We all know how expensive weddings can be right? Well, recently several patrons have been using Erlanger’s STREAM Center to save themselves money on their weddings. One of my coworkers recently got married and used the STREAM Center to save a ton of money. We have three pieces of equipment that are especially great for weddings. We have our laser cutter and engravers which can be used to engrave wedding party gifts or even cut out center piece displays. 

We were able to buy 2’x2’ ¼ inch cherry plywood at Home Depot for just $9 and they even cut it down to pieces that would fit into the Glowforge for us. Once the numbers were cut, we used cherry stain that my dad already had in his basement, then hot-glued them onto thin metal rods. They looked great with the cherry wood centerpieces we made, and cost a fraction of comparable table numbers!”  

Our Poster printer is also a huge money saver for all those large printing needs that seem to pop up during the big day. Our poster printer can print large oversized posters from .jpg, .png, or .pdf files as long as they are high quality. An average poster of 24” x 36” size will only cost you $7.00! 

With a $6 frame and a $7 poster made on the STREAM poster printer, we were able to have a custom seating chart for just $13. And we were able to reuse the frame later! 

The Silhouette Cameo is also great for creating decals that need to be placed on a pre-existing material. We can use regular vinyl for mugs or tumblers and heat transfer vinyl for shirts and totes.  

“For my wedding party gifts, I found four-packs of stemless wine glasses at Target for $3.99, designed the graphics myself using an online “Harry Potter font” generator, and cut the letters using the Silhouette Cameo in the STREAM Center. With one square foot of black vinyl being just $1, I was able to make all the glasses myself for just over a dollar each, instead of roughly $9 you’d find online.”  

So, if you know someone who’s getting married and would love to save some money (don’t we all?) visit the STREAM Center for a boat load of savings! 

Written By: Brandon Baldoni & Morgan Coleman

Brandon Baldoni is one of our two Emerging Technology Programmers at the Erlanger Branch where he works in the STREAM Center of Learning.

Morgan Coleman is a programmer who does storytimes and other children’s programs at the Erlanger Branch.

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