idea to save money on invitations and centerpieces

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shortbearbride Posts : 113 Registered: 1/20/07
idea to save money on invitations and centerpieces
Posted: Feb 26, 2007 9:32 AM

hello all, My sister made a suggestion last night and I was very impressed. We have many art schools around here. She suggested going to the art school to find a "starving artist" to help design and make the centerpieces. I added to it by saying and they could even design the invitations probably at half the price. I figure I can talk to the school see who they suggest then give them the budget amount colors and suggested items (candles, fountain etc) and see what they come up with. Has anyone else heard of or done anything like this?

 

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Re: idea to save money on invitations and centerpieces
Posted: Feb 26, 2007 3:01 PM Go to message in response to: shortbearbride

 For invitations we went to Walmart and got 50 of them for 14.99 and did them ourselves. They even came with the response card!! They had so many beautiful ones to choose from too! As for centerpieces I think you have a great idea with the schools. We went to a craft store and just bought a longstemmed candleholder and some flowers to go around it. for 10 centerpieces we didnt spend more than 20 dollars on them~! I wish you the best of luck with your wedding and gl shopping for it!! 


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db2b08 Posts : 12 Registered: 3/14/07
Re: idea to save money on invitations and centerpieces
Posted: Mar 28, 2007 3:45 PM Go to message in response to: Guest

I saw this idea at a restuarant that I went to on Valentine's Day and thought it was a marvelous idea.  Empty wine bottles with a tapered candle shoved in the bottle opening upside down, and then they just took a knife to slice down the wax until they hit the wick and burned the candle while it stuck out of the bottle. The hot wax just ran down the side of the bottle and stuck to it. They were actually very clean and that would be a fairly inexpensive centerpiece, something I will probably use for my wedding!!

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Posted: Mar 28, 2007 7:05 PM Go to message in response to: shortbearbride

That is a really cool suggestion :)  I haven't seen it done, but I think it would turn out great.  I think your only problem would be that you probably can't go through the school itself for smth like that--you would have to go through the students and leave the "school" out of it so they won't get all legal on you.  Maybe put up flyers or adds around and see who bites?  If you put all the color/budget info on them, that also might be good for you.  Then if a few diff. people call with ideas, you can pick the best one.

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Re: idea to save money on invitations and centerpieces
Posted: Mar 28, 2007 9:33 PM Go to message in response to: Guest

I saved a tremendous amount of money on my invitations by going to my local print shop, and having them print out my invitaitons on a good quality of cardstock. I was quoted .60 for invitation and envelope. For color ink besides black, it will be .75. All I have to do is give her the verbiage I want on the invitation, the font, and the writing style. I was even given a quote on layered invitations, which will be .75; .85 for ink besides black.

I still can't believe how good of a price that is. She is going to create me a simiple on tomorrow....


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Posted: Apr 4, 2007 4:52 PM Go to message in response to: shortbearbride

Good idea. I attend a university and have considered finding musicians or singers through their music department.

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Re: idea to save money on invitations and centerpieces
Posted: Apr 7, 2007 1:54 AM Go to message in response to: shortbearbride

Depending on where you live and if your wedding is far enough in the future, you could just plant the bulbs for the flowers that you want for centerpieces.  I'm planning on doing that at my grandmother's house.  If you don't have the time or land resources for that, you can order flowers wholesale from CostCo or something in bulk.  Then for containers you can hit sales at lawn and garden stores, especially right after Christmas when everything is 75% off.  You can often find nice arrangement receptacles at the post-X-mas sales.  If any of your colors are red, green, gold, or silver, you could do really well for youself at craft stores as well (ribbon and such).  Hell, you could incorporate either gold or silver into almost anything and have a harmonious effect.  You could either buy the cubes of styrofoam-type stuff to poke the stems into or just get taller vases and containers.  Doing your own arrangements, especially the ones that aren't major focal points and just go on tables, is really not difficult.  You don't need an art student, just a creative mindset (or a creative friend or relative).  You should consider designing invitations yourself, too--all it takes is a passing knowledge of Word. 

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Posted: Apr 10, 2007 9:24 PM Go to message in response to: shortbearbride

well i've handmade my wedding programs...using silver metallic card stock and ribbons to tie it all into a pamphlet.  the inside pages are on stationery paper.  and i stuck one of those large mailing labels on the front.  i created the design on my computer with our names and wedding date...etc.  it ended up being really nice.  kinda wished i had made my own invitations.  but there are tons of websites that offer the name brand invitations at 30% off.  i would then google to see if there are any promotional coupon codes before you purchase anything online.  10% here and 15% there adds up in the long run. 

 

as for centerpieces..i'm using the reception sites.  for the head table my mother is creating flower arrangements.  she bought all her flowers from AC Moores.  she goes during the sunday midnight madness sales.  and uses the weekly coupons that offer 50% off to buy the higher ticket albums like my wishing well.  take a stroll around an arts and crafts store.  you'll get all these ideas


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