(Closed) $ 1,000 for wedding invitations !?!?!?

posted 7 years ago in Paper
Post # 32
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

Wow, $1,000 for 75 invitations is pretty steep. Do you have a lot of embellishments on them (rhinestones, ribbons, etc)? That is the only reason I could see them being that highly priced. If that is the case, maybe just cut down on the embellishments to bring the price down, so it is in a price range you are more comfortable with?

 

We ordered 140 invitations for a little over $1,100 and that was a good deal with our lady for getting pocketfolds with 4 inserts and layered paper. I swear anything attached with the word wedding jacks up the price like 3x over!

Post # 33
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491 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

We skipped paper invites entirely. I just didn’t want to fork out a pick part of our budget paper and postage, especially as our guests live all over the world. Instead I made a nice pdf invitation and emailed it to all our guests. It gave us great flexibility to invite more people later on too, as it was easy to send out. We did RSVPs through our wedding website. 

I would say I spent the money we saved on getting a nice dress! Yay!

Post # 34
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I’m making our invites for exactly this reason.

Invites are important to me though, so I’m making it complicated: why, yes, I will letterpress my own invites.

But 75 letterpress invites can easily go for $1,500+, and I should be spending about $1,000 total on equipment (which I can use again), paper, ink, envelopes, fonts, stamps, etc. for: save the dates, invites with envelopes, ceremony programs, escort cards, thank you cards w/envelopes, and all signage we may need.

Post # 35
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

It’s a bit steep, however it depends on what your budget is.  If you’re having a 50K+ formal affair, then they would be appropriate.  On the other hand, if you’re having a 25K wedding, whatever the formality, it would be a large chunk of your budget and you might want to explore a less expensive option.  Consider your overall budget and formality and decide from there.

 

Post # 36
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

@beachbride1216:  We went the same route. I designed our invitations and had them printed through Vistaprint using Groupons. We got 80 save the dates, invitations, RSVP cards, reception cards, and thank you cards for $70. We’ve gotten SO MANY compliments on them–people are shocked that I made them.

Post # 37
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@JAM1982:  I’m looking for bargain invites myself. I’ve sometimes admired wedding invites but then they do go right in the trash, no matter how fancy or expensive they might be. This whole wedding budget has grown astronomically so I am cutting costs wherever I can – starting with paper!

Post # 38
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

@vorpalette:  What do you need to design them yourself? Graphic software? Powerpoint? I have no clue but I LOVE your pricetag.

Post # 39
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765 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

That’s a LOT of money. We wanted to do special invitations, but I can’t justify spending the money. I’m actually doing ours myself. So far, the save the dates have turned out crazy amazing (fiance’s words…not mine).  We went a bit over the top but I did boarding passes in pocketfolds, with hand-stamped balsa wood airplanes and included luggage tag save-the-date magnets. All for about $2.50 each. A lot for a save the date, but they were too cool not to do. 

We’re also hoping that since our invites and save the dates are not paper (balsa airplane and message in a bottle), that guests might be less likely to throw them out right away. 

By The Way…we’re doing message in a bottle invites, and those will probably cost $4-5 each, including shipping, given what I intend to do. Still a lot ($565 for 75 people), but if I ordered them from a company, they’d be three times as expensive and half as personal. 

 

 

 

Post # 40
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

@LilRhodyGem:  I used Paint Shop Pro, but you can use any sort of graphics program. You can download templates for the correct sizing/DPI right from the site. They do have some really cute invitations lately, though, so if you’re not great with design, you might want to start there.

Post # 41
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

We’re having a pretty fancy/formal wedding and we’re keeping the invitations super casual.  Well – they haven’t been made or picked yet but I don’t care about invitations.

I’ve been to some grand affair weddings – weddings that cost more than I make in a year that had email invitations.   Made no difference to me as a guest.

I know people say they set the “tone” for your wedding and give the first impression but I personally feel that’s just the industry trying to brainwash people into spending $1,000.   As if they’re tasteless, no-class holding citizens if they don’t dole out really nice invites.   Bah humbug!

Post # 42
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2013

@Cappugcino:  Exactly! My wedding is black tie evening wedding. We spent about $1500 for 100 invites. It would have looked a bit inappropriate if we sent out printed diy invites asking folks to wear tuxedos. The weight of the paper, the gold trimmed edges, letterpress/thermography/etc, it all sets the mood. If I was doing something more casual, I would have definitely gone the Vistaprint route.

 

Post # 43
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2014

From what I’ve priced out in my city, this seems to be the going rate for good quality invites. I’m prepared to spend it because it is the first impression of the wedding, and I’m big on quality.

I know I absolutely don’t want to make my own, so I’m ok with spending top dollar for something beauitful that will get the guests excited for the party!

 

 

Post # 44
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707 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

I definitely cheaped out on our invites because my thought was I’d rather put that money towards something our guests will get to enjoy at the wedding instead of essentially ending up in the trash. My aunt described our invites as “simple, yet elegant” which is what I was going for and we got a lot of other compliments on them as well. I’m pretty sure I spent less than $200 for 90 invites. Granted, I designed, assembled, and hand-addressed every last one, so it was a ton of work. As far as setting the tone for the wedding, we got a VERY simple invite for a friend’s wedding last year and I was totally critical because it wasn’t even printed on the cardstock straight, but their wedding was awesome. Personally, I wouldn’t spend $1000 for invites, but if it’s that important to you and/or your Fiance and you can spare that much, I’m sure they will be fabulous!

Post # 45
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

I ordered mine from David’s Bridal, on the website. I think it cost about $150 for 75 invitations, including envelope liners, thank you cards and the envelopes for the thank you cards. But we both don’t really care about the invitations. That said, the guests liked them and commented that they were very nice. (Win!) If I could have done them still with minimal work for cheaper, I would have.

Post # 46
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2013

That is throwing away money.  Just find a pretty design you like, make it unique to you, and get a local print shop to print them for you.  That’s what we did.  We spent about $150 TOTAL on invitations — including postage.  So about $2 per invitation — including postage.

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