I’ve had a few emails from readers lately, requesting more budget-friendly features on SMP. I know that we have a really wide range of readers out there, so I want to make sure that everyone is getting a little something that can truly inspire elements for their own unique wedding.

So, in an effort to really reach out to all of our brides, I am going to start offering a “Look for Less” style feature on many of our posts. Today, Viola from Chewing the Cud, is offering her tips on working with a budget when it comes to your invitations…

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From Viola at Chewing the Cud

–Combine your information into one component (for example, include the reception information on the main invitation, rather than purchasing a separate card)

–Eliminate the response envelope by creating an RSVP postcard.

–Figure out if some of the information be communicated online? Directions, things to
do etc. are perfect for your wedding website.

–Offer a trade with your designer…if you have a unique skill, offer to swap services…I did this with my photographer and it worked out great!

–If you are working with a designer, have him/her create a template for you, then print menus, place-cards etc at
home. Companies like Paper-Source are perfect to find cute, coordinating papers that are easy to print at home.

–Play the bride card and gather all your crafty girlfriends (and
boyfriends) for a crafternoon!

Thank you so much to Viola for sharing these great tips. I think that the one thing that I really want to convey on SMP is that even if you are working on a budget, you can still work with great designers, photographers and planners to help you execute your vision. It just might take a little bit of imagination and working outside the box.

Look for Less Tip…Figure out where you place value in your wedding…is it the flowers? the invitations? the food? Then, rearrange your budget so that the emphasis is on what you love…skimp on the rest!