What would you buy with this invitations budget?

posted 3 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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Busy bee

Have you tried Etsy?  I am consistently amazed at the great wedding resources on their site, and would have used one of their stationary vendors if our budget was similar to yours. I had to go the DIY route for my daughter’s upcoming wedding and yes, I do hate them by now, with almost 100 still left to assemble and mail.  On our budget ($250 for 125 invitations) I didn’t have the option of outsourcing them, but at least I am thrilled with how they look.  Dark green pocket folders containing 4 ivory cards with a gold scroll border, sealed with a gold foil embossed snowflake for a Christmas wedding.  Everyone who has received theirs has raved about it; sure hope it’s not obvious that they cost about $1.50 each! 

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
Post # 6
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2013

 

I did my invites on vistaprint.com. I had a small wedding so it was cheaper than if i would have had 100+ guests, but either way, you can customize all you want and upload what you want and they were one of the cheaper places to buy online. When my invites arrived they were perfect. Another alternative is DIY. But only if you have the time or the help =D

Post # 9
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

@TrousseauHorse:  hahaha, you don’t want my help! I got my invitations for $10 from Goodwill (brand new, unopened boxes donated from Target, two 50 count boxes!). And I’m printing on them for free with my Groom’s dads work-from-home printer (his work pays for all ink cartriges, whether the ink was used for work or not!). They are still looking very nice, though. Good luck!

Post # 10
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2013

I love letterpress!  Initially, they were out of budget but I moved things around because I fell in love with smock!  We eventually went with a Bella Figura design (a sister company of smock) and were very happy.  BUT–this was knowing that one invitation will be framed and another set will be left out because I’m a tactile person and love feeling it.  I was impressed how many people commented on the paper and design–all of which are totally customizable to the point where it looks like a completely different design.  We received three thoughtful gifts that used our invitation in some way.

Here are my tips for cutting costs if you go with smock (or Bella Figura): We went with one-ply paper.  One color letterpress but had the invitations edged in a different color.  We used RSVP postcards.  Also, both companies offer promotions from time to time, so I would suggest liking them on facebook, signing up for their emails, etc.  In the past, they’ve had promotions in November.  We were able to use an April promotion for our September wedding that gave us 25 free sets 🙂

Post # 11
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

i agree with vista print! that is where i’m going to go! 

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2014

What about Wedding Paper Divas?  That’s where I got mine and they frequently send out coupon codes that might help you stay in budget.  Good luck!!

Post # 16
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@TrousseauHorse:  No problem!  They ended up in the $17/set range.  We had the A-7 size invitation, postcard RSVP, and one insert (used to state the website address and hotel info).  I know that is pricey, but I rationalized it because we will be framing the invitation so I considered it a piece of art!  Also, we received an ornament that had pieces of the invitation inside it, which I thought was a perfect gift 🙂

The set we went with was a quirky design I’ve never seen before: http://www.bellafigura.com/letterpress/splendor.html

I live near smock/bella, so I was able to go there and feel all of the paper.  I preferred the one ply over the two ply, so that was a no-brainer for me.  Two ply is very very think cardstock.  

You can also do a smaller sized invitation–they will customize any design to work on a smaller size, I think it is the A-6.  This will bring the cost down too.  We were going this route but then the promo for the 25 free sets came on, so I had a little more wiggle room.  I also respected their printing process and eco-friendly attitude AND they were a local company for me, so all of this was fine to pay a little extra for.  Hope this helped 🙂

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