Wedding Invitations on a Budget – Semi-DIY Wedding Invites!

If you’re looking for one place to save money on your wedding: the invitations are a great place to cut costs. But that doesn’t always just mean doing it yourself or making your own wedding invitations! No, you can still get professionally created, gorgeous wedding invitations for less. Today I’m going to share some ways to snag gorgeous invitations at amazing prices, plus give you a little paper inspiration!

If you're looking for tips on how to score beautiful wedding invitations on a budget, look no further! We share tips and tricks to get a luxe look for less.

I’ve always been kind of a paper snob and would’ve LOVED to have sent letterpress invitations but with my 150 person guest list that just wasn’t realistic for my budget. If you’re looking to get the luxe look for less, it is possible if you’re willing to do a little work! I’m not talking FULL DIY here… I’m talking semi-DIY! Here are my top tips to keep costs down if you’ve got expensive tastes when it comes to paper:

Cost-Saving Wedding Invitation Tips

  • Consider just having your actual invitation done in letterpress and having the RSVP card and other enclosures flat printed to save money.
  • Choose a one-color design for your letterpress invitation, it’s much more affordable because they only have to be run once! Less time & labor means less cost to you!
  • Add color to a basic black printed invitation by choosing colored envelopes or having your enclosure cards printed in a bold color that matches your wedding theme.
  • Apply embellishments yourself! Wrap your invitations in twine or ribbon in a hue that matches your wedding color scheme. Purchase your supplies from discount stores or use a coupon at your local craft store.
  • Make DIY wedding invitations with our free printable designs (4 to choose from!) Customize them with pressed flowers, watercolors, or whatever your heart desires! Then print them yourself or send them to our favorite online printing company.
  • Make a big impression by creating your own envelope liners! Use some affordable wrapping paper and create a stencil to make your own style statement. Check out this envelope liner tutorial for instructions.
  • Create your own design and get a letterpress company to print for you! Check out the resources on the NSS (National Stationery Show) website to find a letterpress printer.
  • Add an online RSVP on your wedding website to avoid paying extra postage. I did this for my own wedding and it worked out wonderfully!

Here are some of my favorite basic designs I’ve seen around the interwebs!

Wedding Invitations on a Budget

Modern Arrangement - Signature White Wedding Invitations in Light Gray or Rich Black | simplyput by Ashley Woodman

Modern Arrangement

Love this simple design from Wedding Paper Divas! Dress it up with a patterned envelope liner or metallic envelope.

Type Frame Wedding Invitations

Type Frame Wedding Invitations

I love Basic Invite’s design tool because you can truly customize each aspect of your invitation, or just leave it as “basic” as possible!

Wedding Invitations on a Budget: Ladyfingers Letterpress

Hot pink printed save the date

This one-color letterpress design from Ladyfingers Letterpress is a great example of a cost-saving design that is high-quality.

Bold Calligraphy - Signature White Wedding Invitations in Pewter or Navy | Magnolia Press

Bold Calligraphy 

This design from Wedding Paper Divas can be pressed with foil for a glam look, while you choose flat printed accent pieces like RSVP and accommodations cards.

minted wedding invitations

Charming Go Lightly Wedding Invitations from Minted

Dress these classic invites up with a patterned envelope liner or a bold-colored envelope.

Script Emblem Wedding Invitations

Script Emblem Wedding Invitations

This design from Basic Invite is another simple and classic look just waiting to be dressed up with semi-DIY add-ons!

minted script

Love Letter Wedding Invitation from Minted

Pair this design with a bright red envelope to play off the letterpress design.

Wedding Invitations on a Budget: Ladyfingers Letterpress

Nautical Wedding Invitations from Ladyfingers Letterpress

This is another great example of a one-color letterpress design that is more cost-effective than a multi-colored design.

WPD - Modern Writings - Signature White Wedding Invitations in White or Black | Mindy Weiss

Modern Writings – Mindy Weiss

This simple design on Wedding Paper Divas is another great example of a simple invitation that can be easily dressed up with add-ons and customizations!

Sophisticated Typography Portrait Wedding Invitation

Sophisticated Typography Portrait Wedding Invitation

Another lovely option for your semi-DIY wedding invitations from Basic Invite!

Any of these gorgeous designs would look amazing for your wedding and can be personalized and embellished with a little DIY flair. If letterpress just isn’t in the budget, you can opt for flat printing and apply these same basic ideas to create a budget savvy wedding invitation!

If you’re looking for wedding invitations on a budget, make sure to take advantage of our Wedding Deals for the most up-to-date offers from our favorite wedding invitation partners.

Happy Planning!

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

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