After about 4.2 seconds on Pinterest, even the least creative person in this galaxy will want to try a DIY project. I mean those pins make everything look so effortless and simple. Now, I am pretty savvy at DIY and I still have had an epic #pinterestfail (or twenty).
A huge trend I am seeing is that couples want to DIY their stationery for their wedding. Now, I will be the first person to support them in that endeavor if they are experienced DIY-ers. If they aren’t, I really try and encourage the couple to re-think their DIY hopes and dreams and walk them through how much it would cost if it were to end in #DIYdisaster.
So before going off and getting your heart set on rocking a DIY stationery suite for your next event, let’s talk about whether or not this is your thing and if so, what tasks are best for you and won’t make your head explode. (We don’t need anyone slinging paper throwing stars!)
Ok, let’s be real, not everyone is cut out for the DIY life and that is completely ok!
I mean if you find macaroni art perplexing….then this may not be the time to experiment with your DIY prowess. So, if you are thinking about creating your own stationery suite go ahead and take my “cosmo” style quiz. (Click on the image to download the PDF version of the quiz!)
if most of your answers were, “what’s this?”…
If you read through those questions and didn’t feel confident about any of them, then set down the DIY supplies and just walk away.
Stepping away from the DIY, doesn’t mean you can’t save money by helping out. You can still absolutely cut costs by assembling (stuffing) your own stationery, or maybe if you have really nice handwriting (and don’t mind a hand cramp or two,) you could hand address your envelopes. I have a post that walks you through how to addresses your invitations here.
The best advice I can give you is to start researching different designers and styles to see what best fits your event’s vibe. Before committing to a specific designer, be sure to reach out to them and discuss your vision. Picking a designer is like dating, you really need them to understand you for it to all be happily ever after.
Here are a few of my favorite stationery designers (besides me of course! ?)
Watercolor Stationery Suites
I absolutely love Cami Monet’s Custom Suites! She has some pretty epic custom watercolor maps and can even incorporate your fur-babies!
Calligraphy Stationery Suites
For custom calligraphy stationery suites, ElisaAnne Calligraphy is the way to go. (Her watercolors are awesome too!)
Need help figuring out a way to compare designers, check out my post about questions to ask your stationer.
if most of your answers were, “i guess”…
If you read through the questions and know you 100% can do at least some of the things I talked about in the previous section, then you can totally sprinkle in some DIY tasks. Just remember to play to your strengths to avoid getting overwhelmed.
Are you really design savvy?
Then create a beautiful color palette that is totally you to give to your designer. They can take that palette and run with it to create an out of this world suite that will wow your guests.
Are you computer savvy?
Well, if you have received enough wedding invitations in the past to know what (and what not) to include, then go ahead and design your own epic stationery suite.
If you are a cricut or silhouette pro don’t forget to brain storm about all the different shapes you can create to make your suite one of a kind.
Printing from will be easy peasy for a computer savvy person like yourself. So be adventurous with your paper for an extra pop of WOW! Just remember that (home) printers don’t print white, so be sure to take that into consideration before picking your favorite dark color.
Here are some of my favorite papers to get you started…
Neenah Stardream is a metallic or shimmery paper. It is nice and heavy which is perfect for invitation suites. There are a bunch of colors to choose from and has a bunch of size options. They even have envelopes!
Another favorite from Neenah, Plike is a smooth touch paper that feels almost a velvety. The only downside is the color selection is limited to nine paper colors and only three envelope colors.
Make Way…DIY Pro Walking Through!!!
If you felt confident about pretty much everything, you may be on the wrong career path! ??? JK!
Ok, but for real…
With your wealth of knowledge and expertise, you can create an epic one-of-a-kind stationery suite that will sweep you guests off their feet!
so…which one are you?
Be sure to share your results on Instagram with the hashtag #bbdquiz or you can tag me @beautybrightdesign. You can even use one of these graphics for your IG story!
Just remember that overwhelming yourself with too many DIY tasks for your event has the potential to end in disaster. It’s definitely worth it to take a self-assessment of how much you have bitten off and seeing if you can chew.
As your guide to the land of stationery, I am always here to help you if you just don’t know which direction to go. Be sure to comment below with any questions you have!
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