How much is it reasonable to spend per invitation?

posted 2 years ago in Paper
Post # 2
Member
6273 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

i spent under $300 on 150 invitations, response cards, information cards, and envelopes  and 250 thank you cards with envelopes.  that works out to less than $2/set.  i used vistaprint.  i priced out the exact same thing with a local invitation store and it was $1000.  i felt it wasn’t worth the price.  most people just throw the invitations away.

but if it is in your budget and you want to do this, then it is your money to spend.

Post # 3
Member
6525 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2013

MuseForever:  my invitations were $4.60 (that price included the actual invites and response cards and envelopes for both) I thought this was expensive, spending that much money on invites was high because its just paper and will be thrown away but it was the cheapest I could find for the look I was going for. I wanted good quality card stock. My thank you cards were custom, these were important to me and I actually spent less on the thank you cards than I did on invites LoL 

If you want I can PM you the information of who I used for invites and thank you’s

Ultimately the decision is up to you and what you think is reasonable based on your budget

Post # 4
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4640 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

MuseForever:  We spent just under $600 for 45 invitations, this included envelopes with black liner, a 5×5 square invite, an RSVP card, envelope, and an info card. They were letterpress printed on thick cotton paper, I think we got an incredible deal compared to the other places we got quotes from. For just the paper the invites worked out to be about $12.60 per invite.

We also added:

A custom wax seal to seal all of them with our first initial (our names start with the same letter), and white wax $60

Outer, square envelopes so the inside wouldn’t get damaged $30

A custom address stamp for all of the RSVP envelopes/ outer envelopes $35

Custom postage from Canada Post for our RSVPs $75

Including the extras, each invite ended up costing about $17.00

For our end product I think this was a good price, when looking for quotes we just went with the one that didn’t sound scary. Some of them did..

Our invites we’re exactly what we pictured and our guests loved them. It really depends what you want (Square, white, letterpress were my non-negotiables) and where you can get it for the best price for your particular budget. The pricing of invitations is very subjective, some people find them to be a waste of money and others don’t mind spending to get the look and feel they want to convey.

Post # 5
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188 posts
Blushing bee

i made ours, and i think i spent $4 including postage on each of them. between printing and supplies, i think it came out to be around $4 each. ours had an invitation and 3 inserts, a pocketfold, an rsvp envelope, and a regular envelope. i ordered all of the supplies from paper & more, and then my best friend did the printing (she works at a print shop).

Post # 6
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3280 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I spent less than $1 for pocketfold invites, rsvps, reception cards, envelopes, twine, etc and they were perfect! I think anything over like $2 is crazy for paper that gets thrown away, especially when you have lots of guests. 

Post # 9
Hostess
8680 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2014

There really isn’t a normal price, they can be anywhere from less than a dollar each, to over $50 each! It all just depends on how much you would like to spend.

I found invites I LOVED on etsy that were $6 each, I just couldn’t fathom spending so much money on something that will get thrown away, so I make my own. But ours were really easy to make as they were from kraft paper.

Post # 10
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3280 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

MuseForever:  It was a pre-made kit from Michael’s that included twine that went around the invites. It was super easy. 

Post # 11
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6506 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

We personally wanted to spend under $1.50 per invite so for us $5.50 would not have been reasonable.

Post # 12
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3735 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

MuseForever:  

I spent $426 for 90 invites using a 30% off coupon which came to $4.73 per invite. I used http://www.invitationsbydawn.com.

 

I made a mistake and had to order all new envelopes both inner and outer that cost an additional $80. After I corrected the mistake, the cost per invite was $5.62.

 

A word to the wise… my mistake was including a very small, hand-tied bow on the invites. The tiny bit of thickness increased postage from $0.70 each to $2.40 since USPS considers any piece of mail greater than .25″ a “small package” and charges as such. I ended up removing the bow to save some money – I should have just left it as is considering the time it took to readdress everything AND the cost of new materials but I couldn’t fathom spending that much on postage. Oh well. 

Post # 13
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2704 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

MuseForever:  We ordered our invites from vistaprint, I designed them and ordered them when they had a deal. We just needed the one card because we’re doing an online RSVP. I’ve spent a lot of time on the website and I’m proud of it, we did it that way to save money, plus most people will not keep the invitation and replying online seemed easier and cheaper then sending back a response card.

I also bought wax and a seal with my soon to be last name initial to help jazz up the white envelopes off of ebay for cheap, but it looks good. I’ll be doing caligraphy to write the names on each envelope too… ugh… not looking forward to that, haha. I’m doing a lot of extra work to make them look nice, but to me it’s worth it to save the costs.

100 invites costs us $62.00. Probably aother $30 in postage, as we’re hand delivering most of them. The wax and monnogrammer were $4 online. So $96 in total.

Post # 14
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4596 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

It really depends on your budget and what you’re willing to spend. Originally, I wanted this awesome invitation suite from WPD, but after pricing everything out – it would have been over $550 even with a 20% off discount.

I ended up going with Vistaprint, where I got about 510 pieces of paper (which included invitations, information cards, reception cards, and rsvp postcards) for around $235 (which also included shipping) when they recently had a 40% off sale. We did have to order some more of certain items, but actually saved more money ordering more than just keeping it the lower number that we needed. I’d say they were around $2 a piece then and looked great for what I needed them for.

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