(Closed) How much should we spend on invitations?

posted 7 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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Bumble bee

That can vary wildly. There are invitations that cost 50c each, and there are invitations that cost $10 each, or more. It really depends on what you want, what kind of printing you like, if you want to DIY, all sorts of things.

 

Post # 4
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

What have you budgeted?  I got mine for less than 50 at vistaprints.com, but you can go up to the thousands.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

Do you have an overall budget tool like Marthastewartweddings or theknot?

Firstly, decide if you want postage to be included in the invitation budget, and figure that out. Subtract that total from your overall total.

Also – remember that you don’t actually need 200 invitations. Couples/families only get 1 invitation. It’s a common mistake & one I caught myself making too!

A quick google search advised me that you should spend, in general, 2-5% of your overall budget on invitations. (and a quick piece of advice … invites are one of the things that can be under budget pretty easily if you so wish).

Post # 8
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

I got our invites from Costco and I think they ended up being around $650 with the Invite, Reception Card, RSVP Card and Thank you Cards. We ordered about 150 invites for a guest list of 220.

The invites were beautiful and VERY heavy card stock, raised ink, I couldn’t have been happier with them and I got a TON of compliments on them.

Post # 9
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

You might go ahead and check vistaprints.com.  If you sign up for the business emails you will get tons of free or almost free offers through email. DONT sign up for the wedding emails, those are much more expensive offers.  I got our STDs free, Rsvps free, along with free menus, thanks you’s, announcements, rehearsal invites, programs, tshirts, hats, and tons of other stuff free.  Paper is medium quality, if you want to check out the quality, order the samples under a different email address.

Post # 10
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Bumble bee

For DIY, it depends on how much experience you have with doing crafty things. Also, with that many people, it might be a lot of work to feed 100 invites through your home printer.

The cheapest you could go without DIY would probably be VistaPrint and 123Print.

Minted.Com and WeddingPaperDivas.com both have lots of really nice designs that you can get for less than $400.

Post # 12
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Bumble bee

Or as Weddingbee ads just reminded me, there are the new WeddingBee invitiations. I had never looked at them before, but they are really cute and quite cost-effective!

http://invitations.weddingbee.com/

Post # 12
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Bumble bee

Or as Weddingbee ads just reminded me, there are the new WeddingBee invitiations. I had never looked at them before, but they are really cute and quite cost-effective!

http://invitations.weddingbee.com/

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

I’m sending invites to about 150 people, so I ended up purchasing 75 envelopes assuming that most of my guests have 1 or more guests they are bringing with them.  My envelopes (#10 navy blue + matching return envelopes) cost me about $50 with shipping.

I’ve been buying watercolor paper with my AC Moore coupons over time so I have enough to print my invitations, rsvp’s and other cards within the envelope.  I’ll be adding rhinestones to all my inviations.

In total I expect my inviations to come to under $100, but this is because I’m doing everything entirely DIY.

My fonts were free & designing was free.  The time consuming thing will be putting this together.  Do this over time to save yourself the stress!  Hope this helps!

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I only need around 25 invites… plus my family, FI and I think that spending too much on invites is unwise because people will just throw them away afterwards. So I found one from etsy… $2.3 each including invitation,rsvp and 2 envelopes. The design is very great though 🙂

Post # 15
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Honey bee

Only you can decide that based on what you are willing and able to spend. Keep in mind that only your parents and grandparents will save them as mementos and everyone else will toss them, so don’t spend a fortune on them for that reason. But don’t settle for something cheap that you don’t like either.

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