(Closed) Why are invitations so expensive?

posted 7 years ago in Paper
Post # 3
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

vistaprint.com usually has some reasonably priced invitations, and you can order matching STD, reply cards, etc.

I didn’t DIY my invitations but I did design them and took them to our printer and it saved a ton of money.  The printer didn’t have to spend time trying to figure out fonts or looking for graphics because I provided them all so we saved around $200.

Good Luck!

Post # 4
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

They have those invitation kits that you can personalize from Michael’s – it’s semi DIYish.  They’re pretty reasonably priced (about $40 per kit) and are even cheaper when you acquire their weekly 40% off coupons from their flyers or website.

Post # 5
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011

What is your total invitation budget & how many invitations will you actually need?

Like @Miss Smurf said, Vistaprint would probably be the cheapest option for you (that requires little work on your part). There are a ton of bees who ordered theirs from VP and they’ve been happy with the final product. If you’re interested, you can order a free wedding sample kit from their website. You’ll normally receive it within a week and it will include a sample of a number of different invitations that they offer. The packet is handy since it gives you an oppertunity to feel the paper quality before ordering. Honestly, the paper quality is what turned us off to them but we were hoping for something a little thicker. A lot of people don’t really care all that much about stationary and that’s fine. Afterall, the majority of your invites will just be thrown away anyways.

We ordered our invites from Etsy and we couldn’t be more thrilled with how they turned out. 

Post # 6
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2011

Oh my gawd, they’re outrageous! My mom and I shopped around and actually eventually found the original Birchcrafts that we wanted for way less than we originally were quoted. Definitely do your homework on this issue…they are important but not worth $800 IMO.

Post # 7
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

How much do you want to spend on invites? i spent $150 on my invites for 150 invites. I got mine from anns bridal bargains.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

A good friend of mine designed and screen printed them for me for just the cost of materials. For the materials and shipping ALONE, it came to around $110.  And she put in 20 hours or more designing/printing/mailing the 60 invitations, rsvp cards, and envelopes. 

That’s a lot of labor, and it doesn’t even count renting facilities to make them.

Now obviously, most invites aren’t custom designed, and if the shop is already set up to print a certain design it wouldn’t take nearly that long.  But still – it’s a lot of work, done by hand, if you’re getting them from a higher end place. Of course that’s not true with something like Vistaprint, which is why you can get them a lot cheaper.

But that’s why they seem so outrageously expensive. Expensive materials, high labor costs.

Post # 9
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

They can get really expensive, but there are some good deals out there!

Post # 10
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

I found a place called blueenvelope on a blog.

She gave me 85 invites, RSVP cards and envelopes (with the addresses and return address pre printed) for a verrrry good price.

It all cost me under 200 dollars.

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

I second the Michaels deal. I got super obsessive over the design, but you can get really great ‘standard’ layouts for free on their website. With the 40% coupon, I got 90 invitations for $72. Then you just have to pay for postage and ink.

Post # 12
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

They’re absolutely outrageous! However, I ended up DIYing my design and getting them printed at a local printer, still 225$ for 75 invites, RSVP cards, directions cards, and the appropriate envelopes, with all the headache, it wasn’t really worth saving $75

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