How to Save Money on Wedding Invitations

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It's generally accepted that you should spend no more than 2% of your total wedding budget on invitations and other stationery supplies. If you're trying to keep costs down, this article will outline some strategies for making your wedding invitations more affordable.

Consider DIY Printable Wedding Invitations

Printing your own wedding invitations is the most popular way to keep costs down. The Printable Wedding offers a wide variety of professionally designed wedding invitations, allowing you to create customized wedding stationery from the comfort of your own home. There are wedding invitations with traditional formal designs, as well as contemporary casual invites and invitations perfect for themed weddings. Many of the templates also have matching programs, menus, thank you cards, and other stationery items for a coordinated look.

Printable wedding invitations are most often printed using cardstock and an inkjet printer set to the highest possible quality setting. Then, the invitations are trimmed to size using a paper trimmer. However, if you are pressed for time or have a large number of invitations to create, sending invitations off to a professional printer is another option to consider. Since you won't be paying a hefty design fee, you'll still be saving money.

Avoid Postage Surcharges

Understanding how postage is calculated with help you choose a wedding invitation that is affordable to mail. A standard first class postage stamp currently costs 49 cents and is valid for invitations weighing up to one ounce. A 71 cent stamp is valid for invitations weighing up to 2 ounces and a 93 cent stamp is valid for items weighing up to 3 ounces. The United States Postal Service charges a 22 cent per item surcharge for square envelopes, items that don't bend easily, and items with clasps, strings, or other non-standard closures.

If you're not sure how much postage your invitations will require, print a sample design or two with all necessary enclosures and head to your local post office. After weighing your envelopes, the clerk will be able to offer tips on tips on how to keep costs down.

Try Hand-Delivering Your Invitations

Hand-delivering your wedding invitations can be an easy way to keep costs down. Even if you only manage to hand-deliver half of the invitations, this is still a significant savings.

When delivering your wedding invitations, try to avoid simply slipping them into mail slots or dropping them off on a desk. Take the time to say a few words to each person receiving an invitation. This reinforces how excited you are about their presence on your special day while helping to ensure the invitation won't be overlooked.

Send Email Invitations

Sending your invitations via email can be a practical, inexpensive, and eco-friendly way to notify friends and family of your nuptials. This used to be considered an etiquette faux pas, but opinions have relaxed regarding the issue in recent years.

Email invitations work best for smaller casual weddings, as they imply a relaxed attitude. It's also important to consider the level of tech savvy among your guests. Even though you might check your own email multiple times per day, there are still many people who either don't have email addresses or don't check their accounts on a regular basis.

If you decide to send email invitations, it's a good idea to follow up with anyone who doesn't RSVP just make sure your invitation was received. Guests who receive a large number of emails per day might overlook your invitation. There is also a possibility that some servers might classify your invitation as spam.

Making Memories without Breaking Your Budget

Contrary to popular belief, you don't need to empty your bank account to plan a gorgeous wedding. A little creativity is all it takes to keep costs down. By saving money on your wedding invitations, you'll give yourself more room in your budget to splurge on lovely flowers, the dress of your dreams, or a once-in-a-lifetime honeymoon.

Written by: The Printable Wedding Team