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I am a stationery junkie. Journals, notecards, planners… I have way more notebooks than a sane person needs. For my wedding, I would’ve loved to do linen invitations with a gold foil letterpress and fancy typography. However, I knew that our stationery was going to be very low on the budget totem pole. So low, that even wonderful sites like Minted and Wedding Paper Divas were beyond my grasp. Therefore, I ended up using VistaPrint for my Save the Dates and Zazzle for our invitations.

My experience using these sites has been very positive. They’re both inexpensive while providing quality paper goods. Plus, they almost always have some kind of sale or coupon code. :)

My STDs cost around $20 for 50 postcards. Choosing to do postcards is an easy way to save some dollars. You don’t need envelopes and the stamps are only $0.34. I ended up designing my own and then having them printed by VistaPrint. I was very pleased with how they turned out!

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My invitations cost $51 and included envelopes. I did have to purchase additional envelopes because I wanted to do the whole inner and outer thing. However, you could easily skip that step if you desired. I used Zazzle for this because they had the perfect template that was designed by origamiprints. Instead of doing RSVP cards, direction cards, and that whole shebang, I decided to have my guests RSVP online. That way I was able to put everything on a “Guest Information” card (and I saved in stamps!). These cost $48 for 50. I was really pleased with how customizable the templates were. I was able to change everything from the font to the background color. I do wish that I had taken note of the color that I had used for my VistaPrint STDS and then made sure that the invitations matched, but I can be a bit obsessive over things like that.

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Overall, I’ve had a great experience using online print services for my wedding stationery. They got the job done and really fit my style. I would most definitely use them again! I’d love to hear how any of  you have used places like Zazzle and VistaPrint in your wedding!

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About Elisabeth

I'm Elisabeth, a 22 year old full-time student, part-time retail peon, Anglophile, and vintage enthusiast, currently residing along the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. After two years together, I can't wait to marry the love of my life, Matt, on September 20! We're busy working on our intimate, rustic wedding and I can't wait to share our journey with you!

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  • Juliet Morgan

    We used zazzle for ALL of our invitations, save the dates and rsvp cards. It’s great because we were able to not only customize the front but ALSO add information to the back of each card. saving on guest information cards! The quality is amazing as well! Plus having a 60% of coupon code helped a little! I think we paid a total of $132 for 80 RSVP Cards, 80 Save the Dates, & 80 invitations!

    • http://www.thebudgetsavvybride.com Jessica Bishop

      That’s awesome Juliet!! Feel free to post a photo of them on our facebook page if you want to share! :) Would love to see how they turned out!

  • Sarag

    Are the invitations off a zazzle on cardstock or photopaper?

    • http://www.thebudgetsavvybride.com Jessica Bishop

      I believe there are several different paper options to choose from? Depending on if you DIY the design or order from a “shop” on Zazzle!

      • http://www.thebudgetsavvybride.com/author/elisabeth Elisabeth

        For the design I used, there were several different paper options on Zazzle. I did use the inexpensive “Basic” paper, but I found it to be nice and thick while not being overly shiny. It was nothing like photo paper in my opinion.

  • Elaine

    Elisabeth these are lovely and wow how budget savvy. Look forward to seeing your wedding ! I have a question for you or anyone who might have input. I bought 100# 5×7 card stock and tried to do my own printing, and every printer I tried jams and fails to feed. Anyone have experience printing on precut paper this weight? I finally threw in the towel and printed on regular stock and hand trimmed Thx, E

    • http://www.thebudgetsavvybride.com Jessica Bishop

      I tried printing on precut stock and it was basically a nightmare. I don’t recommend it. :)

      My best advice is to make sure to use a printer that allows for smaller sized papers.

      Perhaps you could find another way to use that paper for your wedding projects?

  • http://www.thebudgetsavvybride.com/author/elisabeth Elisabeth

    I’ve never tried printing on precut stock. However,I do know that heavy-weight paper is often too thick for printers to handle–I used to work at Staples. :P

  • Shelby Allison

    Just came across this site and noticed my invitation design on here. I’m so glad you liked it. Thanks so much for choosing mine! You’ve put it all together so beautifully. Congrats! :)

    -Shelby Allison
    http://www.origamiprints.com/

  • Jennifer