How Not to Pay an Arm and a Leg for Your Wedding Invitations | The Budget Savvy Bride
The Budget Savvy Bride

One of the many fun hurdles we cross when it comes to wedding planning are the invitations.  After all, these are the first things people encounter regarding your wedding. They set the tone of the overall event. So, they’re pretty much a big deal.

There are tens of thousands of invitations to choose from, and that doesn’t make these decisions any easier. Even when you have a specific style/design in mind, you still have to sift through so many, that it can be kind of overwhelming. Then, there are costs, which can be hard to swallow. Wedding invitations can range from .99-cents to over $7. Not to mention if you’d like them custom made and printed a specific way. Qu’elle nightmare!

Eternity Wedding Invitations

from: Minted

I almost paid $600 for wedding invitations and rsvp postcards. But I took a step back and re-evaluated my options. I realized that there were other ways to have wedding invitations for a fraction of the cost, and I was right!

All it took was a designer and a local printer, and #BAM, perfection.  Though, despite working in advertising, I couldn’t muscle up the courage to ask my artistic colleagues to design my wedding invitation. So, I found one by way of Did you know you can find an Etsy artist to design your wedding suite for as low as $20?!? Though, mine costs $35  :-)

Then I had a to find a local printer to print them out. Of course, I could have gone to a Staples or Kinkos, but I didn’t L. Having previously worked in printing, I reached out to one of my printers, and they gave me a quote to die for! To have 200 wedding invites and RSVP’s printed, would cost about $140. Overall, I paid $175 to have my wedding invitations and RSVP cards designed and printed. Which was less than $600! And, they turned out great!

Unfortunately, now that we’ve postponed our wedding, I’m going to have to do this all over again. But, I know what to do next time!

Have you found ways to save $$$ on your invitations?

I'm a 25-year old bubbly bride-to-be! I work in advertising in New York City, and am marrying my high school sweetheart and best friend, Kyle, on April 12, 2014!

    • Gina DePasquale
    • January 15th, 2013

    Awesome! I did the same thing (buying my design off Etsy) and then I used to print the save the dates and will do the same for invitations. My save the dates cost $50 total for design, print, and stamps because I had a groupon for vistaprint. Definitely budget savvy!

    • Denise
    • January 15th, 2013

    Originally I bought a wedding suite package at Michaels at a 75% off discount ($20 for 90); invitation, RSVP and Thank you card. Then I found out that printing them would be a PAIN.

    So I found a free printable invitation; set it to black & white (still looks awesome) and am printing it on pastel cardstock. The cardstock + printing + envelopes is going to end up costing less than $15.

    • Brianne
    • January 15th, 2013

    I purchased card stock at Michael’s for the invitation and RSVP cards (I even had enough leftover to do a brunch invite too). The card stock was already the size I wanted. I then purchased envelopes at Staples- they had the best deal. I designed my own invitations using Word Publishing (super easy!) and printed everything at home. You would never know I did everything myself and it cost less than $50! The fees they charge online are so over-priced in my opinion, I couldn’t stomach spending hundreds of dollars for something that would eventually end up in the trash :(

    • It’s definitely hard to justify certain expenses knowing they will end up in a landfill somewhere! Sad but true!

    • Renae
    • January 16th, 2013

    okay, reading all your comments made me feel like my old invitations were expensive :-). Thanks ladies for sharing your tips, I will definitely remember these next time around!

    • Kelsey Scarbrough
    • January 16th, 2013

    I spent roughly $13 w/ tax on my invitations after using a 50% off coupon (they were originally $25). At Joanns they had a black and white design that looked just as “pricey” as some of the other options that I saw on Etsy and other expensive retailers. They even included all the envelopes & reply cards!

    • SSR
    • January 16th, 2013

    I don’t really think that is budget savvy . . . especially if you’re going to have shell out at least as much money again. If you use something like VistaPrint or Shutterfly, you can get your invitations for MUCH cheaper. Besides, they will end up in the garbage anyway :-/.

    • I think every bride has an area where they accidentally or mistakenly over-spent! In this case, Renae couldn’t have predicted that they would end up postponing, so there’s no need to be snarky or negative. :) Her original decision was definitely budget savvy!

    • KIKI
    • March 5th, 2014

    How do you find these listings on Etsy?? I’m pretty sure I found them before but now I can only find them where you’re having to buy the printed version (so costing an arm and a leg). Thanks girls x

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