10 Ways To Save On Invitations

1.  Forgo upgrades.  Envelope liners, custom ink colors, & hand-painted details add up!

2.  Take advantage of technology.  Offset and digital printing run less than half the cost of labor-intensive techniques like engraving and letterpress.

3.  Order extras.  Spend now, save later… If you end up needing to print additional invites at the last minute, your stationer might charge you big bucks in rush fees.  You will want extras for yourself and family members may ask for an extra copy to frame so you won’t be wasting money!

4.  Pick the right paper.  Imported, handmade, and cottonrag options tend to be more expensive.  Cut your costs by asking your stationer to use partially recycled domestic paper for your invitations.  There are tons of color options so you won’t sacrifice style.

5.  Use your URL.  Enclosing a map and directions can be expensive.  Print a line at the bottom of the your invitation that sends guests to your wedding website for directions, they’ll even be able to access them from their smart phones.

6.  Double up.  Put your ceremony and reception information on one card instead of two.  You could always print on the backside as well.

7.  Start writing.  Don’t want to shell out $3-plus per envelope for calligraphy? Write guests’ addresses yourself and buy a calligraphy stamp for return addresses and RSVP envelopes.  Another option is to buy clear labels, pick a fancy font on your computer, and start sticking!

8.  Print yourself.  Order invites from places like Etsy or Mountaincow, then save a bundle by printing  and putting them together yourself at home.  Extra bonus, you can oftentimes bargain with sellers on Etsy.

9.  Beware of the square.  Surprise, square envelopes cost more to mail than rectangular ones (they don’t fit through postal machines and have to be hand-stamped).  Avoid getting dinged with and odd-sized surcharge by sticking with standard dimensions.  If you are smitten with square invitations, stamp them yourself and remember that adding all the extras (RSVP cards, maps, registry info, etc.) can add to the envelope’s weight and would then need more than one stamp – so consolidate!

10.  Enlist the mouse!  Instead of enclosing a stamped response card, ask your guests to RSVP online by including a link to your wedding website on the invitation.