Personalize Your Wedding With Paper

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    Personalize Your Wedding with Paper

    The average price of a wedding keeps rising, but you don't have to spend a fortune to make your wedding shine. One thing that makes weddings look and feel luxurious is an added level of personalization and detail. Those little touches stand out, and the guests take notice! One affordable and chic way to personalize your wedding is by infusing a theme throughout your day using paper goods. From your save the dates to your wedding invitations to your send-off signage, paper products can make your big day look more luxe for less! 

    Of course, there are luxury paper goods as well, but generally speaking, paper is a low-cost option for decor, signage and more for your big day. In this series, we'll show you some beautiful options for using paper to weave your theme throughout your wedding day. 

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    Save the Dates

    Your save the dates will be the first impression your guests will have of your upcoming wedding, so it's important to make it a good one. Save the dates should be sent at least 6 months in advance in order to give your guests a decent heads-up. If you are sending save the dates before you've settled on a theme, just keep your save the date simple from a design standpoint. You can personalize your save the date by including an engagement photo of you and your fiancé!

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    Wedding Invitations

    Wedding Invitation Suite from Minted
    Wedding invitations from Minted

    By the time you send your invitations out (6-8 weeks before the big day) your theme should be set and your invitations follow suit. Incorporate your color scheme or design elements into your wedding invitations to give your guests a sneak peek into the look and feel of your day. Whether your theme is whispery watercolor pastels or rich Autumn hues, you should infuse your paper goods with the same feel as your event to tie things together for a cohesive experience. 


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    Wedding Programs

    Paper wedding program fans
    Vine Wedding on Etsy

    Your wedding programs are another area where you can add a layer of personalization. Many couples choose to skip programs if they aren't having a church ceremony, but they can be helpful even if the service isn't hard to follow. You can use the space on your program to list out the names of your bridesmaids and groomsmen, as well as share your family members' names. You can also share a special note with your guests in your wedding program for an extra personal touch. Having a backyard wedding? Consider making your programs as paper fans so your guests can use them to keep themselves cool during your ceremony.

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    Escort Cards + Place Cards

    Printable Place Cards add an extra special touch to your table.
    The Budget Savvy Bride

    There's nothing that makes a wedding feel fancier than having a personalized place card awaiting you at your table. It says, "this spot was reserved just for you, and we're so glad to have you." They are surprisingly affordable, too! You can purchase pre-folded tent cards and write the names yourself, or find a printable place card template online like this floral place card printable from The Budget Savvy Bride

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    Wedding Menus

    Wedding Menu
    Download & Print

    Another paper piece that can take your event to the next level is the menu. A beautifully designed menu for a sit-down dinner is a lovely touch to include at each place setting. We love this free wedding menu design printable from Download & Print. If you're hosting a buffet-style dinner, you could have signs printed to display at the end of the buffet if you'd like. 

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    Wedding Signage

    Wedding signage is another great way to tie in your theme and carry it throughout your day. Whether it's a sign sending your guests toward your reception site, small signs to indicate the types of food on your buffet, or a guestbook sign, paper is a fantastic choice. You can easily design and print these signs out yourself at home, saving yourself money and also adding that extra layer of detail to your day. To add an extra dose of class, you could frame your prints and display them around your reception area, such as this signature cocktail sign from Nella Designs

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    Other Paper Wedding Details

    Water bottle and Wine Bottle labels
    The Budget Savvy Bride

    Some other unique and creative options for incorporating paper into your wedding day make use of labels and stickers. Having a casual backyard wedding? Consider using eco-friendly cutlery and wrapping them in napkins, sealed with a cute sticker from StickerYou that features your monogram on it. Get some custom water labels from Bottle Your Brand to personalize the water bottle labels you give your guests to keep cool in the heat. Going for something a little more upscale? You can have personalized wine bottle labels made from CrushTag to elevate your bar offerings. Surely your guests will love sipping wine with its own "private label." These labels and stickers don't cost much money but they make a big impact on an event. 

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    Wedding Favor Packaging

    Another great use for paper in weddings is to package wedding favors. Whether that's using paper bags or treat sacks, or crafting little cardstock paper boxes for candy, there are so many ways you can incorporate paper into your wedding favors. You can also use stickers and labels to further personalize the favors without adding much to your cost. 

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    Wedding Thank You Notes

    Just because the wedding day is over, doesn't mean you should drop the theme! Order some wedding thank you cards that incorporate your colors and theme to put a personal seal on the whole experience. You can include a photo from your wedding day on your thank you cards to take them to the next level. Be sure to write a personal message thanking each and every guest for attending and for their gifts. Worried about getting a hand cramp? Check out Postable to type all your thank you notes and they'll write and send them for you! 

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    Decorative Accents

    Paper and tassel garland decoration
    The Budget Savvy Bride

    If you're feeling extra crafty, you could consider tackling creating some lovely paper flowers or other decor items like bunting or banners. Anything from tissue paper to cardstock to crepe paper can be crafted into beautiful accents to add a little extra dose of interest and detail to your big day. Search the web for free printables and tutorials to learn how to make these lovely items yourself! Again, paper is incredibly affordable, so this is a great way to add extra decoration to your ceremony and reception without adding much cost.

    We hope this series has inspired you to consider all the amazing possibilities of paper!