Wedding Invitations vs Invitation Boxes

posted 2 years ago in Paper
Post # 2
732 posts
Busy bee

I prefer the paper invite.  As a bride because 1) boxes would be more expensive to ship. 2) boxes are more expensive than the paper invites. I prefer the paper as a guest because if I were to get a box in the mail it is something to store until the wedding and it would get annoying to have to move, since I couldn’t put it on my fridge like a normal invite.

Post # 3
3514 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

If you have the money and really want to I say go for it. I know if I gave a box invite to my friends and family, other than my mom and in laws, it would end up in the trash.

Post # 4
1043 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

They’re pretty but most people are probably going to toss them after the wedding so I wouldn’t want to waste my money on them.  I also agree with Swebs14 that as a guest I’d rather have something I could easily put on the fridge and not have to store somewhere.

Post # 5
1062 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2015

I prefer paper invites. They’re cheaper to mail and invites usually end up in the trash anyways, so there’s no point in spending that much money of them.

However, if you really like the box invites, then I would just send it to your parents or people you’re really close with that cherish that kind of thing.

Post # 6
766 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2014

As beautiful as they are, boxed invites are ridiculously expensive to mail.  Spend your money on something guests will notice more than your invitation.

Post # 7
1154 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: January 2015

They’re beautiful but the paper invites (to me, everyone is different) seem more “elegant” since the box is very, well, birthday party?  I have seen some Indian wedding invitations that came in boxes though that were absolutely beyond stunning, so it depends on how you do them.  If your colors and design all work well they could be beautiful! With this type of invitation less is more since the box itself is such a statement piece.  

Post # 8
1670 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

Those are a little on the sparkly side, it reminds me of something you’d see at a sweet 16. I’m with people that prefer paper – a really luxurious paper letterpressed or engraved makes such a classic statement. 


Post # 9
2385 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

abeautybride:  They are very pretty but personally I think it would be a waste of $$ I would rather spend elsewhere. No-one would keep it except mom/dad/grandma and it’s a rather large extra cost, esp. once you factor in packaging for mailing (do you put that pretty box in another box to ship or an envelope? Where would you find another nice looking box to ship your box- you don’t want to ship a plain ol kraft box with that beauty in it)… As a guest I would wonder why someone spent $15 per invitation, plus at least $10 shipping, plus another couple bucks for packaging, (<- times __# of guests) then promptly throw out the box & hang the invitation on the fridge… 

Post # 10
3649 posts
Sugar bee


abeautybride:  My 1st daughter to marry bought boxed invitations through Etsy. They were about $9 each, and less than $1 each for the mailing boxes. US postage was $2.24 each (winter 2013) – so about $12 total. We hand delivered 100 of the 150 invitations, not to save money on postage, but because most of the guests were local, and between the couple, the POB and POG, we saw most of the guests, over a 1-month period. We also didn’t want to risk the chance of them getting squashed through the mail. Everyone loved them. A few people told me they took them into work, to show them to co-workers. Most kept them as keepsakes. (She had a black-tie wedding in a historic venue, and chose invitations that reflected that).

P.S. The company was Just Embossed, but when I contacted them for my 2nd daughter’s wedding, I did not get a response.

Post # 11
3096 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2015


abeautybride:  I mean, if you have the money, go for it. I just don’t find them cute or necessary. I have been obsessing over my invites for a while now, but I know at the end of the day, they are getting thrown out, hence why we are going to DIY ourselves. I think $10 a pop, not including S&H is just kind of excessive. Plus, as a guest, I wouldn’t know what to do with it once I opened it…Keep the box? Throw it away? 

Post # 12
1262 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: February 2015 - Mount Hermon

abeautybride:  Here’s my philosophy that I’m applying to all parts of my wedding:  

If I get to keep it, use it, admire it, and love it forever, then splurge.  Toasting flutes, my dress, his suit, the photos, a gorgeous sign, and other things.

If it is only used for one day, guest’s won’t keep it, no one will remember it, then save.  Invites, programs, STDs, card box, seating chart, the flowers, the cake, etc.

Invites? Heck no.  No one except my pack-rat grandma will keep it.  So, I went the vista print route, found something that worked well enough, and let that be the end of it. Spent less than $100 on invites (not including postage, as they haven’t been mailed yet). Boxes would be expensive per piece, expensive to mail, and difficult for the guests to store. No one will remember the invitation. 

Post # 13
2792 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I would just be afraid of posting these.  They are amazing (I spent a bit of time drooling) but what happens when you ship them to your friend in an appartment, or with a small mail slot, or a PO box?  At best, the mail man will squish them to fit in, ruining how pretty it is.  At worst, your friends and family will be inconvieneced by having to go to the post office to go get them, or they will leave them infront of a house in the rain, or they won’t be delivered. 

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