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How to Save on Wedding Invitations

November 30th, 2011 by Jeannine

How to Save on Wedding Invitations

Wedding invitations can cost quite a bit of money. If you’re on a budget, it’s really hard to justify spending more than $5 per invitation set, but there are a few ways to keep the costs down.

  • Make it yourself – Save on labour costs by designing, printing and assembling the invites yourself. Sure, it will take some more time and effort but, trust me, it will be worth it once you’re done and your guests will appreciate the hard work you put into it. You can even ask your groom or bridesmaids to help form an assembly line to put together all your invites! This is a great idea if you have a big guestlist.
  • Avoid square/oversized invitations – You will be charged extra postage, $1.25 per 100g as opposed to $0.59 for up to 30g or $1.03 for a 30-50g invite.
  • Lighten the load – Extra cardstock, inserts, and embellishments like ribbon and buckles make an invitation heavier and increase your postage. Use less and push people to go to your wedding website for more information.

  • Keep it simple – If you’re having them printed, note that specialty/textured papers and inks cost more than plain cardstock. Embossing and letterpressing may be nice but it’s not necessary if you have an eye catching design.
  • Don’t include RSVP cards – You’ll need to buy extra stamps for the return envelopes and if your guests don’t use it, you just wasted your money.
  • Buy invitation and thank you card supplies together – If you’re ordering all your supplies in, you may get a bulk discount or at least save on having to pay shipping twice. If you’re shipping across the border, it’ll save you a trip. I strongly recommend that you order extras because you never know how many mistakes you’ll make or how many guests may be added to the list. If you’re in a jam, check out Essential Packaging in Surrey, Michaels, or another local craft store for extra paper. Don’t be upset if you can’t get the correct shade, it’s unlikely your guests will compare invitations!
  • Use templates – You can find invitation kits at Michaels or Staples with all the stationery you need, as well as the templates on a Word document you can just customize with your details. Invitation templates are also available online where you buy the design and the artist customizes the content for you. You can find a bunch on Etsy or from Uniquity Invitations, a local designer. For a fee you get the design files for every piece of wedding stationery that you need, all that’s required are paper and a printer.

I contacted Crissy Giesbrecht, invitation designer for Par Avion Design, to see what her thoughts are on this topic. Her company creates unique custom invitations for any special occasion, including weddings. While she agrees with all the points I mentioned, she warns that the DIY route is not for everyone. She says,

“I’ve had a number of couples contact me after attempting to their own invitations, frustrated after spending time and money, only to have the stationery not turn out the way they envisioned … and then have me assist with their stationery in the end!  I’ve seen this happen with couples attempting DIY stationery from scratch, and I’ve also had a number of clients over the years who purchase invitation templates and attempt to print the invitations themselves (only to be disappointed and end up spending more money in the end!)”

Something to think about for sure, if you don’t think you are capable of doing this project, it might be a good idea to have someone else do it for you, whether it be a friend or a designer. The last thing you want to do is waste a lot of time and money on printing and design mistakes.

My last tip… remember that you’re ordering invitations per couple or per family so if you have 100 guests, you don’t need 100 invitations… unless they’re all single :P So you don’t have to spend as much as you thought! Thank you again to Crissy of Par Avion Design, don’t forget to check out her website to see more of her beautiful and creative invitations.

All invitations shown are designed by Crissy Giesbrecht of Par Avion Design

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