Reduce Wedding Costs with Your Printer

Posted Wednesday, September 29th, 2010 by .

Weddings are expensive. There are no two ways about it, unless you plan to elope to the office of the Justice of the Peace.  With hundreds of guests, the cost of food and drink,party favors, and decorations will quickly start to add up.  At the end of it all, there is one happy couple and multiple depleted bank accounts.  However, most people have printers in their homes, and this article will provide some tips on how to use that machine to save some money while planning a wedding.

Invitations:Wedding Invitations

Most local office supplies stores where you would find replacement ink and toner cartridges will sell kits of invitations and envelopes as well as note cards for RSVP in a range of different designs and prices.  Instead of having these printed for you by an overpriced printing company, take the blank invitations and envelopes home to your printer.  There are many templates that can be downloaded for free and various font options that will make your invitations look professional and elegant.

Place Cards:

When your guests arrive at the wedding, they will need to know where to sit.  You can change the settings of your printer to support ID card size paper so you can make the place cards.  This can be as simple as typing every name on the blank card, or you can make it flashier.  Word programs offer the ability to add ClipArt, shapes and even pictures (either from the internet or your personal collection).  Another option is to download templates, such as those from the Martha Stewart collection, and simply print them to letter size paper and cut precisely.

Bachelor(ette) Party:

This is really why people get married, right?  You can use your printer to make t-shirts, buttons and even to print an image of the bride and/or groom.  Maybe you can use the Rasterbator technology to print an over-sized image and everyone at the bachelorette party can sign it.  You can print shirts or hats with funny sayings or personal quips that have meaning to only the closest of friends.  You can print games to play.  No reason to spend excessive money for this party when your printer gives you some unique and affordable options.  Here is a tutorial demonstrating how to make personalized items at home:

These are just a few ideas for cutting costs for your wedding.  Of course, the wedding is still likely to be expensive, but with these tips you have a way to trim down the budget while bringing out your creative side.

Greg Gladman

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Greg Gladman has two degrees from the University of Cincinnati and prides himself on managing the operations and customer service at Ink Technologies. With a mind like a vault, he is full of useful and useless information, making him an asset to the company and to his Tuesday night trivia team. When he is not working, he spends his time bowling and playing golf. Greg dedicates much of his free time to raising money and awareness in support of the fight against blood cancers. You can find him on .

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