9/2

I have been completely hesitant about this post because: #1 I could talk about paper for days and #2 I OVERSPENT and am mildly shameful.

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It was DIY hell but totally worth it.

When I first started browsing invitations, I hated everything. Well, not hated. But I just couldn’t find what I was looking for. I was also, as per usual, mildly horrified at the cost. I knew what had to happen. I would have to do these bad boys by myself. With some help. Well, a lot of help. Here is what you need to DIY your wedding invitations if you are insanely picky like me.

A graphic designer

Everyone knows someone that is a graphic designer, right? RIGHT. Well, hopefully you do. If not, browse Wtsy for an unreasonable amount of time until you find a designer’s style you like and pray that they will do custom for you! I was fortunate enough to use my MOH’s best friend and her impressive design skills. I am not even joking when I say that she designed exactly what we wanted. A modern, clean, brewery themed wedding suite. I still can’t get over it.

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Envelopes

Did you know that square envelopes cost significantly more to mail? NOW YOU DO. They looked so good though. 

Did you know that your printer will eat your expensive envelopes if they are too thick? NOW YOU DO. Ugh, this though. This hurt me. I “splurged” on getting pre-lined envelopes from Cards & Pockets and our printer ate most of our “extras.” Thank goodness for those extras!

I downloaded the fonts our designer used to make a super sweet envelope template in MS Word because it is 2014 and handwriting should be outlawed. If you think guests appreciate the time you took handwriting their names, then I shall tell my guests how I individually hand-fed each envelop through the printer all whilst holding my breath that it wouldn’t jam. All of this sans alcohol, because calories and wedding dress and stuff.

A  reliable and affordable print vendor

We used Cat Print for the Save the Dates and invitation pieces. I will also be using them for our programs. Their pricing is fantastic for the quality of paper they offer. I chose 130# stock because I like to give people paper cuts. And also because it looked and felt expensive. Want round corners? They can do that too. Want free paper samples? HECK YES I DO. That might have been my favorite part of this entire process and left Justin completely perplexed about the intricacies of paper textures.

A small posse to assemble all the pieces

We only had 67 invitations to mail out. And I decided that they needed that monogram AND twine. After assembling 10, I was done. Justin was a HUGE help as was my little sister (even though he can’t lick envelopes and she doesn’t know how to tie things … ). It took a little over one week to get everything done once I had the final printed pieces in hand.

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You can bribe helpers with beer and also things to play with.

The final cost? Let’s break it down, shall we? This includes our save-the-dates as well.

Design: $160. for 8 hours of design
Printing: $157. 4 pieces, 80 of each with bleeds, rounded corners and on 130# stock.
Envelopes: $127. square, lined and RSVP.
Postage: $132. Those damn square envelopes.
Misc. supplies (twine, eyelets, replacement eyelet tool for the one I broke … ): $35

Total: $611 for 80 pieces. Or $7.60 each.

Is that more than I wanted to spend? Yes. But they are incredible and completely us, so totally worth it!

Tiffany
  • 8/29

    Welp, here it is. The end of summer (ish). The last long weekend to celebrate sun, fun and perfect day-drinking weather. School’s back in sesh, or it will be very soon, and the insanity of wedding season is winding down. I, personally, fully intend on enjoying this weekend to its fullest extent, and therefore will be taking the whole weekend off. The Broke-Ass Bride will resume our normal posting schedule bright ‘n’ early Tuesday morning. But, I wouldn’t just leave you hanging like that, yo! So I’mma double down on our weekly sales and deals roundup and give you 20 kickin’ discount links to help you ease into fall. Because I love you, #duh.

    20 for the weekend

    1. Ladies, I love a pretty frock as much as the next gal. I love it even more when I can score a good deal on one. Take 30% off your order of $150 or more at Kiyonna when you use code RELAX30 through 9/3.

    2. Cooler weather is a great reason to stock up on cozy loungewear and sweet unmentionables. Save 15% off purchases over $100 over at Journelle when you use code LABORDAY14 until 9/1.

    3. Did you save your vaca days for fall, when all the kids are back in school? Or maybe the Magic Kingdom just begs to be visited during your honeymoon. Either way, Expedia will save you 20% off hotels during your Disneyland Resort getaway until 9/30.

    4. Remember that super cute polka dot sweater from this morning’s Five for Friday? Welp, head on over to ShopRuche, where you can knock 30% off with LABORDAY30.

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    For instance, this dress with tiny elephants on it, is originally $62.99 but comes out to a grand total of $50.04 when all’s said and done (I only know this because I promptly bought it as soon as I saw it).

