(Closed) Average price of invites?

posted 5 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
2287 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: Central Park

I think that $2-5 a person is average. We bought our invitations from michaels on sale with a coupon and spent about $60 for invites for 55 people. But whey are plainer and we will print them ourselves. 

Post # 4
12885 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

I ordered 150 invitations, and the set cost me about $700.

Post # 5
11273 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2012

invitations can be very expensive or very reasonable.  it depends on how you value them. 

personally, invites were not a priority for me when setting my budget.  i knew from looking on line what i liked but refused to pay the $5-$8 per piece for them.  i decided to buy a simple diy kit with pocket/jacket and all of the components needed.  i then did my own embellishment with ribbon and monogram.  i loved how they turned out and only cost $1 each.

with 350 guests you are going to need probably around 200 invites.  i would research like crazy online for what you want and what prices you can get.

what colours, theme are you going with?

Post # 6
1048 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

i got my std’s and invitations from zazzle.com.  both times i ordered they were having a huge discount on cards at 75% and 50% off.  i’ve spend around $150 total on std’s and invitations.  The only thing i’ll need now is postage.  if you sign up for their emails you get alerts when they have big discounts.  i also order my business cards from them.

Post # 7
2295 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

My pocket invitations are costing me about $2.70 each (including $.85 in postage because they are very stiff), plus the cost of printer ink (no cost to me but most people have a cost for this). They are VERY DIY though. To order these pre-made on Etsy would easily be $7+/invite. You can save money by cutting your own pieces vs. ordering them pre-cut. I already had a great paper cutter (and have lots of experience in scrapbooking). Here’s a breakdown and some pictures.

All my paper products are from Cards & Pockets.

Postage: 85 cents

Envelope (Dark Gray): 21 cents

Pocketfold (Sparkling Merlot, the plain colors are cheaper): 80 cents

Belly Band (ordered 12×12 printed paper and cut it): 13 cents

Dark Gray Matting Paper for main part of invite: 23 cents

Patterned paper border at top and bottom (cut out of 8.5 x 11): 11 cents

White card stock (ordered from Amazon and printed on it myself): 9 cents

C&P Shipping cost per invite (divided by 135 invitations) 12 cents

Materials (glue, white pen, etc; divided by 135 invitations): 15 cents

Did my own design. Total cost = $2.70 per invitation. My total cost for 135 invites will be about $365 including postage.

I did skip envelope liners, even though I love them. Too much extra cost. I love invites but was trying to do highest impact at lowest cost. On the outer closure tile of the pocketfold, I printed the name of the guest invited (kind of like you would on an inner envelope). Used mail merge and it made that very easy.

I am also doing all online or phone RSVP, so that saved the expense of return postage (especially since you often have to hunt a lot of people down anyway) and envelope. You can make the RSVP a postcard (to get cheaper postage and no envelope) but make sure it is really heavy duty paper and it needs to be a certain size, which didn’t fit well with my design.

Keep in mind that postage rates are going up as well in late January. I’m sending my invites out right before that to beat the increase (very small increase but I like the single 85 cent stamps), but if I were doing mailed RSVP, I’d need to put the higher postage on them.


Post # 8
2750 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

Mine was more pricey at about $7 – $8 per invite.  That said, I had a destination wedding so I only needed about 30 invites.

Post # 11
2295 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

@DamaskBride47:  Thanks! As to your question in your OP, I am 100% sure you could get someone (a stationary store or a seller on Etsy) to recreate any picture you find online. You’re just going to pay a pretty penny for it!

Post # 12
2781 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

It really depends on style, whether you get them done or do them yourself, how many pieces you need for each invite.

Post # 14
3625 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

I used Wedding Paper Divas and I think I spent probably about $7 (forgot exactly) on each invitation, excluding postage. This includes other odds and ends, like an address stamp with embossing ink/powder and pocketfolds. I could have definitely spent less, but we really like the whole thing as a suite and we only needed about 85-90 invitations.

Post # 15
993 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

I’m looking at ~ $8-9 per invite custom made, assembled and addressed…

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