If you’re a budget-savvy couple, you’re probably looking for saving money wherever you can. One field you might not have thought of is your wedding invitations.
Don’t think you need to buy light paper or discounted blurry printing. You can still have an fine but cheap wedding invitation.
Here are top 10 ways of saving money on wedding invitations:
1. Shop Around. While party and letter paper stores are great places to see a wide variety of invitations, they’re certainly not the merely place to buy them. Places you might not have thought of: other office supply stores, other discount or warehouse stores, mail-order catalogs and the Internet. Many of these places offer the same exact invitations for much lower. You will want to set up samples so that you can see the quality of the paper and printing before you buy.
2. Different Printing Techniques. An inscribed wedding invitation is a beautiful thing – and an expensive one. But there are options. Thermography will give you the same raised appear and feel for much less money. And for a more casual wedding, laser printing (the same kind used for magazines, postcards, etc.) is absolutely suitable.
3. The Little Extras. Involved invitations with jackets, bows, multiple layers of paper and other embellishments are very popular these days. But those little additional details can really add. Not only will you pay for their cost, but there might be hidden gathering fees (or extra work for you), as well as additional stamp costs. Instead go for the standard look of a simple invitation printed on a high quality paper. And avoid lined envelopes. Although they are a traditional factor of wedding invitations, it’s a point that few will notice. Save money by skipping this step.
4. A Package Deal. Sure it’s fun to individualize, but if you’re working on a tight budget, look for company that offers discount packages. Purchasing your invitations as a unit may be cheaper than taking your invitation, response card, envelopes and other extras separately. In addition some stationers may offer discounts for ordering your wedding invitations, thank you cards, and informal stationery at the same time.
5. One Envelope. Traditionally, wedding invitations were sent in two envelopes so that they would continue clean in spite of their journey. But since mail delivery has made much progress since the days of messengers and horses, you can save money by using merely one envelope. Make certain to get your invites hand cancelled by the post office, which will minimize extra wear and tear.
6. Standard Size Invitations. Some people erroneously think that as long as their invites weigh less than one ounce, they can use a regular first class stamp. Not only is this not accurate, but most invitations weigh more than an ounce. According to the Post Office website, you’ll get an additional $0.13 surcharge on one ounce or less envelopes if any one of the following apply:
* It is a square letter
* It contains very inflexible items such as wood or metal
* It has clasps, string, buttons, or similar closure devices
* It has an address twin to the shorter proportion of the letter
* It contains items such as pens that cause the surface to be uneven
* The length split up by height is less than 1.3 or more than 2.5
7. No Reception Card. If your reception is at the same placement as the wedding, no need for a separate reception card. Alternatively write “reception to follow” or “dinner and dancing to follow.” Even if the locations differ, you can write “Reception to Follow, City Club” on the invitation, and then admit a simple photocopied insert with a map and reception details.
8. Proofread. A no-brainer, maybe, but you’d be amazed how many people find mistakes on their wedding invitations and have to re-order with additional rush charges. Get a couple of trusted friends or colleagues to look over the invitation for extra insurance. Be sure you’ve got all the details of names, date, time, location, and RSVP correct!
9. Postcard RSVP. Rather than a closed card and envelope, use a postcard for your RSVP. Not only will you save on weight for your invitation postage, but you’ll save $0.15 in stamp for each RSVP.
10. Order extra invitations and envelopes. This might seem unreasonable, but for almost every couple remembers someone that they HAVE to invite at the last minute, you’ll want to have a few surplus wedding invitations. And because it’s likely that you’ll make a few goofs while addressing them, order extra envelopes as well. It will cost you a little extra now, but save you lots of reprinting and rush charges later.
Do bridal shower invites go out before wedding invites?
When should I send bridal shower invitations? These should go out between six and eight weeks before the event, depending on how many out-of-towners are on the list. Make sure guests RSVP to one person (the maid of honor, for example) to keep numbers organized.