I’m going to let you in on a little secret: I am not a crafty bride. I don’t have a stash of markers, hole punches, and tissue paper. I definitely do not own a glue gun. Yet, despite these limitations, occasionally I find myself wanting to recreate the gorgeous details of weddings that fill the blog world. Enter the world of Quasi-Crafty projects. Somewhat akin to a boxed cake-mix, these projects require little skill yet yield surprisingly close results to the real thing (and at lower cost!). This weekly post will provide how-to’s to some of my own crafts & highlight those from other real weddings.
Stamping (Return) Addresses
Let’s say that you love calligraphy. L.O.V.E. it. The traditional choice is to have someone hand-write your lovely invites. However, at $1.50/return address, you’re looking at $150+ for 100 invites. If you add-on return addressing for your R.S.V.P.’s that amount doubles to $300. Ouch!
At this point you have a few options: learn to write calligraphy by yourself (the diy kit will run you around $20-30 on Amazon) and hope for the best. Personally, I don’t recommend it. My attempts turned out something like this.
A better option? Enter the personalized, calligraphy stamp!
Calligraphy by Hillary on Etsy offers this stamp for a reasonable $40. We actually opted for the self-inking stamp from Love to Create Stamps for the ultimate in convenience. A couple of hours of stamping (I recommend while watching Glee…) or so of stamping is all that stands between you and this beautiful result:
Feeling fancy? Kelle Anne McCarter at Designsgirl creates beautiful works of art. Each stamp comes complete with a custom door knob and makes a beautiful desk ornament when you’re not using it. Another fun touch is to stamp in a color other than black – pink, blue, purple, etc. would all be beautiful!
With a $250+ savings you’ll have enough left over to cover the costs of postage for your invites AND a medium-size bridal bouquet AND your Maid-of-Honor’s Bouquet! Or you could spend the $260 to cover 4 small-to-medium florist made centerpieces – win!
What would you spend the extra $260 on?