Post # 1
Am I the only one who thinks invitation prices are absolutely ridiculous? Spending $500-$1000 on paper products seems so wasteful to me. It’s wasteful of resources AND money. I don’t understand what all these things are.
These sound to me like terms that allow paper stores to charge exorbitant prices. I have been a diva in regards to other areas of my wedding, and the whole thing is going to clock in around $30k. I understand $1000 for flowers. And $3000 for photography. But $900 for PAPER? I’d rather spend an extra thousand on a better photography package or something than on paper that is going to be thrown away by half of the people.
Are there any cheap places where I can get decent invitations? I don’t care about paper weight (in fact, the less the better, because I’m not paying extra postage either–lol), and I don’t need a million inserts either.
Is anyone really going to open my invitation and think, “wow–this looks cheap, I’m not going to that wedding”? (If yes, I prob don’t want them coming anyway…)
Post # 3
I was going to order from formal-invitations.com until I fell in love with the pocketfolds over at cardsandpockets.com. I bought the outsides and then made all the inserts, invitations, and belly bands for them. It cost me about $150 total for 100 invites.
Lots of people have also said that Michael’s has nice invites and with 40% off coupons you can get them cheap.
Post # 4
I agree! When my Fiance told me that he spent $10/invite for his Bar Mitzvah, I thought that was just ridiculous. We explored a LOT of options, including DIY, and ended up getting ours custom made by an Etsy seller. We recently got all the invites and they look GORGEOUS. They only cost $300 but they look like we spent twice as much.
The shop we used was: http://www.etsy.com/shop/lvandy27. I highly recommend it. Or if you are looking for a different style, just spend some time browsing – there are many many sellers who do invites.
Post # 5
I used Womancraft, inspired by one of the Bees (I forget who!). For about 4.25/invite, I got a trifold with several inserts, but there were several less expensive options available. The paper is made from shredded office paper, so its green as well. It’s also quite beautiful.
What really sets them apart, however, is their social mission rather than price. They are a nonprofit that helps women get back on their feet and provides them with work experience. Anytime I can spend my money and give back at the same time, I feel so much better about spending it!
Post # 6
I totally understand, our invites were close to $3K and I was like “Seriously??!” That is the one aspect I promised myself I would skimp on because everyone just throws it away, but I couldn’t help myself in the end and HAD to have an envelope liner, map, direction card, wallpaper back, etc etc.