How much should I spend on invites? This question is the first question that gets asked in the wedding planning process. Save the dates are sent out 6-8 months ahead of the wedding date and people need to be thinking about paper goods as soon as they start planning their wedding.
The Knot 2013 stats came out with the average overall cost of a wedding in the United States peaking at:
$29,858 (excluding the honeymoon)
…this number will alarm anyone with a normal size wallet.
you might ask yourself where do invites fall within this price range?
Because invites can be customized in a variety of ways- almost infinitively- there is no exact price behind them!
In the end, I will convince you to have someone custom make your invites (hint: PaperGoodiez). Invites are an “all in one package” that guests can both feel and notice about your upcoming wedding. It makes them just as important as picking your photographer (see blog post).
To breakdown what it may cost the average couple on 100 invites from an online gallery, 100 save the dates from Etsy, envelopes & postage: $600-700 (Southwest Ohio).
Cost adds up when you have to factor in all the little things: RSVP envelopes? Reception cards? Info cards? Save the dates? Embellishments? Postage (fancy?) and this list can go on forever!
How to save money and still have beautiful wedding stationary?
This is not the time to diy… unless your a professional designer. Even if you buy diy printables off Etsy, they look beautiful in the pictures because the seller probably had professional photos taken and had them professionally printed!
But you have your cheap $30 HP printer, cardstock that gets jammed and smudges the ink, so please leave it to the experts.
5 ways to stay under budget and still have pretty invites
1. Do research around your area, local smaller vendors can give you great deals and make beautiful paper goods
2. Skip additional items :
-Reception card (place info on the invite)
-Info card (add in a website addy)
-Map (google it!)
3. Stick to standard sizes and shapes (keeps postage cost low)
4. Postcard RSVP and Save the Dates (saves you money on postage and envelopes)
5. Opt for plain stationary rather then over-the-top letterpress (Instead, you can add a little touch of diy and add ribbon or pearl stickers)
In the end, have fun with finding the perfect stationary goods that everyone will remember.
Happy Planning! -Tzvia