Hand made invitation (Photo & craft / Connie Mango
Congratulations! Valentine's Day has passed and you have been flashing that shining diamond your one true love has given to you when he asked for your hand in marriage. Of course you said yes, and immediately you thought about the one thing more important than that beautiful moment, telling everyone you know about that beautiful moment.
The first two things a newly engaged women needs to put on her to do list is, one, announcing her engagement and, two, sending invitations to the engagement party. A DIY Bride-to-be (DIY is short for do it yourself) has a third item on that list, start planning the creatives for both one and two.
Making your own announcements or invitations used to be difficult, but with a personal computer, laser or inkjet printer and some beautiful papers, difficulty is a thing of the past. You already have the computer and printer, so where can you go to find the beautiful papers?
Pick Quick offers ready made papers for printable invites.
Before limiting yourself with what you can find at office supply stores, or big box craft chains, you have to visit Pick Quick, The Paper Superstore, at 171-B Milbar Boulevard View Map Farmingdale, NY 11735, Store Hours: M-F 8:00 am - 5:00 pm SAT. closed SUN. closed. Phone: 631-249-5956 .Fax: 631-845-5326. You can find them on the internet at http://xpedxstores.com.
Hand tied with vellum overlays and pink ink
Pick Quick has a wide assortment of ready made letterheads at $6.95 for 100 sheets. You could easily run one of these decorated 8 1/2 x 11 pages through a printer, using Microsoft Word or some similar word processor and announcements are done.
However, when you step into Pick Quick papers and look closely at what else they have to offer, your imagination will leave the pre-made letterheads in the DIY dust! Plain cards and paneled cards with matching envelopes that can be embossed and adorned with crystals come in colors like bright white or almond. Vellums and parchments in spring green can be covered with exotic papers, folded and tied with decorative ribbons for a papercraft that's elegant and unique. Use natural papers to make a "green" announcement or invitation and be an earth-conscious DIY bride-to-be.
If hand punching and tying 100+ invites is too much for your busy DIY bride-to-be schedule, but that's the look you're after, Pick Quick has a wide variety of Anna Griffin Invite kits starting at around $20.00. This will give you that hand made elegance and beauty without all the custom punching, cutting and tying. Some assembly is still required, as is the computer skills. If you have your bridesmaids chosen, why not invite them to a "heavy crafting with light lunch served" session to make the assembly go by with ease.
If the above hasn't sold you on taking a ride to Pick Quick, then how about ordering announcements or invitations from those big book catalogs, you know, like the ones at the bridal stores? What's the catch?
Pick Quick papers can order products from those catalogs without the printing and you can print your own wedding invitations, engagement announcements and have yours look like they were professionally done, but at a savings from the cost you would pay at the bridal stores. You can even customize your invitations by doing hand calligraphy or using type colors other than black. If you have a mailing list of attendees to your event in a spreadsheet, you can program your computer to substitute each person's name on the list and print out premium, professional invitations personally inviting each guest to your event. These options could cost a fortune if done through a bridal store vendor.
Your engagement announcements and party invitations are sure to be a hit, so much so that friends and family members will be anticipating the next set of envelopes - save the date cards, wedding invitations, and thank you notes - from the DIY Bride-to-be and her friends at Pick Quick papers.