6 Tips for Finding Affordable Wedding Invitations

Mar 9, 2016 by

6 Tips for Finding Affordable Wedding Invitations

Revamping an old post here on wedding invitations today. You can find the original on my Wedding Photography Blog over here!

I was inspired again by all of my friends and family getting hitched and engaged recently to look through some of the articles I used to write about wedding planning. I think as a society we have been bombarded with TONS of wedding information and it is really hard sometimes to filter through what is actually helpful. I’m pretty sure that for most people wedding planning can easily become one of the circles of hell.
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I know that when I was looking I wanted it all. I wanted the pocket invitations with the four enclosures and pearl shimmer paper. I wanted beautiful calligraphy on envelopes and wax seals. I wanted high grade paper and personalized RSVP cards. I wanted it all to match and I wanted it to be beautiful… They, however,  wanted $1200! WHAT!?!

What normal person can spend thousands of dollars of their wedding budget on the invitations alone? That’s craziness! When I mentioned it to my then-fiance he suggested folding notebook paper and making our own. He was kidding, kind of, but he was also right! We wanted to have one hell of a party, we couldn’t be spending a huge chunk of that just inviting people to the party!

Searching for invitations for a wedding of 150 guests was throwing me very far over my budget. It was depressing. It was awful and it was one of those things I didn’t think about when I was allocating money for each category. I forgot about the price of stamps. I forgot about putting address labels on hundreds of envelopes. I didn’t think about this in my budget and I became a little cranky.

It can quickly become incredibly expensive! Here’s some help before you get started:

1.Figure out what you really need. You can go really overboard if you aren’t careful. Do you need an enclosure for accommodation information if you are putting all the same info on your wedding website? Do you need to send a separate RSVP card with an envelope or could you think about using an RSVP postcard or having guests RSVP online? What about that secondary inner envelope? If you aren’t having a very formal ceremony that inner envelope might not be necessary. Remember if you are including a reply card you need to DOUBLE the number of stamps you are purchasing. Stamps are expensive. FYI.

2. SHOP AROUND. I cannot stress this enough. Check out many, many, many places. Try out Esty.com where you might stumble across a budding graphic designer who will cut you an amazing deal on personalized invites. Look into places like local printing stores, Staples and Office Max, where there are printing centers. See if you have any local small businesses that do printing or a high school or community college with a graphic design class. Look into all your options before you decide on one thing.

3. Simple is cheaper. Know that anything that requires massive assembly, lots of pieces or intricate bows is going to be more expensive. Consider the possibility of ordering without the bow and adding the bow yourself… or handing that task off to your craftiest bridesmaid. (Adding the bow is a bit more difficult than I had anticipated when I did mine. Just saying, you might want to pay extra for that if it is something that will give you a headache later.)

4. Be careful about postage! Know that any oddly shaped invitations are going to cost more to mail! Check with the post office to see what sized envelopes mail for the cost of a normal stamp, and how heavy they are allowed to be.

5. Combine products: Consider companies that offer things like “Seal-and-Send”, “All in one” or “3-in-1” type invites that allow you to compile a package deal that includes the invitations, reception card and response card. These are often less fancy than others but also include a much lower price tag.

6. Sign up for email notices! Most companies will send out regular sale information and it’s awesome! Additionally, you can often find promo coupons and other deals if you are added to their email list. Stay on top of this and you could wind up saving 40% or more. Places like Vistaprint.com send a 50% off coupon almost every week! Some companies do seasonal only sales, so if you know your wedding date well in advance you can really get an excellent price by buying in the off season. For instance, autumn decorated invitations might be much cheaper in the spring, and so on.

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Me personally? I decided to go with Invitations by Dawn.  This company offers awesome sales regularly and some really great values in the “3-in-1” style invites.

Were they 100% exactly what I had in mind? No, but at the end of the day, I am still  married to the love of my life. And the truth is, no one is going to remember those invitations anyway. (They will however remember the fried dough instead of cake. Yes, that’s right, I said FRIED DOUGH.)

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