How much to spend on wedding invitations?

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

you should spend what you are comfortable spending.  people spend $100 to $1000+.

i got my invitations, info card, response card, thank you card, from vistaprint for about $300 and was very happy.  i priced out the same thing with a local invitation store and it was $1000.

Post # 3
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Newbee

It depends on your budget! I’d recommend having the wedding you can afford. If you have the money, and that’s what you want to spend it on, then go for it. If it’s not a good move financially, then keep in mind that it’s a piece of paper that very few people will remember even by the time the wedding rolls around, and try not to be disappointed. 🙂

Post # 4
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2015

I’ve been looking on Wedding Paper Divas too.. and I was adding up the cost of everything.. save the dates, invites, rsvp inserts, gift tags, etc etc etc.. and it was gonna be over $1000 for everything. That shocked me. I really dont want to spend a ton on money on invites people are going to throw away… but at the same time I want beautiful invitations. I haven’t looked anywhere other than Wedding Paper Divas.. <br /><br />but anyways I think that as long as they are in your budget or that you can afford it… Then it doesnt matter what you spend on them. 

Post # 5
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

There is no “norm” per say as everyone does whats in their budget.. whats your total wedidng budget? is it proportional?

Post # 6
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I personally wouldn’t spend 400$ on invitations but if that is within your budget and they’re the ones you love, go for it.

Post # 7
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142 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

 

Hnick23:  I AGREE there isnt a norm I spent $140 on mine and I made 140 this included (invitation, RSVP, Reception card, Envelopes.. but the LABOR is extensive shes probably charging you for materials, labor etc… IM CONSIDERING OPENING UP A ETSY STORE

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Post # 8
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142 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

 

MackenzieRaelin:  I can make all of that for half that price!!! let me know if you are interested

Post # 9
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013 - Rhode Island

The norm is to spend 2% of your wedding budget on invitations and other printed materials.  So if your budget is $20,000, then $400 is reasonable.

FWIW, we spent $600 on invites and another $600 on Save the Dates, menu cards, escort cards, calligraphy pens, custom photo stamps, and custom wax seals.  This was 2.6% of our wedding budget, so a little over the average.

Post # 10
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Newbee

We spent 250 on our save the dates and 1600 for our invites. We sent 200 invitations though. Also our invitations were very elaborate and included calligraphy, vintage stamps, tied with little leaf charms and sealed with wax. Invitations are TOTALLY up to you and you can spend as little or as much as you would like. Keep in mind that your invite might be the ONLY thing that some people see from your wedding if they dont attend.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

Hnick23:  We spent $425 on our invite suite using a coupon and going through Invitations By Dawn. I didn’t like what I saw for lesser price points so I had to pay a little more. You can definitely do it for less, it just depends on what you are looking for and what puts a smile on your face.

Post # 12
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

we spent about 370 (which included a 15% off coupon code) from minted for 100 invitations and save the dates. i think we spend about 130 on save the dates from wedding paper divas. 

Post # 13
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

I personally wouldn’t.  I know we all like to think of our wedding invitations are being cherished, but to be honest, every wedding invitation that I receive ends up in the trash, and I bet 90%+ of all of our wedding invitations end up there as well.  I couldn’t stomach spending that much money for something that would be thrown away.  I ended up getting invitation kits on sale.  I spent around $50 for 100 invitations.  We definitely had to invest time though, but they came out great (everyone was calling us telling us they were the prettiest invitations they ever saw and I almost wanted to laugh because our budget for them was so low!)

Post # 14
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

This is my dilemma too – invitations. We need 2 separate invitations, as some go to the individuals (family) invited to the ceremony and then the rest to the reception. The reception wording is long, and a lot of invitations do not alow for the space where it doesn’t look weird.

Also, I’m specific with what my RSVP card will say so that has deterred me from a lot of signs as well. So far, there is one invite from WPD that I LOVE and allows for everything I want/need. Even with a 20% off discount through Costco, it’ll be around $550 for roughly 150 invites and everything that goes with them.

Post # 15
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

We spent around $100 on 60 invites, and that still made me cringe, hahah. So I really think it’s more about your personal budget and how you feel about stationery than it is about any one perfect formula. 

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