The home of UK weddings

09 June 2014

Handmade or Printed?

Wedding Invites - Handmade Vs PrintedWhen it comes to planning your perfect wedding, the wedding stationery is one of the earlier decisions you'll need to act on and deliver. You may be planning to send early 'save the date' cards with an invitation to follow, in which case you'll need two sets of stationery. You'll also need to decide whether you're going for a personal handmade set of invitations, or having them professionally printed. As with everything, there are pros and cons to both.

Handmade Cards - the Benefits

The benefit of a handmade card is that it's highly personal and gives you the chance to express your creativity. If you are a fan of crafts, attention to detail, or frankly, a control freak (in the nicest possible sense, as weddings bring out the project manager in us all!) you may wish to look into making your own. Certainly this approach will give you great creative freedom, absolute control and flexibility in what you produce. The resulting cards will no doubt please your guests who will see the effort that you've put into making them.

Handmade Cards - the Downside

However, you have to be realistic about both time and budget. Making cards yourself will take a lot of effort and time. Materials can work out expensive once you start buying in large volumes or pricing in pretty toppers, decorative elements and high quality cards and papers.

A Solution

Try using some of the card making software packages available for a personalised set of cards that doesn't require the same amount of time, money and manual work. There are some interesting packages available, or you could even commission a designer to create an online e-card for you if you're digitally inclined!

Printed Wedding Cards - the Benefits

Alternatively, you may wish to commission printed cards. These will guarantee that your stationery is of the best quality and you'll be able to select from a wide range of options and be confident about what you'll receive. There are online providers, in-store providers, boutique stores, catalogues and freelance designers and printers who will create gorgeous printed wedding stationery to suit your tastes, colour scheme and budget. There are also some lovely off the shelf card collections that can simply be filled in by hand and are ready to send.

Printed Cards - the Downside

The cost of this approach can quickly mount up, especially if you are planning to send both 'save the date' and actual wedding invitations. Factor in the cost of postage too, as well as envelopes. When looking at card brochures, be careful to remember your budget, or you can quickly find that you upgrade to a far more expensive set of cards than you'd anticipated. There is also an element of trust required with printed cards as you're outsourcing the work to a supplier, so ask for samples to see exactly what you're getting. Be sure that paper weights, embossed finishes, inks, paper stock finishes and other factors are as you expected to save trouble later down the line. Ultimately the decision about whether to hand-make cards or commission printed ones is a very personal choice and will depend on a variety of factors. As with all elements of your wedding, don't be pressurised into making a decision that you don't feel happy with and spend time researching your options and shopping around. You'll eventually find the perfect choice that you feel happy pursuing. Now all you need to do is get your address book up to date...



Share on:


Let us know what you think


These may also be of interest

Handmade Favours: Sweet Jars

Sweet jars are a great alternative to traditional wedding favours. Glass jars can easily be recycled from around your kitchen and turned into something that looks fabulous on your reception tables! The great thing is that you will be able to fill the j...



Handmade Wedding Treats and Activities for the Kids

Unless you have children yourself, the decision on whether or not to allow your guests to bring their children to your wedding can be a difficult one. If you had always dreamt of a quiet tranquil wedding in a luxurious country manor, the thoughts of ha...



Weddings on a Shoestring

In every romance novel and chick flick love always overcomes every obstacle and wins the day. This is how it should be but unfortunately for some couples the battle between love and money often means that they feel as though they can’t get marrie...



Handmade Wedding Invitations for the Non-Creative Mind

Some people are blessed with endless creativity and an ability to see past even the dullest of subject matters to add artistic flair to anything. For others, this doesn't come so naturally and when planning a wedding, this can often seem like an ob...



Handmade Favours: Bookmarks

Sugared almonds are traditionally given out at weddings. However, these days you really can use anything. I have spent some time this week thinking about alternative and unique weddings favours that are easy to make. One of the first things that came t...



Get access to MyRok where you can store all your wedding searches
+ Receive our eNewsletter for the latest news & special offers