As Chad & I begin planning our BIG DAY, one thing is very clear: We are not traditionalists. We cannot — and have no desire to — have a typical American wedding that costs somewhere around $30k (um, that’s the cost of a downpayment on a house!). We have very small families, many close friends, and a limited budget. Still, we want our day to be special, sincere and most of all, fun. Starting what will surely be on our long list of D.I.Y. touches, we’re going to skip the pricey invitations. We want something less formal, something that we can customize ourselves. These Kate Spade Printable Invitations seem just about perfect. They have a gorgeous branch design on one side, and the come with thick, rich, green-lined envelopes. They’re just the thing to jumpstart our “country” themed wedding. We’ve already ordered one batch and have done some testing on our printer. It’s super easy to create a template with the font of your choice (Copperplate looks great). They cost $25 for ten — far less these engraved bough invitations, $456 for 50, which are similar. Plus, without all those extra bits of paper — RSVP cards and such — we’re being more eco-friendly. It’s a win win! — Angela M.