∑ Making your own stationery can be fun and does give you the chance to get exactly what you want. Buying ready-made stationery just canít compete, while to track downa get a stationer who is willing to produce things to your exact specification is time-consuing (and expensive of course!).
∑ There are a number of suppliers already giving you a helping hand by supplying partially prepared stationery for you to finish with your own special touches. This compromise can remove some of the hassle and still retain that personal touch.
On the Negative Side
∑ The professionals are called the professionals for a reason Ė they are skilled craftsmen and women who do this for a living. What they can produce is of exceptional quality and thereís a good chance that it will be better than what you can do, although we could be wrong.
∑ It takes a strong person to admit that they are out of their depth and if what you produce looks more like something the dog would eat his dinner off than a professional masterpiece then perhaps it is time to admit defeat. Unless you are confident in your ability then donít bank on success.
∑ The Wedding invite is likely to be the very first point of contact your guests will receive in relation to the Wedding so it needs to set the scene perfectly. The stationery reflects both the couple and whatís in store on the Big Day so remember this before sending out something that falls apart in the post.
∑ If you want to produce your stationery electronically, then you will need, or at least need access to, a computer with suitable software (MS Powerpoint would be OK, but for a higher quality product you are looking at a decent desk top publishing piece of software), a quality printer (although a printers or local photo developers may be able to help) and most importantly some skill. Unless you are really, really short of cash then an A4 piece of paper with some WordArt on it printed on your ten year-old bubble-jet printer is something to avoid!