Wedding Invitation Cost…?

by DIY wedding planner on April 8, 2014


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I’m looking for a rough idea on what most people are spending on their Invitations if they also get the RSVP cards and Thank You’s. I know I can print my own to save money but those are all a little boring to me and I found one I really like but I’m going to end up spending probably $600 to do them through this company…is that a lot? Or a decent amount?

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Cecilia April 8, 2014 at 2:00 pm

A good rule of thumb is 5-10% of your wedding budget for all correspondence and paper (save-the-dates, invitations/rsvp cards/enclosure cards/calligraphy, place cards and escort cards, table numbers, programs, etc)

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Donna C April 8, 2014 at 2:43 pm

From what I understand, i think that’s about average. I did a lot of research trying to find something cheaper then that without having to do it myself, and couldn’t really.

You could always copy the one you like as a DIY – that’s kind of what I’m doing, but I didn’t want to copy too much so I changed some things and added some original ideas. I’m probably going to spend about half the amount and hopefully they’ll look similar to the ones I had in mind to begin with.

Good luck!

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Paula April 8, 2014 at 2:58 pm

well i am planning my wedding at the moment. and i was looking at paying nearly £500 which i could not afford as we are on a tight budget. instead of printing you own, hand make them. i am currently in the process of doing mine, i have used just a simple plain creamy gold card to match the colour scheme abit of matching ribbon and then found some embellishments out of a craft shop to put on the front. it has cost me less than £20 so far and they look just as good as the ones you buy from a company. you can get some rally nice embellishments or things like that off ebay which can be really cheap.

good luck hope this helps

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Tina w April 8, 2014 at 3:01 pm

Depends on how many you are ordering. I made/created my own. I ordered special paper to print them on and they turned out great. I also made my own programs that I created myself. It was a little more work for me but saved us alot of money.

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Anon Speaker April 8, 2014 at 3:32 pm

I recommend Rexcraft. I cannot remember how much ours were, but I was able to buy my invitations, response cards, thank you cards, reception cards, personalized napkins, cake knife/server, and various other things through this one company. I got discounts in the mail as soon as I signed up to receive the free catalog. Sometimes what looks good online or in a magazine might be terrible in real life, but Rexcraft was NOT that way at all. The invitations were beautiful and the paper was a heavy stock paper. I know I spent less than my budgeted amount for this part of the wedding.

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Helicreature April 8, 2014 at 4:17 pm

We spent about £500 but the stationery was bespoke with ribbons in our wedding colours. I think the invitation sets the tone for the wedding and that they are very important.

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DarylJ April 8, 2014 at 5:04 pm

It depends on the quantity but if that includes printing that’s an average price. Did you consider DIY kits? If you assemble them yourself you can save a lot of money. Hope this helps.

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Semper Fidelis April 8, 2014 at 5:19 pm

You never told us how many invitations you were making…600 dollars might be a great deal for a 400 person wedding, but if you’re having a 100 person wedding 600 dollars is excessive.

You probably set an initial budget when you began planning. If it’s within that budget, go for it, if not, then rethink.

I’m doing it myself. I didn’t really find an invitation that I liked that was premade and in our budget. Not including postage to mail them off, we’re spending about 2 dollars on each invitation & RSVP, 1 dollar each save the date, then probably one dollar on each thank you card.

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JK April 8, 2014 at 5:28 pm

Well it depends on a couple of things, first how many people/invitations that you need AND how “fancy ” or elaborate are the invites? The more “stuff” you add to them, the more it cost, so technically you can pay $600 for $50 invites if they are boxed or in bloom folds/gatecards with ribbon or two layers with rsvp , insert and response cards will envelopes…

There is this company that did the invites for 2 of my friends called Gramkin Paper Studio http://gramkinpaperstudio.com. They are very affordable and nice. They also work with people and all sizes of budget. My friend said that they also suggest items and alternatives so that the buyer has options to choose from. They work fast as well.Once of the invites they did was standard paper with envelopes and a couple of inserts . The other, which maybe good for you also was they bought the design file so as to keep the price low. They custom designed invites sent them the file and friend printed as many as they needed. The company suggested it to them when my friend were on tight budget. Didnt even think of doing that but that is good option as well.
They custom did all if it, just email them and tell them what you want and they do proofs and all that…try them http://gramkinpaperstudio.com

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