Planning your dream wedding and sticking to a budget isn’t always easy. There are temptations and other hiccups that threaten even the most carefully guarded Excel spreadsheets. As an invitation designer I work with clients who have all kinds of budgets and it’s my job to make sure that, together, we make the most of those budgets no matter how large or small. Here are a few wedding invitation mistakes that could blow your budget big time but can be easily avoided!
Mistake #1 – Not Setting a Budget
Know what’s important to you and where you want to spend the bulk of your money is really important. Specialty printing like letterpress and engraving are more expensive that flat printing — so if gold foil is on your “must have” list, be sure to work that into your budget from the start. Adding special processes, or other add-ons like ribbons, pockets, and rhinestones can really make an impression on your guests but can have a big impact on your bottom line if you haven’t budgeted for them.
Mistake #2 – Waiting Until Last Minute
This is big one! Whether you’re ordering online or working with a custom designer you need to know your timeline. Waiting until the last minute can mean rush charges and other fees that you didn’t work into your original plan. And if you’re really being faithful to your budget, those added costs might mean having to cut back somewhere else!
Mistake #3 – Additional or Incorrect Postage
If you’re working with a custom designer be sure to ask them about postage. They should be able to tell you which options and add-ons will cost you extra at the Post Office. Wait until you have a completed invitation suite and bring it to the Post Office to be weighed for accuracy. Invitations with incorrect postage will be returned to you and you’ll need to pay to have them mailed again.
Mistake #4 – Not Proofreading
If you’ve misspelled someone’s name or forgot to include an important piece of information – reprinting is going to cost you. Make sure to double check everything and have someone else proofread as well. Fresh eyes can make a world of difference and can save you big bucks!
Mistake #5 – Not Ordering Enough Invitations
Reprints are costly. Ordering “just a few more” invitations can mean rush fees and higher per piece charges. I recommend ordering at least 10-15 invitations than you think you’ll need so you’ll have them on hand in the event that you add people to your list or one gets lost in the mail. You’ll want to have a few as keepsakes as well. On the other hand, ordering too many invitations can be costly as well. There’s no need to pay for invitations you don’t need. Remember that not every person needs an invite; you’ll have couples and families on your list as well.
The worst part of all of these mistakes is how easily they can be avoided. Hopefully now that you’re armed with this wedding knowledge you’ll be able to dodge these budget busters!
Editor’s note: Due to the pandemic, some of the general wedding planning advice we share may not be applicable or possible due to restrictions on events. Please adhere to all current regulations and stay safe and healthy! Get more pandemic wedding resources here.