

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  • Hank
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    That's awesome. I wonder how much vinyl printing one needs to do before they make back their cricut investment hahaha. Seriously tempting to get one now just for other random things.

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  • Hank
    Featured September 2021 Ontario
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    Oh yeah, if the venue provides menus, absolutely no need to print your own!

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  • Malyssa
    Featured October 2022 Alberta
    Malyssa ·
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    Cricut user here, so I utilized that to make alot of stuff for our wedding.

    I made my save the dates but we opted for digital invites to save costs.

    We aren't doing programs or menus (dinner is buffet), but I have made alot of my signage. Welcome sign, guest book, seating chart, dessert menu, signature drink sign, shared google drive sign, ect.

    Because I used my cricut, and mostly removable vinyl, I'll be able to resell all the items I have for signage, ect to another bride (and possible even help them with signage as well with my side hustle haha)

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  • Carine
    Featured September 2023 Ontario
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    My save the dates and invitations were printed by Vista Print. My signs and guest book all done from the cricut up to my bridesmaid slippers with the iron on. I am so excited to get mine to finish my projects and then start on my seating chart with it and my welcome sign. Then I can officially say I am done.

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  • Julie
    Featured May 2023 Ontario
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    I printed out the invites & RSVP's but went digital with STD. We also thought it was a bit more personal with the paper invites. Not doing wedding programs, drink or dinner menus. Our venue is providing a full bar as well as the dinner menus per table and I believe that is good enough.

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  • Liberty
    Featured May 2022 Alberta
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    We did printed STD and invites (made with my cricut) with digital RSVPs. we skipped on programs and menus. Only made signs that I thought we needed to have. We also printed some of our engagement photos and put them in frames to use as decor. We let family members take home a photo if they wanted!
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  • Hank
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    That is pretty cool. I just printed sticker labels and slapped them on beer bottles Smiley laugh

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  • Hank
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    Technology doesn't have to be a bad thing. I really liked getting photos and the video messages in our guest book. And it allowed us not to have a bottleneck in the reception area where everyone's trying to crowd around the card box to sign the book.

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  • Lissa
    Devoted October 2022 Ontario
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    Haha it’s not that advanced, I just had the cricut cut everyone’s name out of vinyl and then applied it to the glass candle container


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  • Hank
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    The cricut could cut/engrave candles? Man, everyone on here seems to have a cricut and I feel like I need to get one now lol

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  • Amanda
    Featured August 2022 British Columbia
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    My husband and I printed everything.

    Had paper invites. My husband and i think its more sentimental that way.
    Had an actual guest book for people to write. It's nice to see people's wishes actually written.

    We're all too into technology these days.
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  • Lissa
    Devoted October 2022 Ontario
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    We did printed invitations, but digital RSVPs and save the dates.
    All of our signage I made on my cricut including our table numbers. Even our place cards are playing double duty as wedding favours - they’re personalized candles with the guests name I made on my cricut.

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  • Hank
    Featured September 2021 Ontario
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    Oh, and we did print table numbers to go into frames instead of buying table ornaments. The little card you see on the table is a QR code that goes to our digital guest book.

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