Let’s face it, weddings can be somewhat costly—well, very expensive. But the trick to planning your wedding is all in the specifics. That said one of the most crucial facts of wedding planning (which can add up quickly) is the preparation of wedding invitations. Although there are a lot of adornments and fun ways to let your guests know about a big day, you don’t even have to break the bank. Read on for our top seven tips on how to save money on wedding invitations.
1. Keep it easy
Nowadays the decorative elements seem infinite with the ability to customize your wedding invitation any way you want. Everyone hopes their wedding invitation plans will come to life and stand out from the crowd. From wax seals to foil pressing, there are a range of ways to craft your wedding invitations. But sometimes easy is just better, particularly when you’re on the budget.
Limit the decorative features
When it comes to designing your wedding invitation, select one or two decorative elements that you consider “must-have” for your own invitation. Start with the basics and incorporate one or two decorative features. You’d be shocked how nicely a simple touch can tie the invitation together without going overboard.
Consider which decorative elements are going to be more costly in the long run. For example, a wax seal or a belly band would add significantly to the total weight of the invitation. This means that when it comes to the time to mail it out each invitation would weigh slightly more, raising the total shipping price. Instead, opt for light decorative features such as foil pressing or calligraphy.
Using a single envelope
The decorative feature of the wedding invitations also includes the envelope liner and the envelope liner. When it comes to decorative items, there are places in the invitation suite to reduce them, that is, the envelope. A wedding guest focuses more on the content of the envelope and will throw the envelope away completely after the envelope is opened. With that in mind, consider choosing a plain but elegant envelope with no decorative elements. This will save you a decent amount of money that you can use for other aspects of your wedding instead.
Evitate the use of top-of-the-line paper
Paper type plays an important part in the cost of your wedding invites, similar to printing styles. Cotton or linen will all be at the forefront when it comes to wedding invitation stationery. For a cheaper alternative, opt for a cardstock or a cotton blend instead of a blend that is normally cheaper when it comes to paper forms.
Reduce the number of invitation layers
Another way you can minimize your wedding invitation expenses is by remembering how much you add to your invitation suite. A suite for a wedding invitation normally includes the wedding invitation, a response card, reception details and any other information about the event. A good way to limit the number of layers in your invitation suite is to go digital with comprehensive wedding details. You can skip the enclosure cards that normally have more minute specifics and instead include a link to a website that has this information. Through doing so you can save on additional printing and delivery expenses when you send out your wedding invites.
2. Go digital
Using technology during your wedding invitation process will save you a little bit of money in the long run. Wedding day specifics are traditionally expected in a mail invitation suite. However in today’s world, with a variety of digital alternatives, many couples opt for online solutions that not only save cash, but also save a few trees.
If you’re looking for a cost-effective wedding invitation, one of the best choices is to submit invitations online. Not only are online wedding invites accessible, they’re also extremely convenient for you and any wedding guest.
Besides saving money, online invitations often provide an additional layer of convenience in relation to RSVPs and tracking replies. Not only can we make it easy to connect with your guest list all at once but the built-in RSVP monitoring makes the rest of your wedding planning even simpler. With little stuff taken care of, you will spend more time working on your wedding details!
Create a wedding website
However if you decide not to go digital with your wedding invites, you can still make use of technology to save money. That being said, using a website to connect with your guests for the wedding is an interesting idea. In other words, having a website helps you to make sure that the invitation itself contains only the information you need, such as the wedding date and the wedding venue, while the specifics of the wedding and registration can be found on the website itself.
You can also expect to save money on shipping and printing costs by developing a website with all the necessary information about the wedding.
Not only does the digital process of your wedding invitation give you and your guests a sense of ease, but it also allows the company to reduce the possible misplacement of the invitation.
3. Consider costs for printing
Apart from the decorative elements, printing can also be very costly depending on the printing type used. That said, printing and letterpress are comparatively more costly forms of printing than thermography and digital printing.
When ordering prints, you can ask for a cheaper printing option. While some designers and suppliers are committed to using a certain printing style, it is worth asking for, particularly if you want to budget your wedding invitations. In reality, some designers can even give you a digital version and encourage you to print the invitations yourself at a print shop of your choice.
4. Take the path of the DIY
It’s safe to say that DIY projects are simpler than ever with the aid of Google and Youtube tutorials—and this is particularly true when it comes to DIY wedding projects. If you’re looking for the cheapest way to make wedding invites, you can still make your own invitation.
DIY wedding invites are a perfect way to add a personal touch to an extremely important aspect of the wedding process. Not only do you have complete artistic control over designing and making a wedding invitation, but you can also make changes depending on your budget during the project.
It is necessary, however to bear in mind that DIY ventures, such as wedding invitations, which end up being the same price, if not more than a wedding invitations supplier. With that in mind, you’ll want to make sure to prepare accordingly and measure how much the DIY wedding invitation project would cost ahead of time. You should also bear in mind that DIY wedding invites will take a lot of time and effort.
If you’re on the DIY invitation route, don’t forget the must-have” info. Many people forget the correct way to format their wedding invites when they decide to DIY their invitations. For tips and tricks, check out our wedding invitation etiquette guide.
5. Give one invitation to each household
Another way to cut costs on wedding invites is to note how many invitations you give out to make sure you send invitations to families rather than individual guests. For example, whether you’re inviting a couple or a family, you’ll want to make sure to give an invitation to each of them or to the entire family. By doing so you will prevent any needless extra invites that could fall into the overall cost.
6. Order 10% more invitations
Speaking of extra invites, buying a few more can seem more expensive and time-consuming, but it can save you money in the long run. More than likely, you would end up in need of a few more invitations. You could have forgotten a card or two, lost it in the mail, or neglected to invite someone it happens), and getting an extra invitation ready to submit may be a saving grace in those moments. That said it is much easier to take a few more invites in your initial order than to go back and order more at a later point in time.
7. Proofread again, and again.
Proofreading avoids any punctuation, grammatical or mispelling mistakes while also ensuring that the relevant information is included. That being mentioned, the last thing you would like is a misword or a grammatical mistake in your wedding invites. Unfortunately, such errors are more common than you might expect, but they can be avoided simply by taking the time to reread… over and over again.
You can’t overdo it when it comes to proofreading. When you’ve read the invitation, ask a friend or family member to reread it as well. It may also help to have a handwritten invitation to proofread instead of digitally proofreading, since you can see the errors you’d missed on the screen.
Taking the time to fix and catch errors would save you from actually having to reorder all your invites at a later date, doubling the initial cost. It may seem time-consuming, but we guarantee proofreading is worth the time it takes.
Go start sending off those invites!
You should now start making marriage invites, which will be as lovely as it is accessible, as you know all of the best tips when it comes to affordable wedding invitations. If you plan to use online wedding invites, communicate your budget to a planner, or just take the DIY road, you’re going to want to make sure your wedding invitation gets your guests excited about your big wedding day to come.