Planning any event can come with a hefty price tag, specifically weddings.
You begin to plan your celebration with X amount of dollars saved up and what you have budgeted for your wedding festivities- then you're blindsided by unforeseen costs. Things add up quickly, what’s another dollar here and another there. You’ll find the most cutest things to accent your decor, make a statement with, or to mark the occasion just right (like those adorable Mr. & Mrs. pillowcases) you just have to have. But here’s the thing- this is your big day, THE day you have waited for most your life! So why not go a little overboard, indulge and make your experience fun and memorable. After all this is supposed to be a once-in-a-lifetime thing, right?!
So how and where can you cut on some wedding costs?
Typically wedding invitations and the other stationery details are often the very first thing to go light on. Hey I get it, it’s paper your guests will only throw out after the I-dos anyway, sound familiar? Sure there are a select few who will hold onto your wedding invitation and maybe some other pieces from your wedding stationery for keepsake or to later inspire for when it’s their turn.
Truth be told, next to your save the date, the wedding invitation will be the very first piece of valuable, exciting, eye-catching information to announce the details of your day- the first impression. Of course your wedding invitation (paper or not) is very important but that does not mean you have to break the bank to set the tone just right.
Let’s think about your wedding day for a moment….
Will the ceremony and reception take place in one location or two? Where? How about your wedding style, the formality and theme? Guest list size? These are very important details to consider and can drive the direction of your wedding invitation design and what I like to call, packaging, the presentation of it all.
When shopping around Thinking Paper’s online website and store for your invitations and other stationery items I will always first recommend checking out the Invitation Styling Idea gallery. In here you will find completed sets to spark up some of your own ideas or a starting point to build on. Keep in mind though, the more embellished invitation styles you see the higher the cost will be.
Thinking Paper’s online store is structured À la carte to enable you with not only the creative freedom to design your invitation the way you want (overall), but to have financial freedom as well. You can create your own cost by building the invitation pieces together.
How to create your wedding invitation within budget.
Paper Choice: Choosing paper can be tricky online. You can’t see or feel it so how do you know if it’s good quality? Request paper samples first. Thinking Paper offers various card stocks for printing in either White or Cream/Ivory with three different finishes (flat-uncoated, textured, shimmer). Flat-uncoated White is the most budget friendly choice and is thick so you cannot see through it- I promise! Cream/Ivory uncoated-flat is a little heavier but will cost more. Textured is by far the most popular pick in White and Cream/Ivory. The cream textured isn’t as “creamy” in color as the flat, it's more in-between ivory and white. Nonetheless, textured takes the cake of all paper stocks and is most popular. Shimmer, while it’s NOT the most budget friendly (it’s actually the most expensive paper to print on), it may very well be ALL YOU NEED because it is a truly elegant paper stock. There’s also Kraft paper if your wedding is more on the rustic side. This paper will not only match that style but is also very budget friendly compared to the others.
Click on WEDDING INVITATIONS to see a variety of designs to choose from. Click on a design to view closer, along with the paper stock options available. You can also select how many matching insert cards you'll need. Price your invitation cards/prints out by selecting those options, quantity, and by clicking ADD TO CART.
Most budget friendly invitation paper in order:
White & Cream/Ivory Textured (both cost the same)
White & Cream/Ivory Shimmer (both cost the same)
2. Enclosure /Insert Cards: You’re not alone if you feel at all confused about this. In the dropdown you will see the following:
Invitation Only (Blank envelopes will be provided free of cost)
Invitation + 1 Card (More than likely this will be your RSVP card. Blank envelopes will be provided free of cost)
Invitation + 2 Cards (RSVP card along with either Reception or Wedding Details cards)
Invitation + 3 Cards (RSVP, Reception card or Wedding Details, Hotel Accommodations or Directions)
Invitation + 4 Cards (RSVP, Reception card or Wedding Details, Hotel Accommodations, Directions)
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If you’re wondering which cards are needed for your wedding, check out this blog article: Present Your Invitation in a Reminiscent Way
The most budget friendly approach is to consolidate your information as much as possible. In today’s world we have the internet and GPS at our disposal. There are plenty Free wedding website templates you can use to your advantage as well. One of the insert cards can simply state, “For additional wedding information, details, and directions please visit our wedding website at: ….”
Wedding direction cards are often the first thing to cut, and this can save you money with the printing cost. Wedding Hotel Accommodations can be its own card but there’s nothing wrong with adding a line about the cocktail hour and reception towards the top and titling that insert card, “Wedding Details.” Think of it this way, the less you have printed the lower your invitation cost will be.
There are some exceptions though, like the overall presentation/packaging of your full invitation ensemble or set. This is where the cost of wedding invitations can really add up depending on your style and taste.
Click on POCKETS & MORE to see a variety of 'packaging' invitation styles to choose from. Click on an invitation style to view closer, along with the size options available (5x7 or 6x6). You can also choose assembly services as well. Assembly WILL add onto your cost but keep in mind if this option is not selected then each piece will need to be assembled together. Read More. Price your invitation add-ons out by selecting those options, quantity, and by clicking ADD TO CART.
3. Pocket and Invitation Embellishments: As I mentioned earlier, it’s good to have an idea or price around the website to see what IS within your budget first. This can help with narrowing down the many options available. You will also want to avoid anything that would be considered oversized according to the USPS, so you may want to steer clear of those squared shapes.
Invitation pockets have become widely popular because they are simple, elegant, and organized. Less is more but if you only need 1 or 2 enclosure cards than a pocket invitation style isn’t really all that necessary. The layering of those cards will look and be 'off' within the pocket pouch.
If you’re trying to stay within budget, I recommend just adding a pretty colored matte to your wedding invitation and let the enclosure cards be free. You can also wrap your invitation prints with a nice satin ribbon bow or tag to keep the cards together or tuck them behind depending on some styles.
Top budget friendly invitation packaging ideas:
Flat Card prints as is with a nice ribbon bowtie around
Layered Invitation Card
Ribbon (or lace) Layered Invitation Card
4. Quantity: Ahh this is very important. Did you know that only one invitation should be mailed per couple/household? Many do not realize this and end up ordering too many invitations. YES! You are not ordering 1 for each guest invited. And if you’re not inviting siblings within that household with a +1 (guest) they can actually be bulked on one invitation. Anyone above a certain age (at your discretion) and or who is invited with a guest should receive their own invitation. And it’s always a wise decision to order 5-10 extras just in case someone pops up. Having to reorder only a couple invitations can be very costly due to ‘minimum orders’. Nonetheless the quantity is something that can really add or lower your invitation cost.
5. Timing: Adding onto what was mentioned above, take your time with placing your wedding invitation order- but don’t wait too long either. The ideal time is typically 4-6 months out from your wedding day. At this point in your wedding planning you will have a pretty firm estimate of how many actual invitations you’ll need to order because your guest list will have been revised several times prior. 4-6 months away will avoid your having to place a rush order which can also raise your cost.
Thinking Paper’s recommended Budget Friendly Wedding Invitation Ensemble
5x7 White uncoated-flat or textured invitation prints
Layered Invitation card or Accented Layered Invitation Card
2 enclosure cards (rsvp and wedding details)
Place your order before no less than 4 months out from your wedding date
So there you have it, some great tips on how you can control the cost of your wedding invitations while still mailing something beautiful and elegant. If you have any questions or want to chat about ideas in mind for your invitation ensemble please reach out any time | CONTACT TRISH