    5. I love having outdoor dinner parties during the fall, and Chinese lanterns are pretty perfect for such an event. Save 5% off Autumn Colors & Décor this Labor Day Weekend at Luna Bazaar with code AUTUMN5 until 9/2.! 

    6. Get your craft on and score 20% off your whole purchase from Michaels

    7. Set up your dapper dude with new duds, and knock an extra 30% off sale items from Bonobos when you use code SALEAWAY30.

    8. Shape up and give the ladies some love with 10% off sitewide at shapewear specialist Hourglass Angel when you use code LABORD10.

    9. Fun, peppy shop C. Wonder wants you to get prepped for fall! Save 30% on full price items + free shipping on items over $100 through 9/1.

    10. Have some pals who hosted great get-togethers this summer? Thank them with a rockin’ sweet or savory gift basket (or crate stocked with all the fixin’s for bloody marys)! Save up to 40% during the Harry & David Labor Day sale until 9/3.

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    Guys, feel free to send me this savory snack crate, mmkay? Thx.

    11. Fend off the cold weather a little longer and escape to a Sandals resort … but take advantage of their huge labor day sale first

    12. Duh, of course I’mma include Ann Taylor in all this. Knock an extra 50% off select full price and sale styles through 9/2.

    13. Anthropologie’s even getting in on the action, skimming a cool 20% off select new sale styles.

    14. Time to trade in your summer brights for fall neutrals? Paula’s Choice is taking 30% off select fall makeup plus free shipping with code AMLABORDAY30 until 9/1.

    15. Pretty stationery is always in style. PaperStyle is giving you, darling Broke-Asses, a killer 20% off Laura Ashley Stationery when you use code PSBAB until 9/6. There’s the extra love we love.

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    These invitations are adorable and I love them.

    16. Do you all know Beyond the Rack? Well, you should, because you can get up to 80% off retail prices AND they’re also throwing out some extra BAB love: Join today and get a $10 credit toward shopping when you use invitation code BROKEBRIDE10.

    17. We love Target. Especially when they have sales, like this one: Save up to 25% off select home and outdoor products through 9/1!

    18. You already know my love for American Eagle’s skinny jeans, but their intimates line, Aerie, holds a special place in my, er, underwear drawer as well. Try ‘em out for yourself with 25% off + free shipping through 9/1 when you use code 952367P1

    19. New season, new bag? Sure! Take an extra 30%-50% off contemporary handbags at Bluefly featuring IIIBeCa by oy Gryson, Rebecca Minkoff and Furla.

    20. Add a retro twist to your new fall wardrobe. Head on over to Unique Vintage and take 20% off sitewide when you use code LABOR20 until 9/3.

    christen
  • 8/29

    ShopRuche.com | Sugar Fix Polka Dot Sweater

    I’m totally a warm-weather addict, but even I’ll be OK with the end of 100-degree days and a return to the normalcy that lives around 75 degrees. As long as I can still sport flip-flops and can avoid big jackets, I’ll be stoked. I do love fall for a few

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    8/29

    BAB Throwback to see or not to see that is the question

    Yes, I know. The first look has been a Thing for a few years now, and granted this post was originally published Nov. 12, 2010. However, the debate is still real, y’all.




    From the moment you put on THE dress, you’ve been anticipating the look on his face when he …

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    8/28

    Can

    Hello, BAB’s! How y’all doin’? This week we’re helping KAYlin get over BHLDN’s KAYleigh (I had to).  When I first saw the dress I was like, “Grecian Goddess.” I know it’s been a while with all the amazing requests coming in, so I hope you’re out there, girl. Kayleigh wrote …

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  • 8/28

    This wonderful tutorial first appeared on the blog in 2012, but with the ubiquity of gorgeous, interesting backdrop ideas in weddingland lately, I figured it was a great time to take a little jump back and revisit this awesome paper rosette how-to.

    I don’t know about you Broke-Asses, but spring

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    8/27

    Winning Wednesday Get Frisky in the Kitchen with an Apron from Flirty Aprons

    We’re big into food here at The Broke-Ass Bride. If you follow Dana’s other blog, LaRueBlog, then you’ve seen the slew of Korean food she’s been cooking up. And myself? Well, I cook every night — but some nights that “cooking” is just mac & cheese. Most nights, however, …

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    8/27

    Invitation

    First and foremost, let me emphasize that I am not one of those traditional people who believe a wedding must have a theme. I know, me, untraditional? Shocking. Therefore, Daniel and I did not approach our wedding planning with the goal of creating a theme. Instead, we chose items …

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