12 May 2015
8 Ways to Keep Wedding Invitations Within Budget
With a myriad of wedding stationery options
it can be pretty daunting making the right choice to help set the tone for your
big day. As you consider the many options for invitations, place cards, RSVP
cards and menu cards, the costs can quickly escalate and blow your budget.
However if you are smart and resourceful there are several tips that can help
to keep costs to a minimum while still creating beautiful invitations that will
entice guests along to your wedding.
Custom is costly
Keep in mind that custom wedding
invitations will always be much more expensive than an existing standardised
design. But don’t despair- there are many companies that allow you to slightly
customise an existing design to complement your wedding theme. Poppiseed Designs is one online-based
wedding stationer that allows you to customise their designs with various fonts
Image courtesy of Poppiseed
Work out your numbers
As a general rule, the more invitations you
print, the cheaper they will be per print. Make sure you ask to view the
pricing structure and look for smart ways to save money. For example it may be
cheaper to print 105 invitations, rather than 100, simply because the number of
invites sits within a different quantity to cost ratio. And at least you will
have some spares just in case you have some late add-ins or forgot someone on
your guest list!
Keep it simple
The printing method and finishes you choose
will greatly affect the cost of your invitations. Digital printing is the
cheapest option however the results are not as premium as an age-old technique
like letterpress printing. Finishes like silver-foiling, debossing and
embossing are all very expensive. Double-sided printing is more expensive than
single-sided. Die cutting, creases and folds also increase the cost. If you do
have your heart set on a beautiful set of handprinted letterpress invites,
consider printing in a single colour. As each colour must run through the
letterpress printer separately, the more colours you choose, the more expensive
it will be. Sometimes an elegant, single colour invite can be more striking in
its simplicity than a complicated design that utilises a large number of
special finishes. The Distillery
and Bespoke Letterpress are two boutique
Australian design studios that have a range of elegant invitations available in
a single colour print.
courtesy of Bespoke
When requesting a quote from a wedding
invite designer, ask to have the printing costs separated. Just because you
have hired them to design the invite, doesn’t mean that you need to use their
printing service. Unless they offer in-house printing, most designers will
generally outsource their printing to an external printer. It may be cheaper to
pay for the design only and arrange to have the invitations printed yourself.
The weight and type of paper used can
greatly affect the cost of your invitations. Consider asking for several quotes
on various papers to compare the costs. Also ask for a test print before
settling on your paper choice to ensure that you are happy with the finish.
Alternatively, source the paper yourself from a paper supplier.
Size does matter
Depending on the quantity and delivery
location, the postage can sometimes be almost as expensive as the invite
itself. It’s important to consider the size, thickness and weight of your
invitation to keep postage costs to a minimum. The Australia Postal service is
based on international standard sizes for ease of sorting by machine. If your
invitation does not lie within these standardised sizes then additional postage
may be charged for processing the mail by hand. As a general rule, a small
letter should be rectangular in shape, larger than 88mm x 138mm but no bigger
than 130mm x 240mm, less than 5mm in thickness and less than 250grams in
weight. For more information on letter and envelope specifications refer to the
and Products Services Guide on the Australia
RSVP cards, maps and information cards are
all nice touches to include with your invitation but if budget is limited,
consider setting this up online. You can still set the tone by sending a
beautiful paper invite the traditional way but instead of including an
RSVP card with a return envelope and stamps, you can provide simple
instructions on how to access your RSVP page online. There are many free
options on the web for collecting RSVP information for weddings such as RSVPify and AnRSVP.
If you are on a tight budget and consider
yourself a bit of a creative, consider designing your invites yourself. This
does take a lot more time but will help to keep costs to a minimum.
Stay tuned for my next post where I will
run through a few of my own DIY tips. In the meantime head over to The Paper Botanist for more ideas and inspiration on handcrafted stationery.
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