So you want to set the right tone for your wedding with your invitations, but you don't have a big budget. Don't sweat it! There are plenty of ways to get gorgeous invites without breaking the bank. Here are 10 ways to save big on your big day stationery.
1. Make your own invitations. If you have a great printer at home, you're halfway there! Browse wedding blogs or online stationery stores for gorgeous free invitation templates that can be personalized with your wedding details before you print. Feel like getting crafty? Order a rubber stamp customized with your invitation wording, pick up a few packs of pretty paper, and get to work.
2. Shop online and customize your stationery. Try Wedding Paper Divas, Etsy, and Minted for stunning stationery at super-reasonable prices. Choose a template and add in your wedding details, or completely customize a suite to suit your personal style. You can even find designs from high-end luxury stationers, like Laura Hooper Calligraphy, at discounted prices by purchasing pre-printed invites online.
3. Use standard-sized envelopes. Believe it or not, a square wedding invitation is going to cost you! Oversized or non-standard envelopes have to be hand-stamped by the post office, so you'll end up shelling out more for postage than you would for rectangular invites.
4. Choose a lower-cost printing technique. Engraving and letterpress are certainly stunning, but if you're on a budget, look for digitally-printed or thermography invitations that are equally chic. Just make sure to talk to your stationer about printing options before settling on a final design, since certain aesthetics can only be achieved through specific print methods.
5. Keep it simple. All of those bells and whistles may seem inexpensive at first, but the extra details add up when you have 100+ guests to consider. Skip the bows, pocket folders, inner envelopes, and reception cards, and keep your invitation costs to a minimum. Trifold invitations with tear-off RSVP postcards are a particularly good way to streamline your invite and cut costs, especially if you have a lot of information to share with your guests.
6. Buy a suite up front (and while you're at it, buy a few extra invites). Ask your stationer if purchasing all of your paper needs up front (including save the dates, invitations, thank-you cards, and even place cards) will earn you a discount. Also, remember to order extra invitations and envelopes for last-minute additions to the guest list and inevitable printing and addressing accidents. A one-off print job is far more expensive per invitation than bulk printing, and you'll likely have to pay extra to get the job done quickly.
7. Proofread. This may seem like a no-brainer, but couples who fail to proofread often find themselves paying massive reprinting fees to replace invites with misspelled venues or the incorrect year! Carefully review your invitation proof before approving, paying especially close attention to all names, dates, times, and addresses.
8. Address your own envelopes. It's wonderful to receive a hand-calligraphed wedding invitation, but ultimately, hiring a calligrapher is an expense you can forgo. Guests will appreciate that you hand-wrote their addresses and you'll save big bucks. If your handwriting just isn't envelope-worthy, talk to your stationer about digital guest addressing.
9. Work your website. There are so many great free wedding website services out there, so take advantage and build one for your wedding! Include maps, hotel, and travel information, and even manage your RSVPs online. Then you can direct guests to your website and skip the inserts, RSVP cards, return envelopes, and postage that raise stationery prices.
10. Skip the fancy materials. You don't need organic cotton, leather, or wood to send a memorable and stylish wedding invitation! Choose a design you love that represents your wedding style and can be printed on regular old paper and we promise -- your invitations will still be gorgeous.
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