Right on Target

Somebody\'s getting married!

A friend of mine, who goes by the name of Ladysun, is a do-it-yourselfer and soon to be married. She’s been shopping around for bargains and has budgeted carefully to ensure that her upcoming nuptials won’t break the bank. Recently, she told me how much she spent on paper goods, by which I mean invitations, response cards, envelopes, place cards, and thank you cards. The grand total with tax? $71.50. To give you some perspective, she’d budgeted $250 for invitations alone.

Ladysun accomplished this amazing feat by shopping at Target and heading straight for the clearance section. She’ll, of course, be doing all the printing herself. It’s not as difficult as it sounds and, because she bought in bulk, she has some extras to play around with.

Note: Those future brides (and grooms) who have good printers and are good with graphic design may want to consider buying pretty card stock or blank cards. You can then customize your wedding invites and other paper goods to suit your tastes and needs. Those who aren’t so design savvy can try wedding invitation software.

Anyway, back to Target. It’s a little difficult to find their wedding stuff on their web site because it turns out they partner with FTD Florists, Carlson Craft Wedding Stores, and other retailers. But they have a wide range of favors, wedding accessories, wedding albums, and shower gear for the more adventurous and creative future brides and grooms.

It may be worth checking out. And I know, I was shocked, too. I mean, Target and weddings. Who would have thought?

8 Responses to “Right on Target”

  1. Gigolo Kitty says:

    I was out shopping for GK (yeah, it takes up a LOT of my time) and I noticed that even Staples was carrying specialized “make you own invitations” packages complete with pretty card-stock and trimmings. A friend of mine printed all her Save The Date and Invitations on her home ink-jet color. They were really professional looking jobs (her fiance was a graphics designer so that may have helped).

    And if you live in NYC, please visit the wholesale district near the Herald Square Macy’s. Some of them will sell to retail (just look at the signs on the doors) and several bridal stores sell stuff for amazingly cheap.

  2. Never teh Bride says:

    Thanks for the tip! It definitely pays to scour Manhattan for deals if one can.

  3. Bitter B. says:

    It’s not quite wedding materials, but Target had their wedding gift bags and tissue paper on clearance last week. I haven’t been back since to know if they still are on sale. However, I stocked up for the summer wedding season without paying more than $1.50 for anything – not even the really big and decorative bags.

  4. Never teh Bride says:

    Nice, Bitter B.!

  5. Chaeriste says:

    My fiancÚ and I did our own invitations… and everyone said they’re beautiful. Cost us under $100 for the paper, postage and ribbons. We did RSVP cards as postcards, saving both postage and ensuring that everyone can just throw them back in the mail to us.

  6. Never teh Bride says:

    Regular sized postcards, Chaeriste? Or those little, bitty ones?

  7. Bienchen says:

    FYI, a friend of mine sent itty-bitty postcards as RSVP cards. They were cute, but I live outside of the US, and they were (get this) too small to be sent airmail. Apparently there is a minimum size as well as a maximum. So I had to go back home and put it in an envelope and then back to the post office. I’m sure this isn’t a problem everyone has to deal with, but it’s something I think about now that I’m planning my wedding overseas.

  8. Never teh Bride says:

    Something to think about, indeed, Bienchen!