Wedding invitations are an essential piece of your big day! While most brides know that invitations are a necessity, they have no clue as to how much they will cost. The important thing to understand is that invitations are not merely one price; the price ranges based on a number of things.
First, determine a budget for different aspects of the wedding, such as stationery (save the dates, invitations, programs, etc.), to help you stay on track. This can be done by understanding the factors that contribute to the overall cost of to each element of the wedding, according to The Knot. Here are a few things to consider when determining your budget for stationery:
There are a number of different paper options to choose from, but remember that the weight or finish (texture) usually drives the price. For example, the standard 80 lb paper will be cheaper than 100 lb paper.
Textured paper such as linen or savoy cotton work great for wedding invitations, although they are usually more expensive.
The number of invitations is a huge factor that should be determined early on. In fact, it’s a good idea to think of your wedding invitations in terms of families (households) instead of individual guests. This will eliminate the need to order more invitations than necessary. You can be very specific as to whom you are inviting on the inner or outer mailing envelope.
Everyone loves the timelessness of a letterpress invitation or classic calligraphy, but you do not necessarily need it. Consider your theme and definitely your budget. This process among other printing techniques like foil printing can be pricey.
Digital printing, also known as flat printing to several companies like Carlson Crafts, are more cost effective. Flat printing works well on smoother paper with a matte finish.
Enclosure are closely linked to quantity; however, these are the additional pieces that go with the invitation. For instance, some couples opt to only pair the invitation with the standard rsvp/response card, while others provide an additional enclosure for accommodations or details about the wedding. Check out Appy Couple if you’re looking for a simple way to share wedding details and updates with your guests.
Lindsay Goldenberg of Woman Getting Married explained the general price differences between purchasing invitations from a number of different sources such as an online store, a boutique design studio, a large stationery chain, and taking the do-it-yourself (DIY) approach. The key takeaway is that the quality of all of these range. There is a better chance of getting unique, high quality stationery from a boutique stationer than doing it yourself.
Since no wedding is exactly the same, Dreamcatcher Stationery encourages you to find what’s best for you. We are happy to assist you through the process of determining the best stationery options for your big day! Contact us now to set up your complimentary consultation.