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Easy Ideas to Save Money on Your Wedding

You don't have to go broke to host a celebrity-quality bash.  Create a do-it-yourself wedding in style with The Print Shop - America's favorite desktop publishing software.  Here are some easy tips to help you save money while creating an impressive custom event.

  • Design It Yourself - Wedding invitations cost a lot of money because you are paying someone else to create them for you.  But who knows you and your fiancé better than you do?  The Print Shop is an incredibly easy tool for creating your own Save the Dates, Invitations, Reception Cards, RSVP Cards, Thank You Cards and more.
  • Find a Style You Like and Recreate It - Do you want a beach wedding?  Or the feeling of a Spanish dinner party?  Or perhaps a Japanese-inspired cherry blossom feel is more your taste?  One easy way to create exactly what you are looking for is to find a style you like at one of those expensive design shops, and then make it yourself using The Print Shop.
  • Check Out PrintShopPacks.com - In addition to the enormous gallery of templates and clip art that comes with the software, The Print Shop offers an online store filled with absolutely gorgeous clip art and templates for weddings.  The Packs can be purchased for an incredibly low price (between FREE and $9.99) and then customized for your occasion.
  • Keep It Simple - In almost every case, simple is elegant.  Choose no more than three colors, one or two pieces of clip art, maybe a background paper, and that's it.  You can use these same items on everything from Save the Dates to Thank You notes.  This rule works for any theme and it should become your mantra as you make decisions on clothing, table settings, flowers and more.
  • Choose the Right Paper - Paper quality is the difference between a backyard barbecue and a $50,000 wedding.  You can buy beautiful paper stock at any store from Staples to Walmart to Target.  If you want to invest slightly more, try the elegant and unique styles at Paper Source (www.paper-source.com).  And if you want to fool your guests into thinking you spent thousands on your stationery, don't forget the inner envelope, outer envelope, embossers, ribbons and enclosures.
  • Save Time with Mail Merge - The Print Shop is not just about saving money, it's also about saving time (and let's be honest, your hand too!).  Addressing envelopes can take FOREVER.  The Print Shop has an integrated address book and the ability to merge fields into anything from addresses on the envelopes to names in the thank you notes.  Plus you can import contacts from just about any source, including Gmail®, Outlook® and Excel®.
  • Professional Printing - Professional printing doesn't have to be expensive.  If you make a design in The Print Shop, you can get it printed at your local FedEx Office store.  They typically have thicker card stocks with a variety of finishes, including linen.  Ask about wax printing for an impressive textured effect.
  • Create a Complete Event - Creating a coordinated event is about paying attention to the details.  Here are some other things you can make using The Print Shop:
    • Placecards
    • Menus
    • Table cards
    • Parking signs
    • Save the Date magnets
    • Table assignment posters 

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