Pick a Motif
“An image ties everything together and looks like you sank a ton of money into the details,” says Moira Sedgewick, owner of Rum & Blackbird Events in NYC. Create a logo on Avery to use on invites, signs, drink napkins, and thank-you cards. Address labels, rubber stamps, and an at-home embosser are other tools that let you customize stationery at a low cost.
Skip What’s Nonessential
Save-the-dates, inner envelopes, programs, and menu cards are rarely missed, say Kelly Seizert and Maria Baer, co-owners of Ritzy Bee Events in Washington, D.C. Or consider leaving out the reply card—and associated envelope and extra postage—and asking guests to R.S.V.P. online via a free website such as My Wedding.
Send a Postcard Save-the-Date
If your heart’s set on sending save-the-dates, use premade cards that capture your location, or “create your own at Modern Postcard,” suggests stationer Sabrina Moyle of Hello! Lucky in San Francisco.
Learn the Lingo
To score the look of expensive engraving, consider thermography, which offers a similar effect for less.
Print at Home
“Ask your stationer to design and send you a PDF of your suite,” says Erin Napier of Lucky Luxe Couture Correspondence in Laurel, Mississippi.