[[image:p26i.jpg]] [[http://www.handyhippo.co.uk/s199-1-wedding-stationery.html DIY wedding invitations]], order of service, place cards, etc are becoming more popular every year - and with good reason. With so many things to organise for your special day, you might be thinking of going for ready-made - but here we'll tell you why it's a great idea to consider making your own wedding stationery. ==1. Get the exact look you want There's no need to compromise if you're creating your own. Do you want A5 or A6 invitations? Cream, ivory or white? Textured or plain? Bright and colourful or minimalist? Traditional or modern? There's so much choice, and only you really know how you want your stationery to look. Take a look at the [[http://www.handyhippo.co.uk/articles/tagged/weddings wedding projects]] in our craft ideas to give you an idea of the kind of things you can make. You can always adapt these designs to suit the colour theme or style of your day. Let your imagination go wild and create something totally unique that's just for you. ==2. Save money Creating the perfect wedding invitations doesn't need to cost the earth. In fact, you can make your own invitations for up to 5 times less than buying them ready made. That means more money in your pocket, or more money to put towards the dress, honeymoon or whatever you want! And if you're willing to put the effort in, your budget wedding stationery will look just as good, if not better than, more expensive shop-bought sets. [[image:weddingset.jpg]] Many of our wedding project guides list the approximate cost per card - you might be surprised to see just how much you can save. ==3. It's fun and easy Thousands of people enjoy making cards for a hobby. And making your own wedding stationery is no different to making your own cards - albeit on a slightly larger scale! Once you've decided on your design, it's easy to replicate it lots of times. To make things easier for you, we have tried and tested all the wedding invitation ideas and wedding stationery supplies on Handy Hippo to make sure they are as simple as possible, as well as great quality. ==4. It's more personal When you make your own invitations, they are far more personal. There is something special about knowing that your wedding invitations, place cards and order of service cards are unique and match your personality perfectly. Use wording, pictures or a design that means something to you and your friends and family. You may find that guests keep the cards as souvenirs to remember your wedding day by. [[image:p59i.jpg]] ==5. You won't let you down If you make the cards yourself, you know that they'll come out just as you wanted them to, and they'll be ready in time. There's nothing worse than getting your delivery of printed stationery, only to find they have misspelt your name or got the date wrong. Plan ahead and you can have the best looking wedding stationery in town, for a great price, that matches your day down to the last detail - and have fun making it. We certainly did - and enjoyed it so much we ended up starting Handy Hippo to help others do the same!